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Village Shalom Names Paul Herder Vice President of Hospitality Services

Village Shalom is pleased to announce Paul Herder as its vice president of hospitality services. Mr. Herder will oversee the community’s dining services, resident life enrichment, environmental services, concierge services, and health and wellness programs. 

Paul Herder

This is a new position for the Overland Park retirement community. Village Shalom is currently in the midst of a $54-million campus expansion that will include a new 76-apartment independent living community, a free-standing Household Model memory care community and a renovated boutique-style short-term rehabilitation center. 

“We are continuously looking at ways to elevate our service offering,” said Matt Lewis, Village Shalom President and CEO. “With the expansion, we are making investments to foster a culture of hospitality. We want our level of service to consistently exceed resident expectations. I think we are well-positioned to make this a reality with Paul at the helm.”   

Mr. Herder joins Village Shalom from Sodexo, a multinational food services and facilities management company. He most recently led the dining, facilities, housekeeping and laundry operations for Asbury Communities – a group of continuing-care retirement communities in the Tulsa, Okla. area.      

“I am thrilled to be with this growing community, and am especially looking forward to the opportunity to develop memorable new dining experiences for our residents,” said Herder. “The caring, compassionate and thoughtful residents and staff are what attracted me to Village Shalom. Along with this amazing team, I am excited to work to improve resident quality of life by elevating the resident-centered services we provide.”      

Herder has spent the majority of his career in food service leadership functions, where he has a proven record of developing innovative programs and improving quality measures.  

“Paul possesses the unique skill-set to be successful in this new position,” said Lewis. “We feel lucky to have him, and are eager to see him make his mark on Village Shalom.” 

An Ohio native, Herder holds a bachelor’s from The Ohio State University. He also served with the 1st Ranger Battalion of the United States Army, with which he was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan during his four years of active service.