WHY BRIDGE THE GAP?

Inform

Current issues, events, and changes that impact the senior care housing industry.

Educate

Trends, best practices, and influential guest speakers.

Influence

Disrupt the industry by challenging the traditional way of thinking.

MISSION

Expose the most pressing issues around senior care ranging from the owner/operator to the resident by informing, educating and influencing the culture of senior living.

GOAL

Help shape the culture of the senior living industry by being an advocate and a positive voice of influence which drives quality outcomes for our aging population.

MEET THE HOSTS

Lucas McCurdy is the founder of The Bridge Group Construction based in Dallas, Texas. Widely known as “The Senior Living Fan,” McCurdy has directed his passion for aging adults and the communities they live in to develop the industry’s first renovation and construction company dedicated solely to the senior living industry.

McCurdy has been working in the construction renovation space for over 12 years. Having previously worked in a number of other markets including hospitality and multi-family, the senior living industry has captured his love and attention. In late 2018, McCurdy amicably parted ways from his family’s business to pursue his full-time passion into seniors housing and launched his new company.

Active in the senior living industry including involvement in NIC, Argentum, LeadingAge, ASHA, McCurdy was recently appointed to the NIC Future Leaders Council for a three-year term.

He found his life’s work and passion in the senior living industry desires to use his time and talents to elevate and give back to the industry that gives so much to him. Working as a boutique general contractor for senior housing investors and operators is rewarding as he gets to execute construction projects in complex, delicate environments to ultimately make these communities safe and beautiful.

Successfully completing a construction project in a congregate care environment takes detailed planning, thoughtful execution, and at the core, an empathetic heart and mind to be part of something bigger than yourself. To bridge the gap between initial investment and ROI is a responsibility McCurdy takes seriously.

He was born in Texas, attended college at Winthrop University in South Carolina where he was a 3-time Big South Champion in cross country and track. McCurdy as his wife Danielle love spending time as a family with 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. The two are advocates for adoption and for families with children on the Autism spectrum.

Josh Crisp is a senior living executive with more than 15 years of experience in development, construction, and management of senior living communities across the southeast. Josh is the Founder and CEO of Solinity, a senior living development, management and marketing company designed to reshape the senior living industry to better meet the needs of the aging and create intergenerational communities.

Prior to the inception of Solinity, Josh founded TLC Senior Living Management and Consulting which led to his leadership in directing multiple clients. Under Josh’s leadership, multiple client’s visions became reality as his teams directed the design, build, opening, and management of multiple communities in the southeast.

Josh serves on a variety of industry boards and is an active voice to legislature. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Josh to the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities in 2014, and is currently serving his second 4-year term. The board provides regulatory authority over all licensed health care facilities in the state of Tennessee where he serves as Chairman of the board’s Assisted Living Standing Committee. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Carson-Newman University and has been a nationally certified assisted living administrator throughout his career.

Josh has served on a number of civic & professional boards including a strategic committee for the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University, steering committee member for HealthTAC, & Secretary for the Board’s Executive Committee & chaired the Public Policy Committee LeadingAge Tennessee. Currently he serves on the board for TSOLife which is a technology based senior living online platform that preserves seniors’ stories.

In the spring of 2018, Crisp launched a podcast specifically designed to inform, educate, and influence the senior housing industry. The passion project is a partnership of several like-minded influencers that formed the brand:  Bridge the Gap. The weekly show releases episodes in audio and video platforms including iTunes and YouTube and has a significant following which is creating a buzz among stakeholders in the senior housing and program services areas. The podcast is produced and managed by Solinity.

For fun, Josh enjoys working out & preparing for obstacle course races. In 2017, he founded a 1,098-mile bike ride with a group of cyclists that would later become Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. The first event raised over $100,000 for the Pat Summitt Foundation in honor of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt’s 1,098 career NCAA wins. Josh co-founded Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd., a 501c(3) non-profit organization committed to raising awareness & funds for Alzheimer’s disease by organizing & hosting cycling events. He has completed two of the cycling events raising over $170,000 for Alzheimer’s research, education and support and continues to lead the organization’s growth by serving as the President of the Board.

Josh resides in Fountain City with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.

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