T. Andrew Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Andy Smith became Brookdale's Chief Executive Officer in February 2013. Prior to that, he served as Brookdale's Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary since 2006. From 1985 to 2006, Andy was with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a member of that firm's corporate and securities group, and served as the chair of the firm's healthcare group. His private practice focused on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, public offering of debt and equity securities and structuring strategic relationships.
Andy is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He currently serves on the boards of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) and the National Investment Center (NIC).
Mark W. Ohlendorf
Co-President and Chief Financial Officer
Mark Ohlendorf became Co-President of Brookdale Senior Living in August 2005 and President of the Company in May 2013. He joined Alterra Healthcare through the 1997 merger of Alterra and Sterling House Corporation, where he was Chief Financial Officer. In April 2003, Mark was elected to serve as Alterra’s President and was appointed CEO in December 2003. His background encompasses more than 30 years of experience in various sectors of the health care industry, including skilled nursing and hospice services. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and served as ALFA’s Board Chairman from 2011 to 2013.
Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University, and is a certified public accountant.
Gregory B. Richard
Chief Operating Officer
Greg Richard serves Brookdale as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Greg previously served as Brookdale's Executive Vice President, Field Operations. He joined the company through the merger of American Retirement Corporation and Brookdale. Greg joined ARC in January of 2000 and brought a wide range of operational experience to the company. Prior to ARC, he was President and CEO of PediaNet, a physician practice management company for pediatric medical care. From 1986 until 1996, he was Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer with Rehability Corporation.
Greg received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
Previously, Glenn served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, overseeing all facets of Human Resources. He joined Brookdale in April 2006. Prior to joining Brookdale, he worked for Sunrise Senior Living in the capacity of Vice President of Human Resources and was responsible for all field operations and several corporate functions. Glenn’s career, in addition to Brookdale and Sunrise, spans more than 25 years in human resources positions at small private firms as well as Fortune 500 firms. Prior to concentrating in human resources, he also served in operations management and finance positions.
Glenn received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society of Human Resources Management accreditation group.
Bryan D. Richardson
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Bryan joined Brookdale though the merger with American Retirement Corporation where he served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer and previously served as its Senior Vice President, Finance since April 2000. Bryan was formerly with a national graphic arts company from 1984 to 1999 serving in various capacities, including Senior Vice President of Finance of a digital prepress division from May 1994 to October 1999, and Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 1989 to 1994. Bryan was previously with the national public accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Bryan is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Niagara University.
H. Todd Kaestner
Executive Vice President, Development
Todd Kaestner joined Brookdale through the merger with American Retirement Corporation (ARC) in 2005. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, having served in the same role for ARC since 1993. Previously, with ARC, he served as Vice President, Development from 1988 to 1993 and Chief Financial Officer from 1985 to 1988. Throughout his 29-year tenure with ARC and Brookdale, Todd has remained involved in acquisitions, dispositions, REIT and JV relations, new lines of business and development. Prior to joining ARC, he worked for Northern Telecom and Genesco, focusing upon pension fund management and corporate finance.
Todd is an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he studied economics, and holds an MBA in finance and economics from University of Louisville.
Kristin A. Ferge
Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Kristin Ferge has served as Executive Vice President and Treasurer since August 2005. From 1998 to 2005, Kristin held various positions at Alterra Healthcare Corporation, serving in the roles of Vice President of Finance and Treasurer prior to assuming responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer in December 2003.
Prior to joining Alterra, Kristin worked in the audit division of KPMG LLP. She received a bachelor degree in accounting from Marquette University, and her master of business administration from the University of Wisconsin. Kristin is a certified public accountant.
George T. Hicks
Executive Vice President, Finance
George T. Hicks became Executive Vice President in July 2006. Previously, George served as Executive Vice President-Finance and Internal Audit, Secretary and Treasurer of American Retirement Corporation (ARC) since September 1993. George had served in various capacities for ARC’s predecessors since 1985, including Chief Financial Officer from September 1993 to April 2003 and Vice President-Finance and Treasurer from November 1989 to September 1993.
George received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in philosophy from Stanford University in 1979 and an MBA in finance from the University of Tennessee in 1982. He also holds an inactive CPA license.
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Tricia Conahan joined Brookdale in the newly created position of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in 2014. She oversees the company's marketing, brand, communications, digital and creative services functions.
She has more than 25 years of marketing and branding experience. Tricia was previously Partner and U.S. Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at global accounting/consulting firm Grant Thornton, where she was responsible for strategic marketing, brand building, lead generation, CRM and sales.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, she served as Senior Vice President, Brand and Acquisition at JPMorgan Chase. She has also held marketing leadership positions at ING Americas, RealEstate.com , McGraw-Hill Inc., Time Warner and Times Mirror Magazines.
Tricia received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta.