The women of Juniper celebrated the accomplishments of the company’s founder and president, Lynne S. Katzmann, as she received the New York SmartCEO 2014 BRAVA Award. This year’s winners collectively generated $1.2 billion in revenue and employ more than 49,000 individuals. More than 200 nominations were submitted from across the Mid-Atlantic for the award.
As a leader and innovator, Lynne has received many awards and recognitions for her entrepreneurship, leadership, and leading-edge work in the senior housing industry. She started Juniper Communities with a dream to build a company that would change the face of aging and how seniors would live their twilight years. With a mission to do well by doing good, the company has grown to be ranked the sixteenth largest privately woman-owned business in the New York City area by Crains New York Business. It is also ranked among the forty largest senior housing providers by Provider magazine.
Lynne describes her road to success as one of continuous learning. She worked long hours and built her company investment by investment; person by person. She got through the early days of trial remembering, “After every storm, the blue sky returns”. She attributes her success to a great team of colleagues, passion for what she does and a solution oriented approach to issues. Through her perseverance, Juniper’s revenue has increased from $45.8 million in 2010 to $60.3 million in 2013. This year will see another tremendous jump in revenues due to the acquisition of five properties in State College, PA.
“Brava winners possess the utmost qualities in a leader – vision, passion, compassion, dedication, perseverance. Every one of this year’s winners exhibits these qualities in running their business, their families, and their philanthropic activities. They give 110 percent of themselves,” said Jamie Nespor, regional President of SmartCEO Events. “We are honored to recognize a group of women who are truly making a difference in the world.”
Women helping women has been a focus of Lynne Katzmann and she prides herself in helping women succeed at higher levels, mentoring her employees and providing training. She sits on several boards and speaks at numerous leadership conferences yearly, sharing her wisdom, advice and foresight into a complex and changing healthcare environment.