Kendal Corp. Promotes Marvell Adams Jr. to COO

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. — Kendal Corp., a Kennett Square-based owner-operator, has promoted Marvell Adams Jr. to the position of chief operating officer.

Adams formerly served as executive director/CEO of Kendal’s metro Washington, D.C.-area affiliate Collington. He will succeed Judy Braun, who retired in July after 17 years with Kendal. 

Adams took the helm as Collington’s executive director two months after the community’s affiliation with Kendal in June 2011. At that time, less than 70 percent of Collington’s 360 independent living cottages and apartments were occupied, and the community had millions of dollars in deferred maintenance. By the end of 2017, more than 95 percent of Collington’s cottages and apartments were occupied.

During his tenure, Adams led the successful restructuring of Collington’s debt and oversaw the investment of more than $30 million in infrastructure, addressing 10 years of deferred maintenance. Recently, he was elected to the board of directors of LeadingAge, a national association of nonprofit aging services providers.

Since 2016, Adams has served as Kendal’s director for emerging talent, helping Kendal affiliates to identify, develop and maintain high-quality internship/fellowship opportunities that are academically relevant for students. Over the past decade, he also has been a surveyor for CARF, an accrediting body for health service providers and retirement communities worldwide.

Adams previously served as COO/administrator of The Highlands at Pittsford, a continuing care retirement community in Rochester, N.Y. He began his career at Monroe Community Hospital, a long-term care community also in Rochester.

Adams received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and his master’s degree in health care administration from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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