Seasoned Executive to Head up Operations for Charlotte, N.C.-based Senior Living Communities

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Chris Rio named Executive Vice President of Operations.

Chris Rio is Senior Living Communities' Executive Vice President of Operations

It can be difficult to find an operator with a passion for growth and development.

Senior Living Communities, an owner/operator of retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest, announced today that Chris Rio has accepted the position of Executive Vice President of Operations for the 9-community portfolio.

Rio is an experienced senior housing operator with specialized expertise in real estate development. His track record includes stints as a management consultant with GVA Advantis Company and as a Co-CEO and COO for EDCare Management, located in Durham, N.C. Rio’s career also includes time at Southern Assisted Living Company where he was promoted from the position of EVP of Operations to COO.

Senior Living Communities’ CEO Donald O. Thompson, Jr. says Rio’s background is a unique combination of real estate development and senior housing operations. The company will put that experience to good use with plans to develop a new service line, Wellmore, aggressively over the next two years.

“It can be difficult to find an operator with a passion for growth and development,” Thompson, Jr. said. “Chris has the energy and vision to help us grow the portfolio aggressively and he also has a solid track record in operations management which will allow us to fully capitalize on the value of our existing assets.”

Through an internal promotion, Senior Living Communities also added Katie Huffstetler to the position of Vice President of Operations. Huffstetler, who has previously held positions in communications and as an Interim Executive Director for the company, will assume operational responsibility for the company’s South Carolina properties.

About Senior Living Communities

Senior Living Communities, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., owns and operates progressive retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Recognized in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the Assisted Living Federation of America as a “Best of the Best” company, the organization's goal is to use wellness as a means to help members live longer, healthier and happier lives. In 2012, the company launched Wellmore, a new idea in senior living which focuses on using nationally recognized wellness initiatives to extend and improve the lives of older adults. More information about Senior Living Communities is located at

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