Tina Ricciardi, Director of Human Resources at Highland Springs, Earns Inaugural Erickson Living Leadership Award

DALLAS, TX---Tina Ricciardi, Director of Human Resources at Highland Springs retirement community, earned the inaugural Erickson Living Leadership Award for 2011. The recognition was presented to Mrs. Ricciardi during the company's annual meeting in Baltimore, MD on November 15th. Erickson Living, manager and developer of Highland Springs, launched an annual award to recognize director-level employees who distinguish themselves with regard to the Erickson Living Mission and continually demonstrate a commitment to the Erickson Living Experience Values. Those values include respect and caring, diversity, friendliness and enthusiasm, integrity, responsibility, excellence and teamwork. "As a professional, mentor and friend, Tina is a passionate leader and an exceptional strategic partner with employees and residents," described Chris Emmett, Executive Director at Highland Springs.  "Her contagious laughter and awe-inspiring positive attitude make all her interactions meaningful and impactful.  With her expertise in the human resources field, she has supported countless employees to identify and achieve their career goals." With 239 employees at Highland Springs, Mrs. Ricciardi rolled out a Career Path initiative in 2008 and more recently "Navigating Your Career," a company-wide development program. A resident of McKinney, Mrs. Ricciardi has served as Director of Human Resources at Highland Springs since 2006.  Previously, she worked at Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in New Jersey, as a Director of Human Resources for almost two years.  She has eighteen years of experience in Human Resources Management with eleven years in the senior living industry. Nominations for the Erickson Living Leadership Award were submitted by employees from across the enterprise, extending from Massachusetts to Colorado. Nominations and testimonial videos of finalists were forwarded to Erickson Living's Corporate Executive Team (CET) for the award selection. About Highland Springs: Highland Springs, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  And the company's wide-ranging employee programs have earned Erickson Living numerous awards, including Fortune magazine's "Best Companies to Work For®" in 2008 and 2009.