Rod Burkett, President, BMA Management, Ltd. Rod Burkett has been at the helm of BMA Management, Ltd. since May 1999, serving as the company’s first and only operational leader. As President of the management company, Rod has overseen the opening of more than 35 new senior living communities, including the first affordable assisted living community to be developed by BMA. These communities have touched the lives of thousands of older adults and their families. Through his leadership, BMA has grown to be one of the 25 largest providers of assisted living in the nation and the largest provider of affordable assisted living in the State of Illinois. Prior to his arrival at BMA, Rod enjoyed a 20-year career in the healthcare management fields of public health, home health, medical clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. During this pre-BMA experience, Mr. Burkett served as Chief Executive Officer of two hospitals and held the position of Regional Director for a large nursing home ownership chain. Rod currently serves as President of the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition, which is based in Springfield, Illinois, and serves on the Supportive Living Facility Cabinet for Life Services Network, the largest elder care association in Illinois. He also is a member of the Assisted Living Federation of America’s COO Roundtable and a member of “Vistage”, an international executive development group. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from Eastern Illinois University and performed his graduate level studies at St. Louis University and Eastern Illinois University, culminating in an MBA in 1993.