Larry Cohen has served as one of our directors since November 1996 and as Vice Chairman of the Board since November 1996. He has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 1999 and was our Chief Financial Officer from November 1996 to May 1999. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Cohen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Paine Webber Properties Incorporated. Mr. Cohen serves on the boards of various charitable organizations and is active in several industry associations. Mr. Cohen was a founding member and is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Seniors Housing Association, and serves on the Operator Advisory Board of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry. Mr. Cohen is a licensed attorney and is also a Certified Public Accountant. He received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, a JD from St. John’s University School of Law, and a BBA in Accounting from The George Washington University. Mr. Cohen has had positions with businesses involved in senior living for 28 years.
Keith Johannessen has been a director since 1999. Mr. Johannessen has served as our President since 1994 and our Chief Operating Officer since 1999. He previously served as our Executive Vice President from May 1993 to February 1994. Mr. Johannessen has more than 34 years of operational experience in seniors housing. He began his senior housing career in 1978 with Life Care Services Corporation and then joined Oxford Retirement Services, Inc. as Executive Vice President. Mr. Johannessen later served as Senior Manager in the health care practice of Ernst & Young LLP prior to joining the Company in 1993. He has served on the State of the Industry and Model Assisted Living Regulations Committees of the American Seniors Housing Association. Mr. Johannessen holds a BA degree.
Ralph Beattie joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 1999. From 1997 to 1999, he served as Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of Universal Sports America, Inc., which was honored as the number one growth company in Dallas for 1998. For the eight years prior to that he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Haggar Clothing Company, during which time Haggar successfully completed its initial public offering. Ralph has earned his Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and is both a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner.
David Brickman has served as Vice President and General Counsel of the Company and its predecessors since July 1992 and has served as Secretary of the Company since May 2007. From 1989 to 1992, David served as in-house counsel with LifeCo Travel Management Company, a corporation that provided travel services to U.S. corporations. David has also earned a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Health Administration. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Southern Methodist University Corporate Counsel Symposium. David is also a member of the National Center for Assisted Living In-house Counsel Roundtable Task Force as well as the Long-Term Care Risk Legal Forum. David has either practiced law or performed in-house counsel functions for 26 years.
David Beathard, Sr. has served as Vice President — Operations of the Company and its predecessors since August 1996. From 1992 to 1996, David owned and operated a consulting firm, which provided operational, marketing, and feasibility consulting regarding senior housing facilities. David has been active in the operational, sales and marketing, and construction oversight aspects of senior housing for 38 years.
Greg Boemer joined the Company in October 2001 as a Regional Manager and has served as Vice President – Operations since June 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Boemer was a Regional Manager for Alterra Healthcare. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and attended the University of North Texas with a focus in Gerontology. Mr. Boemer has been active in all aspects of senior housing for 18 years.
Gary Fernandez joined the Company in October 2001 as a Regional Sales and Marketing Director and has served as Vice President – National Sales and Marketing since October 2013. In addition to his role as Regional Sales and Marketing Director with the Company, he served as Director of Corporate Marketing and Media from 2002 to 2003. Prior to joining the Company, he served as National Sales and Marketing Director with Hearthstone Assisted Living from 1999 to 2001. He also served as Director of Advertising with Alterra Healthcare from 1997 to 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has been active in the senior housing industry for 16 years.
Gloria Holland has served as Vice President — Finance of the Company since June 2004. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Holland served as Assistant Treasurer and a corporate officer for Aurum Technology, Inc., a privately held company that provided technology and outsourcing to community banks. From 1996 to 2001, Gloria held positions in Corporate Finance and Treasury at Brinker International, an owner and operator of casual dining restaurants. From 1989 to 1996, Gloria was a Vice President in the Corporate Banking division of NationsBank and predecessor banks. Gloria received a BBA in Finance from the University of Mississippi in 1989.
Joseph Solari joined the Company as Vice President — Corporate Development in September 2010. Joseph has more than 16 years of experience originating, structuring, negotiating and executing the acquisition, sale and divestiture of healthcare real estate and real estate operating companies. Prior to joining the Company, from 2007 to 2009, Joseph was Managing Director, Acquisitions for Ventas, Inc., where he was responsible for the firm’s real estate investment activities in the seniors housing and skilled nursing industries. Prior to Ventas, Inc., from 1999 to 2007, Joseph spent eight years in the healthcare investment banking group of Houlihan Lokey, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of merger and acquisition, private placement and financial restructuring engagements for the firm’s healthcare clients, with particular focus on facility-based, healthcare services companies. Joseph earned his Masters in Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Glen Campbell has served as Vice President —Development of the Company since September 1997. From 1990 to 1997 Glen served as Vice President of Development for Greenbrier Corporation, an assisted living development and management company. From 1985 to 1990 Glen served as Director of Facility Management for Retirement Corporation of America. Glen has been active in the design and development of retirement communities for 37 years.
Robert Hollister, a Certified Public Accountant, has served as Property Controller for the Company and its predecessors since April 1992. From 1985 to 1992, Robert was Chief Financial Officer and Controller of Kavanaugh Securities, Inc., a National Association of Securities Dealers broker dealer. Robert is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Chris Lane, a Certified Public Accountant, joined the Company in December 2008 as Director of Financial Reporting and has served as Vice President – Financial Reporting of the Company since May 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Chris served as a Senior Manager in the financial services audit practice of KPMG LLP. Chris earned a Masters in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Institute of Management Accountants. Prior to attending college, Chris served as an infantryman in the United States Army.