Executive Search for a Vice President
Executive Search for Vice President for California's First Licensed Retirement Home and CCRC
LM Hurley & Associates conducted a retained executive search for a Vice President of Operations for California's most historic not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community. Organizational and succession planning by the Board of Trustees has prompted an executive search for a new Vice President due to the former Vice President's promotion to President/CEO.
Hollenbeck Palms is a nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community located on a beautiful 8.5-acre park-like campus with 237 residential apartments. This CCRC is the first licensed retirement home in California. In 1890, founder, Elizabeth Hollenbeck, filed a deed of trust to establish a comfortable and secure lifetime haven for California's older adults.
The CEO, who has been there 35 years, was VP until 2019, when he succeeded William Heideman, who followed the leadership of his father, William A. Heideman, and his grandfather Clarence W. Hensel who served tenures of 46 and 31 years, respectively. William Heideman lived on the grounds until he was five and still acts in an advisory capacity.
When Hollenbeck Palms engaged our services, we were at the height of the COVID pandemic and conducted meetings via video conference and phone to adhere to CDC protocols. After extensive consultation with the President/CEO and the Board's search committee leader, we developed an executive search strategy.
The goal was to identify an Executive Director or CEO who had led or was actively leading a community of similar care levels, number of apartments, and budget of $18mm. Matching the Board's vision for the new CEO, also called for:
Of the 172 prospects we contacted and screened, we interviewed 24 plus one internal candidate. After evaluation, we narrowed the field to the three top candidates we presented to the organization.
Our client selected all three individuals to interview and ultimately chose a candidate who exceeded the executive search specifications and made a strong cultural connection to the Board with their warm, engaging personality and a strong sense of social justice.
An offer was extended and accepted within 180 days of engagement. The new VP joined the organization with over 15+ years of senior living, health, and human service management. The candidate has a Master's degree in Science Health Policy Analysis/Management, experience working at two different CCRCs, and has worked with and presented to boards.