The 55+ Market has changed drastically over the last 20 years and continues to evolve as the new generation of homebuyer seeks a fresh, new and vibrant lifestyle. No one in the industry has the pulse of where that buyer is heading more than Jane Marie O’Connor. Over the two decades I have known Jane, she has helped scores of age qualified communities rethink and re-tool their image to not only meet the needs of today’s buyer but be poised for tomorrow’s buyer as well. Her positive attitude in whatever she undertakes is what makes Jane special and why those of us in the industry who have worked with Jane not only consider her a fine colleague but a great friend!
Manny Gonzalez, FAIA, LEED AP
KTGY Architecture + Planning
She knows her strengths and focuses them to form a successful community specific to the target market. She is also well known and connected in the industry and knows where and to whom she can appeal for any special services that need to be delivered. She is always “all in” on behalf of her client.
Margaret Wylde, Ph.D., CEO
It has been my pleasure to personally know and be associated with Jane O’Connor for the past 15 years while serving on the 55+ Housing Council with the National Association of Home Builders. Jane is one of those individuals who is truly passionate about the business of Senior’s Housing and more important, passionate about the Seniors themselves. Through Jane’s longevity in the Industry, she has continually demonstrated her knowledge, experience and, above all other, her integrity in assisting developers rethink, retool and refine the strategies of their existing and new communities, meeting their goals and ensuring their profitability. With an education in Brain Science, Jane has the keen ability to assess and educate individuals, providing initial and on-going coaching of key leadership members and sales staff, ultimately assisting them in identifying their strengths and weaknesses, capitalizing on these assets producing the developer’s desired goals. In a business that deals with personal emotion and industry data, Jane is able to work through the ‘details’ with an energetic personality that makes work fun, and that is what it’s all about.
Douglas Ahlstrom, CAASH
Irwin Partners Architects
Orange County, CA
I am writing in strong support of Jane O’Connor, President of 55 Plus, LLC. Regal Builders has benefitted from the counsel and advice regarding the best Universal Design components to include within and around our communities. We are builders of 55+ communities in Delaware and soon to be in Pennsylvania. With Jane’s guidance, we have re-tooled, rebranded and established a strong market hold within our 55+ target market areas. One of our leading features is our approach and implementation of multiple easy living design components throughout our homes. These aren’t options for customers, they are a part of our “Builder’s Standard.” They show our customers that we care about how they Live in their home. They show our customers that they can age with grace. We are proud of the work we have produced throughout the years with Jane and are looking forward to a continued prosperous future.
Justin Olear, Vice President
My name is J.P. Ankney, from Gulfstream Development, an Active Lifestyle builder and developer in Northwest Ohio. I met Jane on the 55+ bus tour in Orlando at IBS 2017. I was impressed by her wealth of knowledge, information and opinion as we toured through several model homes in communities surrounding the Orlando area. Since then, she has visited our communities and provided our company with a great deal of positive and constructive critiques on our floor plans, marketing strategies, and general operations. Jane also assessed my strengths and weaknesses through her suite of surveys and gave a thorough de-briefing of its findings. They were so accurate, we engaged Jane to administer the assessments on two employees which was very insightful. The assessments helped us better manage our greatest asset, our people. Alongside all this, Jane introduced us to another one of her clients in Dover Delaware. We visited the community with her, met some great people and gained a whole new set of ideas we could implement in our development business. The value that Jane has added to our company has been a great investment for us. She is professional, detailed, and really cares about your business. I would recommend Jane to anyone in the industry, especially Active Lifestyle Developers. Alongside all this, Jane introduced us to another one of her clients in Dover Delaware. We visited the community with her, met some great people and gained a whole new set of ideas we could implement in our development business. The value that Jane has added to our company has been a great investment for us. She is professional, detailed, and really cares about your business. I would recommend Jane to anyone in the industry, especially Active Lifestyle Developers.
Gulfstream Development Ltd.
Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Your search for a strategic consultant for your 55+ community should begin and end with Jane O’Connor. Through a decade-long association with Jane, I’ve found that there is nobody better at helping a team develop itself, its overall strategies and goals, its unique selling propositions, and it’s marketing and sales strategies. Jane’s spot-on behavioral assessments allow individuals to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, teams to most effectively communicate with each other, and developers to hire the right people for the job. And her ability to help teams distill their key community differentiators in order to increase sales and profitability are second-to-none. If you want to look in the mirror, break out of your outdated habits and methods, and go straight to your best pathways to success, work with Jane!
Director of Marketing and Sales
Highland Green A Masterpiece of Maine Living
Jane O’Connor has the unique ability to see and identify the best combination of people for a team. She skillfully manages these teams to successful and profitable results on a consistent basis. She listens with intent, is strategic in thought, and has an innate gift of being able to recognize and capitalize on individual strengthens to produce extraordinary results for her clients.
Lolita Dirks, CEO
MIRM, CAASH, IIDA
Lita Dirks & Co., LLC