As Aspen Trace’s new residential marketing director, Myckenzie Horton now gets to tell the same stories that first sparked her interest in senior living.
“When I was in college, we had a guest speaker from a local senior living community come in and talk about different hospitality-related facets of the industry,” she said. “It sounded like a rewarding and fun job to be serving seniors.”
Myckenzie joined the CarDon family in 2020, and the key word is “family” because that’s what made the company stand out to her.
“I love the history of how CarDon started and how it has continued to be a family owned and operated business,” she said. “You can tell there is a lot of care and compassion within this company.”
Prior to her recent promotion, Myckenzie served as Aspen Trace’s residential activity director and formed a strong bond with residents that made her feel like she was having fun with her own loved ones.
“I loved doing manicures and crafts and putting together the ladies’ tea parties,” she said. “I personally love all those things, so it was fun getting to do that as part of my job.”
Myckenzie’s new position involves another one of her favorite pastimes — talking to people. She loves spreading the word about what Aspen Trace has to offer and helping seniors find homes in the community.
“I have such an appreciation for the lives these residents have lived, and I enjoy getting to build relationships with them,” she said. “I love that there are so many stories I get to hear. One resident, John Wheeler, is 102, and he actually wrote a memoir about his life recently! I am a sucker for love, and I adore hearing about how my residents met their husbands and wives. John told me how he was in Hollywood at the time, and he met his wife, Evelyn, at this bar on Sunset Boulevard by offering to light her cigarette. They went on a few dates and married shortly after. They were together for 76 years.”
Myckenzie now feels like a fellow member of these residents’ families.
“The residents are also always so eager to hear about my life and treat me as if I’m family,” she said. “This is just a really special industry to work in.”