Nicholas “Nick” Harshfield has been appointed chief financial officer of West Des Moines, IA-based Lifespace Communities, effective July 1.

Harshfield brings more than 30 years of financial experience to the role, 15 years of which have been spent in senior living. During his career, he has held executive leadership positions in four senior living organizations, with a focus on developing and implementing strategic plans, integrating technology systems, securing financing for critical development projects and providing recommendations for acquisitions, divestitures and new business lines.

Harshfield will succeed longtime CFO Larry Smith, who is retiring after serving Lifespace for more than 17 years.

“Larry is the epitome of a servant leader, having delayed his retirement to serve as interim president and CEO in 2019 in addition to his CFO responsibilities,” Lifespace Communities President and CEO Jesse Jantzen said.

Lifespace Communities owns and operates 15 continuing care retirement communities in eight states, serving more than 5,100 residents and employing more than 3,900.