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History

More than 40 years of care and innovation.

See below for a glimpse of our history.

1981

Early 1980s

Early 1980s

Real estate developers Richard Westin and Jesse Pittore meet in San Francisco.

1985

1985

1985

A longtime friend shows Jesse and Richard The Evergreen Hotel in Vancouver, Washington as a possible acquisition. When the bank denies their idea to turn the property into an office building, an alternative idea is presented: senior housing. The Evergreen Inn—Agemark’s first community—is born.

1987

Late 1980s

Late 1980s

Growth accelerates! The duo continues repurposing historic buildings—including hotels, a YMCA and a hospital they bought for $1—into more senior living communities.

1989

1989

1989

Agemark expands to the Midwest by purchasing a group of properties from another senior housing provider. In the process, the team meets Marty Hug and Marcia Houchin who later become CEO and VP of Life Enrichment, respectively.

1990

1990

Agemark goes public and eventually 5,000 shareholders own a piece of our business.

1997

1997

1997

Seeing an increased need for high-quality, specialized Memory Care, we open our first CountryHouse, a stand-alone Memory Care community. Today, thirteen CountryHouse communities serve hundreds of seniors across the country.

1998

1998

Realizing it’s better to keep things in the family, Agemark buys out shareholders and reverts back to a private company.

2004

2004

2004

Astoria joins the Agemark family. Today, three Astoria communities – Tracy and Oakdale, CA, and Omaha, NE – provide assisted living and memory care to local families.

2004

2004

2004

The next generation of Westin joins the company. After getting his master’s degree and working as a consultant for the company, Forest Westin becomes an Agemark principal.

2012

2012

2012

The Kensington adds a memory care neighborhood to the building in Hastings, NE. Evergreen Court serves those with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

2015

2015

2015

The Kensington in Fort Madison adds a memory care neighborhood, Primrose Path, which also assists those with all types of dementia.

2015

2015

2015

After working for various financial institutions on Wall Street and in London, Michael Pittore comes on board as a company principal.

2018

2018

2018

As we continue to open communities, we also expand our family! Sales, marketing, asset management, recruiting, HR and training positions are added to the Agemark Management Team.

2018

2018

2018

Michael Pittore spearheads new partnerships with other like-minded companies and investors. As a part-owner and managing entity, we spread our vision of senior living to even more communities across the country.

2020

2020

2020

COVID-19 hits senior care hard. We take safety seriously and make early investments in PPE, testing and much more. During one of the most trying times we’ve faced, we developed a refreshed appreciation for our wonderful staff and leaders in our communities—these folks are true heroes.

2022

2021

2021

Agemark opens four communities in one year, expanding offerings to seniors in southern and northern California, central Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

2022

2022

After a restructuring of the company, Marty Hug is promoted to CEO.

2023

2023

2023

Hello, Astoria! Agemark becomes an owner and managing entity for the newly renamed Astoria Senior Living and Memory Care in Omaha. A full-scale renovation begins of the assisted living and current memory care neighborhood, while an old skilled nursing unit is set to become a new memory care neighborhood to serve more local seniors.

2023

2023

2023

Agemark ventures into management-only partnerships. Three new communities – Sage Glendale, Sage Mountain and Kingston Bay, join the Agemark-managed family.

2023

2024

2024

Our newest community, Symphony Pointe, opens in West Omaha and offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. With more growth on the horizon, we look to continuously improve and put ourselves in a position to serve seniors for the foreseeable future.

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