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 Chairman 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 (currently inactive). 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 31 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. He has more than 37 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 Bachelor of Arts degree.
Carey Hendrickson joined the Company as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2014. From 2010 through 2014, he served as the Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Belo Corp., a television company that owned and operated network-affiliated television stations and their associated websites ("Belo"). Prior to serving in such capacity, Mr. Hendrickson served Belo in various roles including Senior Vice President/Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President/Human Resources, Vice President/Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, and Vice President/Strategic & Financial Planning. He began his career with KPMG LLP and was the Director of Financial Planning for Republic Financial Services before joining Belo in 1992. Mr. Hendrickson received a BBA in Accounting from Baylor University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas in Arlington.
David Brickman is currently the Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of the Company. He 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, Mr. Brickman served as in-house counsel with LifeCo Travel Management Company, a corporation that provided travel services to U.S. corporations. Mr. Brickman earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Master in Health Administration from Duke University. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Southwern Methodist University Corporate Counsel Symposium. He 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. Mr. Brickman has either practiced law or performed in-house counsel functions for 29 years.
David Beathard, Sr. is currently the Senior Vice President — Operations of the Company. He served as Vice President — Operations of the Company and its predecessors from August 1996 to June 2013. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Beathard owned and operated a consulting firm, which provided operational, marketing and feasibility consulting regarding senior housing facilities. Mr. Beathard has been active in the operational, sales and marketing, and construction oversight aspects of senior housing for 42 years.
Kevin Wilbur joined the Company in February 2000 as an Executive Director and served in that capacity until being promoted to a District Manager role and then to a Regional Manager of Operations role. He was promoted to his current position of Vice President — Operations in September 2016. Prior to joining the Company in 2000, Kevin was employed by Lantis Enterprises as an Executive Director. He is a graduate of the Nebraska College of Business and also attended Bellevue University. Mr. Wilbur has been active in the operational and marketing aspects of senior housing for over 20 years.
Gary Fernandez joined the Company in October 2001 as a Regional Sales and Marketing Director and served in such capacity until being promoted to his current position of Vice President - National Sales and Marketing in January 2014. 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 18 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 18 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. Mr. Solari earned his Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Glen Campbell has served as Vice President — Asset Management 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 Mr. Campbell served as Director of Facility Management for Retirement Corporation of America. Mr. Campbell has been active in the design and development of retirement communities for 43 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, Mr. Hollister 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 and currently serves as Vice President – Financial Reporting. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lane 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.
Donny Beasley joined the Company August, 2011 as Director of Employee Relations and has served as the Director of Human Resources since May, 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Donny served as Vice President and Director of Human Resources at ASAlliances Biofuels as well as Carillon, Inc, a large senior housing provider. He has also held several positions within Motorola, Inc. serving their supply chain/logistics business as well as Corporate Human Resources. Donny earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master of Business Administration in HR, and is currently certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources as well as Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management.