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SearStone Named Best Active Adult Community by Readers of Cary Magazine

January 07, 2016

Cary, N.C., Jan. 6, 2016 In the January 2016 issue of Cary Magazine, SearStone was named the recipient of the Maggy Award for Best Active Adult Community. The Maggy Awards are selected annually by readers of the leading lifestyle publication in Western Wake County. 

This distinction is especially noteworthy, as SearStone is "the new kid on the block" and welcomed its first residents in November of 2013. A runner-up in the category last year, SearStone took the top spot in this year’s Maggy Awards competition.

Page 35 of the issue features a full-page photo of SearStone residents simulating a red-carpet arrival, keeping in line with this year’s Maggy Awards theme of paparazzi snapping pictures of the winners in action.

Cary Magazine’s annual Maggy Awards recognize readers’ favorite people, organizations and places in categories related to service, restaurants, lifestyle, shopping and media. The full list of Maggy Award winners appears in the January 2016 issue, available for free throughout the Triangle area.

“On behalf of our wonderful staff and residents, we are extremely proud of this award from Cary Magazine,” said Chris Romick, executive director. “We strive to be very active in the local community, and this honor indicates that people are reacting positively to our presence.”

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com​. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity.

SearStone Food Service Director Wins National Award

December 09, 2015

Cary, N.C., Dec. 7, 2015 – SearStone, a distinctly different continuing care retirement community in Cary, is celebrating Food Service Director Kevin Johnson, who recently won the “Enhancing Resident Experience Award” from Sodexo Global at a national awards banquet for dining services.

Johnson started at SearStone in early 2014, and has developed a comprehensive dining program for the residents and guests of the community. While overseeing all dining operations, he takes extra time to meet with residents and create tableside desserts such as Bananas Foster for special events.

“I was born and raised in New Orleans,” said Johnson, “That region really does provide the best cuisine in America, and I love to share that food with people.”

Sodexo Global is a food service company that works in several different venues such as hospitals, hotels and retirement communities. At the national awards banquet in Washington, D.C., Johnson was recognized for best demonstrating Sodexo’s motto, “Residents are the heart of everything we do” by providing personalized and caring service to all residents, families and staff. Sodexo has provided food service operations for SearStone since the community opened in 2013.

“We are very proud of Kevin and all he has accomplished at SearStone,” said Chris Romick, executive director of SearStone. “Being the food and beverage director at a community like ours can be a difficult job, but the residents and staff are very impressed with the work that Kevin does.”

SearStone Hires Kevin M. Johnson as Chief Financial Officer

September 28, 2015

Cary, N.C., Sept. 28, 2015 – SearStone, a distinctly different continuing care retirement community in Cary, has hired Kevin M. Johnson as chief financial officer. Johnson will oversee all financial dealings of the community, including preparing for future phases of development. 

Johnson’s vast experience includes serving as CFO and consulting with several companies including Scale Finance, Carillon Assisted Living, Southern Lumber Inc., and Bartley RF Systems. Within the senior housing industry, he has experience with multi-site senior care facilities and securing financing for long-term-care projects. 

Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. He has also been involved with the Financial Executives Networking Group since 1986. 

“Kevin has extensive knowledge of this market and of the senior care industry,” said SearStone Executive Director Chris Romick. “We’ve come a long way since opening our doors in 2013, and Kevin will help lead us to future growth.” 

Johnson is married and has three children. He enjoys biking and fishing in his spare time.

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com​. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity.


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