Name: Nick Brennan
Position: Marketing Coordinator
Number of years employed by Givens Gerber Park:
I began working at the Givens Estates in 2015 as a waiter in Oxford Dining. In 2016 I became a Recreational Therapist at the Givens Estates Health Center, later becoming a Life Enrichment Coordinator after a departmental change. I was recently hired at Givens Gerber Park at the end of November 2021.
What attracted you to working at Givens Gerber Park?
At first, I was attracted to learning something new and utilizing my skills in a different setting. After learning more about how Gerber Park operates, the unique concept and business model that makes this community possible, I was captivated and knew this would be a great place to continue my career.
What are a few of your primary responsibilities?
A few of my primary responsibilities are collecting applications for Building 60, managing the waitlist, and helping new residents with the move in process. I greet prospective residents the amenities and review the benefits of living here. I maintain our social media presence via Facebook, Blogging, and Instagram. That includes taking pictures of events, meetings, and programs so people outside our community can get an idea of what a wonderful community we are. I also work closely with our Supportive Service Team to help with new resident orientation and resident transitions.
How is your job rewarding?
I like knowing I am helping to provide an opportunity to our residents and future residents to reside in an active community with access to several resources. The residents and staff have taken the time to introduce themselves to me, showing me how welcoming everyone is here, and knowing I am a part of this community, which is rewarding.
What is a fun fact about you?
I have an almost 3-year-old son that I adore and live for. My wife and I enjoy providing him fun and adventurous experiences. I like to take him to parks, play in rivers and streams, hiking, and ride bikes all over the Asheville area like at the Biltmore Estates property trails. I also enjoy playing the Indigenous American flute for therapeutic reasons and have played for individuals with dementia in the Givens Estates Health Center.
How do you and your team try to make a difference for residents?
We take pride in providing a different atmosphere and experience than the traditional living spaces provided for independent living seniors. Such as, having fun programs, community meetings, entertainment, food and financial programs, and giving them a voice in resident council. Integrating community and staff ideas help make a difference by providing additional opportunities.