Erickson Retirement Communities, parent company of the Hickory Chase development in Hilliard, has a new CEO.

Erickson Retirement Communities, parent company of the Hickory Chase development in Hilliard, has a new CEO.

John Erickson, chairman of Erickson Retirement Communities, named Bruce R. "Rick" Grindrod to the position of chief executive officer of the company on Dec. 17.

Erickson said Grindrod will help the company deal with today's economic conditions while looking toward long-term future growth.

Erickson Retirement Communities is one of the leading national developers of full-service retirement communities. Headquartered near Baltimore, Md., Erickson has built a network of 19 communities.

Erickson, who will remain chairman of the company, said Grindrod has the experience and expertise to lead the company.

"Rick is the right leader for this point in our company's history," Erickson said, noting that Grindrod has "exceptional experience required to shift our focus to the fundamentals of our business, providing the hallmark services to our residents and communities that are intrinsic to the Erickson brand. Rick and I have worked together for nearly 25 years, venturing into unknown territories, dealing with aggressive growth and stabilizing our business operations, yet always keeping our residents and their needs as our number one priority."

Grindrod served most recently as president of Erickson's developing enterprises. In this capacity, he led new business opportunities for Erickson Retirement Communities, including the Erickson School at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, as well as John Erickson's major philanthropic initiatives through the Erickson Foundation.

He also served as president of Erickson Health and Operations, leading operations management and growth of 19 communities with more than 20,000 residents and 10,000 employees. He also led the largest geriatric physician practice and the only Medicare C demonstration project within continuing care retirement communities.

Grindrod has a Master's in Business Administration in finance from Loyola College in Baltimore and a bachelor's from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.

Grindrod began his career in management administration in the flagship community, Charlestown, and progressively moved through community management to his most recent role.

Grindrod said he is excited about the future of the company. "Erickson's priority is to build and maintain communities where seniors can live a quality life to the fullest," he said. "Our long-term goals have not changed: our mission is to bring this lifestyle to as many seniors as possible, continuing to build out more communities in more cities as we grow."