President / COO
Luke L. Classen is an accomplished executive with substantial experience in senior housing administration and management. He currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Franklin Companies where he oversees the management of the firm’s housing units which include six senior communities and eleven multifamily communities. Since Mr. Classen joined the firm, Franklin Park, which includes the senior housing units, has grown to become one of the largest management companies in Southern Texas.
Mr. Classen possesses a robust and effective skill set that that has been refined after over 25 years of experience in development and operations of senior living communities. It is this breadth of experience that allows him to not only oversee day-to-day operations, but also to contribute significantly to the strategic vision for Franklin Companies. Under Mr. Classen’s leadership, Franklin Companies has not only grown but has also remained nimble, allowing the firm to capitalize on opportunities that have created value for investors and provided exceptional housing solutions for seniors and families.
Mr. Classen has responsibility for inculcating the firm’s foundational values of “freedom, family and friends,” and uses this foundation in the management of his teams. Mr. Classen’s values-based management style exemplifies that of a servant leader. By putting the firm’s mission and values first, Mr. Classen has contributed to a culture that results in individual and corporate success.
Mr. Classen is a highly sought-after thought leader who actively contributes to dialogue on industry issues. He has served on numerous boards including National Investment Center Advisory Board, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, and American Senior Housing Association. Mr. Classen has been a frequent speaker at national conferences with approximately twenty appearances to his credit. He is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.