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True values

Old and new staff share what they love most about Ann’s Choice

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February 20th, 2017
Ann’s Choice sales team members (from left) Ryan Doherty, Renee Sparling, and Ryan Kroll make themselves comfortable on the hearth in Keystone Clubhouse’s living room.

Ann’s Choice sales team members (from left) Ryan Doherty, Renee Sparling, and Ryan Kroll make themselves comfortable on the hearth in Keystone Clubhouse’s living room.

People who live at Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., often say that what they value most about the community are the friendships they’ve formed after moving there. 

People who work at the community, like the three newest staff members in the sales office, say the same thing. 

Renee Sparling

Renee Sparling, who lives in Doylestown, left a position in hotel sales in Bensalem to become an Ann’s Choice sales associate last September. “From the gatehouse on,” she says, “I felt welcomed.”

Colleen Rosica, a family friend who works at Ann’s Choice as the personal moving consultant, told Sparling about the opening. 

Sparling applied because it fit her degree in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management, and it suited her desire for a high-energy environment. 

Sparling spends much of her day on the phone scheduling appointments for people who want to visit the campus.

Those phone calls have built bridges, she says. “I get to know people here, which is the best part of the job. The atmosphere makes it easy to form friendships.”

After hours, Sparling hikes and spends time with family. She’s also planning her September wedding.

Ryan Kroll

When Ryan Kroll became a sales associate last summer, he marked nearly ten years of employment at Ann’s Choice. 

In eighth grade, Kroll and his twin brother rode their skateboards down the street from Warminster and applied for work as student servers busing dishes in a campus restaurant. 

To earn money for college from the Ann’s Choice scholarship fund, Kroll continued working there, even through his college years. 

He ultimately rose to supervisor in the Garden Room Restaurant and earned a marketing degree from Temple University. 

He even met his fiancée, former server Alyssa Getz, at Ann’s Choice. 

“I grew up here,” says Kroll. “I loved working with restaurant staff, and I wanted to stay with Ann’s Choice. The residents helped shape the person I am today.” 

Now he interacts with residents and prospective residents all the time. “It’s like I’ve quadrupled my number of grandparents,” he says.

A four-season outdoorsman, off the clock he camps, hikes, kayaks, and snowboards. 

Kroll, too, is planning a wedding. He and Getz will marry this June.

Ryan Doherty

New Sales Counselor Ryan Doherty also earned a marketing degree at Temple University and has worked at Ann’s Choice for ten years. His wife Lauren works there too.

Doherty’s promotion from senior sales associate to sales counselor means the sales office can now accommodate the increased demand for appointments from people wanting to visit the campus and learn more about it. 

“My primary responsibility is to give people an honest picture of Ann’s Choice so they can make the decision that’s right for them,” he says. 

“Ann’s Choice is like a second home to me,” Doherty adds. “From my first day, the sense of community amazed me, and I wanted the absolute biggest role I could have in that. What better way than in the sales office helping people achieve their desire to live here?”

His 90-minute appointments provide ample time for visitors to get all their questions answered. They also offer enough time to include tours of model apartment homes and the on-site amenities the visitors most want to see. 

“I know how much people benefit when they move here,” says Doherty. “But what convinces them is seeing for themselves.”