President & CEO
Tom Zike is the President and CEO of Sanford Rose Associates – The Zike Group, an executive search firm specializing in C–level to mid-level executive positions focusing exclusively in the retirement industry. This includes:
Tom has been a business owner for over 35 years; the last 15 of those years have been in the executive search industry. He attributes his success in executive search to his prior experience of 21 years as the President and Owner of Zike’s Fitness & Aerobic Company Inc. He purchased a small fitness center with approximately 300 members and grew it to over 15,000 members. Tom also built a state-of-the-art fitness facility that was voted by Indianapolis Magazine as the “Best Place to workout in Indy”. His fitness facility was also identified as the place for celebrities to workout while in town including superstars such as Bruce Springsteen and Dolph Lundgren.
Tom learned first-hand the importance of hiring the right people in order to grow his business. He also learned the short term as well as the long term consequences of the “bad hire”. Tom’s first-hand experience in growing a business with 21 years of success gives him an edge over other search firms without this entrepreneurial experience. This experience has helped his firm to build the facility management teams as well as the senior management teams for some of the most successful Long Term Care companies across the United States. Here are a few examples:
Tom has an MPH degree from Indiana University and before entering the business world he was a teacher and a coach. He has been married for 32 years and has 2 sons. Besides spending time with his family, he enjoys working out and his wife’s gourmet cooking.
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