Regional Executive Director
Ms. Butler is the Regional Executive Director for Discovery Senior Living. She is responsible for the overall operations of the company’s communities on Florida’s east coast.
Ms. Butler brings more than 30 years of progressive management experience in senior housing, restaurant operations, financial support of operations, and strategic planning. Her proven track record, leadership and analytical skills are all critical for Discovery Senior Living’s continued success.
She has been a driving force with Discovery Senior Living since 1999 when she was selected to head up the new community of Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons in Parkland, Florida. She joined the team as construction and pre-leasing activities were underway, and continued with successful and profitable operations ever since. Her responsibilities included overseeing day-to-day operations of the upscale, 325-unit senior community offering independent living, assisted living and memory care services.
Ms. Butler had significant involvement in the community’s recruiting, hiring and training of all executive staff, including Maintenance, Housekeeping, Food Service, Assisted Living Administrator, Director of Nursing, Sales and Marketing team, Activities and Resident Services Directors. She has a remarkable record of success in the retention of key staff as well. Her duties also required the development and management of budgets with revenues in excess of $15 million, exceeding earnings expectations multiple times. She was also a key figure in maintaining occupancy rates at or above 97 percent.
Prior to joining Discovery Senior Living, Ms. Butler had a 23-year career with Walt Disney World in Orlando that encompassed restaurant operations, financial analysis and strategic planning. She was a food and beverage restaurant manager for 10 years, and later was promoted to an operations position in the company’s food processing center. She finished her career there as a senior financial analyst where, among a host of other accomplishments, she participated in the development of the global strategy for the $1 billion food and beverage line of business for Walt Disney World.
Ms. Butler’s other passions in life are family, golf and travel.