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Cindy Homer-Baron, Director of Sales at Park Springs, Loves Changing Lives – Her Own and Others’

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Cindy HomerBaronWhen you meet Cindy Homer-Baron, Park Springs’ Director of Sales since August 2012, it is hard to believe that she has not always been involved in high-level sales activities. Persuasive, organized, informed and dedicated, she is able to convey the many reasons why seniors should move to Atlanta’s premier retirement community in a charming and convincing way. But when you learn that Cindy was a top educator during the first part of her professional life, you realize that there are many similarities between being an educator and being a sales professional, including this main one: Cindy loves helping people.

“As an educator, I loved helping people learn, and now, I love helping people find their perfect new home at Park Springs,” she says.

Cindy, who holds a Masters Degree in Reading and Literacy Learning as well as a Ph.D. in Education, quickly moved from classroom teaching to serving as a school administrator, at one point overseeing 28 reading specialists in the Boston area. She owned her own reading consulting, taught at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Northern Illinois, and was asked by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission to help change the lives of formerly incarcerated illiterate youths and adults by teaching them how to read.

One of her adult students, Woody, was 52-years old when he first started to read with Cindy. A commercial moving specialist by trade, he realized that he could not continue to carry pianos on his back but that he needed to learn how to read so he could find a desk job. For two years, Cindy and Woody met three times per week, and at the end of that period, Woody received his GED. “I am so honored and proud that I was able to help change Woody’s life. It gives significant meaning to my life,” she says.

However, in 2001, four years after moving from New England to the San Francisco Bay Area, she embarked on a completely new career in sales in the senior living industry. She joined the sales team of a continuing care retirement community affiliated with Stanford University, and quickly found she had a real affinity for working with seniors looking to change their lives, too.

At the renowned Classic Residence by Hyatt in Palo Alto, she “received the best training in the industry,” and worked with a wide variety of sophisticated and successful clients—- ultimately selling $72 million of apartment homes.

In January 2007, Cindy was recruited by Sunrise Senior Living to work at The Carlisle on Cathedral Hill in downtown San Francisco. There, she managed a $12 million renovation and increased the occupancy from 49% to 85% before moving to the South with her husband, Ray Baron. “We ultimately settled in Atlanta. My dear brother and his family live here, and even though it was a big change, we felt at home,” notes Cindy. “When, after a 7-hour interview, I got the job as Director of Sales at Park Springs, I knew we had made the right decision.

And now, I have had the opportunity to get to know and love the staff, the Members, and this beautiful property. All these elements make my job as Director of Sales for Park Springs easy, because in order to do my job well, I have to be able to love what I do. And I do.”

Cindy continues to change lives – her own and that of others. “I am here to help seniors and their families make life-altering decisions. It’s incredibly rewarding.”

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  1. What a delightful surprise to meet Cindy in the hallway her first day at Park Springs. Cindy has so much enthusiasm for all she does here and is never too busy to stop and say hello. She creates a warm feeling for new residents as they transition into their new dwelling. We are fortunate to have Cindy here.

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