(Alexandria, Va.)—Argentum has named John Schulte as vice president of quality improvement. Schulte will support the continued development of the association’s quality initiative, which includes a multi-phased strategy for creating awareness and education, developing standards and guidelines, as well as certification and credentialing for senior living professionals.
In 2015, Argentum cited quality improvement as one of the association’s critical focus areas for senior living. It includes the need for an industry commitment to licensing and enforcement, state regulatory reform advocacy, growth in innovation, and standards for senior living. The standards initiative is designed to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to quality care and service and intended to complement state laws and regulations regarding seniors housing.
“It is vital that we continue working with industry stakeholders to further develop standards for excellence in senior living and senior housing, as well as establishing meaningful credentialing programs for industry professionals,” said James Balda, Argentum president & CEO. “We are extremely pleased that John has joined us at Argentum to lead these critically important initiatives.”
Schulte brings to Argentum more than 25 years of experience managing trade associations and working with volunteer leaders to establish standards and develop targeted professional development programs. Most recently, Schulte worked as the director of accreditation for Sufka & Associates in Washington, D.C. where he helped to restructure and prepare associations for personnel certification accreditation. Prior to serving in that role, he worked as the executive vice president for the National Environmental Balancing Bureau in Gaithersburg, Md. where he oversaw a team responsible for developing standards and personnel certification programs consistent with industry best practices.
“This is an exciting time for the senior living industry,” said Schulte. “I am honored to be a part of the Argentum team and look forward to contributing to the development of standards and certification programs that benefit senior living and those served by the industry.”
Schulte earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of New Orleans and has completed continuing education courses and workshops from the American National Standards Institute.
Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services to older adults and their families. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults. Learn more at argentum.org.