Women in Business - Liberty Senior Living, INSPIRE by Liberty

From left: Nichole Lento, K. Gillens, Christy Chestnut, Courtney Baker, Lauren Cox

Liberty Senior Living, a trusted name for over 145 years, is expanding its new 55+ active living brand, INSPIRE by Liberty, to complement a portfolio of traditional senior housing and healthcare communities in high-growth Southeastern markets.

INSPIRE communities feature a variety of well-appointed apartment and cottage floorplans, resort-inspired amenities, and robust activities programming to foster resident wellness and social engagement.

The current footprint for Liberty Senior Living’s INSPIRE facilities is: Inspire Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach; Inspire Royal Park, Matthews, N.C.; Inspire Briar Chapel, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Inspire Brunswick Forest, Leland, N.C.; Inspire Futch Creek, Wilmington, N.C.; Inspire Parkview, Wildwood, Fla.; Inspire Cypress Ranch, Odessa, Fla.; Inspire Minneola Summit, Minneola, Fla.; and Inspire Mount Dora, Mount Dora, Fla.

Here is a look at some of the strong women who make up the Liberty Senior Living team. Christy Chestnut is s Regional Director. In September 2020, she joined the Liberty team to start the INSPIRE brand. Christy and her team have helped by filling the gap in each market. Exceptional customer service, is what sets the company apart, in Chestnut’s mind. Chestnut believes in People, Passion and Purpose.

“My focus are our people that are the magic ingredient to our success and to the Inspire Brand. Our team exemplifies daily their care and compassion for our residents. They love what they do and it shows! This passion cultivates a wonderful work environment and in return provides our residents with top-notch service. It is that simple! When your team is happy everyone is happy,” Chestnut says.

Chestnut and the team are also committed to improving and working with the community.

The company is involved with many volunteer efforts, including working with New Directions of Horry County, Myrtle Beach, The Red Cross, Toys for Tots, and numerous other charitable causes.

Courtney Baker is Regional Management Coordinator for Liberty Senior Living. She started her career with Liberty Senior Living as the Assistant Community Manager of Inspire Coastal Grand in October 2020 and was promoted in December 2021. She is an active member of the Grand Strand as she serves on the Board of Regents for Leadership Grand Strand. She is a recipient of the Jefferson Award through Multiplying Good and received the Rookie of the Year Award from the Myrtle Beach Apartment Association.

“Our teams deeply care about our residents and want to ensure their experience living at our Inspire properties is exceptional,” Baker says.

In April 2021, Nichole Lento joined the Liberty team as a Community Manager and began the lease-up of INSPIRE Royal Park.

“INSPIRE Royal Park offers a multi-level social calendar with at least three planned activities each week. We offer something for everyone,” Lento says. “Our clubhouse is over 14,000 square feet and features a hair salon, dog salon, yoga studio, 24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness center, heated swimming pool, creative arts studio, and a movie theater. We pride ourselves on ‘It’s your time now’ and we spoil our residents and want them to have an amazing and happy living experience with us.”

Lauren Cox is Community Manager at INSPIRE Coastal Grand. She joined the Liberty team in March 2021 as the community manager of the company’s first Active Adult Apartment Community.

In January, INSPIRE Coastal Grand won the Cares Award with the Myrtle Beach Apartment Association. This award is given to the Myrtle Beach apartment community that has excelled in keeping its residents satisfied and engaged. In May, INSPIRE Coastal Grand received the Real Estate Award for Residential Real Estate from the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics. This award was presented by Coastal Carolina University.

INSPIRE Coastal Grand is an active member in the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and Myrtle Beach Apartment Association. The INSPIRE Coastal Grand team is involved with New Direction, Blood Connection, Toys for Tots, Miss South Carolina Organization, and the local Angel Tree drive. K. Gillens is Community Manager at INSPIRE Sandhill. She joined the Liberty team in January 2022 as the Community Manager of their third Active Adult Apartment Community. Inspire Sandhill is an active member in Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Columbia Apartment Association.

For women just getting started, they offer this advice:

“Focus on networking yourself into the community. Know your passion and apply it to local organizations. Stand out in the audience and do not forget to ask questions,” Chestnut says.“The most important thing is, be kind to others.”

“I suggest being involved in the community, networking, and making a diverse friend group to help you grow is important,” Baker says. “Participate in as many networking events as possible and make as many connections and friends as you can,” offers Lento. “You get a lot of information from others and you can learn so much from their perspective.”

“Work hard but take the time to enjoy life,” says Cox.

“Be where your feet are. Give everyone and every moment your best,” says Gillens.

Liberty Senior Living
(910) 815-3122