VERO BEACH, Fla. — Harbor Retirement Associates, a regional senior living development and management company based in Vero Beach, has hired Gottfried Ernst as its new vice president of hospitality.
Ernst will be responsible for designing, planning and implementing standards, policies and programs regarding the delivery of services to Harbor’s residents nationwide.
After obtaining his degree in hospitality management and tourism, Ernst worked at several hotels in Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. He began his career in the seniors housing industry in 2001 at Brookdale Senior Living where, over the past 15 years, he held both community and corporate leadership positions. He most recently served Brookdale as vice president of dining services.
HRA operates 25 communities under the Regency Park and HarborChase brands and is partnering on the development and acquisition of eight more communities in eight states. The company hopes to double in size over the next three years.