Meet David Ammons
This Monday we would like you to meet founder and president of Retirement Living Associates Inc. (RLA), David Ammons.
David has more than 30 years of experience in managing and developing communities, like SpringShire. David served as the executive director of Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community from 1991-1996 and continues as CEO overseeing all operations. In addition to working on the development of SpringShire, David and his family have also led in the development and management of several senior living communities throughout the southeast.
One of the primary locations of interest for development for David was eastern North Carolina. With Springmoor’s success, developers, architects, lenders and other community professionals began contacting David for advice and consulting on all aspects of Continuing Care Retirement Communities, now known as Life Plan Communities. Eventually, Dr. Deyton and Dr. Clement of Greenville contacted David to see if RLA would consider building a community in Greenville. After seeing each of their mothers receive excellent care at Springmoor and getting to know David while he served as executive director, they recognized the opportunities a RLA community would bring to residents of eastern North Carolina.
David has led the development of SpringShire since it was founded in the mid-2000s. In the economic downturn of 2008, David and other RLA associates had the foresight to protect both the land and prospective residents’ deposits. “When other communities simply went under, we waited for the most prudent and opportune time to proceed. That time is now,” notes David. “The market is better now, and with more and more people moving to Greenville to retire we’re excited that our plans are underway.”
In the early stages of SpringShire development, David recognized how important the location would be for future residents. The site for the community was chosen after three focus groups with Greenville residents. “The reason we chose this site for SpringShire was primarily because this location has a blend of natural beauty and untouched flora and fauna, but it is still a convenient drive to amenities such as the Vidant Medical Community, Ironwood Country Club and Uptown Greenville,” explains David. “I also like the fact that the community will not sit along the highway. I feel seniors will favor the privacy afforded by being off the highway when deciding between living options,” he continued.
David is excited about bringing options for active retirement living to the Greenville area. “I am proud to continue my family’s history of building retirement communities that match the interest of the community,” says David. “We feel Greenville is ready for new options and designs to serve younger residents.”