In 1999, following a successful 14-year career as a nursing home administrator, Kendall Oliver stepped out on his own to further pursue his passion for senior living. In 2000 he opened Cambridge Hills, a 120-bed assisted living facility, in Roxboro, North Carolina.
Since then he has owned, operated, or consulted with 11 senior living properties. This was the first community he developed, built, and operated from the ground up. “I realized that to develop the culture I wanted, I needed to start from scratch,” says Kendall. “I wanted to create an environment where the staff shared my vision and were empowered to make decisions that would enable them to achieve our goals. This vision began with a simple idea: to create a place where I would want to live or have my mother live.”
I wanted to create an environment where the staff shared my vision and were empowered to make decisions that would enable them to achieve our goals. This vision began with a simple idea: to create a place where I would want to live or have my mother live.
After the success with the Cambridge Hills facilities, Kendall was convinced that he could extend his vision and operational experience to senior independent living. In 2008, after finding a partner/investor with a similar mission, Kendall and COC Investment Group (an affiliate of Cary Oil Co., Inc.) became partners in what has now become the Cambridge Village Optimal Living Brand. The first community under this brand was built in Apex, North Carolina, followed by Cambridge Village of Wilmington, North Carolina.
The next milestone in expanding the Cambridge Village brand was marked in December 2015, with the closing of 13.5 acres in the Brier Creek area of Raleigh, NC. “We are always actively looking for locations that fit the profile of our format for active senior living,” Kendall says. “Our past experience successfully operating retirement communities, combined with the demand for all-inclusive, independent, healthy, active lifestyles ensures that the Cambridge Village brand will continue to grow and add locations for some time to come.”