Jena Owens, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Merrill Gardens, brings fifteen years’ experience in the senior care and housing industry to her role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Merrill Gardens. Her background includes a broad range of expertise in all aspects of sales, marketing, advertising and brand identity. Owens is responsible for the leasing activities at all 56 Merrill Gardens communities in ten states. She oversees the regional marketing team and provides leadership in growing and maintaining the overall portfolio occupancy rate. Owens also oversees the pre-leasing and opening efforts for new developments. Owens was a Regional Marketing Director for Merrill Gardens from 2001 to 2006. She left the company to join the Era Living Executive Team for five years before returning to Merrill Gardens in her current role at the beginning of 2011. Merrill Gardens is known as one of the top owner/operators of independent and assisted living retirement communities in the country.