Craig Ahlstrom

Chief Operating Officer / Avista Senior Living

The Chief Operating Officer at Avista, Craig is a native Arizonan and is the fourth generation of the Farnsworth family to work in the field of active adult housing and senior living. He received his undergraduate degree in Business from Utah Valley University in 2008 after which he went on to receive two Masters degrees, one in Real Estate Development (2009) and then his MBA (2012), both from Arizona State University.

While pursuing his degrees at ASU, he continuously worked for Farnsworth Development Company, developing his skills with respect to active adult housing and assisted living communities. Craig was instrumental in the design and development of The Summit at Sunland Springs, a 154 unit (165 bed) assisted living and memory care community in Mesa, Arizona.

He worked closely with architects, engineers, banks, general contractors, and City of Mesa officials to bring this project to reality. Craig also worked as the Executive Director of the Summit at Sunland Springs for its first three years after opening. He enjoys interfacing with the teams at the communities and doing what he can to help them be successful.

After his time working as the Executive Director at The Summit at Sunland Springs, he joined Kris Woolley at Avista Senior Living and has been working on developing operational systems to help teams thrive so they can provide great environments for the residents. Since he has joined Avista Senior Living, Avista Senior Living has grown from its initial 3 communities to owning and operating 10 communities across Utah and Arizona.

Craig loves to spend time with his wife Veva and his four children, Millie, Carson, Emmett, and Evie. He enjoys reading, golfing, exercising and exploring new business opportunities as they arise. He has developed a passion for the senior population over the years and plans on utilizing this passion throughout his career to create comfortable living environments for those needing more assistance as they age.