Thomas J. Harrison
Board Member – Independent Director
Mr. Harrison is the Board Member – Independent Director of Discovery Senior Living, a premier regional developer and operator of high-end, rental senior-housing communities established in 2009. The company’s affiliated entities include: Aston Gardens Investors, Discovery Village Investors, Discovery At Home, Discovery Development Group, Discovery Management Group, Discovery Realty, Discovery University and Regency Pointe. Mr. Harrison founded Discovery Senior Living after having successfully served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Aston Care Systems, Inc. He guided Aston to a stabilized enterprise while achieving record revenues and profits. The operational success of Aston helped to bolster its portfolio sale to Sunrise Senior Living for $450 million dollars, a Senior Housing record (on a per-unit basis). Less than three years later, Mr. Harrison brought a team together that re-purchased Aston (Sunrises shares at a substantial discount), and became the managing director of the enterprise.
Mr. Harrison began his career as a home builder with Kaufman & Broad (a national homebuilder and publicly traded company) and has held various senior management level positions with major national homebuilders, including California Homes, Toll Brothers, Taylor Woodrow, Ashton Woods Homes, and WCI Communities. Mr. Harrison brings over 35 years of successful senior management experience to the organization with the last 20 years dedicated to senior living.
Mr. Harrison is a nationally recognized leader within the senior housing industry. His innovative and creative leadership has help set the standard for excellence in caring for seniors and building world-class senior residences that have garnered multiple national awards: National Association of Home Builders Senior Housing Council “Best Overall Senior Community,” “Best Clubhouse,” “Best Apartment Design,” Two-time Platinum Winner “Best Mail Campaigns,” and “Best Promotional Campaigns,” and also a Grand Aurora Award Winner “Best Overall Senior Housing Community.”
Programs such as the “Rent Protection Plan” and the “Home Sellers Program” have allowed seniors to enjoy the quality of life at Aston Garden communities (Senior Living Portfolio of 2,000 Units across Florida) without the worry of future financial challenges. Aston Gardens is proud of its over 97% resident satisfaction rating. Discovery University provides on-going exciting “no cost” educational programs for residents and thousands of seniors from the general community.
Mr. Harrison is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Florida and New York, and holds the CRB designation (Certified Real Estate Broker Manager) & SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) from National Association of Realtors. He is an approved New York State Real Estate Instructor. He has taught marketing at the University of Miami Graduate Law School and has been a visiting lecturer at the National Association of Home Builders, the Senior Housing Council and the National Association of Realtors. Among his many accomplishments include being awarded “Houston Builder of the Year,” “Texas Builder of the Year,” and National Gold Award for “Sales and Marketing Management.”
Mr. Harrison attended Glendale College and UCLA as an undergraduate, and has completed the “Executive Training Program” at Harvard’s Graduate School of Business. Mr. Harrison is a combat decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Division.
Mr. Harrison and his wife Michele live in Naples, Florida, and are active within the community. They are avid boaters and golfers. Mrs. Harrison is a member of the Naples Chambers Board and past President of Collier County Home Builders Association (CBIA) and the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR).