Aug. 7, 2012
-- DES MOINES, Iowa – Lifespace Communities, Inc., a nationally recognized not-for-profit senior living provider, has named Chris Plance as director of strategic planning. Plance will identify and evaluate new growth opportunities, as well as integrate strategic plans for the organization as a whole and each of Lifespace’s 12 individual senior living communities, including Deerfield in Des Moines, Iowa. He will also oversee the development and planning of operational and technology systems.
“It’s an exciting time for Lifespace,” said Plance. “We’re in a great position financially and as an organization for future opportunities, such as acquiring additional communities and pursuing new lines of service. I’m confident the strategic plans for Lifespace and each of our communities will continue to propel all of us forward over the next decade – and beyond.”
“Chris will help steer us on a path to continued growth and build on the financial strength of Lifespace,” said Scott Harrison, President and CEO, Lifespace Communities, Inc. “He’ll play an integral role in harnessing the organization’
s expertise in senior living that will, ultimately, further enhance the lifestyles of the vibrant and purpose-driven people within our communities.”
This will be Plance’s first official position on the Lifespace corporate team, but he has more than a decade of experience working with the organization and all 12 of its communities. For the past 15 years, Plance provided operational and strategic consultation, developed internal systems for staffing, and helped build programs to further advance technology at Lifespace communities. Much of his previous work with Lifespace came while Plance owned a technology planning and consulting firm based in Pittsburgh, Penn. Plance is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering.
ABOUT LIFESPACE COMMUNITIES
Founded in 1976, Lifespace Communities, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a not-for-profit corporation that has grown to operate 12 continuing care retirement communities in seven states, serving more than 5,000 residents and employing 2,500 team members. Communities are located in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Florida. The organization is recognized by the LeadingAge Ziegler Top 100 as the seventh largest not-for-profit senior living provider system in the country. For more information about Lifespace and its communities, visit www.LifespaceCommunities.com.