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Dream job

Oak Crest’s Chris Giesler finds greater purpose in new profession

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June 19th, 2012

Of all the lessons Chris Giesler has learned since taking his new position as director of sales at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md., one of the hardest has been to not eat all the delicious desserts residents bring by the office. I started in this position around Easter, and there were all sorts of homemade treats chocolate, cupcakes, cookies it s hard not to be tempted to eat everything, says the married father of two boys and a girl. All joking aside (and with his sweet tooth satisfied) Giesler is serious about his new role helping retirees discover the home of their dreams and live the fullest life possible. It was Oak Crest s mission and philosophy that really attracted me, says Giesler, a native of Richmond, Va., and graduate of James Madison University. Prior to Oak Crest, Giesler worked in the telecom industry as a director of site development. I enjoyed my job, but I was looking for something more meaningful, he says. I love feeling like I m playing a small role in impacting someone s life for the better. I am an extrovert, and I get energized being around people. And that s what this job is all about: people.

Team effort

Giesler and his team work with individuals and couples interested in learning more about the Erickson Living lifestyle, as well as other aspects of the moving process like selecting an apartment home, selling a house, downsizing, finding a real estate agent, and hiring a moving company. Finding the right home for our customers is just one part of the equation, says Giesler. We re here to serve and assist you throughout the whole moving experience. In fact, one of our best services is a visit from Personal Moving Consultant Ashley Ruth. Ashley has built a reputation of providing resourceful and skillful service when it comes to everything associated with the real estate transaction. But the first step, Giesler says, is to visit Oak Crest in person. Most people call the sales office either on their own or to attend a luncheon and learn more about the community, he says. It s hard to imagine how amazing this place is until you come and see it with your own eyes. If you like what you see, it s important to become a member of the priority list. Joining the priority list says I m interested in making Oak Crest my next home maybe not right now but sometime in the near future. Priority list membership gives people a taste of what living at Oak Crest is all about. Members are invited to special community events with guest speakers on downsizing and financial management in retirement, as well as social and entertainment events at the community. Most important, membership reserves your place in line for the apartment home of your choice. Whether you re starting a diet or making a move, the hardest part is getting started, says Giesler. Once you take that first step and pick up the phone, schedule an appointment, or join us for a luncheon, then you start to realize what Oak Crest is really like. Most people are pleasantly surprised to find it s much different from what they initially expected. There s a palatable sense of community and hospitality here something you ve got to experience for yourself.