View From The Top: Industry Leaders Speak Out – Joshua Crisp and Lucas McCurdy, Bridge the Gap Podcast
Josh Crisp and Lucas McCurdy from Bridge the Gap Podcast discuss how to shape the future of senior living through branding, marketing, and networking, with Olivia Beaton, Editor of Senior Living News. Bridge the Gap is a podcast dedicated to informing, educating, and influencing the future of housing and services for seniors.
Josh CrispFounder, President & CEO
Josh Crisp is a senior living executive with over 14 years of experience in development, construction, & management across the southeast. Josh is Founder & CEO of Solinity, a senior living development & management company designed to reshape the industry to better meet the needs of the aging & create intergenerational communities.
Prior to the inception of Solinity, Josh founded TLC Senior Living Management & Consulting which led to his leadership in Dominion Senior Living. In 2014, Dominion designed, built, & managed five new communities in East Tennessee & hired several hundred new team members. Josh also assisted other senior living developers & facility owners in various capacities from third party management to strategic consulting, & team building.
Josh is an active voice to legislature; he serves as Chairman of the Assisted Living Standing Committee & Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Josh to the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities in 2014. The board provides regulatory authority over all licensed health care facilities in the state of Tennessee.
Josh has served on a number of civic & professional boards including a strategic committee for the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University & LeadingAge Tennessee where he served as Secretary for the Board’s Executive Committee & chaired the Public Policy Committee.
For fun, Josh enjoys working out & preparing for obstacle course races. His latest adventure is completing his second 1,098-mile bike ride with a group of cyclists who raised funds for the Alzheimer’s Research Initiative at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. In 2017 with the first event, the cyclists raised over $100,000 for the Pat Summitt Foundation in honor of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt’s 1,098 career NCAA wins. Josh co-founded Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to raising awareness & funds for Alzheimer’s disease by organizing & hosting cycling events.
In the spring of 2018, Crisp launched a podcast specifically designed to inform, educate, and influence the senior housing industry. The passion project is a partnership of several like-minded influencers that formed the brand: Bridge the Gap. The weekly show releases episodes in audio and video platforms including iTunes and YouTube and already has a great following and is creating a buzz among stakeholders in the senior housing and program services areas.
Josh resides in Fountain City, Tennessee with his wife, Lauren, & their three children.
Lucas McCurdyFounder & Owner
Lucas McCurdy is the founder of The Bridge Group Construction based in Dallas, Texas. Widely known as “The Senior Living Fan,” McCurdy has directed his passion for aging adults and the communities they live in to develop the industry’s first renovation and construction company dedicated solely to the senior living industry.
McCurdy has been working in the construction renovation space for over 12 years. Having previously worked in a number of other markets including hospitality and multi-family, the senior living industry has captured his love and attention. In late 2018, McCurdy amicably parted ways from his family’s business to pursue his full-time passion into seniors housing and launched his new company.
Active in the senior living industry including involvement in NIC, Argentum, LeadingAge, ASHA, McCurdy was recently appointed to the NIC Future Leaders Council for a three-year term.
He found his life’s work and passion in the senior living industry desires to use his time and talents to elevate and give back to the industry that gives so much to him. Working as a boutique general contractor for senior housing investors and operators is rewarding as he gets to execute construction projects in complex, delicate environments to ultimately make these communities safe and beautiful.
Successfully completing a construction project in a congregate care environment takes detailed planning, thoughtful execution, and at the core, an empathetic heart and mind to be part of something bigger than yourself. To bridge the gap between initial investment and ROI is a responsibility McCurdy takes seriously.
He was born in Texas, attended college at Winthrop University in South Carolina where he was a 3-time Big South Champion in cross country and track. McCurdy as his wife Danielle love spending time as a family with 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. The two are advocates for adoption and for families with children on the Autism spectrum.