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Recognition Programs

Senior Living Leaders Under 40

Emerging visionaries and thought leaders will be considered for: leading and implementing programs to advance senior living initiatives; working to advance meaningful public policy on behalf of senior living providers and those they serve; taking opportunities to educate the public on the “heart” of senior living; and/or involved with science or academia that is advancing the gerontological field.

This recognition program is open to members and nonmembers of Argentum. Both self-nominations and nominations on behalf of another individual will be accepted.  Those selected for recognition will be featured in Senior Living Executive magazine and will be acknowledged at the Senior Living Executive Conference. Learn more about the 2019 Senior Living Leaders Under 40.

Awards for Senior Living Companies

Best of the Best Awards

The Argentum Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative new programs and services that are working to improve the future of senior living. Awards and recognition will focus on programs and initiatives advancing excellence in senior living by addressing solutions for resident & family engagement, sales & marketing, sustainability & environmental design, resident health & wellness, human resources & organizational development, and technology & innovation. Winners receive a company program or service profile in Senior Living Executive magazine. Learn more about the 2019 Best of the Best winners

Senior Living By Design Awards

The Argentum Senior Living by Design Awards honor architects, design firms, and senior living providers that achieve innovative architecture in senior living communities. The Senior Living by Design Award winners are published annually in Senior Living Executive magazine. Nominations are open to members and non-members of Argentum. See the 2018 Senior Living by Design winners.

Awards for Senior Living Professionals

Hero Awards

The Argentum Hero Awards recognize individuals who are ideal representatives of the hundreds of thousands of people serving in the senior living field. Nominated by regional/company executives and executive directors of senior living communities, these individuals represent the highest levels of excellence, caring and dedication in senior living. Recipients are recognized annually at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference.

A special award category, Hero Award for Leadership in the Face of a Natural Disaster, was first introduced in 2018 and recognizes an individual who demonstrated courage, valor, and clear-thinking during a natural disaster. Learn more about the 2019 Hero Awards recipients.

Senior Living Community Leadership Award

The Argentum Senior Living Community Leadership Award recognizes Executive Directors for exemplary leadership in senior living community management. The Executive Director is responsible for providing overall leadership in the day-to-day operation of a senior living community and charged with maintaining staff, resident and family engagement in addition to budget adherence and regulatory compliance. A recipient is recognized annually at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference. Learn more about the 2019 Senior Living Community Leadership Award recipient.


See the 2019 Hero and Senior Living Community Leadership videos.

Awards News


Benchmark Associate Wins 2019 Excellence Award from Massachusetts Assisted Living Association

Michelle Tristani, corporate director of memory care for Benchmark, was named the recipient of the Employee Leadership Award by the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA) at the organization’s annual Excellence Awards Dinner in May. The awards are presented each year to individuals at every level of assisted living who have demonstrated their desire to make…


Benchmark Dining Services Director Wins 2019 Excellence Award from Massachusetts Assisted Living Association

Haverhill, Mass. – Robert Lapre, dining services director for Benchmark Senior Living at Haverhill Crossings in Haverhill, Mass., an assisted living and memory care community, was named a recipient of the Dining Services Award by the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA) at the organization’s annual Excellence Awards Dinner in May. The awards are presented each…


CALA News & Views Magazine Receives Two Awards

Sacramento, CA — The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) announces that their member publication, the CALA News & Views magazine, has been awarded both the Gold Level and Platinum Level in the 2019 Hermes Creative Awards. CALA News & Views is a quarterly magazine with a distribution of over 1000. The publication is designed to…


Benchmark Named a Best Workplace by Great Place to Work Institute for Second Straight Year

Waltham, Mass. – Benchmark announced that Great Place to Work Institute has certified the company as a Great Place to Work for the second straight year. The certification process considered more than 4,500 anonymous associate surveys gathered from Benchmark’s home office and its nearly 60 senior care communities throughout the Northeast. The survey measured associate pride…


Benchmark Founder Tom Grape Receives Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award From Mass-ALA

Waltham, Mass. – Benchmark announced that its founder, chairman and CEO, Tom Grape, has received the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association’s (Mass-ALA) inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Grape was honored for his pioneering efforts over the last 30 years, which have led to the establishment and growth of the assisted living industry in Massachusetts and nationally. More than…


CALA Announces Senior Living Chef Named Culinary Knockout Champion

Sacramento, CA – The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) announces that Chef Mikah Montoya with The Oars Senior Living in Citrus Heights has been awarded Culinary Knockout Champion. The Culinary Knockout Competition, a first-of-its-kind event connecting culinary students with senior living executive chefs, was held on April 24th at Sysco’s Sacramento headquarters. Chef Mikah will…

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