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(Alexandria, Va.)—This week, Argentum recognized extraordinary senior living employees and innovative programs at the 2019 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The Argentum Hero Awards and Argentum Senior Living Community Leadership Award honor employees who represent the highest levels of excellence, caring, and dedication across the industry. Kim Campbell, an advocate for eradicating Alzheimer’s disease and widow of Grammy Hall of Fame & award-winning music artist Glen Campbell, helped to present the awards to each of the deserving individuals.

Penny Smith, executive director at Vi Bentley Village, a Vi senior living community in Naples, Fla., was honored with the 2019 Argentum Senior Living Community Leadership Award. Her compassion and commitment to the residents and staff at Vi Bentley Village is evident through her enthusiasm, support, and focus on relationship building. Smith exemplifies the qualities necessary to effectively and efficiently lead a senior living community.

“[Penny’s] years of experience, confidence, poise, decisiveness, and inclusive management style keeps everyone focused on excellence,” said Randy Richardson, president, Vi. “She cares deeply about the residents, her team, and the success of the organization. What more could we ask for?”

This year, three individuals received Argentum Hero Awards:

Argentum’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative new programs and services that are working to improve the future of senior living. This year, four companies were recognized for their enrichment programs:

“We are so pleased to present these awards and would like to share our appreciation to the individuals, companies, and communities for continually working to improve quality of life for those we serve across the industry,” said James Balda, Argentum president & CEO.

The Best of the Best winners are profiled in the March/April issue of Senior Living Executive magazine. The Hero Awards and Senior Living Community Leadership Award recipients will be profiled in the May/June issue.

About Argentum
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. Argentum’s work is driven by its membership. For more information about joining Argentum in its mission to raise the bar of excellence in senior living, please visit . Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults. Learn more at


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