John Rijos, SHA ’75
Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Chicago Pacific Founders
American Seniors Housing Association
John P. Rijos is an operating partner of Chicago Pacific Founders, a private equity firm that specializes in investments across the healthcare spectrum with offices in Chicago and San Francisco. Prior to that, Mr. Rijos spent thirteen years as Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Brookdale Senior Living, Inc., the largest senior living company in the United States. During his tenure the company grew from 22 communities to approximately 650 communities in 36 states with more than 67,000 units and 46,000 associates who serve residents in independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and large campus continuous care retirement communities.
Prior to Brookdale, Mr. Rijos spent sixteen years as President and Chief Operating Officer of Lane Hospitality, which owns and operates more than 40 hotels and resorts. During that time, he spent three years as Chairman of ITT Sheraton’s Owners Association, and two years on the board of the International Association of Holiday Inns Owners. Before Lane, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of High Country Corporation, a Denver-based hotel development and management company.
During his distinguished career, Mr. Rijos has served on numerous boards and advisory committees in senior living, hospitality, and universities. He is a member of the American Seniors Housing Association and currently serves as its Chairman of the Executive Committee. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in hotel administration, graduating with distinction. He also has a Certified Hospitality Administrator designation. He has served a multi-year term on the Cornell University Council and is presently on the Dean’s Advisory Board for their School of Hotel Administration, where he is a Lecturer.