Our Founders 

Tribute Senior Living was co-founded by Charles Hodges of HODGES Architecture, Rex Paine of Kingsbridge Capital, and Mark Rushing of Sodalis Memory Care and Assisted Living.

Tribute Senior Living is a passion project for each of them. It is the culmination of almost two decades of research, work, and team building, and is a community that is designed to help people get better.

Charles Hodges

Charles’ journey into senior care started in 2001 when his own father, Mr. Chester Hodges, was in need of senior care. Charles experienced the shortcomings of senior care available in our area, and he recognized the need for a much better model.

So, he set out to create Tribute.

The name “Tribute” pays homage to his late father and all parents and loved ones. For Charles, it was not only about changing the culture of Assisted Living and Memory Care, but he envisioned creating a community where residents can actually improve.

As an award-winning architect, Charles understands design and how to create an incredible feel through structure and decorating. But he knew more was needed. Over the next 18 years, Charles researched cutting edge care models and therapy programs around the world.

He then put together a team to make this vision a reality.

Knowing that outstanding senior care would require a solid financial foundation, he pulled in his long-time business partner, Rex Paine.

 

“It’s about taking the disease head on.”

 

REX PAINE

Tribute Senior Living is also a passion project for Rex, as he watched his grandmothers and aunt go through senior care before his own mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Rex learned first-hand how hard it is for families to make difficult decisions about memory care, so he wanted to help create a community that is sensitive to not only the residents’ needs, but to the families as well. Having managed a real estate equity investment company that was part of a Malcolm Baldridge Award-winning team, he understands what it takes to make sure that a business flourishes and can meet the needs of its customers for the long term, and has worked with Charles to ensure that Tribute can do just that.

With his design and financial foundation in place, Charles needed to ensure exceptional senior living leadership.

 

“This project is a passion project for me. My mother suffered from Alzheimer’s and lived in a memory care community. Having had to learn for myself all that a family goes through in making these difficult decisions, Tribute Senior Living Communities will be sensitive to not only the resident’s needs, but to the families that have chosen us as their care provider. We have done a tremendous amount of research and will continue to do so to make sure our community will have the finest design elements and resident care techniques.”

 

Mark Rushing

Charles visited countless senior care organizations and met Mark Rushing, who leads multiple care centers in Texas. There was a warmth and love in these communities that stood out and that Charles knew had to be a hallmark of Tribute. Mark had seen his own family go through senior care and understood the need for Tribute. Charles asked Mark Rushing to be the third partner, helping him on this journey to create a new concept in senior living.

Together the three created the amazing center that is Tribute Senior Living.

The missing piece was the research component and that is where renowned, nationally recognized researcher Dr. Paula Grammas came in.

 

“We don't accept the common approach that there is not much you can do for a person with Alzheimer's.”

 

Dr. Paula Grammas

Charles’ goal is to create a community where the latest research and breakthroughs don’t just end up in published studies, but actually make it to those dealing with age-related conditions, including Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Charles believes in the importance of clinical research actually making it to the community right now, when it can help, or as he calls it – bench to bedside.

Dr. Grammas distinguished herself through her research at Texas Tech before becoming the Executive Director of the George & Anne Ryan Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Grammas is an expert on the research of vascular dementia and how blood flow affects the brain - one of the most promising areas of dementia research. She is working on breakthrough treatments to help individuals dealing with memory loss and her work is showing great promise.

Dr. Grammas joined the Tribute team to make a difference for those we serve and holds the position of Chief Research Officer for Tribute Senior Living.

Tribute is the only memory care community in North Texas to offer these research-based options for improving the lives of residents.

Our programs are designed not only to slow the progression of age-related memory impairment, but to reverse the effects, where possible, and truly provide good days again. Our goal is to help your loved one stay engaged and be as independent as possible.

 

“As a scientist who has spent over 25 years researching Alzheimer's disease, it's exciting to be part of team that is committed to rapidly bringing scientific discovery to real-world care.”