New CEO for UMH

By Dave Sherry

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An organization that serves 1,000 seniors in the Twin Tiers with nursing homes or independent living has a new leader.

United Methodist Homes' President and CEO, Keith Chadwick, has retired after 36 years of service.

The past year has been a transition period between Chadwick and the new leader, Brian Picchini.

"The transition, I think, has gone very well. I'm thrilled with the board's choice for Brian. I think he's a young, capable, energetic leader and that's really what you need, so I'm really happy that the board has decided to stay internal. Brian knows our organization quite well, so he'll do a wonderful job," said Chadwick.

Picchini has worked with the UMH for seven years, most recently as Chief Financial Officer.

"My initial plan, and it's a very important one, is to make sure we have a smooth and successful transition. This is the first leadership change the organization has been through in 36 years, so that is a primary focus," Picchini said.

UMH has four campuses, two in New York and two in Pennsylvania, with about 1,000 employees.