John Russell, Executive Director
Blake Management Group hired on John, in July of 2015, as Executive Director of their newly opened, exquisitely appointed senior community, Vantage Pointe Village at Ashland City.
John comes to Vantage Pointe with over 25 years of executive experience. Including more than 5 years in senior living management, having served as an Executive Director for Both Emeritus Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living. As well as Strategic Manager of Holiday Retirement, which included the training of Executive Directors in a region consisting of twelve Retirement Homes through-out the southeast. His career includes 20 years as the CEO of Russell Business Solutions, Inc, an independent consulting firm he owned and operated in Mobile, AL.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, John has two bachelor’s degrees, Philosophy & Corporate Law, both from Springhill College in Alabama. He and his beautiful wife, Connie, recently purchased a new home not far from the Vantage Pointe Community, in Pleasant View, Tennessee. Surrounded by green pastures and grandkids, they have planted roots to the delight of his residents and management team at VPV!
John entered the senior living arena looking for a way to enjoy his work and work towards helping others, “I believe that in order to truly help seniors, it must become a way of life for you. This is not a 9-5 job, but a passion for those with whom I work with each and every day, to enrich the lives of the seniors we serve. I am blessed to have such a great team who strive towards this goal in all that they do. It’s been said that if you do what you love for a living, you will never work a day in your life.”
As a black belt-certified Six Sigma, John brings to his leadership at VPV experience, training and focus. John thinks of his team and his residents as one big family. A leadership quote every day encourages and sometimes amuses his directors, believing that laughter is good for morale. Scott Hames, Senior Regional Director of Operations, Blake Management Group says “John’s leadership ability and passion for serving seniors is second to none. We are honored to have him part of the BMG family.”
After spearheading a very successful Grand Opening for Vantage Pointe Village in August of 2015, John has diligently pursued Vantage Pointe’s rapid growth.
Ashland City, located just 20 minutes outside of Nashville (recently voted “…a most desirable cities to live in America.”), is a quiet and quaint town which boasts of one of the finest public parks in Tennessee, “River Bluff Park,” along with a vibrant senior community. VPV is now poised to become one of the leading, full-service senior living communities in Middle Tennessee, with 80 Assisted Living and Memory Care apartments and future plans to open an adjacent 60+ independent villas, John welcomes the challenge and looks forward to a very busy 2016!
Vantage Pointe Village is owned by Alabama-based, Mr. Ron Wilkinson of Vantage Pointe Investments, LLC and operated by Blake Management Group of Jackson, Mississippi.