It’s all about the people. That’s been Barene Conley’s motto for most of her career. Conley started her journey with the Immanuel family back in October when she was hired as the new senior living consultant at Trinity Village in Papillion. “It doesn’t feel like work, it’s very much a passion,” said Conley. And to do the work she does, you have to have a lot of passion because most of it involves building relationships and trust with people. “To learn about people, to develop a strong connection, a strong level of trust, those are some of the most important things I do,” said Conley. In her new role as a senior living consultant, Conley works to build relationships with current residents and new prospects. While she manages the sales and marketing efforts at Trinity Village, the key to her success is developing those close relationships. “I am very much a people person. To impact people’s lives every day with a smile and a hug, it can’t get any better than that,” said Conley.
Prior to her arrival at Immanuel, Conley spent five years working at The Peaks senior living communities in Flagstaff, Arizona where she was born and raised. She has spent most of her career serving people, a passion that led her on a journey around the country in previous sales roles. For 13 years, she worked at a company that specialized in handmade Native American jewelry. Conley spent most of her time on the road, selling jewelry in various parts of the country including Florida, New York and California. “I’ve always had a passion for giving back to the Native American community and I loved promoting their artwork, lifestyle, and diversity of people who are truly gifted and talented. I love promoting the best of people,” said Conley.
Conley’s passion for the Native American community and culture was born out of her job experience working for the Museum of Northern Arizona, where she spent 10 years prior to traveling saleswoman. It wasn’t just a job for her to make extra money, it also taught her a lot about the Native American culture, lifestyle and customs. “I loved learning about Native Americans and I loved promoting their artwork,” said Conley. And after years of traveling and working in Flagstaff, her next stop brought her to Omaha in 2016. “My friends always told me that if I could get a job at Immanuel, it would be the best thing to happen to me,” said Conley. The energy and excitement fills her with pride. “I love Trinity Village. Immanuel is probably the premiere place to work in senior living,” said Conley. She doesn’t consider it work though. “I don’t have to work, I get to go to work and I’m so excited about that,” said Conley. You can’t buy that kind of energy and motivation, it’s just a natural occurrence she says, thanks in large part to the staff we have working in our communities. “They are just wonderful. Everyone has been so welcoming and kind,” said Conley. Although she has no plans to retire anytime soon, when she does, Omaha and Immanuel Communities will be her first choice. “I love it here. I love the people. I love this city. I’ll sell my own home to myself if I have to.” – Hearts of Immanuel