Jon Harder, President and CEO of Sunwest Management, Inc., founded the company in 1991 with a portfolio of three properties: two retirement communities and one skilled nursing community. Currently, SMI manages some 280 communities nationwide. Mr. Harder became President and CEO of Sunwest and increased his ownership in the company in 1999. Prior to Sunwest, he was a nursing home administrator for Prestige Care from 1989-1991. He is a member of the American Senior Housing Association, the National Center for Assisted Living and the Oregon Health Care Association. Mr. Harder is a graduate of Walla Walla College in College Place, Washington.