Get To Know Jen Fazekas!
Director of Marketing Chelsea Jewish Lifecare
The transition from car sales to assisted living sales may seem like a big jump, but to Jen Fazekas, Director of Marketing for Cohen Florence Levine Estates and Florence & Chafetz Specialized Care, changing best decisions ever. Her career is thriving and she loves the day-to-day interaction with the residents. “Seeing our residents smile and helping them live their best lives is so gratifying,” remarked Jen. “I feel lucky I can truly make a difference.”
Growing up in Endwell, a small upstate town in New York, Jen was always active, engaging, and athletic. As a toddler, she had the unique distinction of being featured on the cover of the Page Seed Company catalogue, which was one of the biggest seed manufacturers in the country. Take a look at the adorable cover! From the ages of 12-17, Jen had a professional golf coach, eventually playing at the Grand Cypress Golf Club while in high school. She also played varsity softball and basketball. Jen received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the State University of New York at Oswego and, following graduation, worked for a few years in sales for Acura and Cadillac.
Although Jen was a highly successful car salesperson, she was drawn to senior care because of her grandfather. Her grandparents were living in Florida when her grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Jen witnessed; firsthand, how difficult it was for her grandmother to manage on her own. Ultimately her family moved her grandparents back to New York so her family could help. “Looking back, it was challenging for us to navigate the different levels of care,” admitted Jen. “However once they were finally placed in a CCRC, I knew I wanted to apply my newfound knowledge of the process to help other families in need.” She entered the assisted living arena and has never looked back.
Jen lives in Peabody with her husband Nick, six year-old son Aiden, who is finishing up kindergarten, and Tank, their eight month old puppy. In her spare time, Jen enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, cooking, and attending her son’s many sporting events.
Asked about the highlights of her role as Marketing Director, Jen immediately talked about the hugely enjoyable Snowball Fashion Show held at Florence & Chafetz this past spring. Jen put her heart and soul into producing the event. In addition, she emceed the event in a festive red dress, offering commentary that was fitting for the most exclusive Rec Carpet runway. “The residents absolutely had the time of their lives,” said Jen. “We had so much fun getting ready beforehand, and the actual show was even better than we ever imagined. Residents and staff were dancing, singing, and laughing. It was a day I’ll always remember.”