Introducing Barrett Way, Lakewood’s new ED

May 7, 2017

RICHMOND—Lakewood, a LifeSpire of Virginia continuing care retirement community in Richmond’s west end, recently welcomed Barrett Way to the role of Executive Director. In April, the Richmond Times-Dispatch featured Way in its “Decision Maker” column, reproduced below.

New position: executive director of Lakewood, a continuing-care retirement community in western Henrico County, starting April 24

Previous position: executive director of Westminster Village in Terre Haute, Ind., a Life Care Services community

Birthplace: Richmond

Education: bachelor’s degree, Ohio University, 2009; master’s degree, University of Massachusetts, 2016

Career: “I originally worked as a financial analyst for CRSA (now a company of Life Care Services). During this time I provided some consulting services to clients in Chicago and Austin, Texas, and had the opportunity to work with residents on a daily basis and ultimately decided to shift my focus to providing management services at the community level. I have spent the majority of my career with Life Care Services in Memphis, Tenn., Jackson, Miss., and most recently in Terre Haute.”

Best career move: “I believe this career move will be my best. I have always displayed a passion to serve the clients living in the communities I have worked, but now I will have the opportunity to provide these services to the community where I was raised.”

Career goals: “I am looking forward to continuing the current success of the Lakewood team and leading the team through a major expansion and renovation that will position the community as a top provider of retirement services in Richmond.”

The best advice he ever received: “A football coach, Frank Solich, advised our team to know and be ‘what you are all about.’ The way one conducts him or herself whether on the athletic field, classroom or at a social event should be of high character.”

The most difficult situation faced on the job: “The best and worst part of my job is making lasting relationships with residents in my community. I greatly enjoy getting to know each of the residents and becoming part of their family. The most difficult part of my job is seeing some of these relationships end due to the aging process. I am hopeful that the impact I have on the residents I serve helps make this stage of life more enjoyable.”

Career tip for students: “Attitude is everything. Success in any job is 10 percent skill and 90 percent attitude.”

What motivates him? “I am motivated by seeing the impact I have on others around me.”

Role model: “Mom and Dad. They have always put family first and strive to make the community they live in a better place.”

Family: Wife, Jessica Way; daughters, Louella, 3, and Ames Olivia, born in March.

Pastimes: “I grew up an avid soccer player with the Richmond Strikers. Much of my free time and nearly every weekend was spent traveling the East Coast competing in tournaments. During high school, I decided to try kicking for the Douglas Freeman football team after a suggestion by my brother. He went on to play soccer in college and I to play football.”

The most memorable book or movie: “Barbarians at the Gate.”

Favorite food or restaurant: “My grandfather, Dr. Joseph (Joe Joe) Way, started Westhampton Dentistry in 1946 near Libbie and Grove where my uncle, Dr. William Way, now serves as the dentist. Joe Joe spent decades eating lunch across the street at either Phil’s Continental Lounge or Freckle’s. I am biased toward Phil’s because of this connection but look forward to trying many of the newer restaurants that have opened since I moved away.”

Ideal vacation: “On a beach in Mexico.”

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