Board of Advisors
Board of Advisors
Bob Aquilino, Founder & President
Bob began his career in residential construction as a carpenter and, 30-plus years later, has returned to the industry that inspired his desire to build. In the interim, he spent 16 years with PepsiCo as an international executive, living and working abroad, for both the Pepsi-Cola™ and Frito Lay™ divisions. He also served as a president/CEO for five global companies over 20 years including three United Technologies companies in the security and fire prevention space over a ten-year period. As president of Homes for Life, he brings strong strategic planning, sales, marketing and P&L skills to open and develop new markets and lead the family of businesses to new levels of success. Bob is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and has participated in extended executive study at Oxford University, Darden School of Business, and The Wharton School. He has served his community as a board member and “Big Brother” for Big Brothers-Big Sisters, USO in Rome, Italy and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He also serves as a guest speaker/advisor on Leadership Development at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Bob was named to the board of UNC’s Partnerships in Aging
Program (PIAP) in 2016 and currently holds an adjunct faculty position as Professor-of-the-Practice at Kenan-Flagler.
Bob has received his Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation from the National Association of Home Builders and his Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP) designation from the Living in Place Institute
Mark Street, Board Advisor
Mark is president of Carolina Country Homes, a provider of quality modular homes throughout North and South Carolina. He has a thorough understanding of the modular industry: its building processes, project delivery methodology, marketing requirements, and financial demands. In the past, Mark spent twelve years of his career in leadership positions with Meineke Car Care Centers including the position of CFO – chief financial officer. For several years, he served as consultant and advisor to a number of successful start-ups and mid-sized private and public companies where he specialized in business performance, strategy and operations. Mark holds a degree from Minster College, Kent, United Kingdom.
Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., PHD, Board Advisor
Jim is a nationally recognized demographer, William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center at the University of North Carolina –Chapel Hill’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Through his work at the Institute of Private Enterprise, Jim has started the Elder Care Innovations Hub as a joint venture with UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. This initiative is designed to bring together university experts in business, medicine, bio-engineering, municipal planning, public health, and public policy to foster new solutions and forge new ways to approach aging in America. Jim has a unique understanding of the business of aging. He holds a PhD from Michigan State University, MS from the University of Wisconsin, and BS from North Carolina Central University.
Jerry Stalls, Board Advisor
As the founder of Stalls Medical―a provider of assistive devices, DME – Durable Medical Equipment and geriatric technology―Jerry Stalls has spent his 40-plus year career in the area of rehabilitative health. After graduating from Appalachian State University, he worked with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in their vocational and rehabilitation division. During his years with the State, Jerry was tasked with formulating and opening seven cardiac rehabilitation programs across the state. This experience led to an opportunity to join the private sector as a representative for post-hospital and residential rehabilitative health products. In 1990, Jerry decided to open his own business specializing in all areas of DME, power chairs and customized vehicles for those with physical challenges and limitations. Stalls Medical offers a myriad of mobility solutions and is well-connected, nationally, to provide products and therapeutic consulting services. Additionally, he has in-depth experience working with federal and state agencies and health insurers. Jerry holds a BS in Rehabilitative Counseling from Appalachian State University.
Carolyn Sithong, OTL/L-OT, Board Advisor
Carolyn is a licensed occupational therapist with 20 years of experience. She is specially certified in the area of environmental modifications (SCEM) and is nationally certified as an Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) by the National Association of Home Builders. Carolyn is founder and Chief Health Officer of Home for Life Design, Inc. Her company helps create safe and appropriate living environments across the continuum of care for seniors as well as those with disabilities using a standardized digital assessment process. Carolyn is well versed environmental design in addition to smart home and care giving technologies. Over the years, Carolyn has used her expertise to consult to AARP, senior resources alliances, assisted living facility developers, hospital and healthcare administrators, and individual homeowners. She is an adjunct faculty member at Adventist University and holds a Master of Occupational Therapy from Saint Francis University.
Amelia C. Price, Board Advisor
Amelia is a marketing communications specialist with more than 30 years of experience with architecture, engineering, and construction firms. She has worked with multi-national corporations, national and regional firms, and managed marketing and communications departments. She has also provided administrative assistance in several C-suite environments and municipal forums. Amelia has a working knowledge of residential land development, design, and construction. She holds a BA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.