serves as a go-to lawyer for high-profile, complex senior housingtransactions. Throughout her nearly 25-year industry career,Olson has led groundbreaking, transformative transactions; someof which have altered the landscape of the industry. As a partnerat Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Olson has additionally led the firm’s Chicago office real estate group since 2006.Representing some of the sector’s largest entities and equityinvestors within her real estate practice, Olson advises owners andoperators throughout the country on their joint-venture, leasing,management and other financial arrangements, while overseeingattorney development and business development strategies forthe group. She notably represented Brookdale Senior Living Inc.in restructuring its lease agreement with Ventas; resulting in $500million in rent reduction, additional lease modifications and a
$100 million portfolio sale.
FIVE STAR SENIOR LIVING
Upon assuming the position of CEO
and president at Five Star Senior
Living in January 2019, after serving
as the company’s general counsel for
seven years, Katherine Potter immedi-
ately prioritized and led a year-long
restructuring change which led to a
management agreement with
Diversified Healthcare Trust. Setting a
clear course for business continuity
and ensuring a financially viable future, Potter redefined the
company’s mission, evaluated its values, invested in talent,
added new functional areas and created robust financial plan-
ning and analysis group. In addition to influencing the more
than $34 million investment in salaries and wages in 2019, she
created a culture of transparency and innovation by leveraging
data analytics and establishing strategic partnerships, in effort to
further operational efficiency and enhance resident experience.
While overseeing nearly 26,000 team members and more than
260 senior living communities, Potter has made substantial
progress for the firm.
DEKEL STRATEGIC INVESTORSStriving to change the perception of thesenior housing market, Shlomi Ronenworks to alter the way that senior livingfacilities are created, to offer a homelike atmosphere for residents. Withinhis role as managing principal at DekelStrategic Investors, Ronen establishesstrong relationships with developers, inorder to create facilities that offer exceptional care and high-end amenities,
such as yoga studios, Cordon Bleu-trained chefs, hair salons, movietheaters and more. While overseeing the firm’s proprietary equityfund, Ronen drives the firm’s senior living facility pipeline andarranges financing for numerous high-level senior housing projects; filling the increasing demand for the growing population. Inaddition to his work within the company, Ronen serves as a realestate capital markets adjunct professor in USC’s master’s of realestate program.
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In 1977, Mark Hamister, founder and CEO of Hamister
Group, LLC, started his first senior housing company.
In the early 1980’s he realized that his assisted livingfacilities would gain a huge competitive advantage if westarted operating them like luxury resort hotels. After acareful study of the Ritz-Carlton and Disney models, weimplemented a hospitality-oriented customer serviceculture and saw an immediate increase in the quality ofservice and experience delivered by our facilities.
For over 43 years, Hamister Group has successfullyowned and operated commercial real estate, improvingcash flow to provide exceptional investor returns.Focusing on senior housing and middle-market hotels,we believe that our funds are designed to provide a tax-advantage, income generating investment resistant tomarket downturns.
Our time-tested strategy is led by asenior management team with over125 years of combined experience.No one person is responsible,instead Mark Hamister creditshis team who work in unison todeliver results during good andchallenging times.