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To unite industry partners and operators to collectively enhance the dining experience for residents.

To be an essential dining resource for all senior living providers.

Integrity | Passion | Innovation | Quality | Relationships | Collaboration | Growth

Executive Summary

The newly founded Senior Dining Association, driven by its mission of uniting industry partners and operators to collectively enhance the dining experience for residents, is uniquely positioned to unify this network. Launched from an operator’s perspective and fully equipped with the first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing providers, the SDA is the only organization exclusively focused on this field.

National and regional events fueled by content-rich programming will provide not only a great educational opportunity for members, but a chance to create a sense of community within the industry. The hub of the SDA will be its website – – a daily destination for fresh content, professional resources, education and networking. Senior Dining Now, SDA’s digital newsletter features best practices, industry trends and contests.

Leading the way for the Senior Dining Association is Founder and CEO, Harris Ader. A 20-year veteran of senior dining, Harris brings his passion and industry-leading knowledge to the association. Dining is a differentiator in the senior housing industry. By re-thinking the status quo and having a hospitality mindset, the formula is in place to elevate any dining program. 

Food is the heart of any senior living community. And while the industry evolves, that core truth remains consistent. By increasing access to the resources needed for long-term sustainability and channeling the experiences of industry leaders, the Senior Dining Association has the perfect ingredients for a new era in senior dining.

Leading The Way

Harris Ader, Founder & CEO Founder & CEO

Harris Ader has more than 20 years of operational experience in the senior dining industry. His extensive background also includes experience in contract foodservice management, the national school lunch program, hotels and restaurants. Prior to founding Senior Dining Association, Harris was the Vice President of Dining Service at Senior Living Communities, based in Charlotte, NC. Harris’ areas of expertise include conceptual development, financial and business acumen, organizational effectiveness, project management, talent development and strategic vision & planning. Harris graduated from Johnson & Wales University.



Senior Dining Association 

Inaugural Advisory Board

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