Fifteen years ago, LifeSpan (and MANPHA) made one of the boldest and most significant moves in the association’s history, transitioning its headquarters from a small office environment with an even smaller conference room to the much larger space that it currently occupies. Over the past few months, many of us have reminisced about the experience, remembering very clearly the anxiety (fear?!) that board members and staff experienced during that time. It was a substantial risk, one that relied on the optimism of loyal members and supporters, as well as the generous support of the Handelman family, in order to make the vision a reality. Today, thanks to that vision, the Handelman Conference Center hosts more than 100 educational programs, board and committee meetings, and networking events each year, and the move to the new environment in 2002 was quite possibly the most important strategic decision that the association has ever made.
This fall, it is my distinct privilege to announce that LifeSpan Network is “Building a Better Association” once again, by making the move to larger and newer space in the Columbia Gateway community. Through the strategic vision of the LifeSpan, Beacon, and LPS boards, the association will be officially relocating to 7090 Samuel Morse Drive on or about December 1st. As with most moves, we’re very excited, but we’re also very stretched by the challenges that are involved in such a complex transition.
There will be much more information and detail coming for our members and supporters regarding the move in the coming weeks and months, and we’re excited to continue to work with our key stakeholders to again make the dream into a reality. Suffice to say, the new space will be larger, with more flexibility and adaptability for programs and events, both large and small, and we’ll be able to manage multiple events at once, something that we have not been able to do so easily in the past. Our new home will, we believe, become a collaborative hub for the next generation of senior service providers, associations, and government agencies. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Donna and Mayer Handelman family, as well as a new and very generous commitment from the Fran and Scott Rifkin family, there will be large and small educational space, board and committee meeting space, and informal/breakout space. There will also be opportunities for your organization to support the effort; we hope that you will take advantage of the occasion to (literally) put your organization’s name in a prominent place in the building.
Our expectation is that the new headquarters will provide a comfortable and welcome respite, full of creative energy and ideas, for both members and non-members alike, and that it will extend what is already the largest and most diverse senior services association in the region into new and uncharted waters and service lines. We will go to considerable lengths to be sure that our customers – you – feel at home and able to work and think in a dynamic way while you are with us. During this transition, we want to encourage you to provide us with your feedback, your ideas, and your constructive criticism. We also want to encourage you to visit us early and often. Thanks to what we believe is the most talented and hard-working staff anywhere, we remain poised to do our best to outperform your expectations, and to deliver top notch education, networking, and policy support to you and your team. In the meantime, we plan to don our hard hats and experience what many of you have experienced yourselves (and in some cases, many times over), as we endeavor to provide you with every tool possible in order to deliver better services and amenities to your residents and customers.
We will continue to share information and to seek your ideas this fall and winter . . . as we “Build a Better Association” to serve you!
Kevin Heffner, President, LifeSpan