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Aegis Living Focuses On Taking Care of Their Own in 2009

In this Recession there is at least one company making sure employees come first

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In corporate boardrooms around the nation, business leaders are sitting down to discuss bottom lines and the effects of the recession on their business. Layoffs, cutbacks and downsizing are the uncomfortable topics of the day. But at Aegis Living (http// a national leader in retirement, assisted living, and memory care communities, they are bucking the trend with increased growth, and investing in their employee's that goes beyond just a paycheck. Aegis Living demonstrates it values its employees through a variety of ways, least of which is the company's Annual Meeting. Recently it was anything but business as usual in corporate America when the Oprah-like event began.


Forget doom, gloom and boredom, the Aegis Living Annual Meeting is actually a highly anticipated event. Why? The entire four-day occasion is all about enriching the lives of Aegis employees. Done through a creatively orchestrated presentation that more closely resembles an Oprah show than a business meeting, the event puts the focus on employee's personal lives first. Rejuvenating and bettering the human spirit is brought to light through a line up of some of the nation's top speakers. Unlike many other companies, this meeting is not about revenues and the bottom line; instead it's about personally empowering those who work for the company, which is simply smart business.

"In this tough economy, I felt it was more important than ever to let our employees know how much they mean to us, and that we care about them," said Dwayne Clark, chairman and CEO of Aegis Living. "This annual meeting is just one way we can extend to them our belief in 'People First' and bring to them a few days where they get to focus on themselves and enrich their personal life."

At the meeting, employees are encouraged not only to reflect on what they have achieved in their lives but more importantly what they still dream of achieving. With "The Bucket List" as the theme, employees ran through a series of exercises and talks by a bevy of renowned speakers that were specifically chosen to inspire and motivate. Speakers included: Dr. John Gottman, Gary Zukav, Jeff Henderson, Naomi Judd, Tom Morris, Dr. Tom Medina, Dr. Laura Berman and Dr. Daniel Church.

"I feel it is my job to give my employees the tools they need to make their life better and more enjoyable. One way I can achieve this is through our fantastic Annual Meeting. In turn we have a roster of employees that are second to none in the industry," adds Clark. "In the end, the real rewards of the employee's hard work are witnessed in the faces of our residents and family members every day. Those are the true accolades."

Aegis Living's mercurial growth and strong leadership can be credited to everyone who works for the company. "People First" shapes the culture, and exemplifies the brand that wholeheartedly embraces a Five Star Service Philosophy. By successfully creating an environment where employees know they are cared for, Aegis Living has earned the distinction of having the lowest staff turnover rate in the industry ranging from 23% to 45% compared to an industry average of 120%. This low rate translates into a better bottom line and care for residents.

In the future, Aegis will continue with its "People First" corporate climate and work environment often admired yet less emulated in today's tough times. But business as usual at Aegis has never been about following the crowd, but striking out on its own, and now is no exception.

About Aegis Living

Aegis Living is a national leader in retirement and assisted living, offering a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today's aging population. Aegis Living is guided by a simple philosophy: strive to treat all people with the highest possible standards. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Redmond, Washington privately held Aegis Living operates 34 communities in Washington, California and Nevada. More information about Aegis Living is at

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