From February 20th through 22nd, 2019, our President, Chris, represented Markentum at NIC Spring 2019 in San Diego, California. NIC, or the National Investment Conference, focuses on three key components: data, analytics, and connections. In attendance were a variety of people all engaging on different levels to further the conversation and momentum of what is happening in senior living and housing today.
Investors, operators, and vendors were among the participants that scheduled meetings and listened in on relevant topics discussed during main sessions and break out workshops. With the wide variety of meetings taking place, three different people made a stand out impression and had valuable insight to offer to our Markentum team.
Former Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI)
In his first speech since leaving Congress, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) addressed NIC Spring 2019 with humor, information, and insightful stories. He provided a roadmap of the work accomplished recently in the healthcare sector and his thoughts of where that work may be headed. Ryan described the record number of bills that have been passed to the advantage of the American people but had gone mostly unnoticed because of the “entertainment factions” within both parties. He also spoke of using a Gantt chart to build that roadmap (which we at Markentum love!).
Among his chief concerns were immigration and how to navigate the Medicaid program properly. While he provided some interesting perspective on the background to both of those concerns, he was quick to state that he felt like the atmosphere of current politics would keep things in gridlock for the next couple of years. More than ever before, he urged industry leaders in senior housing and living to get involved and move the conversation forward and away from entertainment politics.
Senior Housing Forum Publisher, Steve Moran
One of the events that I was excited to witness was a “hackathon” held during a workshop to crowdsource new solutions regarding senior housing and living. The “hackathon” has been successfully used in other circles to allow for innovation to shine. While I didn’t see or hear anything that “wowed” me in terms of innovation, I appreciated that NIC was willing to give this practice a shot.
However, one of the judges or panelists, Steve Moran, addressing the groups participating did impress me. With an extensive background in senior living as the publisher of the Senior Housing Forum, as well as many other credentials, Steve was quick to provide both candid and witty commentary that was refreshing to witness. Challenging someone without annihilating their ideas is an art, and it was fun to see Steve demonstrate his mastery of this skill!
NIC Community 🤝
With so many meeting places and the whirlwind of activity, NIC is a place of ongoing community. I had the opportunity to meet several great people, and it left me thankful to be a part of such a vibrant community with so much passion for providing care as well as new and exciting possibilities for the seniors of today and tomorrow. People that I already knew, I got to know better. I participated in conversations that challenged me to consider new opportunities. I know that I was not the only one experiencing that and it was exciting to be a part of!
Markentum is excited to continue to grow the marketing momentum of senior living and housing companies. If you would like to connect at an upcoming conference, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today!