Class Year: 1990
Major at MC: Business and Economics
Senior Thesis Topic: “Human Resources and the Job Interview"
Current Town/City of Residence: Ft Lauderdale, FL
Occupation: President and CEO Cross Senior Care, owner and operator of several skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation, and Senior Living Centers in the Southeast
Family: Wife: Tabatha Cross; daughters: Savannah, Hayley, Peyton, Karlee, & Madison; son: Julian
Describe your career path since graduating from MC.
Earned my Masters degree in Long term care administration. Became a licensed nursing home administrator in 1993. Started Cross Senior Care in 2001 and I presently own 10 skilled nursing facilities, two independent living communities, and a medical staffing and billing agency. I am also the landlord for an acute inpatient drug treatment center.
Describe your job or a typical day “in the office.”
Ensure the highest quality of care and services are provided by managing and overseeing a staff of over 1000. Negotiate contracts and agreements. Review opportunities for expansion and acquisitions. Provide mentorship and training for future leaders in the industry.
What has been your most exciting/enjoyable professional experience to date?
Acquiring facilities that were providing low quality of care and services to the patients they served and improving the operations and care from one star CMS rating to 5 star. Receiving multiple awards from US News and World Reports for Best Nursing Homes in the US. Receiving American College of Healthcare Administrators Leadership Aware for last 8 consecutive years.
How did your MC experience prepare you for your vocation and/or life?
By providing a well rounded general education that prepared me for graduate school and success in life.
Complete this sentence: "I'm glad that Maryville College still ______________.
Offers a liberal arts education to allow students to self determine their futures after school.
What are your hobbies? What do you do for fun?
I enjoy flying my Epic Turbine airplane and bow hunting.
What is your best memory from your time at MC?
Varsity basketball and swimming at the "sinks" in Cade's Cove.
Since graduating, what has made you the most proud?
My family and their academic successes.
Professionally or personally, what’s still on your “bucket list?"
To continue to grow my companies and improve the care to seniors in my care.
Complete this sentence: My classmates may be surprised to learn that I _____________.