One new and one veteran Spectrum team member exemplify the company’s core values of excellence and personal growth.
A new Vice President of Construction builds on Spectrum’s proud tradition
Spectrum Retirement Communities is unique not only for the level of care, service and commitment it provides to its employees and residents, but also because it is one of the only companies that builds, owns and operates its properties, a strategic business move that allows Spectrum to ensure quality at every stage of development. This past September, Spectrum further established itself an industry leader by tapping a female vice president of construction, Bernida Egging, to lead its current and future ventures. Although female VPs are hardly rare at Spectrum—9 of the company’s 15 VPs are women—it is exceptional in the commercial development business, which is heavily dominated by men. In her new role, Egging is accountable for the management of design and building projects across the Spectrum portfolio.
An engineer by training, Egging brings more than a decade of experience in construction management. She’s also heavily involved with the Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW), an organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in the commercial real estate industry, and was recently nominated for the group’s 14th Annual Women of Influence Awards.
“Spectrum is remarkable in that so many senior leaders are women,” Egging says. “And it’s such a pleasure to be working along-side so many women who think outside the box on a daily basis.”
Working together is not only beneficial in providing a model for women to be successful at Spectrum and elsewhere, she says, but also because it encourages greater collaboration and innovation overall.
New Mexico community welcomes a new Executive Director
Working at Spectrum is more than a job. Whether team members start as servers in the dining rooms or as VPs, they are encouraged to advance. Spectrum is committed to growing and fostering the careers of its employees.
One example is Teresa Smith, who joined Spectrum as a caregiver in 2008. Inspired by the residents, she decided to make caregiving her life’s work and set a goal to one day run a retirement community. To that end, she earned her CNA license and, after several promotions— including as activities director, marketing director and business manager—she was offered the position of executive director at a Spectrum community in Oregon.
After 25 years in Oregon, where she established herself as a strong leader and savvy manager, Smith will bring her wealth of experience and expertise to Spectrum’s new state-of-the-art Palmilla Senior Living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In her role as executive director at Palmilla, she will continue to foster a strong caregiving community through strategic hires, mentoring and her hands-on style. As she often says to her staff: “I would never ask you to do something I would be unable to do myself.”
Her goal is to make sure all that all staff members feel empowered and supported which, she says, is essential in creating a strong spirit of community that extends throughout the staff and residents.
“I feel very privileged to be leading this community of vibrant independent living, assisted living, and memory care residents and their families,” Smith says.
And her enthusiasm and support of her employees shows.
As one of her new employees Alysia Gallegos says, “Teresa is a great role model and consistently strives to deliver what we commit to those we serve. I have nothing but the utmost respect for her.”
By Dawn Carr