Head of ALFA to step down

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Richard P. Grimes, the president and CEO of the Assisted Living Federation of America, has announced his retirement. His last day will be in July. 

Grimes oversaw ALFA for a decade. He said it has been a “glorious 10 years” and that the organization “is well-positioned to continue on its trajectory of growth and success."

An executive search firm will be recruiting for Grimes' successor. Maribeth Bersani, senior vice president of ALFA, will be the interim CEO.

In a statement, the organization noted that when Grimes began, ALFA was suffering from trying to be “all things to all people,” and that Grimes sharpened ALFA's focus. Today, ALFA is “recognized as one of the nation's leading and most influential trade associations in the world of senior living,” the organization said.

“Rick's retirement comes at a time when ALFA is working to prepare for the senior living industry of the future, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Working together, we will focus on those issues so crucial to the provision of quality care alternatives for our nation's senior population and their families,” said Brenda Bacon, chairman of the ALFA Board of Directors, in a statement. “Thanks to Rick, ALFA has the infrastructure, the professional staff, and the financial strength to make that leap. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Rick and we wish him good fortune and good health in his retirement.”

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