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About Ascent Living Communities

A Focus on People

Ascent Living Communities is a Colorado based senior living owner and operator. Our focus is to provide a first class experience for our residents and their families, and to hire and retain the best associates in the business. We are a hands-on owner, and very involved in the operations of our communities. You will regularly find us at our communities working with our teams to create a more meaningful senior living experience than we believe you will find anywhere else.  Our founders’ 40 years of combined professional backgrounds provide the backbone of our operation. We have celebrated many successes with our residents, their families and our associates, and also worked through many challenges that we continuously learn from. All of this provides a steady foundation for us to build on and improve every day.

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Our Tenets in Action

Our company tenets are personified in five categories in order to provide actionable best practices and standards. This ensures that when a resident or family member chooses an Ascent community, a new associate joins our team, a new property is acquired, or a new investor or client comes onboard, every aspect of their experience is in line with the Ascent promise to elevate senior living.​

Whether you’re in the market for a new home for yourself or a loved one, an interested investor or client, or a senior living professional looking for careers with Ascent, we want to hear from you.

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Residents

  • Empower them

  • Pay tribute and respect

  • Be attentive to their wishes and requests

  • Make it fun

  • Maximize their ability to maintain independence and dignity 

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Extended Family

  • Remember that they influence resident referrals and are also customers

  • Recognize they are not trained to take care of aging parents

  • Integrate them into the culture of each of our senior living communities

  • Education forums and sensitivity support groups

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Associates

  • Foster cross-training and multi-tasking. All associates have 3 job descriptions, namely, primary function, each is a marketing representative of the community they work for and anything and everything else within physical means

  • Every department is a wheel and every staff member a spoke….create a sense of team

  • Identify with credentialed staff with a high degree of integrity and professionalism

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Each Community

  • Make each senior living community the market leader

  • Integrate each senior living community within the society of each town and market they are situated so they are identified and accepted as part of the neighborhood

  • Help stimulate the local economy and purchase goods and services from within the local market

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Investors & Clents

  • Our Founders are the infantry and we work closely the people that invest in and with us

  • We Listen, We Care, We Execute

  • We exceed normative operational efficiencies by applying fresh ideas with a unique perspective

  • We are upfront and open‐minded

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Management

The Ascent Founders are notable for their roll‐up‐your‐sleeves, detailed, and focused approach that is further augmented by creating a familial environment within each senior living community we own and/or operate. We create highly successful and market differentiated communities that we can hang our hats on. We are ambitious; however, we have the discipline and patience to operate within our means.

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Tom Finley

Founder & Principal
Mr. Finley is a founding member of Ascent. Prior to Ascent, he held positions with a senior living and development company as a finance and development manager. His professional career in finance and real estate began with Arthur Andersen in their tax consulting practice. He then worked for ProLogis, a large REIT, in various capacities ultimately serving as fund manager for a $2 billion property trust which was publicly traded on the Australian Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Havern School, a nationally recognized school serving students with diagnosed learning disabilities since 1967. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in accounting and taxation and is a certified public accountant (inactive).Mr. Finley is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, its communities, and future growth opportunities. He oversaw over $150 million in completed senior living development and acquisitions for the company over the last several years. He has over 20 years of experience in finance, real estate, and operations.
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Susie (Reimer) Finley

Founder & Principal
Susie (Reimer) Finley is a founder of Ascent. Her professional career in senior living spans over 20 years. She began her career working in various capacities in day-to-day operations for local and regional senior living operators in the Midwest. Mrs. (Reimer) Finley then joined Brookdale Senior Living, a national senior living firm, where she has served as Executive Director for two different communities in the Denver market. She joined Ascent in her current capacity in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology from the Ohio State University. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and served as a Board Member and the Assisted Living Chair of the Colorado Healthcare Association from 2011 to 2018.Mrs. (Reimer) Finley is responsible for Ascent’s operating model, strategic planning, functional programming, project design, and optimizing ongoing operational performance.
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Kristin Jez

Vice President
Mrs. Jez is Vice President of Ascent. Her professional career in senior living spans over two decades in management, including over 12 years with Brookdale Senior Living. She began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in senior living while attending college to become a Registered Nurse. She worked as a Registered Nurse in senior living communities for 14 years, which included a role as Director of Nursing in a skilled nursing community. She went on to obtain her Nursing Home Administrators license in 2011, and served as the Executive Director for 4 years of a community that consisted of a skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care. Her professional experience also includes 5 years in a marketing and clinical nurse liaison role. She remains dedicated to helping seniors and their families, advocating for their quality of life.Ms. Jez is responsible for oversight of community operations, clinical management and marketing strategic planning.