OAKLAND, Calif. – LeadingAge California member Piedmont Gardens recently announced Kevin H. Smith as its new executive director. In his position, Smith will oversee day-to-day operations of the continuing care retirement community, including residential living, dining, health services and life enrichment programs.
“Piedmont Gardens is a well-known senior living community in the Oakland area, and I’m proud to be part of a professional team that is so excited and sincere about senior living,” said Smith. “My background is in management for large hotels, and I hope to provide the same respect and way of living for our residents as we did for our guests.”
Smith has more than 20 years of leadership experience overseeing the success of large hotels in the New York area, including the New Yorker Hotel and the Cassa Hotel and Residences, both in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Prior to joining the executive team at Piedmont Gardens, he worked as the general manager for the Cassa Hotel under the Viceroy Hotel Group in New York.
“Kevin is a great asset to the Piedmont Gardens team and possesses the kind of leadership skills we hope to find in our executive associates,” said Jeff Glaze, senior vice president and chief operations manager at ABHOW. “He is passionate about spending quality time and interacting with residents and associates to get to know each and every one of them on a personal level.”
Smith is a graduate of Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in management and systems from New York University in New York, N.Y.