Executive Director Announced for The Blake at Chenal Valley

July 15, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, AR—Blake Management Group, together with Cardinal Ventures, Inc., announced Crawfordsville native Stephen Black as the executive director of The Blake at Chenal Valley—a grand, endearing and resort-style senior living community in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Cardinal Ventures, Inc. is building the 153,000 square foot assisted living and memory care community, along with several dozen independent living cottages, on Rahling Road in West Little Rock. The assisted living and memory care suites are designed for comfort and safety, while allowing seniors a joyful experience every day. The independent living cottages will feature two- and three-bedroom floor plans and garages.

“It’s such a privilege to lead The Blake’s first senior living community in Little Rock,” said Black. “Our shared mission towards first-rate hospitality and high quality care in a luxurious atmosphere will bring an unparalleled community to seniors of every age.”

Black brings a vast and diverse background to The Blake team. Obtaining his business administration degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels from Williams Baptist and Belhaven universities, he carries 12 years of exceeding experience in long-term senior care. Additionally, he excels as a farmer, professional singer, cook/baker, traveler and ordained minister. However, most importantly, Black is a devoted family man, spending time doing anything to everything with those he loves most.

“We are delighted to introduce Stephen to The Blake—a commendable addition to the Little Rock area,” said Harrison Young of Cardinal Ventures, Inc. “His excitement to blend upscale hospitality with the golden age of retirement will foster a community unlike any other. Together with current community leaders, Lindsey Spears and Susan Webre, we have a stellar team ready to serve.”

Black will bring an outstanding culture to The Blake community. Even amid a global pandemic, Black has proven a one-of-a-kind ability to intertwine focused leadership with remarkable compassion among his staff and residents. His impressive experience and captivated heart toward senior living and each of his personal and working relationships will serve the Little Rock community unlike any other.

At The Blake at Chenal Valley, captivating independent living cottages will offer residents 55 and older a home that provides luxurious living, 24/7 service, resort-style dining and phenomenal accommodations. With access to an exclusive clubhouse, residents of these cottages have 24-hour access to a spacious gathering place to enjoy a variety of activities. The assisted living model features customized care for every resident in the accommodating, pristine comfort of one- and two-bedroom suites and studios.

“In addition to our unrivaled independent living cottages and personalized care for assisted living, we are so proud to invest in industry-leading engagement tools and proprietary programs like The Blake’s Walk with Me program for memory care,” said Black. “I believe the opportunity to serve, love and provide solutions in this industry is what nurtures the safe, successful environment that creates the exceptional peace of mind residents and their loved ones deserve.”

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