Paul and Terry Klassen, Founders
Paul and Terry Klaassen founded Sunrise Senior Living more than 35 years ago. Ever since, Sunrise has been based on the same simple yet innovative vision — to create alternative senior living options that champion quality of life.
Today, Paul and Terry’s vision is reflected in our person-centred approach to care, which focuses on each resident as an individual and understands their unique needs. The result: tailored living, service and care options that enable each and every one of our residents to live life on their own terms. Sunrise care homes focus on nurturing interests, promoting well-being and enabling everyone to participate in an active and social community, we offer a welcoming home for older adults and reassurance for their friends and families.
Many years after the first Sunrise opened its doors, Paul and Terry are still involved in Sunrise today. You can read more about Paul and Terry in The Sunrise Story.
Jack R. Callison, Jr, CEO
Jack R. Callison, Jr. joined Sunrise Senior Living in April 2021 as Chief Executive Officer and brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the senior living and multifamily industries. He is a seasoned leader with a proven record of building cohesive organizational cultures, strong teams, and highly scalable operating platforms in mission-driven organizations. Jack’s team-focused approach seeks to enable productive dialogue and engagement to foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging—all in an effort to drive long-term, sustainable, strategic growth and value creation.
Prior to Sunrise, Jack spent eight years as Chief Executive Officer of Enlivant, a senior living company based in Chicago with over 230 communities across the U.S. Enlivant was named a Great Place to Work by The Great Place to Work Institute in 2019, and again in 2020. Prior to Enlivant, he served as Holiday Retirement’s Chief Executive Officer, and prior thereto, as President – U.S. Operations for Archstone.
Jack is a member of the Medical Center Board of Directors of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and serves as Vice Chair of the Quality and Credentialing Committee. He is a Board Director and Vice Chair of the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care (NIC) and also serves on the executive board of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA).