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Wind Crest Names Tom Carlson Leader of the Year

April 1, 2019

Director of Dining Services recognized for contributions to Highlands Ranch retirement community

Highlands Ranch, Colo. – April 1, 2019Wind Crest, a continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living, has named Director of Dining Services Tom Carlson its Leader of the Year.

Last month, he was honored along with 19 other leaders, one from each of Erickson Living's communities across the country, at the company's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Leader of the Year recognition is given to a manager or director who continually demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities and inspires, motivates and empowers his or her team members to commit to excellence in serving Wind Crest residents.

As the Director of Dining Services at Wind Crest, Mr. Carlson oversees operations at Wind Crest's six restaurants featuring diverse dining experiences and distinctive menus, along with the community's team of culinary professionals, including chefs, restaurant managers, service managers, catering staff and servers. He also serves as a key member of Wind Crest's Executive Team.

"Tom is an enthusiastic leader whose commitment to self-leadership inspires those around him to be better," said Executive Director Craig Erickson. "He is a careful decision-maker, skilled communicator and dedicated to developing others, even during times of significant change. As a result of his leadership, Wind Crest has seen meaningful increases in resident satisfaction and employee engagement rates this year."

Mr. Carlson has more than 25 years of restaurant industry experience. Prior to joining the Wind Crest team in July 2017, he owned and operated several restaurants as part of a multi-national brand. In addition, he brings a an exceptionally well-rounded professional  background to Wind Crest, having honed his skills in a variety of leadership roles including finance, marketing, public relations, media strategy, culinary development, business development, and government relations. Tom earned a bachelor of science degree in statistical marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder followed by an M.B.A. in operations management.

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as Leader of the Year at Wind Crest," said Carlson. "Especially to be nominated by my peers, for whom I have so much respect and admiration. As a community, we have had a very strong year which I believe is a direct result of the way this team works together and the deep relationships that we have. I'm incredibly grateful to be a part of that team and this community."

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About Wind Crest: Wind Crest, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 84-acre campus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The community is located in Douglas County and is home to more than 1,300 residents who are supported by a team of more than 600 employees. Additional information about Wind Crest can be found at