Rod Burkett

Rod has been at the helm of Gardant Management Solutions, formerly BMA Management, since the company was founded in 1999, serving as the company’s first and only operational leader.

As a lifelong achiever, Rod has a drive to deliver exceptional results and believes success is earned each and every day. Rod has created a dynamic environment at Gardant driven by his inquisitive nature and thirst for learning and continually growing. The Gardant culture is largely defined by Rod’s desire for harmony in building consensus and consistency in how every employee is treated with respect.

Through his leadership, Gardant has grown to be the 10th largest provider of assisted living in the nation and the largest provider of Affordable Assisted Living Communities in the State of Illinois. Currently, the Gardant management portfolio consists of more than 60 assisted living properties. These communities have touched the lives of thousands of older adults and their families over the past 20 years.

Prior to Gardant, Rod excelled through a 20-year career in the healthcare management fields of public health, home health, medical clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. During this experience, Rod served as Chief Executive Officer of two hospitals and held the position of Regional Director for a large nursing home ownership chain.

Rod currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Assisted Living. He is the Past President of the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition and has served on the Supportive Living Facility Cabinet for LeadingAge Illinois, the largest elder care association in Illinois, and as a member of Argentum’s COO Roundtable.

He earned his MBA through studies at St. Louis University and Eastern Illinois University, and received his undergraduate degree in Community Health from Eastern Illinois University. Rod currently serves on the Kankakee Community College Foundation Board of Directors.


Gardant Management Solutions has 20+ years of industry-acclaimed operational history in developing, managing and consulting for senior living, assisted living and memory care communities.