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Ownership Group

The Merion is part of Horizon Realty Group’s portfolio of residential residence buildings. Family owned and operated in the Chicagoland area for over thirty years, Horizon Realty Group brings the pride of ownership, attention to detail, and commitment to standards that can only be found in a local, small business operation.

Meet the People Who Make Our Community Special

Our day-to-day management team includes experienced, dedicated individuals who have extensive experience in the field of senior living.

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DAVID SHERMAN

Director of Operations

He’s found behind the scenes, but it’s David’s guiding hand that keeps our community running smoothly. A seasoned property management executive, he has unique experience with historically significant retirement and boutique hotel properties. Closely involved with The Merion since 1990, David was part of the senior management team for the original North Shore Retirement Hotel.

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MARIA HAMMER

Director of Sales

As director of sales for The Merion, Maria brings over 30 years of management and sales experience in the hospitality and health care industry. She has unique insight into the boutique hotel and luxury residential market through her years as national sales manager for the Continental Companies Hotel Management Group, and as sales manager at the Grand Bay Hotel, Miami’s 5-star CIGA Luxury Collection Hotel and Sheraton Hotels. She also has years of entrepreneurial experience as a medical practice owner and health care executive.
Maria and her team provide an expert and seamless client experience. Their mission is to ensure that all current and prospective residents of The Merion receive excellent health care and matchless luxury service, a hallmark of the community.

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VICKI BOTEFUHR

Property Manager

Vicki oversees day-to-day operations, managing the good people who take care of housekeeping, maintenance, laundry and the front desk. Vicki has over 30 years of experience in the senior living industry and joined The Merion in March 2009.

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TAMMY POTTS

Social Director

Tammy’s infectious enthusiasm inspires everyone to participate in new and exciting events. She comes to The Merion with a rich background in resident services. Tammy’s goal is to help create special interest groups, programs and events to reflect the myriad interests of the residents.

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ALBERTO RIQUELME

General Manager – Dining Services

A private club dining manager for many years, Alberto most recently managed the dining operations of Ravinia Green Country Club in Riverwoods, IL. He’s also served the Lobos Club, Harrison Conference Center, and Deer Path Inn. Alberto's focus is to bring the highest level of service and hospitality to every resident.

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ANTHONY KRAUSE

Executive Chef

Chef Anthony is a graduate of the Culinary School of Kendall College in Evanston, and brings years of fine dining experience from area restaurants and country clubs. He oversees creating and planning menus, training new staff, and working with local purveyors to ensure consistently high-quality ingredients. Chef Anthony is dedicated to creating a fine dining experience, each and every day.