Seniors Housing Business

JUL 2018

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36 Seniors Housing Business n July 2018 Also the location is a factor. We try to find seniors properties that are close to medical aid. There should be some capability to have a nurse come through now and then, something of that nature. Friends in high places SHB: You've served with quite a few governmental and political entities, including several appoint- ments by President Clinton. Tell me about your involvement. Manning: With President Clin- ton, his mother and my mother trained together as nurses in Arkansas and Louisiana. When he came to Massachusetts during primary season, I greeted him and told him that story. Lo and behold, he confirmed that with his mother and we built a friendship out of that. He invited me to the White House a number of times and appointed me to the President's Export Council, a board comprised primarily of Fortune 500 CEOs that advised the president on gov- ernment policies and programs that affect U.S. trade performance. It was incredibly interesting. Anything to do with business intrigues me because we have investors from overseas as well. That was very gracious on his part, and I learned a heck of a lot. It changed my overall perspective on what was going on in the coun- try, and how we should invest money for decades to come. SHB: I'm sure you get this ques- tion far too often, but I have to ask: What's President Clinton like? Manning: He's an incredibly warm guy. He and his wife are both very different in person than what you see on television. They were really wonderful to be with when they were in the White House. The president came into my office about 10 years ago. He was in Boston and asked to use one of my conference rooms. He was wonderful to everybody here. I haven't seen him much since that time. We haven't stayed in touch, for no other reason than we're all absorbed in what we're doing. SHB: You went to Boston Col- lege, head up a company called Boston Capital and still live in the Boston area. What fuels this clear passion for the city of Boston? Manning: What I like about Bos- ton is the multi-cultural aspects, the various backgrounds of people who live here. What drives a lot of that is the academic commu- nity here, which is amazing. It's a wonderful environment from that standpoint. I don't like winter here, unfortu- nately. But setting that aside, this is a smart city. It's a very educated population, and there are always ideas and perspectives that are reflected in our newscasts and newspapers. There's always some- thing intellectually intriguing, and I'd hate to be away from that. I just wish it weren't so bloody cold! SHB: What's something people within the industry would be sur- prised to learn about you? Manning: I have dual citizen- ship with Ireland. My grandpar- ents came from Ireland, so I'm only second generation. You can apply for citizenship and for an Irish/European Union passport, which I have. When I travel outside the States, I use the Irish passport to go into those countries, and when I come back I use my U.S. passport. n Boston Capital built Fellowship Plaza in Saratoga, Calif., as a ground-up development. The property will offer affordable housing to seniors while still offering upscale amenities that fit the generally high-income area. If you own, buy, develop, operate, finance or design/construct seniors housing in the Northeast, there is somewhere you need to be November 13th! T H I R D A N N U A L INTERFACE » NOVEMBER 13 » SONESTA PHILADELPHIA RITTENHOUSE SQUARE SENIORS HOUSING NORTHEAST Alicia Turlington 404-832-8262 R E G I S T R A T I O N & G E N E R A L I N F O : Eric Goldberg 404-832-8262 S P O N S O R S H I P & S P E A K I N G I N F O : Rich Kelley 914-468-0818 w w w . i n t e r f a c e c o n f e r e n c e g r o u p . c o m

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