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BALTIMORE—Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management named Marilynn Duker, CEO at Brightview Senior Living, the 2019 Business Leader of the Year. The award honors business executives who embody Loyola’s Jesuit commitment to community and service in the leadership of their organization.

Marilynn Duker

“Selecting our Business Leader of the Year offers us an opportunity to recognize a member of the business community who has a distinctive approach to leadership—and whose organization is making a difference in our community,” said Kathleen A. Getz, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. “Marilynn Duker is a leader with strong vision and a deep commitment both to creating high-quality housing and to instilling a wonderful sense of community among the residents who choose Brightview Senior Living.”

In her role as CEO, Duker directs strategies for operations and long-term growth of the business. Duker joined Brightview Senior Living in 1982, which was then known as the Shelter Group. She began her career as a developer and has been involved in every phase of the company’s operations and growth.

Duker serves on the Mercy Health Systems board of trustees, the University of Maryland at Baltimore BioPark Corporation board of directors, the College of Wooster’s board of trustees, and the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing (NIC) operator advisory board. She is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee LEADERship program.

Prior to Brightview Senior Living, Duker served as a presidential intern at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the College of Wooster and her master’s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brightview Senior Living has more than 35 award-winning senior living communities in eight states along the East Coast and has over 4,000 employees.

About Business Leader of the Year

The Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business and Management has honored a Business Leader of the Year since 1983, recognizing those whose vision, dedicated effort, and singular commitment to the highest ideals of business have distinguished them and their organizations as among the very best in the nation. More than 800 executives and managers from Maryland’s most prestigious public, private, and nonprofit organizations attend the event each year. Thomas S. Bozzuto, chairman and co-founder of The Bozzuto Group, was honored in 2018.

About Brightview Senior Living 

Brightview Senior Living builds, owns, and operates award-winning vibrant senior living communities in eight states along the East Coast: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia. We offer senior independent living, assisted living, enhanced care, and Wellspring Village®, a specialized neighborhood for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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