Who’s that behind the scenes?

Meet Christopher Garcia, events coordinator at Siena Lakes

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August 22nd, 2019
Sales Associate and Events Coordinator Chris Garcia brings a smile to every interaction at Siena Lakes.

Sales Associate and Events Coordinator Chris Garcia brings a smile to every interaction at Siena Lakes. 

When you walk into the sales center at Siena Lakes, expect a friendly greeting from Christopher Garcia. 

“I’m the front line, the first face people see when they walk in because I sit at the front desk,” Garcia says. 

With a degree in hospitality management, he’s accustomed to making people smile. At Siena Lakes, he puts his hospitality skills to use as events coordinator, planning events such as luncheons and sales events all geared at bringing the North Naples community to life while it’s under construction. 

Get to know Siena Lakes

Garcia started his career with Devonshire at PGA National, another Erickson community in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. “I was there in the culinary department for about eight to nine years. Then I transitioned to sales,” he says. 

His well-rounded experience there prepared him for a more robust career at Siena Lakes. “At Devonshire, I was in the front of the house, back of the house, events, private parties—I did a little bit of everything,” he says. 

Now at Siena Lakes, he plans events like National Walk Day, where those interested in moving to the community walked the construction site on Orange Blossom Drive, saw where the first buildings would be located, and received Siena Lakes T-shirts. 

Each month, he plans a Meet the Experts event, which features a specialist from Erickson Senior Living who presents information about various departments, such as health and wellness, financial operations, resident services, and dining operations. 

Garcia organizes the speaker, invitations, menu, caterer, and schedule of events. A recent Meet the Experts was so well attended, Garcia split it into two sessions—morning and afternoon. About 45 priority list members attended the morning session, and 75 people who have already reserved a home at the community attended the afternoon session.

Attendees were treated to a continental breakfast in the morning and a lunch of wraps, roast beef sandwiches, fruit, coleslaw, and shrimp salad in the afternoon. 

“They really enjoyed it. The priority list members who came in the morning were very impressed, and many plan on taking that next step,” Garcia says.

The next step he’s referring to is joining the priority list. All it requires is a fully refundable $1,000 deposit, plus a $150-per-person nonrefundable processing fee, to reserve your place in line for the apartment home of your choice. The day you join the priority list becomes your priority date, giving you preference over everyone who joins the list after you.

When your desired floor plan becomes available, you’re given first right of refusal based on your priority list status. Passing on an apartment doesn’t change your priority list status. And should your future plans change, your priority list status is transferable to another Erickson community.

A place to thrive

Garcia says he loves his job because he truly believes in the company’s mission to provide maintenance-free retirement living, access to a wide variety of social and physical activities, health care services, and world-class amenities for today’s active seniors.

“I knew from day one when Erickson first purchased Devonshire that this was a company I could grow with. I believe in the company. Being at Devonshire for so many years and seeing the better life these people live, the fun they’re having—it’s a great thing,” he says. 

Siena Lakes’ prime location in North Naples with its access to exceptional golf, tennis, beaches, shopping, entertainment, and dining makes it an amazing place to retire. 

“I love helping folks in the area find their new home,” he says. “With such a wealth of amenities and services right on campus, our residents will be able to fill their calendar with friends and activities rather than errands and chores.”