Our Executive Team

Jim Soper, CEO of Autumn Senior Care, LLC (view resume)

Jim Soper, CEO Autumn Senior Care, LLC

Jim Soper has over 34 years of senior living development and management experience. He has developed and managed 11 senior care communities on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Mr. Soper’s critical success factors for great senior care are:

  1. Compassion as the cornerstone of decision-making.
  2. Constant attention to details from start to finish.
  3. Hire the best and expect the best.
  4. Empower the staff to make decisions.

Mr. Soper’s first assisted living development was the 92-bed Carriage Inn, St. Petersburg, Florida. He managed Carriage Inn from 1990 -1995. Following Carriage Inn, Mr. Soper developed the Heron House assisted living communities into a chain of five properties totaling 580 units. Following Heron House, Mr. Soper managed the stabilization of the Seasons properties totaling 170 units. He is responsible for the development of Autumn’s state-of-the art memory care. He leads the development of Autumn’s newest I-Lite Assisted Living concept, embodied by Atrium at Autumn in Sarasota, Florida.

Robert Ross, Chief Development Officer (view resume)

Mr. Ross has more than twenty years’ experience in P&L, operations, real estate development, financial analysis, treasury, and accounting oversight. He has extensive experience in US domestic & international real estate and business start-ups. He supervised the development of three of Autumn’s assisted living projects totaling $37 million. Before Autumn, he worked on the adaptive reuse of over 360,000 square feet of properties and managed over $250 million in assets.

Mr. Ross holds an M.B.A., Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and completed executive programs in private equity and valuation at Harvard Business School.

Kerry Bingaman, Chief Administrative Officer (view resume)

Mr. Bingaman is a Certified Public Accountant and accomplished Financial Operations Executive with significant experience in Strategic Planning, Operations, Information Technology, and Finance with the proven ability to integrate systems solutions in Assisted Living. He is well-versed in all aspects of budget development, tax laws, risk management, and regulatory compliance that enable the company to provide the highest level of customer service in the most financially efficient manner.

Mr. Bingaman has a Bachelor of Science – Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from University of South Florida

John A. DePizzo, Jr., Chairman

Mr. DePizzo, Jr. (Jack) has been in the senior health care business since 1982 and has developed, owned, and/or operated thirty-five communities representing close to 3,000 beds. His specialty has been the acquisition and turnaround of failing and neglected communities. "The best part about successful turnarounds is the satisfaction we get from improving the lives of the residents, families, and employees by injecting care and capital into their home and workplace. It is truly a win/win."

Mr. DePizzo is licensed as a CPA and NHA (National Healthcareer Association). He is a business graduate of Youngstown State University and received The 2009 Outstanding Business Alumnus Award.