Watermark Retirement Communities honors three Florida communities
TAMPA, Fla. (June 29, 2017) — Local retirement communities The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, The Watermark at Trinity in New Port Richey and The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods in Sarasota have received national recognition for their exemplary service and extraordinary communities.
Watermark Retirement Communities honored the communities during its annual Thrive Awards, which awards their communities across the nation for creating extraordinary communities where people thrive.
The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay took home nine awards, including the Betty Short Extraordinary Program award. This award is presented to the community that best exemplifies Short’s commitment to creating and executing a remarkable program for residents, including dining, environment, care, associate engagement and community life. The award is presented to one community each year.
“We’re honored to take home this national award and share it with our associates who put their heart and soul into creating an environment where our residents thrive,” said Suzanne Burtzlaff, Executive Director at The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay.
Kamron Van Donkersgoed, an associate at The Fountains, was given the Seth Machak Champion Award for his selfless attitude and random acts of kindness that make the community a better place.
The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods received six awards, including Executive Director of the Year for all Watermark communities nationwide. Peggy Beasley was honored with the award for her leadership excellence and for guiding the Sarasota community through a successful year of financial performance, standards reviews and associate and resident satisfaction. The community was also honored with Sales Director and Sales Team of the year.
“It’s incredibly humbling to be named the Executive Director of the Year,” said Beasley. “This honor is a testament to the incredible associates at our community who make my job easy and the residents who bring joy to our lives each and every day.”
Josh Marlowe, Executive Chef at The Watermark at Trinity, also received an award for the community’s Thrive Dining program, which is restoring the joy of dining for residents in their memory care neighborhood. Community life director Christina Barzelay received the Rookie of the Year award for her planning and execution of engaging programs and extraordinary resident events.
For more information on The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods and The Watermark at Trinity, visit www.watermarkcommunities.com.
About Watermark Retirement Communities, Inc.
In 2016, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) ranked Tucson-based Watermark Retirement Communities as the 16th largest senior housing operator in the U.S. Watermark’s commitment to creating extraordinary communities where people thrive dates back nearly 30 years to when it opened its first retirement community in 1987. A privately held company with a reputation of service, success, growth, integrity and financial stability, Watermark Retirement Communities manages 40 retirement communities coast to coast.