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Harbor Retirement Associates Receive Top Marks at Culinary Cook Off Competition

VERO BEACH, Fla. – April 25, 2019 – Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA), a senior living development and management company based in Vero Beach, announces that two of its Chefs, Anthony Polito and Ke’o Velasquez, recently received top marks at the first ever culinary competition during the 2019 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference & Expo. The conference was held from April 15 to April 17 in San Antonio, Texas. Chef Polito is currently the Director of Hospitality for the new HarborChase of Dr. Phillips in Orlando and is no stranger to earning accolades in culinary arts winning last year’s culinary competition at the Argentum conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chef Velasquez is currently the Director of Hospitality at HarborChase of the Park Cities in Dallas, Texas.

“We’re thrilled that two of our culinary powerhouses made such a significant impression at this friendly competition during the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference,” said Kim Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of Harbor Retirement Associates. “Their amazing dish is a perfect example of the exciting and creative cuisine we proudly serve to our residents and their guests. With a strong focus on delivering the best in hospitality, our culinary team is dedicated to both surprising and delighting our diners.”

In the cooking competition, Polito and Velasquez received the highest total points against competitors from five other senior living organizations. The HRA team received perfect scores in three out of four categories: “Taste,” “Creativity,” and “Plating.” For their winning dish, they prepared “Guajillo Chili-Rubbed Wagyu Beef Brisket with a Mole Verde, Fire-Roasted Poblano Pepper and Texas Pecan-Horseradish Cheddar Cheese Tamale and Pickled Calabacita Slaw.”

“By integrating seasonal and regional ingredients with contemporary cooking and plating techniques, Chefs Anthony and Ke’o represent the modern era of culinary arts in our industry,” said Christopher Thompson, Vice President of Hospitality at HRA. “It is this approach that will shift the dynamics of culinary artistry and hospitality in senior living and redefine the industry for years to come. As a company, we are thrilled to be recognized as leaders in hospitality and creating an exceptional culinary experience for our residents.”

HRA as an organization is focused on providing exceptional dining and hospitality for its residents and guests. The organization currently operates 35 communities, with 6 under development. Typical HRA community features include full-service dining, housekeeping and laundry services, scheduled transportation and a dedicated staff of associates available 24 hours a day. All communities feature the exclusive Chef’s Fare Dining program with customized dining experiences in multiple restaurants. All communities also offer HRA’s award-winning Life Enrichment program, designed to provide social, devotional, fitness and recreational opportunities that have a positive impact on residents.

For more information on HRA, visit www.HRASeniorliving.com.

About Harbor Retirement Associates

Harbor Retirement Associates (“HRA”) is a regional senior living development and management company, focused primarily on Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, but also engaged in the development and operations of Independent Living and Skilled Nursing communities. HRA operates 35 communities in 9 states and is partnering on the construction of 8 more communities in 5 additional states. HRA manages over $150 million in revenue and approximately $1 billion in assets while employing 2,500 associates.

 

Join us for Legislative Days at the Capitol in 2018

Florida Senior Living Association’s Legislative Advocacy Days is a great opportunity to learn the legislative process as well as to educate legislators about the effect of current proposed legislation on senior living in Florida. You will receive CEs for this event while networking with fellow executive directors, the FSLA Board, industry partners, and some of Florida’s key legislators. We encourage you to join us January 22 -23, 2018 for this event and share your knowledge and passion. Help us shape the future of senior living! Registration information coming soon.

Click http://conta.cc/2iEghu8 for more information.

Political Committee Call to Action

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session is expected to be challenging and hectic considering the slew of emergency preparedness bills in addition to the normal bills we see that that could have a huge impact on senior living.

Since the 2018 session starts on January 9, the Florida Senior Living Association / Florida Argentum has started meeting with various legislators to express our concerns about bills being filed that would create additional regulations and costs for providers without substantial improvements for residents. In addition, we will be proactively working with the Legislature to develop meaningful emergency preparedness legislation that will clarify the conflicting and confusing regulations proposed by AHCA.

Raising funds for Florida’s Senior Living Political Committee (FSL PC) is critical to educating legislators and other key leaders about the complex issues facing senior living communities. FSL PC strengthens relationships with legislators by distributing funds to candidates who will help advance our advocacy agenda and support senior living issues of great concern and significant importance to our membership.

Additionally, supporting legislators who can effectively represent our best interests, especially in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s devastation and the rush to create new policies to address preparedness and resident safety is of utmost importance.

As many of you know, timing is everything. To make a significant impact before the beginning of the 2018 Legislative Session, we are seeking to raise $60,000. We are nearly one-third of the way there, and Argentum’s PAC has committed to matching donations made through December 15, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 to double the impact of whatever you contribute.

Argentum President & CEO James Balda is encouraging all senior living providers to step up and support FSL PC, saying “This is a critical moment for our industry to educate lawmakers and back those that put the lives and safety of our residents above scoring political points. Florida is ground zero for emergency preparedness in the industry and the rest of the states will look to Florida for guidance going forward. What happens in Florida will have consequences across the country. That is why I am pleased to use Argentum’s Silver PAC to match dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, to support FSL PC. I encourage your company to contribute before December 15 so Florida Argentum has the resources needed to advocate for our industry at this crucial time.”

Can we count on your corporation and communities to help us continue to protect Florida’s senior living communities, and thousands of jobs by contributing to Florida’s Senior Living Political Committee?

Our future depends on your financial support. Thank you for your contribution.

Warm regards,


David Nussbaum
Florida Senior Living PC Chair

Contribution Pledge

FSLA PC is a political action committee established under the laws of the State of Florida. FSLA PC Committee will make contributions to political candidates, political organizations, and to political parties who demonstrate their commitment to our principles and support of the association’s mission and vision.

 

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New Name, New Mission

We’re excited to announce an important change at FL Argentum. As of today, we will be known as the Florida Senior Living Association. This name change will better reflect what we do and the people we serve throughout the state.

Our mission is to serve professionally managed communities that provide choice, dignity, independence and quality of life for seniors. We will continue to advocate for and promote quality environments for seniors and the communities and workforces that serve them.

We are proud to represent you, our members, before the Florida Legislature, Governor’s Executive Agencies, and other state and local entities where senior living policy is decided. Moving forward, we are thrilled to continue offering our members high-level continuing education, a state-of-the-art conference and responsive support on a number of issues affecting this profession.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, like us on Facebook or visit our LinkedIn page . From all of us here at the Florida Senior Living Association, thank you for your membership and support!