A Senior Moment

Steve Tarr hasn't seen the need to settle for a single career. He spent his first one in telecom and mobile, but in 2001 his expertise in infrastructure captured the attention of University of Washington Medicine, which was about to embark on an EHR implementation. "They called out of the blue," he says. Wiring the on-campus hospital and the trauma center in downtown Seattle led to a second career working on technology for a variety of healthcare turnarounds on the west coast. In 2012 Tarr heard Emeritus CEO Granger Cobb speak at a WSU alumni event, and was so intrigued by Cobb's dynamic description of the eldercare world that he buttonholed Cobb to pick his brain further. Cobb promptly offered Tarr a job bringing 21st-century IT to Emeritus's 500-plus facilities in 45 states. "I did not see that coming," Tarr says. But he assessed the opportunity, found that the company fulfilled his key "no jerks" criterion, and jumped in. "It's highly motivating, because we're all going to end up [in senior living] eventually, " he says. "You're building it for yourself as well as for the residents and their families."

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