2023 John Hopper Leadership Award 

The John Hopper Leadership Award recognizes an exceptional individual or team who embodies and embraces John Hopper’s leadership values to drive innovation and inspire growth in people, teams, and relationships contributing to success. John’s influence, impact and contribution to those he collaborated with will never be forgotten.

Through his support of innovation, collaboration, and growth among entrepreneurs and senior living and healthcare providers, John has helped countless companies improve the independence, quality and cost of care, and overall lives of the aging population. John was known for building strong relationships with entrepreneurs’ colleagues, investors, employees - all stakeholders striving for excellence; but with a “Hopper-like” understanding and appreciation for the sacrifices, persistence and hard work entrepreneurs and their teams typically go through for each issue, priority, and milestone leading to the success he expected from each of them.

John was a highly innovative and visionary leader who impacted other leaders and teams through his engaging personality, strategic creativity, and mentoring approach. He valued all perspectives, and was a judgement-free sounding board to many he lent an ear. With this Award, we remember John and celebrate his legacy by recognizing an individual or team dedicated to demonstrating these valuable qualities for the betterment of the industry.

Please complete the form to nominate an individual or team for the John Hopper Leadership Award. 

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Leadership Award Nomination Requirements, Guidelines, and Eligibility 


Anyone may submit a nomination for the John Hopper Leadership Award with the candidate’s permission. Self-nominations are accepted. It is the responsibility of the nominator to summarize the nominee’s achievements in sufficient detail to document why this individual should be considered, above all others, for this distinguished award.

Nominations must contain sufficient information to inform the selection process without additional research. Please complete the Nomination Form in full for Nominee to be considered for the Award.

The Recognition Committee reviews nominations for the leadership award against the following required criteria:

  • Exceptional Leadership skills
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive environment
  • Embodiment of entrepreneurial traits
  • Commitment to improving the independence, quality and cost of care, and overall lives of the aging population


  • The John Hopper Leadership Award is intended to be a rare recognition. No individual awards (vs. team awards) will be given more than once to the same individual.
  • Candidates must be contributing members of the aging and healthcare industry, and individuals who have made significant and demonstrable contributions to the field.
  • Candidates may not currently be a member of the Ziegler Link•age team, affiliated with Ziegler Link•age Fund portfolio companies, the League of Advisors, or the Recognition Committee.
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