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Julie Murray has been promoted to the new role of vice president of sales, marketing and business development at Ecumen.
In announcing the promotion, Ecumen President and CEO Kathryn Roberts issued this announcement to Ecumen staff:
“This new position recognizes Julie’s combined leadership of three key areas: Ecumen’s sales and marketing efforts, real estate development and new business partnerships. Julie’s new job is effective immediately, and she will continue working closely with Steve Ordahl until his retirement in January 2014.
“Just over a year ago, Julie was named Ecumen’s vice president of sales, marketing and new ventures. In that time, Julie has assembled a talented team, including Matt McNeil, Diane Kenney and Tami Allenson to expand and support sales and marketing efforts across Ecumen. At the same time, the business development team has gained the skills of Dena Meyer, director of business development, and Kaili Braa, administrative assistant, and we are actively recruiting for an open director of business development position.
“Julie’s collaborative leadership has led to a new company-wide sales and marketing function this past year, featuring better training, tools and accountability. This approach has quickly improved our occupancy levels in both existing and new properties and identified new revenue streams based on innovative approaches to aging services. Julie also is exploring new partnerships that can help us expand our services in the Twin Cities and other markets.
“Julie has 15 years of senior housing experience that prepares her well for her new multifaceted role. She started at Ecumen in 2007 as director of real estate development and led the development of new Ecumen housing in Apple Valley and Maplewood, both winners of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal's "Best in Real Estate" award for senior housing communities. Before that, Julie worked for Greystone Communities, Inc. in Dallas where she was responsible for the sales and marketing of multiple entry-fee continuing care retirement communities as a regional director of sales and marketing. Julie is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management.
“Please join me in congratulating Julie on this new role.”