Crafting a Legacy…Searching for a COO Who Could Lead from the Heart & Continue the Vision

Within this story of an executive search for a Chief Operating Officer, lies a deeply personal story of compassion, determination, and family.


Two visionary founders of an Assisted Living and Memory Support Community were on a mission born out of necessity and love.


It all began when one of the founders and their father faced the challenges of memory care and struggled to find a suitable residence. Faced with very limited options and a desire to provide the best possible care for their loved one, both owners embarked on a mission to create their own senior living community unlike any other. It would be built on compassion, dignity, respect, and superior care. They dared to dream and succeeded. They went on to grow their business portfolio over the next 20 years and included 9 properties.


However, now it was time for the owners to start a new chapter in their lives and therefore, had to start the daunting task of finding their own replacement. The two owners remained steadfast in their commitment to ensuring the continuity and success of their organization. They needed to find a COO who shared their values and vision—a task made even more challenging by the deeply personal nature of their mission.


They began their own recruiting efforts and received hundreds of resumes and candidates however, none were the right fit. It was at this point that they decided to reach out to professional executive search firms, and several were being considered including MedBest.


At MedBest, the owners contacted Christina Johnson, Senior Living Executive Search Consultant and former Nursing Home Administrator. Due to Christina’s background of running 2 very large memory support communities, she could relate to their needs. She understood exactly the type of COO they were looking for. The other recruiting firms paled in comparison. Christina stood out from the pack.


Initially, Christina sent over 13 first-rate candidates for them to review. Of those, they chose to interview 6 and subsequently narrowed it down to 2 highly qualified candidates. MedBest’s DISC assessment was very helpful in order to assist them in making their final decision. Their decision was based on the personality that best fit their culture.


Today, both the client and candidate are very pleased with MedBest’s process and Christina’s commitment to create the perfect match: a COO who would lead from the heart and continue the owner’s thriving communities built on the foundation of love, compassion, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.


Christina has been in touch with both the client and her candidate. The client stated that their new hire is “delightful to work with” and her candidate said “Things are going great! It’s the perfect opportunity and match.”

For more information about MedBest C-level searches, contact Christina Johnson at


About Christina Johnson

Christina serves as a Senior Executive Recruiter for MedBest and works directly with top-tier clients and candidates to fill C-Suite and VP roles. With a deep understanding of industry dynamics, role requirements, and organizational culture, Christina excels in finding the perfect match between high level executive talent and the leadership opportunity.  Christina brings over 30 years of experience working in the senior care industry as a leader and operator and as a result, brings a wealth of knowledge about the Senior Living Industry. Contact Christina at / 727-316-6695.

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