David C. Koelling – President
A nationally known restaurateur, David pioneered fine cuisine in the dinner cruise market, serving as chief operating officer of Odyssey Cruises, active in Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C. Drawing upon his business acumen, he has consulted for high-profile restaurant and food-service operations such as Michael Jordan Golf Centers, Jack Nicklaus’ Wynstone Country Club Development and Peapod Grocery. Additionally, he founded highly-rated restaurants including The Greenery and Biloxi Grill, both in suburban Chicago.
David served as Vice President of Corporate Services for Senior Lifestyle Corporation which operates more than 80 retirement communities nationally. He led the company’s corporate support teams in the areas of Hospitality, Programming, Dining Services, Property Operations and Purchasing. Koelling and his team were recognized with the 2011 Industry Innovator Award from the International Counsel on Active Aging, and the Best of The Best 2012 Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America for the development of Brain Health University.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. He was twice nominated for Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and has received the Partner in Eldercare award from the state of Illinois for his work in providing meals for seniors in need.
RonnDa J. Peters – Vice President, Marketing & Sales
RonnDa has over 19 years of sales and marketing management experience in the hospitality and senior living industries. Her experience as Director of Sales in the hospitality industry is a sound foundation for sales and marketing strategies and management in senior living. As Vice President of Marketing at Senior Lifestyle Corporation, she developed a complete new branding, website and marketing platform for the company. Peters held the positions of Sales Specialist, Regional Sales Manager, Corporate Sales Programs Manager and National Sales Trainer for Alterra Healthcare (now part of Brookdale). RonnDa holds a Bachelor of Arts in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Wisconsin at Stout.
In addition to marketing responsibilities, she developed sales training tools, training programs as well as leadership training programs and tools focused on hospitality. She is passionate about developing a synergy among senior community leadership teams to maximize ROI and cost effective management strategies.