Mark Hamister, Chairman and CEO of the The Hamister Group, Inc., is a proven leader with a clear vision of where he wants to take his companies. He has the attitude and drive that define success: keeping his eye on the long term future, Mr. Hamister is determined to excel at customer service and is anchored in a solid value structure. His commitment to research leads to a healthy recognition of when it is time to divest select product or service areas of the company. He is known for being humble enough to admit mistakes and is dedicated to community service with distinction. Mark founded his first assisted living company, named 8678 Lake Street, Inc., in 1977. From the very beginning he focused on great service and high rewards for all constituencies. This company later evolved into National Health Care Affiliates, Inc. (NHCA), which was sold in 1996 returning a significantly above average return for its investors. He is an extremely active member of the community in the Buffalo-Niagara Region, serving as a member and/or officer of multiple Boards and Civic organizations and recipient of numerous distinctions and awards.