Mark Blazer has been named executive director of Splendido, a continuing care retirement community located in Rancho Vistoso.

Blazer is working with Splendido managers and staff “to further define the organization’s mission and strategic goals, as well as oversee the day-to-day community operations,” a release said.

“During the hiring process, the staff at Splendido has consistently said that our new executive director should be ambitious, innovative and have significant professional resources to help us provide the best living experience to our residents,” said Jean Brophy, vice president of senior living for Mather LifeWays, one of Splendido’s two operating partners. “In Mark, we have found a leader that understands and embraces our core philosophy of creating ways for older adults to age well.”

Blazer brings more than 27 years of experience in the fields of retirement community management, finance and health care to the organization. Most recently, he was the vice president of operations for Retirement Living Services in Hartford, Conn., where he was responsible for the management, oversight and support of more than 20 retirement communities across the United States.  He has also held vice president positions with Era Living in Seattle, Wash., and Pacific Retirement Services in Medford, Ore.

Blazer holds a bachelor’s degree in public health and business administration from Minnesota State University in Mankato. He attended graduate course work at Cal-State San Bernardino, and received his licensure in long term care administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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