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A Message from Our President

Allegro... We chose the name because it suggests values that are important to us. It is, of course, a term from music, the root being a Latin word for lively. And, indeed, this does convey a sense of our hopes for each Allegro community – delightful living where personal dignity is affirmed and personal independence is enhanced. Where fine dining makes gathering with friends an anticipated pleasure. Partly this can be achieved with location selection, with building design, and with an active social program. Even then, of course, there has to be another component—the caring heart attitude that is part of the culture and is embraced by all Allegro team members. These components together create our definition of Inspired Senior Living.

- Douglas S. Schiffer, President & Chief Operating Officer, Allegro Senior Living, LLC

Laurence A. Schiffer
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Allegro Senior Living, LLC

Mr. Schiffer was the Co-Chief Executive Officer and a principal owner of Love Savings Holding Company, and Chairman of Heartland Bank and Love Funding Corporation, prior to Midland States Bancorp’s acquisition of those entities. He is also President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Investment Corporation, a multi-purpose investment company, and Chairman and CEO of Allegro Senior Living, a developer, owner and operator of senior housing that was formerly a joint venture partner with Almanac Realty Investors (formerly the Rothschild Group), an international investment firm. Over the past four decades, Mr. Schiffer has directed the development, ownership, acquisition, and management of commercial real estate properties including institutional quality office, hotel, retail, industrial, apartment, and senior housing properties. Mr. Schiffer holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University.

Douglas S. Schiffer
President & Chief Operating Officer
Allegro Senior Living, LLC

Mr. Schiffer was previously an executive officer of Love Funding focused on senior housing finance in which capacity he was frequently featured as a speaker at financing conferences nationally. With over twenty-five years of experience in commercial real estate, Mr. Schiffer is presently an Executive Board member of the American Seniors Housing Association, on the Senior Housing Council of the Urban Land Institute and a former member of the National Association of Senior Living Executives and the Crittenden Speakers panel. He has acted as a developer of new senior housing properties before transitioning to his present role where he is responsible for asset management of the company portfolio, direction of the property management team and implementing the company’s strategic plan. Mr. Schiffer obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University.

Richard C. Miller
President & Chief Development Officer
Allegro Development Company

Over the last thirty years Mr. Miller has actively directed the acquisition, development, ownership, marketing and management of commercial real estate properties including institutional quality office, hotel, retail and senior housing. Significant project responsibilities have included the acquisition, design, construction and financing activities for 16 hotels with 8,245 rooms and 6 shopping centers - 4 enclosed malls totaling 2.8 million square feet & 2 neighborhood centers totaling 300,000 square feet. Responsibilities have also included the marketing and sales activities for a 200 unit upscale senior living condominium, the leasing and tenant renovation activities for a 750,000 square foot office portfolio, all aspects of a 36 unit residential condominium conversion and tenant leasing, design and construction of a 65,000 square feet surgery center with medical office space. Mr. Miller received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University.

Robert B. Karn
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Allegro Senior Living, LLC

Mr. Karn is a Certified Public Accountant with public accounting experience as an audit manager with Arthur Andersen in their real estate division. He also served clients in the high-tech, financial services, health care and manufacturing industries and has extensive experience with private equity transactions and public securities offerings. He is responsible for the company's finance, accounting, and information technology functions. Mr. Karn obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from Washington University.

Joe Ruggeri
President & Director of Operations
Allegro Management Company

Over the past 34 years, Mr. Ruggeri has actively managed a number of hospitality operations throughout the United States, ranging from small limited service providers to 4-Star resorts. He has also been responsible for full renovation projects in excess of $12 million dollars, capital management generation and implementation as well as asset recovery projects. Mr. Ruggeri has held a number of state and local association positions within the Hospitality Field, including the office of President. Prior to assuming the his role as President of Allegro Management Company, Mr. Ruggeri worked within the Allegro corporate structure, involved in quality control, service enhancement and capital project management. Mr. Ruggeri oversees the sales and operations performance including capital improvements, strategic implementation and performance goal achievement. Mr. Ruggeri holds a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Louis University.

Mary F. Rieser, CPM
President & Director of Administration
Allegro Management Company

As President of Allegro Management Company, Ms. Rieser directs the professional staff and is responsible for the operation of all aspects of the organization. With over 30 years of property management experience, she has successfully managed a myriad of projects including senior housing, apartment, shopping center and office properties located in states across the country. Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mundelein College in Chicago and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from St. Louis University.