Leadership

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Benjamin M. Thompson

President and Chief Executive Officer
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Ben Thompson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides strategic leadership, planning, and vision for all aspects of the Company.

Thompson grew up in the family business and officially joined the Company in 2010. He has since gone on to serve as Operations Analyst, VP Special Projects, VP Procurement, VP Development, Executive Vice President, and President, before being promoted to his current role.

Thompson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, where he double majored, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Management and Society.

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Joshua E. K. Thompson

Chief Marketing Officer
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Josh Thompson is the Chief Marketing Officer of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides the strategies and initiatives for all the Company’s marketing and sales.

Thompson grew up in the family business and officially joined the Company in 2012. He has since gone on to serve as, VP Procurement, Lifestyle Advisor at Marsh’s Edge, a St. Simons Island, Georgia continuing care retirement community managed by Senior Living Communities, and VP Marketing, before being promoted to his current role.

Thompson is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

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Aniello Salierno

Chief Information Officer
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Aniello Salierno is the Chief Information Officer of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides direction for all the Company’s information technology strategy.

Salierno joined the Company in 2003 as Finance Director for The Lakes at Pointe West, a Florida continuing care retirement community previously managed by Senior Living Communities. He has since gone on to serve as an Executive Director and VP Operations, before being promoted to his current role. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Salierno was the Assistant Branch Manager for Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Salierno is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is also a licensed Assisted Living Administrator.

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Chris Wente

Chief Accounting Officer
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Chris Wente is the Chief Accounting Officer of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides direction for all the Company’s accounting functions.

Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Wente was the Corporate Controller at Portrait Innovations. Wente started his accounting career with Deloitte, ultimately working his way up to Audit Manager. The primary industries served while at Deloitte were healthcare and manufacturing.

Wente is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he earned his Master of Accounting. He is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

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Blair Quasnitschka

Vice President of Operations
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Blair Quasnitschka is the Vice President of Operations of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides direction for the Company’s operations in Connecticut, North Carolina, and inland South Carolina.

Quasnitschka joined the Company in 2017 as the Executive Director for Evergreen Woods, a Branford, Connecticut continuing care retirement community managed by Senior Living Communities. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, he was an Administrator for a few senior housing operators, such as iCare Management, and Genesis Healthcare. Prior to working in senor housing, Quasnitschka was a Tournament Director for the PGA of America.

Quasnitschka is a graduate of Springfield College, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Administrators.

Matthew Barger

Matthew Barger

Vice President of Operations
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Matthew Barger is the Vice President of Operations of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides direction for the Company’s operations in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, and Coastal South Carolina.

Barger joined the Company in 2017 as the Director of Dining Services for Osprey Village, an Amelia Island, Florida life plan community managed by Senior Living Communities. He has gone on to serve as the Care Services Administrator, Lifestyle Advisor Care Services, and Executive Director, before being promoted to his current role. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Barger was a managing partner at Suri Restaurant Group and was a director of dining services for Harbor’s Edge Senior Living.

Barger is a graduate of South University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of Nichols College, where he earned his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. He is also a licensed Assisted Living Administrator.

David Dunn

David Dunn

Vice President of Wellmore
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David Dunn is the Vice President of Wellmore of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides direction for the Company’s operations at the Wellmore communities in South Carolina and The Charlotte in North Carolina.

Dunn joined the Company in 2015 as the Executive Director for Wellmore of Tega Cay, a Tega Cay, South Carolina Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Rehab community managed by Senior Living Communities. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Dunn was Vice President of Operations for Senior Services of America, LLC.

Dunn is a graduate of Marshall University, where he earned his Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. He is also a graduate of West Virginia State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He is a licensed Assisted Living and Nursing Home Administrator.

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Nerissa H. Nelson

Vice President of Human Resources
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Nerissa Nelson is the Vice President of Human Resources of Maxwell Group, Inc. She oversees all aspects of Human Resources for the Company, including recruitment, workforce development, training, retention and benefits.

Nelson joined the Company in 2010 as Director of Talent Management. She has since gone on to serve in a variety of HR roles, such as VP Talent Management and VP Recruitment, before being promoted to her current role. She has spent her entire career in HR and states, “every team member at every level deserves to be valued, respected and heard”. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Nelson worked for Federated Department Stores, Inc. and Nations Bank.

Nelson holds certifications in Human Resources and Aging Studies.

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Dushyanth Biyyala

Vice President of Business Development
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Dushyanth Biyyala is the Vice President of Business Development of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides direction for all the Company’s new business opportunities and acquisitions.

Biyyala joined the Company in July of 2018 as Senior Associate. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Biyyala was in the Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Group at Jefferies.

Biyyala is a graduate of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Minor in Public Policy.

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Rhonda Wolff

Vice President of Care Services
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Aimee L. Simmons

Vice President of Programming & Training
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Aimee Simmons is the Vice President of Programming & Training of Maxwell Group, Inc. She oversees and provides direction for all the Company’s training, wellness, and social initiatives.

Simmons joined the Company in 2012 as Vice President of Healthcare Marketing, where she oversaw all the Company’s Care Services sales. In 2013 Simmons accepted a position elsewhere in the industry and most recently served as Executive Director of Waltonwood-Cotswold before rejoining the Company as VP Programming.

Simmons is a graduate of Lander University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science. She is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia care.

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Angela Gist

Vice President of Clinical Development
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Angela Gist is the Vice President of Clinical Development of Maxwell Group, Inc. She oversees all of the Company’s clinical services, as well as works with the communities on developing best in class care.

Gist joined the Company in 1998 as Assisted Living Administrator at Summit Hills, a Spartanburg, South Carolina continuing care retirement community managed by Senior Living Communities. She has gone on to serve as the Director of Nursing at Summit Hills, before being promoted to her current role. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Gist worked in Acute Care, Med/Surgery and Urology Nursing.

Gist is a graduate of University of South Carolina–Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She is a Licensed Registered Nurse, Community Residential Care Facility Administrator, and a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

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Adam Sears

Vice President of Dining
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Adam Sears is the Vice President of Dining of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides direction for all the Company’s Dining Services.

Sears joined the Company in 2014 as Director of Creative Dining. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Sears was the Owner and Chef of Merge, a New American & French restaurant located in Amelia Island, Florida. Sears extensive background in dining includes working for Ritz-Carlton, Omni Hotels & Resorts, and The Breakers–Palm Beach.

Sears is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts.

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Tim W. Andrews

Vice President of Construction
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Tim Andrews is the Vice President of Construction of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees all aspects of the Company’s construction, including start-up operations and maintenance of operational communities.

Andrews joined the Company in 1989 in a facility maintenance role at Heritage Hills, a Hendersonville, North Carolina retirement community previously managed by Maxwell Group. He has since gone on to serve in several related roles including Director of Development for Aaron Enterprises. Most recently, Andrews was the VP Facility Services, where he oversaw all aspects of the Company’s facility services.

Andrews holds several licenses and certificates in multiple maintenance and construction fields.

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Chris VanDruff

Vice President of Facility Services
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Chris VanDruff is the Vice President of Facility Services of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees all aspects of the Company’s facility services, including training, coordination, and quality control.

Prior to joining Maxwell Group, VanDruff was the Director of Facilities at Queens University of Charlotte where oversaw all the maintenance, repair, and operations of the Universities facilities. Prior to working at Queens University, VanDruff worked in various facility management roles at organizations such as Arnot Ogden Hospital and Cornell University.

VanDruff is a graduate of Cornell University, where he earned his Master of Industrial and Labor Relations. He holds several licenses and certificates in multiple maintenance and construction fields.

Jennifer Currie

Jennifer Currie

Vice President of Benefits
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Jennifer Currie is the Vice President of Benefits of Maxwell Group, Inc. She oversees and provides direction for the Company’s benefit programs and other areas of Human Resources.

Currie joined the Company in 2010 as Human Resources Associate before being promoted to her current role. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Currie worked in training and development for Bank of America and in the hospitality and hotel industry.

Currie is a graduate of Winthrop University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Currie is a SHRM Certified Professional and a certified Professional in Human Resources.

Heidi Fava

Heidi Fava

Controller
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Heidi Fava is the Controller of Maxwell Group, Inc. She oversees and provides direction for all the Company’s accounting functions in conjunction with our CAO.

Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Heidi held various finance leadership roles, including 16 years with AAA Carolinas where she was the Director of Finance. She has experience in the Insurance, Automotive, Travel, Car Wash, and Construction industries. She started her career at a regional CPA firm in NY before relocating to NC.

Heidi is a graduate of Pace University, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Public Accounting. She was a licensed CPA in NY.

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Andrew Parker

Creative Director
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Andy Parker is the Creative Director of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides direction for all the Company’s lead generation efforts, as well as the external and internal branding.

Parker joined the Company in 2008 as Webmaster. He has since gone on to serve as Assistant Creative Director, before being promoted to his current role. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Parker was the Art Director & Web Designer for Burke Communications Design Agency.

Parker is a graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Time Based Media.

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Gina Gaines

Director of Design
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Gina Gaines is the Director of Design of Maxwell Group, Inc. She oversees and provides direction for all the Company’s renovations and new construction projects.

Gaines joined the Company in 2014 as Design Specialist. She has since gone on to serve as Senior Designer and Project Manager, before being promoted to her current role. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Gaines was the owner of Gina S. Gaines Interiors, focusing on commercial, residential, hospitality & healthcare.

Gaines is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.

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Sheryl Brown

Regional Sales Director
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Sheryl Brown is a Regional Sales Director of Maxwell Group, Inc. She oversees and provides direction for the Company’s sales at communities in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Brown joined the Company in 2014 as a Lifestyle Advisor at Wellmore of Tega Cay, a Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan care services retirement community managed by Maxwell Group. She has since gone on to serve as the Regional Sales Director of Care Services, before being promoted to her current role. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Brown worked in a variety of sales and marketing roles in the senior housing industry.

Brown is a graduate of Winthrop University, where she earned her Bachelor of Social Work. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Sarah E. Privette

Sarah E. Privette

Regional Sales Director
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Sarah Privette is a Regional Sales Director of Maxwell Group, Inc. She oversees and provides direction for the Company’s sales at communities in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Privette was a National Sales Specialist with Life Care Services, where she coached and trained sales teams at communities throughout the country. Prior to working with Life Care Services, Privette was a Regional Sales Director for Legacy Senior Living, overseeing their Florida, Tennessee, and Virginia Communities.

Privette is a graduate of Mitchell Community College, where she earned Associate of Science in Healthcare Administration & Management.

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Heather Stewart

Director of Talent Acquisitions
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Heather Stewart is the Director of Talent Acquisitions of Maxwell Group, Inc. She oversees all aspects of the Company’s recruiting efforts, including candidate sourcing, ad placement, management of applicant tracking system, screening, and pre-employment testing.

Prior to joining Maxwell group, Stewart was a Recruiting Consultant for Cornerstone RPO, where she provided full recruiting life cycle functions for companies such as Google. Prior to working with Cornerstone, Stewart worked in other Recruiting, Human Resources, and Marketing roles.

Stewart is a graduate of Florida State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications.

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Jermaine Fluker

Programming & Events Director
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Jermaine Fluker is the Programming & Events Director of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees and provides direction for all the Company’s programming and events.

Fluker joined the Company in 2008 as Social Director for The Cascades Verdae, a Greenville, South Carolina continuing care retirement community managed by Senior Living Communities. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Fluker worked for ADT Security Services and was the Youth Sports Director for the City of Greenville, South Carolina.

Fluker is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

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Davis Martin

Procurement Manager
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Davis Martin is the Procurement Manger of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees all aspects of the Company’s vendor contracts.

Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Martin worked for Charlotte Pipe and Foundry in their Cast Iron Production division.

Martin is a graduate of The Citadel–The Military College of South Carolina, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

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Taylor Thornburg

Director of Information & Technology
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Taylor Thornburg is the Director of Information & Technology of Maxwell Group, Inc. He oversees all aspects of the Company’s IT infrastructure and support of the communities.

Thornburg joined the Company in 2012 as a Network Engineer and IT support staff. He has since gone on to serve as Systems Administrator, before being promoted to his current role. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Thornburg was a Network Engineer for CNP Technologies and prior to that IRIS Solutions.

Thornburg attended Wofford College, where he studied Computer Science. He also attended Winthrop University, where he studied Theatre and Sociology.

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