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Bob Gillette

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Bob Gillette

In 1979, Mr. Gillette founded American House Senior Living Communities in Westland, Michigan. From 1979 to 2008, with a group of private investors and various institutional financing organizations, the American House portfolio grew to 27 locations. The company was named one the largest chains of independent congregate senior living facilities in Michigan.

In 2008, Mr. Gillette retired and Dale Watchowski became the new president and chief executive officer of American House Senior Living Communities. Mr. Gillette’s son, Robert W. Gillette, became the chief operating officer and close friend Joe Schwartz became the chief financial officer. The American House portfolio has grown to more than 50 locations under this management and direction.
Prior to founding American House Senior Living Communities, Mr. Gillette entered the United States Air Force Reserves in 1963 and was discharged in 1969. In 1964, he entered the medical supply field and worked at Baxter Laboratories. In the early 1970’s, Mr. Gillette was introduced to the nursing home industry and joined a venture capital group where he gained extensive knowledge of nursing home operations.

Mr. Gillette is an active supporter of America’s Veterans and regularly pursues projects to honor and recognize their sacrifices. Efforts include co-producing several documentaries, membership on the Advisory Committee of the Detroit Historical Society, and support of the Yankee Air Museum and the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum. Mr. Gillette currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.