About 55places®

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About Us

55places.com is the number one resource for anyone searching for information about active adult communities in the United States. Our website offers unbiased information and reviews of over 2,000 active adult communities. 55places.com is the only source where you will find such a wealth of information including photos, videos, descriptions, floor plans, listings of homes for sale and reviews about nearly every 55+ and active adult community in the country.

55places knows that purchasing a home is one of the most substantial investments and emotional decisions most people will make in their lifetime. That is especially true when considering a move to an active adult or retirement community, which often means getting a home that you intend to stay in for many years, perhaps for the rest of your life.

In the mid-2000s, Bill Ness was working in the sales department for an award-winning 55+ community close to Chicago when he noticed a pattern. Many of the active adult buyers he’d meet with had questions beyond this one community. What about communities in Florida and Arizona? What about communities closer to where my kids live? What about communities that are in my price range? Realizing there was no national, independent resource that could provide these answers, he started 55places.com in 2007 with the goal of answering all of those questions and more.

Our Story

55places.com started by indexing every active adult community in the Chicago area and quickly expanded to Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas. Soon, the site began adding communities in Florida and the expansion across the country hasn’t stopped since. As CEO, Bill was joined in 2011 by Danny Goodman, a veteran in the active adult community industry, as COO. From there, they toured the country, personally visited over one thousand communities across the nation and met with homebuilders and active adult community residents in order to learn everything they needed to make 55places.com a truly complete and unbiased resource.

Now, the company is thriving with over 70 employees, a national network of vetted real estate agent experts, and showcases detailed information for over 2,000 active adult communities. To date, we’ve welcomed tens of millions of visitors to our site and helped thousands of active adults find their ideal home. And we’re still just getting started.

Every active adult community we list on 55places.com is matched with a local real estate agent who has proven themselves to be an authority in helping buyers and sellers in that community. Some of these agents also serve multiple communities in the area given their expertise in a particular market. We call them our Partner Agents.

Partner Agents

Not every real estate agent is cut out to be a 55places.com Partner Agent. In fact, only two percent of those who apply are actually accepted into our program. We know how important the homebuying decision is, especially when it comes to purchasing a home in an active adult community, so it’s imperative that we match you with a local expert that we trust and that you can trust. That’s why every Partner Agent is an expert on the communities they represent and the homes and amenities offered, has a thorough knowledge of the active adult lifestyle, and can answer any question you have about it. These specialists are also out in the field every day, speaking with buyers, touring communities, and establishing their expertise about new homes in the area. Some of our Partner Agents are even actual residents of the active adult communities they represent.

At 55places.com, we take our role in your active adult community and homebuying process very seriously. That’s why we always want to make it clear what you can expect from us while on your journey.

Our Values

  • Unbiased - All of the information you’ll find on 55places.com is impartial and objective.
  • Authenticity - We do our own research in-house and strive to provide honest and authentic information with the needs of buyers in mind.
  • No Sponsorships - We do not offer sponsorships to builders or outside parties.
  • No Buy-Ins: Builders cannot financially compensate 55places.com in order to influence placement, rankings, or content.

Our Staff Members

Bill Ness
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Danny Goodman
Chief Operating Officer
Samantha Dahlstrom
Director of People Operations
George Kolar
Regional Sales Manager
Mayra Rocha
Editorial Manager
Todd Warshauer
Vice President of Sales
Michael Grosser
Vice President of Engineering
Eric Dunlap
Creative Director
Mike Hernalsteen
Vice President of Marketing
Antoinetta Lazzaro
Digital Asset Manager
Brandon Olafsson
Marketing Operations Specialist
Cameron Munro
Regional Sales Manager
John Bray
Regional Sales Manager
Jennifer Gralitzer
Regional Sales Manager
Collin Bourdage
Software Engineer
Noah Leapai
Software Engineer
Mike Ahern
Chief Financial Officer
Kelly Hogan
Customer Service Manager
Ariel Allon
Software Engineer
Britney Gaustad
Sales Administration Manager
Matt Stypa
Software Engineer
Brad Mitchell
Editorial Manager
Neil Huff
Neighborhood Manager
Omar Ortiz
Marketing Manager
Deana Becker
Associate Editor
Lucus Liu
Marketing Analytics Manager
Obaid Hamidi
QA Analyst
Megan Lyle
Front-End Engineer
John Lynch
Junior Designer
Bridget Topper
Financial Analyst
Amy Basque
Project Manager
Zenah Frield
Customer Service Representative
Devin Sarnacki
Front-End Engineer
Jason Brandt
Software Engineer
Jon Bukiewicz
Front-End Engineer
Jen Baldwin
Sales Coordinator
Sydney Shaffer
Communication Designer
Harsh Patel
Software Engineer
Lauren LaBorde
Editorial Manager
Jake Malachowski
Software Engineer
Jacques Marcotte
Software Engineer
Ryan Finni
Front-End Engineer
Patrick Fiedler
DevOps Engineer
Alex Berryman
Software Engineer
JR Alvarado
Customer Service Representative
Przemyslaw Mucha
Software Engineer
Kerri Koczen
Customer Service Representative
Nate Alvarado
Software Engineer
Brad Wilson
Software Engineer
Jason Lauborough
Quality Assurance Analyst
Heather Kanipe
Project Manager
Trevor Piecuch
Front-End Engineer
Neal Crowley
Software Engineer
Jessica Powers
Content Associate
Karina Sanchez
Office Assistant
Diana Schwartz
Sales Coordinator
Franky Ng
Staff Accountant
Richard Jackson
DevOps Engineer
Marissa Walters
Communications Manager
Hajarah Zaneer
Customer Service Representative
Chelsea Welch
SEM Manager
James Thompson
Front-End Engineer
Jennifer Ryan
Technical Recruiter
Frankie Zeager
Data Scientist
Kevin Wilson
Software Engineer
Kathy Slowinski
Vice President of Product
Morgan Gorsuch
Executive Assistant
Allison Bradley
Social Media Coordinator
Kaylin Hynes
Associate Editor
Kaitlynn Kelly
Associate Editor
Libbey Saelzler
Product Designer
Dan Draiman
iOS Mobile Developer
Maddy Wasmer
Paid Media Specialist
Max Li
Data Scientist
George Wood
Data Engineer
Paul Zmuda
Front-End Engineer
Andy Horigan
Licensing & Compliance Administrator
Valerie Decker
Marketing Automation Specialist
Lindsey Latiolais
UX Researcher
Nick James
iOS Mobile Developer
Sheri Levitt
Digital Marketing Specialist
Shilpa Kapilavai
Product Manager
Laura Duran
Customer Service Representative

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