The Beacon at Gulf Breeze’s Ford Named Florida Senior Living Association’s Employee of The Year

June 30, 2023

Nelson Ford, center, accepts the Florida Senior Living Association’s Employee of the Year award from FSLA President and CEO Gail Matillo, right, and FSLA Board of Directors member Melinda Skirvin

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Nelson Ford, the Director of Maintenance at The Beacon at Gulf Breeze, has been named the Florida Senior Living Association’s 2023 Employee of The Year.

The Florida Senior Living Association (FSLA) awarded one individual from each of five categories during its Best of the Best Awards Program: Executive Director of the Year; Employee of the Year; Caregiver of the Year; Sales & Marketing Director of the Year; and Volunteer of the Year. The Best of the Best Awards recognize individuals who provide extraordinary service to the residents and their community.

“Nelson is so deserving of this prestigious award. He is such an outstanding human being and cares so much about our residents,” said Stephanie Gorman, the Executive Director at The Beacon at Gulf Breeze. “We would all like to thank him for everything he does.”

The Beacon at Gulf Breeze, an SRI Management community, is between Pensacola and Pensacola Beach in Gulf Breeze, Florida. The Beacon embraces an island mentality by allowing many spacious and private residences to connect with the outdoors.

“We cannot overstate how proud we are of Nelson,” SRI Management CEO Don Bishop said. “His achievements and dedication go beyond the call of duty, reflecting his professional commitment, incredible heart, and character. The care, creativity, and compassion he exhibits daily are not just qualities; they are a calling he has embraced. The Employee of the Year award given by the Florida Senior Living Association acknowledges what we at SRI Management have known all along — that Nelson is truly exceptional.”

SRI Management manages over 40 independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities.

Florida Senior Living Association represents assisted living, memory care, and independent living communities throughout Florida, effectively advocating for the entire industry at the state and national levels.

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