Co-Owner and Executive Director
Rich Austin is the co-owner and executive director of the Golden Years. Rich’s passion to serve and his sincere love for seniors, coupled with a talent for business management, have been the driving forces behind the renowned quality of care and the strategic growth that the Golden Years has experienced under his leadership.
Rich’s career at the Golden Years began on June 1, 1969. Just out of the Coast Guard, he took over as the maintenance director to help his parents, Eugene and Margaret Ann, who had recently purchased the Golden Years. When the state of Wisconsin began requiring nursing homes to have licensed administrators in 1971, he began training for his license and officially took over as the Administrator in 1973, serving directly with his mother, the Director of Nursing, through 1979. After purchasing the Golden Years from his parents on January 1, 1980, Rich put together a master plan to develop the property and expand the existing nursing home into a continuum of care for seniors. Over the next 20 years Rich oversaw the expansion of the Golden Years to include Assisted Living and Independent Living with final construction reaching completion in 1999.
As a seasoned executive, Rich’s guidance of daily operations and visionary leadership continues to be an invaluable asset to the Golden Years.