John Thorhauer has more than 30 years of health facility, senior housing, and health service management experience. He served as President and CEO of United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) from 2006 to 2018, after joining the organization in 2005 as Chief Operating Officer. In 2019, he served as President and Chief Strategy Officer of UMRC & Porter Hills as he transitioned to a planned retirement and the organizations transitioned to the incoming CEO. Mr. Thorhauer has overseen significant growth of UMRC, expanding from three to twenty-four locations and adding innovative services. During his tenure, UMRC started an active adult community, acquired and interested in a home care and home health agency, added housing and services to two continuing care retirement communities, developed partnerships in affordable assisted living, HUD housing and three Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) as well as affiliated with Porter Hills.
Prior to joining UMRC, he served briefly as Director of Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi. While there, Mr. Thorhauer was responsible for the safe evacuation of 550 residents, staff, and family members following Hurricane Katrina, just weeks after relocating there.
Previous senior housing and healthcare experience include serving as Chief Operating Officer for a multi-facility, not-for-profit company located in West Michigan and serving as a nursing facility administrator in Virginia and Michigan.
Mr. Thorhauer’s eight years of military experience includes serving as a computer operator in the United States Army in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War.
In addition, to Mr. Thorhauer’s career experience, he has served on multiple boards for community organizations. Prior to moving to Mississippi, Mr. Thorhauer served on the City Council for the City of Wyoming, Michigan. He recently served on the Board of LeadingAge Michigan (Past Chair), the Michigan Veterans Facility Board of Managers, St. Joseph Mercy – Chelsea (Hospital), Michigan Veterans Facility Authority Board of Directors and Emergent Health Partners(Chair), the largest ambulance consortium in the State of Michigan.
LeadingAge, a national association representing 6,000 nonprofit aging services organizations across the U.S., honored Mr. Thorhauer with the 2016 Public Trust Award. According to LeadingAge, this award was given for his commitment to quality, leadership excellence, innovations in care and service and professional contributions in the field of aging.
John holds a Bachelor’s in Management Science and an MBA from Averett University in Danville, Virginia.