Gottfried Ernst is an established operations executive with 20+ years of experience within the hospitality and senior living industries. He’s a multiple award winner best known for shaping the strategies, processes, and programs behind highly efficient and customer-focused communities.
He adds value as a bold leader who knows how to impact positive change, secure buy-in, and act as a conduit to ensure management strategies and vision are adopted across all departments and business lines.
After obtaining his degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism from HLT Semmering in Austria, Gottfried worked in management roles at several 4- and 5-star hotels in Austria, Switzerland, and the UK. In 2002, he started his career in the senior housing industry at Brookdale Senior Living, the nation’s largest Senior Housing operator. Over his 16-year tenure at Brookdale, he held field and corporate leadership positions and progressed to vice president overseeing all aspects of food and beverage operations for over 600 locations. Gottfried was inducted into Brookdale’s President Circle in 2005 and was vital in developing and implementing several Argentum award-winning programs.
In 2018, Gottfried started as Vice President at Green Courte Partners LLC, a private real estate investment firm. In his role, he provided oversight of Operation and all resident experience functions of Green Courte’s Senior Housing portfolio.
Most recently, Gottfried held the SVP of Operations position at Discovery Senior Living Management LLC, overseeing the day-to-day Operations, Sales, Data Analysis, Asset Management, Operational Transition and Growth Strategy, Performance Improvement as well as various corporate support services such as Resident Engagement, Culinary, Maintenance, Capital Planning, Billing, Administrative, Clinical, and Memory Care functions,
Gottfried is a proven innovator with a reputation for designing cutting-edge programs that enhance the prospect and resident experience. Leveraging his expert knowledge and prior experience, he navigated critical operations challenges, including technology and systems integrations, local, state, and federal regulatory compliance, budgeting and forecasting and managing operating costs.
In the earlier years of his career, Gottfried partook in several bartending competitions and was the winner of a national cooking competition, “Goldenes Reindl” in Vienna, Austria. Gottfried serves on several boards and recently joined the Revelry Group’s advisory board.