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Meet Our Team

Vi’s employees are experts in their fields with a wealth of experience in senior living. Below, get to know our leadership — and some talented community staff.
Randy Richardson President

Randy Richardson joined Vi in 2000. Under his leadership, Vi has completed over $1 billion of new development and established itself as a first-class operator of senior living communities. Richardson is responsible for company leadership and strategic growth initiatives designed to enhance Vi’s economic value and further the company’s position as an industry leader.

Randy has an extensive background in property development, management and marketing. Prior to his position at Vi, Randy was Senior Vice President of Asset Management for General Growth Properties where he worked for 14 years. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care and was Chairman in 2012-13. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Argentum (FKA ALFA).

Along with receiving his Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University, Randy serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for ISU’s School of Business. He is also a Fellow of The Culinary Institute of America and a frequent guest lecturer on topics of Leadership and Management in Long Term Care at the University of Southern California. Among chief executives recognized in the U.S., Richardson ranked number 19 and received an impressive approval rating of 96 percent based on anonymous and voluntary reviews Vi employees shared on Glassdoor over the past year.

Gary Smith Chief Financial Officer

Gary joined Vi as Chief Financial Officer in 2001 and has more than 30 years of experience in real estate-related industries. In his role at Vi, he oversees the Company's fiscal functions and financial performance, as well as the analysis of potential new development and acquisition opportunities and their associated financing. Gary oversees Vi's corporate finance and accounting department, as well as the information technology group.

Prior to joining Vi, Gary served as Vice President of Finance for Northbrook Corporation, an affiliate of JMB Realty Corporation, where he was responsible for the asset management of various acquired operating companies, including obtaining financing, analyzing acquisitions and sales, and overseeing ongoing financial performance. Prior to that, Gary served as Senior Audit Manager for KPMG, a Big Four public accounting firm.

Gary graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University and is a certified public accountant.

Cary Maslow Senior VP of Operations

Since joining Vi in 2002, Cary has held various prominent roles within the organization. He began his tenure with the opening of Vi at The Glen (Glenview, IL), where he served as the community’s Executive Director. In 2008, Cary moved to Vi’s corporate offices when he was promoted to Vice President of Operations overseeing Vi’s 10 rental communities and in 2010, acted as Vi’s liaison while facilitating the sale of the company’s rental portfolio to Five Star Quality Care. Following the sale, Cary continued his role as Vice President of Operations focusing on Vi’s 10 Life Plan Communities (CCRCs).

In 2019, Cary was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations. He oversees the corporate operations team as well as community functions such as food and beverage, lifestyles, resident care, sales, marketing, housekeeping and facilities maintenance. Cary’s team also leads the execution of Vi’s capital spending program for building and grounds enhancements to help drive resident satisfaction and define Vi’s market reputation.

Prior to joining Vi, Cary worked in management and corporate positions with Brookdale Senior Living Communities and Westin Hotels & Resorts. He is a graduate of The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Hospitality.

JUDY WHITCOMB Senior VP of Human Resources, Learning and Organizational Development, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Judy Whitcomb Senior Vice President of Organizational Strategy and Effectiveness, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Formerly Vi’s chief human resources and learning officer, Judy oversees and drives Vi’s organizational effectiveness strategy. Supporting and acting as a thought partner to Vi’s executive management team and senior leaders, Judy identifies people, process, and culture interventions to elevate Vi’s organizational capabilities and business impact. Additionally, Judy oversees Vi’s succession planning, executive development, and change management efforts.

Judy joined Vi with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of HR leadership roles, including a 19-year career at United Airlines. She previously held leadership roles in sales, marketing, finance and operations in the airline, financial services, and employee benefit services industries.

Judy is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified. She earned her undergraduate degree from DePaul University, her MBA from Roosevelt University, and is a graduate from Northwestern’s Executive Scholar’s Program. She is a certified executive coach and holds professional assessment certifications from Korn Ferry, Gallup, the Center for Creative Leadership, and Hogan. She is a frequent speaker at conferences as well as the author of many articles on employee development, organizational effectiveness, and employee engagement. Judy also serves on the Chief Learning Officer Advisory Council and is on faculty for the Chief Learning Officer Accelerator Program and Network of Executive Women Rising Stars as an executive coach. She is a member of Chief, a women’s executive leadership networking and mentoring organization

In 2020, Judy was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable Leader in HR and led the company to achieve the ranking of #26 among Glassdoor's 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Work out of over 840,000 companies.

Since Judy started at Vi, the company has been recognized with several top employer awards including Vi’s certification as a Great Place to Work and recognition by Fortune Magazine as a Top 5 aging services organization. In 2020, Vi was recognized by Chief Learning Officer Magazine as a LearningElite organization for the 10th consecutive year – ranking #3 in 2020 and in the top five over the last five years. In addition, Vi has also been a ten-time recipient of Training Magazine’s Top 125 award, and E-Learning Magazine’s Top 100 since 2010.

TARA COPE Senior VP and General Counsel
Tara Cope Chief Legal and Administrative Officer

Tara serves as Vi’s Chief Legal and Administrative Officer. In her role, Tara provides oversight for Vi's legal, risk management, and human resources functions, and the company’s public-policy efforts.

Tara joined Vi in 2004 as Senior Counsel. She was later promoted to Associate General Counsel and became General Counsel in 2018.

In addition to her day-to-day professional work, Tara also holds several volunteer positions. She serves on the boards of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Chicago chapter; Giordano Dance Chicago; and the Chicago chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association, where she also chairs a scholarship committee that supports Chicagoland high school students.

Prior to joining Vi, Tara was an attorney at the Chicago offices of DLA Piper US LLP. She received her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law.

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Since 2018, Vi’s 10 communities and Chicago corporate office have been independently certified as great workplaces based on the results of an annual survey of our more than 3,000 employees.