As Officers of the American Seniors Housing Association, the Executive Committee serves a two-year term and is elected by the Executive Board.
American Seniors Housing Association Officers 2018-2020:
Since he co-founded Senior Resource Group (SRG) in 1988, Michael Grust has built the company into one of the leading providers of distinctive senior living throughout the United States. His unique multidisciplinary approach has created projects that blend innovative architectural solutions with the lessons learned from the hospitality industry and a keen sensitivity to the ever-changing healthcare needs of residents.
As a graduate of the University of Illinois, Michael began his career with Kaufman & Broad, where he learned the finer points of homebuilding and the residential real estate market. He then joined The Christiana Companies, Inc., where he spearheaded the home builder’s entrance into senior housing. As vice president, he was charged with directing development of the company’s landmark master planned retirement communities.
Through Michael’s vision, SRG has focused its efforts on growth through the development of market-driven senior living communities innovatively designed to meet the needs and preferences of the local market today—while anticipating the changes that lie ahead.
SRG has championed the development and management of award-winning, niche communities throughout the United States. As a result, SRG communities have earned much recognition, receiving numerous building trade awards. Among the many honors, SRG is the first senior housing provider in the nation to earn across-the-board 3-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Douglas S. Schiffer is President and Chief Operating Officer of Allegro Senior Living, LLC. The company specializes in the ownership, management and development of independent, assisted and memory-care properties. Design and operations focus on the resident’s ability to live each day to the fullest.
With thirty years of experience in commercial real estate, Mr. Schiffer is presently on the Senior Housing Council of the Urban Land Institute and a former member of the National Association of Senior Living Executives and the Crittenden Speakers panel. He has acted as a developer of new senior housing properties before transitioning to his present role where he is responsible for asset management of the company portfolio, direction of the property management team and implementing the company’s strategic plan. Mr. Schiffer was previously an executive officer of Love Funding focused on senior housing finance in which capacity he was frequently featured as a speaker at financing conferences nationally. Mr. Schiffer obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University.
Brad Dubin is a principal of Bloom Senior Living responisble for originating and acquiring new senior living communities for a family-owned company with properties located in four states. He also oversees legal matters. Brad previously oversaw portfolio acquisitions for a Michigan/Florida based commercial real estate investment group, and practiced corporate and commercial litigation for boutique Wall Street and premier national law firms in New York City.
Brad earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and received his JD from Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Brad has served on ASHA’s Executive Board for several years and is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and American Bar Association.
Mercedes Kerr is Executive Vice President of Welltower Inc. and leads the company’s domestic and international deal origination and relationship management, Outpatient Medical portfolio management and Asset Management. She is responsible for identifying, building and managing relationships with health systems, seniors housing operators, real estate developers and financial institutions to grow the company’s health care real estate portfolio.
A well-recognized health care real estate professional, Ms. Kerr has established strong and enduring partnerships across the industry and is working to advance the company’s strategy to promote innovative care delivery models designed to improve wellness. In addition to her leadership of Welltower’s business development team, Ms. Kerr also directs many of Welltower’s strategic business relationships.
Prior to joining Welltower in 2008, Ms. Kerr served as Vice President, Acquisitions at HCP, Inc. and before that was a member of the consulting division of Ernst & Young LLP, previously known as E&Y Kenneth Leventhal.
She began her career in real estate development in her native Mexico. Ms. Kerr graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico and obtained a Master of Real Estate Development degree from the University of Southern California.
Jerry Frumm is the Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Senior Lifestyle. In this role Jerry serves as the Chairman of the Senior Lifestyle Investment Committee which reviews all investment activities for the company. Jerry has been associated with Senior Lifestyle since its inception in 1985. During his tenure, Jerry has been involved in all phases of the development and acquisition of Senior Lifestyle communities and has closed on innumerable debt and equity transactions. Jerry is responsible for key relationships with Senior Lifestyle’s diversified base of capital partners.
Jerry is an attorney who has practiced with both the state and federal governments. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and he also currently serves as a member of the Public Policy Committee on The American Seniors Housing Association.
Jerry holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Ohio State University and a Law Degree from Washington University School of Law. He is also a licensed real estate broker.
Founded in 1991 and based in Washington, DC, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) represents the interests of the most prominent firms participating in seniors housing. ASHA’s members are engaged in all aspects of the development and operation of seniors housing, including construction, finance and management. ASHA provides leadership for the seniors housing industry on legislative and regulatory matters, advances research, education and the exchange of strategic business information, and promotes the merits of seniors housing.
David has served as president of ASHA since its inception in 1991 after beginning his career at the National Association for Senior Living Industries (NASLI) in 1989. In addition to his duties as president of ASHA, David serves as treasurer of the Seniors Housing Political Action Committee, the nation’s largest PAC focused exclusively on supporting federal candidates who support the development and preservation of quality market rate seniors housing. He was the co-author of the Affordable Seniors Housing Handbook, which was revised and published 10 times between 1995 and 2005.
David holds a bachelor of science degree from the Center for Aging and Human Development at the University of Connecticut and a master of science degree from the Department of Applied Gerontology at the University of North Texas. He currently serves on the Editorial board of The Seniors Housing & Care Journal, and has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by both the University of Connecticut and the University of North Texas for his work on behalf of America’s seniors.