BSBA Management 2008
owner, Acuren, Lasting Legacy Assisted Living
Chad Green was so impressed with the care his grandmother received at a local assisted living home that he thought it would be a good business in which to invest.
Green contacted Berni Brown, the previous owner of the home where his grandmother stayed. Over coffee, he shared his idea of developing an assisted living home. Soon they became business partners and developers of the Lasting Legacy, an assisted living home at 1636 Inverness Drive in the Billings Heights.
Witnessing his grandmother's experience made Green passionate about providing comfortable living arrangements for seniors.
“I saw how I could help others and touch a lot of lives and give people a place that would make them happy at that stage in their lives,” Green said.
He described Brown as a great mentor, whose experience and background have been essential to the partnership.
Green and Brown welcomed Lasting Legacy’s first resident, Helen Lee, last spring. The building has filled up, and the business has been so successful that they will soon break ground on a second home next door. The two buildings will be separated by a courtyard.
Lasting Legacy, which can accommodate up to 20 residents, is part of a trend in which smaller, home-like facilities are being developed as an alternative to larger senior housing centers.
The concept emphasizes individualized care and a large common area where residents can mingle.
“We try to be different from what you think about a nursing home,” Green said. “That has been one of our top goals: to make it a little better for each and every one of our residents.”
Building Lasting Legacy also fulfilled Green’s long-time desire to operate his own business. “I couldn’t have thought of a better business to own,” he said. “Not only does it give me the opportunity to follow my passion, but it’s where my heart is.”
When he’s not managing Lasting Legacy, Green is division manager for Acuren, a company that provides testing for a variety of industrial factories, including the three oil refineries in the Billings area.
Acuren uses radiography and ultrasound to test the integrity of pipes, valves and other components. Tests include integrity analysis for equipment, corrosion monitoring for structures and equipment and tests to measure fatigue of equipment and materials.
“The idea is to head off failures and do preventative maintenance. The refineries have crews in there daily,” Green said.
When he started working for Acuren, Green did a lot of work on oil drilling platforms in Alaska. Workers often work in areas that are high in the air and inaccessible without safety equipment. Green frequently rappelled on ropes in order to get to the right place.
“We would rappel down, and sometimes we do deviations, where we would move side to side on the ropes,” Green said. “Safety is our top priority.”
Describe how you got where you are in your work today: Great mentors along with perseverance, dedication, commitment and determination in seeing my vision come to fruition.
What's the biggest challenge you face in your job? My age. I had to work harder in proving my abilities, capabilities and knowledge within each of these two business industries.
What’s the best business advice you have received? “Success is not owned, it’s leased and rent is due every day.”
Who gave you that advice? It's from from J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.
Here’s what I’d like to do to improve my community: Continue being able to offer career opportunities and advancement to others who share the same passion as I do.
Aside from profit and loss, how do you measure success in your job? At Acuren, we provide employees the knowledge, tools and training to succeed within their career. At Lasting Legacy, success happens by knowing I'm able to care for not only our residents, but also touch the lives of their families by providing a home that ensures assistance with day-to-day living is being provided, with the dignity and respect these residents deserve at this point in their lives.
Outside of work, my biggest passion is, Family and friends, fly-fishing and baseball.
Which living person do you most admire? Grandpa….he’s taught me you don’t need to be boisterous to go to the front of the line. Instead, be patient, respectful, and the best person you can every day — the end result will be success.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Seeing my vision come to fruition.
I’m happiest when I’m… Able to help others.
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Article & Photo credits: Billings Gazette