Jaybird Senior Living’s 2020 Achievement Awards
Director of the Year
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Nick Merlino began his career with Jaybird Senior Living in November of 2015 as a Staff Accountant. Two years later, Nick became Accounting Controller before being named Director of Operational Analytics in 2020. “Nick is always willing to jump in and help where needed within the company, even as a community Director this past year! He is eager to learn and grow in all areas and is a valuable asset to our company,” says Theresa Bigalk, Portfolio Leader. In his current role, Nick works closely with property owners and investors, streamlining the opening and transition process to ensure the best possible outcome for residents and employees. What makes Nick an incredible employee is his constant pursuit of knowledge and new challenges. He is never afraid to ask questions and effortlessly makes connections wherever he goes. Thank you for your tireless diligence and commitment to excellence, Nick!
Dare to Dream Award
In August of 2020, Mike’s family reached out to Community Director, Miranda Lewis, asking if there would be any possible way for Mike to attend his daughter’s outdoor wedding. In the past, Mike had been estranged from his daughter, making it especially significant for him to be in attendance. Miranda promised the family she would make it happen with Mike’s agreement to quarantine for 14 days afterward. He obliged! Mike was fitted for his tux outdoors in Country Manor’s courtyard while the gentleman from the tux shop guided Miranda in collecting the measurements. After practicing to be a proper escort and finishing touches of a haircut and fresh shave, Mike was ready to walk his daughter down the aisle. It was the happiest he’d been in years. “I can only imagine how much it meant to Mike’s daughter and his family to have him participate in the wedding, and I can’t give enough credit to the team at Country Manor for ensuring this dream could come true in a safe manner,” Kayle Neegaard, Director of Culture & Team Development shares. We are so proud of you, Country Manor team!