Members and potential members look to the CALA Board of Directors for representation and leadership. To have a better vision of all that these Assisted Living leaders do for their companies and CALA members, we asked them a series of questions. Their answers illuminate their ideas on work, community, and caring for seniors, and show the breadth and variety of companies represented on the CALA Board of Directors. To celebrate these thoughtful, dedicated people working on our members’ behalf, we will feature weekly interviews with each board member, available here and on the CALA Board of Directors webpage.
Chris Kasulka is president and CEO of Oakmont Management Group, which manages and/or owns 13 communities in California.
1. Why do you work in Assisted Living?
Assisted Living, to me, has a feel-good component, in that we get to help people every day. And the people that are drawn to this industry are really amazing.
2. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt, and why?
Real estate or travel. Real estate because I think it’s interesting; I love business generally speaking. And travel to combine passion, talent, and fun.
3. What are the most important things we should know about your company?
We are striving for the best buildings and the best operations. To make that happen, we need the best people who want to challenge the status quo.
4. How would you describe your experience on the CALA board?
Excellent. The CALA staff facilitates the top talent in California for the common good of our industry.
5. How would your colleagues describe you in three words?
Down to earth, positive, and experienced.
6. Who are your heroes, and why?
I just got back from a yoga and meditation retreat, so I would have to go with Eckhart Tolle, mostly because he gets the essence of life.
7. What advice was given to you that you feel elevated your performance in life?
I have been fortunate to have had many mentors and teachers, and some of their best advice I carry with me. Try to be present-moment focused. By changing the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Look for the positives. Surround yourself with like-minded people. I could go on!