John D. Jetty brings experience, enthusiasm and a warm and appealing personality to his new job as executive director of The Greens at Cannondale.
“It was a formidable task to find someone to replace Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh, who is now executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut chapter. We are lucky to have John Jetty as our choice,” said Larry Apple, who oversees The Greens as vice president of TransCon Builders, The Greens’ parent company.
As executive director and senior regional manager of Sunrise Senior Living, Mr. Jetty was responsible for 21 facilities in the Northeast, providing services for assisted living, memory impairment and independent living. He was responsible for every facet of operations, but he said that “by far, the focus was quality of life for the residents.”
During his leadership from 2003 to 2012, he received recognition and awards for resident and staff satisfaction and operational success. He consistently exceeded expectations.
Prior to his achievements in all aspects of senior life and care, Mr. Jetty was in the hospitality and food service business, as director of operations for restaurants and food service providers in New York, Massachusetts and California.
“There’s a synergy,” he said, “between food management and senior living. They both require excellence and dedication to customer satisfaction.”
Mr. Jetty, who is in the process of moving from Massachusetts to this area, comes from a family that believed in “giving back” to others. He is a widower with three sons in their early 30s. Mr. Jetty graduated from the University of Rhode Island with honors. He was one of 12 students chosen to attend a two-year course in economics at the University of Manchester in England. He was in Harvard University’s certificate program in business administration.
He loves reading history and mysteries. He enjoys music and theater and is a big sports fan. He belongs to several professional groups of senior living specialists.
“I’m not coming to The Greens as a total stranger,” he said. “I’ve managed residences in Connecticut and visited and admired The Greens. I’ve seen the benefits of assisted living firsthand.
“I’ve seen people who arrive quite frail, who haven’t done very well at home, feeling isolated, change remarkably with socialization, activities, regular mealtimes, and a caring staff.”
After a conversation with Mr. Jetty, he doesn’t say good-bye. He says, “Stay well.”