Like many of Brookdale’s corporate associates, Bear Mahon joined the senior living industry out of a desire to serve others. His introduction to senior living came through the therapy and rehabilitation field. During his 18-year career in the industry, Mahon has served in nearly every imaginable capacity, from activities director to executive director at a community, and in various corporate roles with Brookdale. In his current position, Regional Vice President – Operations Lead, Mahon is charting a new course for executive directors and community operations.
“At Brookdale our leaders and team members embrace a servant’s heart and empower us to touch the lives of the ones we serve,” Mahon said. “Our company provides many pathways to achieve your dreams of caring for and leading others toward fulfilling their mission and calling in life. We have the chance every day to show our love and how much we truly care. Joining our team will take your life from ordinary to extraordinary as we work together to make a difference. Take the leap and we’ll catch you.”
Mahon’s interest in service comes naturally. He grew up in a military family and both of his parents spent time in the medical field, working in hospitals.
“I grew up walking the floors, talking with patients, and spending late nights in my parents’ offices,” Mahon said. “I began looking around at other settings and discovered senior living. During my initial interview in a community, I instantly felt at peace. It felt like home. I quickly learned to transition my thoughts from taking care of patients to now taking care of residents. My ability to serve would be based not just on medical care, but focusing on providing care and support on all of the domains of life.”
Mahon began his career in rehabilitative services. After graduating from college with a degree in therapeutic recreation, he went to work as an activities director and rehab coordinator in an independent living facility in Georgia. He worked in several departments during his time there.
“I started with resident programming and transitioned into their rehabilitation department,” Mahon said. “That led to a job as the community business manager. Six months after that, I was offered a position as the executive director of an American Retirement Corporation (ARC) community, and eventually, I landed at Emeritus, managing multiple communities. Two communities led to four, which led to 46 and eventually 72 communities.”
He quickly moved up in the company from area director, to regional director of operations, then to vice president of operations for Emeritus’ Southeast Division. In 2014, when Brookdale and Emeritus merged, he became a regional vice president for Brookdale. He assumed his new role as RVP – Operations Lead in September 2016.
“People ask me what has helped me grow at Brookdale,” Mahon said. “I think it’s my passion, cadence, and love for what I do. My mission is to teach people how to love, care, and serve others unconditionally. I trust my leaders, support our mission, honor the process, and respectfully challenge assumptions for fruitful solutions.”Share this: