The idea of Heritage Communities came to me decades ago when, as a young boy, I observed my parents caring for my grandmother. This vivacious woman helped care for me as well, showering me with love and instilling her values upon me. I vividly recall these joyous times along with the sadness we experienced when she suffered a stroke and life changed. Watching the loneliness she battled, her declining mental and physical health and the strain it put on my family all prompted my desire to work with seniors.
Though my story is not unique, I vowed to form a senior living company that would hold itself to the highest standards, and continuously strive to provide the best services and amenities. One where every resident would be treated like part of my family.
More than 15 years ago, I partnered with Dave Underwood to build Shalimar Gardens, an Assisted Living and Memory Support community in Fremont, Neb. It was exactly my calling. Soon after, we formed Heritage Communities with one goal in mind—to create superior environments for seniors to thrive. During the Fremont project, Dave’s son Nate joined us and is my partner today, serving as CFO of Heritage Communities. Over the years, we evolved from just creating the buildings to operating them and developing exceptional programming. Today, we design and operate Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Support communities across Nebraska, Iowa and Arizona.
Compassion, trust, respect and fun are our core values. ‘Fun’ may seem out of place in a setting where seniors have serious health care needs, but we want to make sure that the fun is not forgotten for our residents, associates, families and everyone we touch. For us, it’s an honor to do what we do every day, helping seniors remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Helping make their lives better.
Founder and CEO