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Senior Dining Association



Charlotte, NC - March 17 - 20, 2019

Who We Are


To unite industry partners and operators to collectively enhance the dining experience for residents.


To be an essential dining resource for all senior living providers.


Integrity | Passion | Innovation | Quality | Relationships | Collaboration | Growth

About Us

100% Focused on Senior Living

The only dedicated association providing resources, education & networking opportunities for all foodservice professionals in the senior living industry. 

Making a Difference

Dining is a differentiator in the senior housing industry. By re-thinking the status quo and having a hospitality mindset, you have the perfect formula to elevate any dining program. By everyone working together, we can make this happen. 

We Are Passionate About Food!

Food is the heart of any senior living community. Replicating a great dining experience, 3 times a day, 365 days a year is a challenge - but not impossible.  


Education & Resources

We are laser focused on ensuring you have the tools and best practices to improve your dining program. 

A Central Hub of Information for Senior Dining

If you're new to senior living or a seasoned veteran, our website will be a one stop shop of resources for senior dining professionals.

Bringing a Sense of Community to Senior Dining

The senior living industry is unique. It's important that we work together on raising the bar.

SDA Blog

What We Bring To The Table

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Regional Events & Networking

  • Evening Networking & Expo Events
  • Trainings and Workshops 
  • Annual Meeting & Expo
  • Focus Groups
  • Roundtable Ideation Meetings

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Business Industry Partners

We believe that creating strong relationships with our industry partners is essential to developing new solutions and strategies for our industry.  


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Best Practices & Trends

Collaborate and discuss operational trends and best practices with your peers in our discussion groups.

Need advice on conducting a successful food committee meeting? Now you have a forum to ask. 

SDA Chats - Monthly web based peer to peer discussion group 

Leading The Way

Harris Ader, Founder & CEO

Harris has more than 20 years of operational experience in the senior dining industry. His extensive background also includes experience in contract foodservice management, the national school lunch program, hotels and restaurants. Prior to founding Senior Dining Association, Harris was the Vice President of Dining Service at Senior Living Communities, based in Charlotte, NC. Harris’ areas of expertise include conceptual development, financial and business acumen, organizational effectiveness, project management, talent development and strategic vision & planning. Harris graduated from Johnson & Wales University.


Upcoming Speaking Engagements


Senior Dining Association to Facilitate 3 Peer-to-Peer Discussions at Argentum

The Senior Dining Association has partnered with Argentum to provide attendees at the Argentum 2018 Senior Living Executive Conference a forum to discuss and solve business challenges faced by dining professionals. Join us for a collaborative experience, May 14-16 in San Diego, to ask questions and share your own insights about training and retention of your dining staff, and best practices in menu consistency, etc. 

Use promo code “SRDININGASSN” by March 30th for $250 off your All-Access Pass! 

Learn more and register

Gary Black, Director of Development

Gary Black

Gary grew up in Syracuse, NY  and is an Air Force veteran and continues to work in the Air National Guard. He received his degree in Business Administration from Columbia College. Gary has over 20 years of experience in food service with 10 years working in the senior housing industry. His passion for people, coupled with his experience in dining operations makes him a welcome addition to the SDA team!






Industry Partners

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