Julie has a wealth of multi-state operations and marketing experience, and she has played a valuable role as Gardant prepares for additional growth and expansion outside of Illinois.
Bradley, Illinois (PRWEB) May 17, 2016
Bradley-based Gardant Management Solutions announced the promotion of Julie Simpkins, the company’s new Chief Operating Officer.
Simpkins, of Bourbonnais, previously served as Gardant’s Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development. In her new role, Simpkins will oversee operations of the company, which ranks as the largest assisted living provider in Illinois.
“Julie has a wealth of multi-state operations and marketing experience, and she has played a valuable role as Gardant prepares for additional growth and expansion outside of Illinois,” said Rod Burkett, Gardant’s Chief Executive Officer. “Her healthcare and senior living management background, along with her engaging leadership style, will be great assets as she transitions into her new role.”
Simpkins earned her MBA from Trinity College and University and BA from Governors State University. She replaces Jo Ellen Bleavins, who has been promoted from Chief Operating Officer to President of the company.
Rod Burkett, of Kankakee, will continue to serve as Gardant’s Chief Executive Officer. His focus will be on positioning Gardant as a leader in the assisted living industry, especially in the areas of affordability and accessibility. He will retain accountability for Gardant’s performance and continue his ambassador role with current and new partners, owners, investors, financing entities, regulators and trade associations.
Gardant operates more than 40 assisted living, senior living and memory care communities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, the Metro East area of St. Louis, and other locations in northern, central and southern Illinois. The company also manages property in Georgia and Indiana, ranking as the 14th largest assisted living provider in the country.
For more information about Gardant Management Solutions or the assisted living, senior living and memory care communities the company operates, visit http://www.gardant.com or call 815-935-1992.