Michael K. Schonbrun is the CEO of Balfour Senior Living, a company he founded in 1997 in Louisville, Colorado. Prior to founding Balfour, Schonbrun has had a wide-ranging career in health care operations and policy.
He served for 13 years (1979-1991) at National Jewish Health – three years as Chief Operating Officer and ten years as President and CEO. During his tenure at National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory medical, treatment and research center (per U.S. News and World Report), the institute achieved its first operating surplus in decades, doubled its research funding from the National Institutes of Health and tripled the size of its endowment fund.
Following his time at National Jewish, he served as the senior vice president at Rocky Mountain Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada (1991-93), where he managed the plan’s network of doctors and hospitals as well as the plan’s three HMOs. Subsequent to that, he served as Executive Vice President for VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s largest hospice company. In 1996 and 1997, he was a consultant on several international healthcare projects for the venture capital firms, Warburg Pincus.
Susan E. Juroe is co-owner and general counsel of Balfour Senior Living. Since 1999, she has played an essential role in Balfour’s growth, branding, and development forming the company’s strategic vision, arranging its financing, and developing the Balfour style, as expressed both in the architecture of its communities and their interior spaces. Prior to joining Balfour, Juroe was a partner at Holland and Knight, LLP, where she had a national practice in real estate finance and development.
Juroe’s design vision has helped propel Balfour to its leading position in the world of senior housing by targeting the discerning, well-traveled and affluent senior. The Balfour “look” is fun, sophisticated, stylish, colorful, and respectful of the history and the architecture of the community it is joining. Architectural themes include a Colorado ski-lodge motif; “Modern Farmhouse” and “Lavender Farm” inspired buildings for communities with rich farming heritages; and an equestrian style barn project in an affluent suburb of Denver previously home to horse breeding and fox-hunting. Balfour’s flagship urban mid-rise in Denver’s Riverfront Park is a Robert A.M. Stern designed homage to doorman buildings of great American cities complete with a glass canopy, awnings and oversized Palladian windows.
Juroe built Balfour’s in-house development capabilities by recruiting a group of like-minded professionals enthusiastic about developing Balfour’s platform. The team has drafted Balfour Development Brand Standards to support Balfour’s growth and has developed industry alliances with manufacturers in the lighting, furniture, wallcoverings, paint, and carpet industries to produce products not available in the health care industry. Juroe has curated an extensive proprietary digital art library for Balfour communities and retained an art consultant to tag the art throughout the communities with descriptions of their provenance and cultural importance.
Earlier in her career Ms. Juroe served on the board of multiple housing finance magazines and trade associations and authored several pieces on affordable housing. She served in the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. She graduated with a B.A. in Literature from the American University and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University. She is an active member of the Washington, D.C. and Colorado Bar Associations.
She is married to Michael Schonbrun, is the mother of two teen age sons and a nationally renowned breeder and exhibitor of paint and quarter horses.
Trip brings to Balfour his passion for creating real property value through effective business operations. Prior to joining, Trip spent his career working in the hospitality industry. His experience is comprehensive and has included operations, hotel ownership and development, public accounting, and most recently, Divisional CFO for Vail Resorts Hospitality and Vail Resorts Real Estate overseeing its expansion while continuing his commitment to customer service. Trip has been a contributor to growth in a demanding business sector with a consumer base that constantly seeks a high value proposition as they lead highly experiential lives.
His belief that senior living is a natural extension of the hospitality and service industry coupled with Trip’s extensive experience sets the stage for innovation and improved operations as Balfour’s portfolio of communities continues to grow. Trip recently said, “I believe the senior living industry is embracing innovation right now and I am looking forward to leveraging my experience to elevate the Balfour Experience in all of our communities.”
In addition to professional work, Trip values family and giving back to his community. He resides in Golden, CO with his wife and twin daughters and served on the Colorado Outward Bound School board for nearly a decade culminating in a two-year chairmanship.
Gaby is Vice President of Development, joining the company in 2021 with over 15 years of experience in hospitality and multifamily development. Prior to Balfour Senior Living, Gaby spent her career in business development roles with Richfield Hospitality, Miller Global, Vail Resorts, and Southern Land Company. She has significant experience managing the transaction life cycle from origination through exit with an emphasis on underwriting, negotiations, and pre-development. She is excited to bring her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for real estate and service to Balfour in order to grow their east coast portfolio. Based in New York, Gaby will work alongside the executive team to identify and execute on opportunities from Boston down to the Mid-Atlantic that complement the Balfour profile.
Gaby graduated from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration and she continues to support the university by being an active member of Cornell’s Hotel Society and as an Alumni Ambassador. Gaby is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and after living in New York City, Los Angeles, and Denver, she settled in Westchester, NY with her family and dog, Pickles. She continues to miss Colorado, her second home!
Julie has extensive experience in senior living operations and management. Most recently, Julie was the Executive Director of Balfour at Longmont where she oversaw the fastest ramp up in occupancy in Balfour history. Prior to joining Balfour, Julie spent the last 10 years of her career working as the Senior Administrator of two skilled nursing and post-acute rehab centers in Boulder, while helping oversee the leadership of sister communities in Colorado and Washington. Julie spent the first five years of her career as an Administrator for the largest not-for-profit owner, operator and developer of continuing care retirement communities on the East Coast, including opening a new community. Julie graduated from the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Julie has a strong passion for senior living and is excited to offer the service, amenities, innovation and quality of life offered by Balfour to the Longmont community. Julie and her husband, Greg, live in Boulder with their two children, Ryan and Sarah. She enjoys running, hiking, biking and skiing in the Colorado outdoors.
Chris joined the Balfour team in June of 2018 as the Director of Construction and Asset Management. Chris has had an impressive career of more than 20 years in construction management. His portfolio includes major capital and private sector projects such as a $218MM Palmdale Regional Medical Center, $184MM federal government laboratory and clean room project, $189MM Four Seasons project as well as many other ground up community projects such as local schools and churches. Chris is determined to always deliver the best world-class projects and he takes pride in a true teamwork approach working with funding partners, owners, architects, engineers and general contractors. He believes strongly in a firm but fair style to project management and has over 12 years using a collaborative CMGC delivery method. His ownership mentality and hands-on approach mean you will regularly see Chris on site helping solve problems and closely monitoring progress at all Balfour projects.
Jenny Hathaway has a degree in Interior Architecture from Kansas State University and has 24 years of experience in the industry. Her experience has established an expertise in various commercial and residential applications which includes high end residential, resort /development, and senior housing experience.
Her philosophy and inspiration is creating spaces and environments in which architecture, interiors and the landscape cohesively come together and result in authentic and timeless design.
Her passion for Senior Housing has developed over the years by merging all of her experiences, hospitality, commercial residential and healthcare into one entity. Creating a “home” that residents are proud of is truly the ultimate reward and goal of each project.
2009 ARDA Gold Award – Interior Design – Sales Center, The Player Design Offices, Travelers Rest, SC
Gary Player Group Corporate Headquarters – Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina (with Slifer Designs)
2014 HD Award -Senior Housing – Balfour at Riverfront Park
NCIDQ certified # 27036
Bonita started her human resources career in benefits and expatriate employee relations for a global cable organization and progressed to creating the human resource department for a multi-state company where she had oversight for everything related to human resources. Her career has provided opportunities in tourism, hospitality and the agriculture industry. Bonita has a business minded approach that has been useful in communicating and supporting initiatives to create and maintain a strong human resource team focusing on the broad range of human resource functions in an organization. Bonita has a BA in Business Administration, an MBA and holds the SHRM-SCP, SPHR and PHRca certifications. She has been active in local and Colorado human resource organizations as a volunteer and Board member.
Louise Garrels Director, Marketing & Communications
Louise Garrels Director, Marketing & Communications
Louise brings a successful track record of marketing, fundraising, sales, programs, communications, and advocacy experience. Her unique and diverse background encompassing for-profit and non-profit marketing, communications, community outreach, engagement and operations gives her a great perspective when crafting Balfour Senior Living’s external and internal messages. Louise is frequently sought to lead and build community involvement – this is a skill set that is a great value for Balfour’s communities. Her marketing perspective and communication skills are highly aligned with the long term vision of Balfour.
Annie has been with the Balfour Senior Living team since 2017. Annie enjoys bringing bold colors and intricate patterns to life in her designs. The feel of each property is unique, inviting, relaxing and stimulating. Annie’s award winning designs can be found at Balfour at Stapleton, Balfour at Littleton, Balfour at Lavender Farms and most recently Balfour at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
As an adopted rescue dog, Chaos knows firsthand the value of high quality re-homing. He knows how important a safe, beautiful, and compassionate home is for a wonderful life. As is the case with many rescue dogs, he isn’t sure of his age, but that does not stop him from being a happy member of the Balfour Senior Living team. Chaos can be found most days alerting all of visitors, retrieving sticks, assisting in lunch clean up, and napping.
On occasion, he has been pressed into service as a model for our marketing efforts. Plenty of our canine residents can attribute their choice to live at Balfour to Chaos.
Adam Galloway Senior Executive Chef
David Anderson Regional Culinary Director
Greg Sever, CEC Senior Executive Chef
Robert Sytten Regional Director, Plant Operations
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