Meet Joel Nelson, president and CEO of longtime senior housing owner and operator LCS. Nelson took the helm of Des Moines, Iowa-based LCS in January 2018, following a long tenure under former CEO Ed Kenny, who now serves as chairman of LCS’s board of directors.
Nelson, who began his career in hospital administration, has been with the company for more than 30 years and has most recently held positions as chief operating officer and chief development officer. As the chief executive of LCS, Nelson oversees six business lines: management, development, real estate, purchasing, insurance and home health, spanning core operations of more than 100 communities across independent living, assisted living, memory care and CCRCs.
We sat down with Nelson to hear about how he sees the company shifting under his direction, where opportunities lie ahead for experienced operators like LCS and why vision is the key to all good leadership.