Wingardner brings wealth of experience managing continuing care retirement communities to the Palm Beach Gardens community
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Jim Wingardner has been named the new executive director of Devonshire at PGA National, an Erickson Living retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He officially began work in his new role on February 1, 2016.Wingardner, who has been with Erickson Living for ten years, brings nearly 20 years of senior living managerial acumen to the community. His career history also reflects the diverse hospitality management experience he gained while working for a hotel management and development company in Florida. "It's an exciting time to be part of the Devonshire community," said Wingardner. "I'm truly looking forward to working with the residents and staff who make it such an exceptional destination for retirement living."In 2006, Wingardner joined Erickson Living's Linden Ponds community in Hingham, Massachusetts, as associate executive director. Later that year, he became the executive director at Brooksby Village, Linden Ponds' sister community located in Peabody, Massachusetts. In 2013, Wingardner made the transition back to Linden Ponds to serve as executive director. Prior to his experience with Erickson Living, Wingardner served as the executive director of Lasell Village in Newton, Massachusetts, and as director of operations at Fox Hill Village in Westwood, Massachusetts."Jim's proven leadership and expertise in aging services, as well as his distinct health care experience will play a key role in helping Erickson Living further serve the senior marketplace in southeast Florida," said Kerry Jones, Vice President of Regional Operations for Erickson Living. Wingardner earned a Master of Science degree in elder care management from Lasell College and an undergraduate degree from Southern New Hampshire University in hotel/restaurant management. About Devonshire at PGA National: Devonshire at PGA National, one of 18 Erickson Living retirement communities, is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Devonshire offers distinctive retirement living complete with spacious apartment homes, valet services and concierge support, premier dining venues, and convenient access to health services, all located just minutes from Southeast Florida's best shopping, dining, and cultural activities.