Benchmark Senior Living at Robbins Brook Names John Merry as Director of Community Relations

April 04, 2019

Westford, Mass. Resident Brings Over 25 Years of Health Care Sales and Marketing Experience to Role

Benchmark (, a human connection company and leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, today announced that John Merry of Westford, Mass., has been named director of community relations for Benchmark Senior Living at Robbins Brook, an assisted living and memory care community in Acton, Mass. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the position having held regional and national health care marketing and business development positions at several distinguished health care organizations, including Alliance Healthcare Services and Winchester Hospital. 

“I’ve been fortunate to work within many different aspects of the health care industry, but from a young age I’ve always enjoyed interacting with seniors,” says Merry. “At this point in my life and career I want to be able to make a difference and am excited to connect and build relationships with seniors and their families on a deeper level.” 

Prior to joining Benchmark, Merry was the director of community business development for Home Health Foundation, one of the largest and most respected home care agencies in Massachusetts, where he oversaw the development and implementation of strategic, agency-wide marketing and sales plans to maintain and grow collaborative relationships within the medical community. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He is married with a daughter, and in his spare time enjoys barefoot water skiing. 

“John shares our commitment to collaborating with others in our industry and has an outstanding record of customer service so we are excited to welcome him to our team,” says Lara Eldridge, Benchmark’s regional director of operations. “More importantly, he shares our mission to elevate human connection and keep our residents and their families connected to what matters most in their lives.” 

About Benchmark 
Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast with 6,400 associates and 58 communities. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and skilled nursing in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The organization was selected by FORTUNE magazine for its inaugural 2018 Best Workplaces for Aging Services list, taking the number 16 spot on the list of top 40 aging services companies and ranking number three among companies with more than 40 communities. Benchmark is one of only six companies named to The Boston Globe Top Places to Work list every year of the 11 years it has been published. And it has been consistently recognized by Boston Business Journal, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal as a top workplace, and by the Boston Business Journal, Providence Business News and Hartford Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers. Click here for more information.

Press Contact: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications,, (603) 502-0469. 

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