James D. Gray, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
James Gray serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Retirement Center Management (RCM). He also founded Bridgewood Property Company in 2002 and serves as the company’s president. His role encompasses strategic, financial, and marketing operations for the company’s multiple properties. Prior to 2002, Gray served as president of Cypress Senior Living, Inc., a private Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that developed and managed senior living communities across the U.S. under the Town Village brand. The brand assets were valued at more than $300 million and included more than 2000 units.
Previously, Gray served as principal of Cypress Realty, Inc., providing real estate investment and advisory services. He also served as managing director for Trammell Crow Company, where he was responsible for the Industrial Division of the Houston, Texas office. Gray received his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Accounting from Washington & Lee University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas.
David Keaton, President and Chief Operating Officer
David Keaton serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Retirement Center Management (RCM). He provides oversight of daily operations encompassing strategic, financial, operational and marketing aspects for the company’s multiple properties.
Prior to joining Retirement Center Management, Mr. Keaton served as Corporate Vice President with Greystone in Irving, Texas. Over a career of nearly 30 years in the industry Mr. Keaton has served in numerous operational capacities including management consulting and operating communities as the Executive Director. Mr. Keaton earned his Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.
David Clement, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
David Clement has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for RCM since its founding in 1996. In addition to his experience as a senior housing financial executive, David served from 1989 to 1996 as controller and chief financial officer of Perceptive Scientific Instruments, Inc. (PSI), an international technology company serving the medical industry. Before joining forces with PSI, Mr. Clement began his career at White, Petrov & McHone accounting firm in 1985. David received his Bachelors of Business Administration in accounting from Sam Houston State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Lynn Wallace, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer
Lynn Wallace serves as the Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer of Retirement Center Management (RCM). She brings a remarkable energy and insight relevant to the senior housing industry and joined the RCM team in 2013. Previously, Lynn held property, regional and executive management positions for the past 16 years for some of the most reputable companies in senior housing development and management. Her responsibilities included overseeing the sales and marketing for more than 20 new project developments from start to finish, coordinating the many moving parts, while keeping the values, goals and vision of the community as the central theme. Lynn focuses on building brand recognition and increasing occupancy through effective marketing and inspiring teams to share a common vision for success.
Dr. Michael Buxbaum, Chief Wellness Director
Dr. Michael Buxbaum is a Board-Certified Family Practice Physician with an office practice in the Houston Medical Center. Dr. Buxbaum serves as a staff physician at multiple Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine and is associated with the Memorial Hermann Physician Network serving as an Advanced Primary Care Physician. Dr. Buxbaum is a Cum Laude honors graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth in 1998, Dr. Buxbaum completed a Family Practice residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston in 2001 where he was awarded the honor of Chief Resident and received awards for Senior Resident of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to the Residency Program.
Diann DiFrancesco, Sr. Vice President of Operations
Diann DiFrancesco serves as the Senior VP of Operations for RCM. She has worked for publicly held senior living companies and for a private Continuing Care Retirement Community. Her vast experience in senior living includes Long Term Care, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living, conversions and start-up communities. Prior to joining RCM, Diann worked with Sunrise Senior Living, Greystone, and Emeritus Senior Living. She attended the State University of New York Utica/Rome and received a Bachelors Degree in Health Services Management. Diann became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 1987 and has her assisted living certification.
Angie Fleenor, FNP-BC, Sr. Vice President of Clinical Operations
Angie is a board-certified family nurse practitioner specializing in geriatric care with over 15 years of experience. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Texas Tech University, graduating with honors, and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. Prior to earning her nurse practitioner license, Angie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University and practiced as a registered nurse in geriatrics. Over the years, she moved into upper management and executive leadership roles. Angie has worked as a nurse practitioner in family and geriatric settings, and her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease management.
Kendra D. Lawson, Vice President of Operations
Kendra serves as VP of Operations for RCM and dedicated to the Cardinal Bay portfolio consisting of The Village On The Park and Carriage Inn communities. Kendra, has served seniors over 25 years in both private and publicly held companies. Kendra has served in a variety of capacities from Skilled Nursing Administrator, Regional Marketing and Training Partner, Executive Director, and Operations Specialist for companies such as Sunrise Senior Living, Five Star Senior Living and Brookdale Senior Living. Kendra received her bachelor’s degree in Long Term Care Administration and The Studies in Aging from The University of North Texas. Mrs. Lawson has been a Licensed Health Facility Administrator since 1988.
Debra Besch, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Vice President of Human Resources
Debra serves as the Director of Human Resources for Retirement Center Management. She has worked for a private senior living company and a not-for-profit long term care, assisted living, and hospital company. Her more than 15 years’ experience in senior living includes Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Memory Care including start-up communities and acquisitions. Debra holds an associate’s degree in business from Lone Star College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BBA in Business from University of Houston Downtown. She also has experience in financial services including banking and Medicare Advantage insurance, oilfield services, technology, and consulting.
Danny Merchant, Vice President of Information Services
Danny Merchant serves as the VP of Information Technology and Life Safety Systems. He has been with the company since April 1998. Danny received his Associates Degree of Computer Science from Alvin Community College, as well as Microsoft and Novell certification. He started his career in the aerospace industry with IBM and Link Flight Simulations and later moved to Austin to work for Dell Computers. His love for saltwater fishing brought him back to the Gulf Coast to be the enterprise network administrator for the Alvin Independent School District.
Victor Barrios, Vice President of Plant Operations
Victor serves as the VP of Plant Operations and brings a diverse background to the RCM team. Prior to joining RCM, he worked in the Hospitality industry for more than 12 years in various management roles for prestigious resorts around the southern caribbean. His previous experience also includes new home development where he served as both a Contractor and SubContractor. Victor is HVAC & EPA Certified and currently working on a Project Manager Certification from Cornell.
Valerie Zisman, Vice President, Controller
Valerie Zisman serves as the Controller for Retirement Center Management, working with the Chief Financial Officer and the accounting team. She has worked in oil and gas, public works, and has recently moved into senior housing. Valerie received a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Florida and, after teaching for more than 12 years, attended the University of Houston and completed the Certificate in Accounting Program. She has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2012.