Jewish Press of Tampa

New executive tapped to lead Menorah Manor

Robert Becht, an executive with senior leadership experience in healthcare and higher education, has been selected as the new chief executive officer of Menorah Manor.

Becht takes over the reins at the St. Petersburg non-profit senior healthcare facilities effective Feb. 15, succeeding Rob Goldstein, who is retiring after 24 years at Menorah Manor, including service at CEO there for the past six years. During Mr. Goldstein’s time as CEO, Menorah Manor achieved a Five Star rating, the highest possible from the state of Florida and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He was recently named Executive of the Year by LeadingAge Florida, a statewide senior care advocacy association.

“I am thrilled to be joining Menorah Manor due to its long-standing reputation for quality senior care and living,” Becht said. “Menorah Manor’s mission to enhance the lives and families of those we serve gives dignity and honor while recognizing our shared humanity. Done well, our St. Petersburg community will benefit and Menorah Manor will continue as a beacon of light to all.”

According to Becht’s Linkedin profile, his most recent post before joining Menorah Manor was as executive vice president – chief finance officer/chief operations officer from February 2019 to April 2020 at Miami Jewish Health, a non-profit providing a variety of health and living services in South Florida.

Prior to that, he was executive director of the business school at the University of Miami from 2017-19 and was senior director of finance and administration at the University of Notre Dame from 2007-2017.

His other health-care related experience was as CEO of Country Health Associates, a health facility management firm with facilities in Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida from 1995-2002.

Becht graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Notre Dame in 1985, and summa cum laude with a master’s in business administration, in the healthcare management field, from the University of Miami in 1994. In 2005 he graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame school of law, with a Juris Doctorate.

Bob Weisberg, chair of the Menorah Manor search committee, said, “After an extensive search, we chose Mr. Becht based on his background as a strategic and transformative leader, well-grounded in the business of healthcare and sharing in the values that drive Menorah Manor’s excellence.”

Howard Miller, chair of the Menorah Manor Board of Trustees added, “As we look forward, post pandemic, we are very excited that Robert will chart a strategic path forward for Menorah Manor. He is committed to our mission of providing the best possible care, in a warm, homelike, Jewish environment.”

Menorah Manor, with a staff of about 200, operates the Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center, a facility with 180 beds, and the Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence that houses 24 residents, both in St. Petersburg. Rehabilitation and memory-care services are available at Menorah Manor.

Becht has been married to his wife, Lori, for more than 30 years. She also works in healthcare, in radiation oncology creating treatment plans for cancer patients.

Personally, Becht enjoys spending time with family, sports, especially Notre Dame football, the environment, gardening, and outdoor activities.

For more information about Menorah Manor, visit www.menorahmanor.org or call 727.345.2775.

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