Bringing Management Skills to the World of Caregiving
Alumni Spotlight: Hillel Feuerman
Hillel Feuerman, a 2011 Finance graduate of Touro’s Lander College for Men. Hillel owns and operates Residential Healthcare Facilities in Florida and resides in Boca Raton.
What is a typical day like for you, and what does your job entail?
My job varies between ensuring that the day-to-day running of each of my assisted living facilities is going well, to negotiating vendor contracts, to marketing and PR. On any given day, I may have meetings with maintenance directors to resolve issues, or be on the phone negotiating the price of food and medical supplies. I also frequently attend industry networking events to get new referrals which will expand our network. Every week, I also set aside time to look for new acquisition opportunities. And most importantly, I coordinate with staff and residents to ensure we are delivering quality care.
What was your favorite class or professor at Lander College for Men and why?
Accounting with Professor Chayim Hershkowitz was my favorite. Accounting can be dry, but he had a way of connecting and engaging with students that was both captivating and truly educational. As a business owner, I also use the accounting skills I learned quite frequently.
What is the most surprising way your Lander experience prepared you for your current career?
I evaluate many potential acquisitions each week. In order to determine if they are good opportunities, I need to be able to read and interpret financial statements to get a clear picture of a company's revenue, expenses and financial health. My education at Lander definitely prepared me to digest this complex information and make tough decisions.
As an alumnus, how are you still involved with Lander? Why is it important to you?
I have been on several alumni event committees since graduating. I come back to experience the High Holidays at Lander with my rabbis and teachers. This is truly an amazing and uplifting experience.
How have you been able to incorporate your religious teachings into your job?
In my line of work - and where I work especially – there aren’t a lot of Jews. I often interact with people who have never met a religious Jew before and have negative, pre-conceived notions. Because of this, I am extra conscious of how I conduct myself. Since leaving Lander College, I also made the decision to always wear a yarmulka and go by my Hebrew name in the secular world. I work extra hard to ensure I conduct myself morally and responsibly to represent the Jewish people in a positive manner. It has been a humbling and rewarding experience, and I know people have changed their minds because of my relationship with them.
Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far.
I truly believe in the mission of what my company does, and with G-d’s help, we are able to help and increase the quality of life for so many people. Seeing firsthand how elderly patients, or those with Alzheimer's disease, improve when in our care is truly humbling.