“You only live once, but if you do it right, one is enough.” -Mae West
Ruth and Richard Tischler
Chief Inspiration Officers
Richard earned his accounting degree in 1940 and started an accounting practice shortly thereafter. He later entered the field of healthcare. With Ruth’s support, Richard built a chain of Nursing Homes and Mental Health facilities. When Ruth became sick at 89 years old, the close-knit family, including Richard, the Tischlers’ children and their grandchildren, began searching for the perfect senior living residence. As her health condition progressed, she required services ranging from Independent to Assisted Living to Memory Care. Inspired by this personal experience and building upon our family’s values, principles and generations of experience, Bloom was formed to shift the family’s focus to the same lifestyle options that Ruth required. The Tischlers were married for almost 70 years before Ruth passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2012, and Richard was still involved in daily operations until he passed away in 2016 at the age of 101.
“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” -Jeff Bezos
Mitchell A. Kantor
Principal, Chief Executive Officer
Mitch oversees Bloom’s strategic initiatives and health care investments. He has spent the past 35 years developing, acquiring and managing health care properties. Mitch continues to own and manage, in addition to Bloom’s Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, Skilled Nursing and Mental Health facilities throughout the United States. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Michigan State University. Mitch previously served multiple terms as President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Jewish Home and Aging Services, and he remains on the Finance Committee of Jewish Senior Living of Detroit. He was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit and served in various capacities on other aging related committees. Mitch is also a member of the California Association of Health Facilities, Arizona Health Care Association, Ohio Assisted Living Association, Argentum, South Carolina Assisted Living Association, Indiana Assisted Living Association, American Seniors Housing Association and National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.
“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” -Steve Jobs
Howard M. Dubin
Howard oversees Bloom’s risk management department and health care investments. He was previously the President of his own insurance brokerage agency and Vice President of a national agency. His clients included seniors housing providers, real estate investment trusts and real estate developers. Over the past 35 years, Howard has been a seasoned entrepreneur, investing in numerous health care properties and commercial and residential real estate ventures, and also operating businesses throughout the United States. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and attended Aetna Casualty and Surety Insurance School. Howard is a licensed Insurance Counselor in the State of Michigan. He is a member and former board member of various charitable organizations. Howard is also a member of the American Seniors Housing Association and National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” -Michael J. Fox
Nancy Kantor and Jean Dubin
Nancy and Jean are the daughters of Ruth and Richard Tischler; wives of Mitch Kantor and Howard Dubin; and parents to Scott Kantor, Tony Kantor, Lisa Kantor Guth, Bradley Dubin and Elizabeth Dubin Gottlieb. The Tischlers told them at a young age, “We’re not going to be around forever. You need to make your sister your best friend.” They have been inseparable ever since. Like Ruth and Richard, their families are their lives and they are our biggest fans and cheerleaders.
“A winner is just a loser who just tried one more time.” -George Mason
Bradley E. Dubin
Principal, Director Acquisitions & General Counsel
Brad is responsible for originating and acquiring new Bloom communities. He also oversees legal matters for Bloom. Prior to Bloom, Brad oversaw portfolio acquisitions for a commercial real estate investment group, and worked with boutique Wall Street and premier national law firms in New York City. He attended the University of Michigan. Brad is a member of the Ohio Assisted Living Association, South Carolina Assisted Living Association, Indiana Assisted Living Association, Argentum and National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry. He also serves on the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association, and previously served, as Secretary, Treasurer and Audit Committee Chair, on the Executive Committee of the Executive Board. Brad is a supporter of the Seniors Housing Political Action Committee (SH PAC) and the Alzheimer's Association. He's a frequent featured panelist at seniors housing conferences and has guest lectured at Cornell University regarding senior living. Outside of senior living, Brad is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association and International Council of Shopping Centers.
“ Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucius
Principal, Director of Finance
Tony is responsible for the financial matters of Bloom. Prior to Bloom, he worked in commercial real estate for a Michigan based investment group and a New York City private bank. Tony earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Masters of Science in Finance from Walsh College. He’s a member of the Ohio Assisted Living Association, South Carolina Assisted Living Association, Indiana Assisted Living Association, Argentum, America Seniors Housing Association and National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry. Tony is a supporter of the Seniors Housing Political Action Committee (SH PAC).
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” -Mark Twain
Scott M. Kantor
Principal, Director of Operations
Scott is responsible for the daily operations of Bloom, as well as achieving resident and associate satisfaction consistent with Bloom’s mission. Prior to Bloom, he was a Seniors Housing Specialist for a Real Estate Investment Services firm in Chicago. Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hartford. He has completed various Executive Education programs, including Management & Operations and Development of Senior Housing from the Erickson School. Scott is a member of the Ohio Assisted Living Association, South Carolina Assisted Living Association, Indiana Assisted Living Association, Argentum, America Seniors Housing Association and National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry. He is a supporter of the Seniors Housing Political Action Committee (SH PAC).
“A typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner - most likely a woman - responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children.” -Thomas Perez
Lisa Kantor Guth
Lisa is responsible for assisting Bloom management with various administrative duties. She earned a degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan and previously worked at Aspen Valley Hospital as a registered nurse.
“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” -Tina Fey
Elizabeth Dubin Gottlieb
Elizabeth is responsible for assisting Bloom management with various administrative duties. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and worked in journalism, media relations and advertising sales for several national companies before coming to work at Bloom.
Director of Education and Development
Melissa is the Director of Education and Development responsible for the training, development and growth of Bloom associates consistent with the Company's mission, core values and cultural initiatives, clinical standards, policies and procedures, State regulations and customer service guidelines. Bloom's mission is to enable residents to continue living full lives, by enjoying their favorite activities while discovering new ones, and blooming into their best selves through learning, growth and discovery. But this is not just limited to our residents. By creating an environment that fosters self-growth and self-actualization for others under Melissa’s leadership, Bloom associates reap those same benefits — ten-fold. Before being promoted to Director of Education and Development and consistent with Bloom's philosophy of organic growth, Melissa served as Bloom at Lakewood's Executive Director and was responsible for near perfect customer and associate satisfaction, non-existent associate turnover and occupancy of 98%. Prior to joining Bloom, Melissa enjoyed 24 years in skilled nursing serving as Executive Director of a variety of communities. She specialized in associate stabilization, census growth and customer satisfaction. Melissa is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in long term healthcare management and a minor in gerontology. She is licensed in Ohio and South Carolina.
James Kesler, HFA
Area Director of Operations
James is the Area Director of Operations responsible for overseeing daily operations and providing support to Bloom's Indiana communities, ensuring high quality care and services are provided to residents and achieving high resident satisfaction. Before being promoted to Area Director of Operations, he was previously Bloom at Eagle Creek's Executive Director. Like the Bloom owners who were inspired after experiencing the challenge of finding the right home for their grandmother when she began suffering from Alzheimer's, there is a touching personal story behind James' passion for senior care and he shares Bloom's vision and core values. Before joining Bloom, James worked for national providers as the Executive Director and Director of Admissions and Marketing for Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing communities in Indiana. Before becoming a licensed Health Facility Administrator, James ran his own commercial production company specializing in corporate and large-scale entertainment (for clients such as the Indianapolis, Colts, Harrah's Casino, Wonka Candies and Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association); and worked in the beverage and automotive industries. He is also a professional magician. James attended Indiana State University and is working towards his Master's Degree in Arts at University of Indianapolis.
Area Director of Professional Services
Jeff is the Area Director of Professional Services responsible for sales, marketing and maintaining relationships with our local health care professionals in the Southeast. He works closely with area professionals educating them about Bloom's innovative care and services and works as a hospital and physician liaison between Bloom and the communities. Before being promoted to Area Director of Professional Services, Jeff was the Director of Professional Services for Bloom at Lakewood. Jeff has been in the health care space for over a decade. Prior to Bloom, Jeff started his career as a Concierge, Admissions Assistant, Admissions Marketing Director and ultimately Admissions Director at various skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities before becoming Director of Public Relations and Hospital Liaison. He grew up and attended school in Ohio.
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