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Mark Pulaski

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Mark Pulaski

How did you get into senior living?

It was by shear accident. I was looking for a new opportunity away from the hospitality industry that I was currently in and found a Business Office Director position where I knew AR, AP, HR, and payroll. I swore I would never be in healthcare. Within the first 6 months, I fell in love with the industry and the impact that could be made through helping a single a resident or family find solutions. Since then I have been able to incorporate my love for senior living and the hospitality industry experience that I had into a dynamic way to celebrate life each day with our seniors.

Who truly inspires you?

As cliché as it sounds, my family is my true inspiration. My wife and children not only challenge me each day, but they also challenge my way of thinking. I truly married my opposite who has no problem telling me directly whether I am thinking correctly, or incorrectly. I also have relied upon my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents who are all in very diverse fields from each other in education, to sales, to operations. In listening to their different conversations at family gatherings I developed that inspiration to make a difference.

A thing people would be surprised to know about you?

That I was a competitive cheerleader. Most people still have a hard time recognizing the athletic side of that sport, but it’s one that has been a huge part of my life through high school, college, and helped me develop my work ethic to achieve goals professionally and personally. 

Beatles or Elvis?

Naturally, it can only be Elvis. My grandmother has enough Elvis memorabilia around her house, and any time I visited, it was playing when she opened the door. BUT Jimmy Buffet is much more appealing. 

How did you wind up at Inspired Living?

I had been working at Brookdale Senior Living my entire healthcare career (2009-2020) for which I had been afforded every opportunity to grow and was not looking to leave. One day I was approached and told how exciting the organization was from culture, to mission, to having an executive team that invests in their associates. During my visit it was very apparent that this was a team that prided itself on a true open-door philosophy without retribution. A place where you can have open, honest communication and can challenge each person to be 1% better or improve with best practices. It was a no brainer!

What do you want your legacy to be?

I was afforded opportunity through massive investment from different people in my different career pathways. I want my legacy to be that I took that opportunity to re-invest knowledge and time given to me back into the people that I work with to help grow them towards their goals. There is no greater gift than investing in people, personally and professionally. .

Chad Carnes at Inspired Living
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