Michael Schonbrun, Balfour’s Founder and CEO, founded Balfour in 1997 after learning about the senior living industry through his personal experiences shopping for a retirement for his recently widowed mother. He sees Balfour’s mission as offering a high quality continuum of care offering independent and assisted living and memory care programs in a rental (non-buy-in) setting. Schonbrun’s vision for Balfour is to be “the most admired senior housing company in America.”
Since its inception, Balfour has grown slowly and carefully into the leading provider of high quality senior housing and senior services in Colorado and, in the near future, Michigan. Hiring, training and retaining high quality personnel in a culture dedicated to exceeding residents’ expectations have been central to the company’s success. Coupled with its commitment to continue building award winning unique properties with outstanding architecture and tasteful, functional and colorful interior design, Balfour’s communities combine the charm of the world’s best clubs and grand hotels with the warmth of a great home.
From 1981-1991, Michael was President and Chief Executive Officer of National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory clinical and health care research center. Previously, Michael served as a special health care advisor to three governors and directed the state of Colorado’s nursing home licensure and certificate of need programs. He has written and spoken widely on emerging trends in America’s health care system, including senior housing.
Active in community affairs, Michael has chaired several statewide commissions on health care, environmental and economic development matters. Currently, he serves on the board of National Jewish Health and Boulder Country Day School. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association, and has held the Chairmanships of the Denver Air Pollution Council, the Governor’s Economic Development Commission on Health Care and the Denver United Way Campaign (Health Care industry). He has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Colorado Winter Olympic Games Organizing Committee, the Boulder Library Commission, the Colorado Association of the Home and Services of the Aging and the International Medical Corps.
Michael is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is married to Susan Juroe and the father of three sons.