Leadership at Sonata Senior Living

Sonata Senior Living is led by proven executives who have been instrumental in the development, operation and marketing of more than 20 senior housing communities — giving us the strength and expertise we need to truly make an impact in the lives we touch every day.

Stuart Beebe, President & CEO

With nearly 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Stuart is responsible for the overall execution of Sonata’s strategic initiatives. Previously, as President and CEO of CNL Retirement Properties, a public unlisted real estate investment trust (REIT), he led the strategic initiative resulting in the sale of the REIT for $5.3 billion. He then joined the CNL REIT and was directly involved in over $3.5 billion of acquisitions. Stuart has also held senior management positions at CNL Corporate Properties and Lincoln Property Company, two of the country’s largest privately owned real estate companies.

Shelley Esden, Chief Operating Officer

Shelley has over 18 years of experience in all aspects of senior housing operations and development activities. Her ongoing pursuit of improvement, innovation and passion are the underlying principles that have fostered her visionary leadership in the senior living industry. While her authentic commitment to “raising the bar” is illustrated by Sonata’s award-winning communities, Shelley’s pragmatic, data-driven approach to strategic management has remained the foundation to her success over the years.

Stuart Mottern, Chief Investment Officer

Extensively experienced in structuring health care real estate acquisition and development projects, Stuart oversees all new Sonata investment and financing efforts. During his career, he has been involved in the acquisition and financing of over $3 billion in senior living and medical office assets. Previously at CNL Retirement Properties, Stuart was involved in the acquisition and management of more than $1 billion in senior living properties. He has a Big 4 accounting and consulting background as well as several years of corporate finance experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic  and financial planning.

Stephen Caruso, Vice President of Business Development

Leveraging more than 15 years in commercial real estate management, leasing and brokerage, Stephen oversees Sonata Senior Living’s development and acquisition opportunities. He also takes a leading role in executing Sonata’s due diligence.

For the past few years, Stephen has focused on identifying acquisition opportunities and development sites in Florida for senior housing and medical office buildings.

Christina Dolan, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

A brand strategist at heart, Christina brings more than 20 years experience in sales and marketing to Sonata Senior Living. During that time, her experience has been keenly focused on hospitality, advancing brands such as The Walt Disney Company, Universal Parks & Resorts, Advent Health and Holiday Retirement. Along with a keen eye on performance and analytics, Christina is an expert at turning marketing opportunities into sales success and revenue growth. Among her many accolades, Christina earned her MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and sits on the Board of Directors for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

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