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W.E. Sheriff
Director

W.E. Sheriff has served as our Chief Executive Officer since February 2008 and as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2010. He previously served as our Co-Chief Executive Officer from July 2006 until February 2008. Previously, Mr. Sheriff served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Retirement Corporation and its predecessors since April 1984 and as its President since November 2003. Mr. Sheriff was recruited to ARC by the founders of the company with the long range goal of creating a leader in the retirement living industry.

From 1973 to 1984, Mr. Sheriff served in various capacities for Ryder System, Inc., including as President and Chief Executive Officer of its Truckstops of America division. He joined Ryder when he merged the family owned businesses with Ryder. Under his leadership, his division became the nation's largest owned and operated chain of full service truckstops.

Mr. Sheriff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from New Mexico State University. He also serves on the boards of various educational and charitable organizations and in varying capacities with several trade organizations.

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