Industry Pioneer Tony Mullen Passes Away at 61

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Tony Mullen, CEO of Newtown Square-based seniors housing developer Royal Star Properties, has passed away following a heart attack at age 61.

Mullen entered the seniors housing industry in 1984 and has long been an industry icon. He is a longtime member of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), and helped to co-found the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). At NIC, he helped conceive and create the MAP data analytics program.

“During his 34 year career he became one of the foremost experts in his field for analyzing the financial and logistical metrics for developing senior living projects,” according to his obituary.

He was also known as an expert in the field of seniors housing marketing. He founded the Advanced Sales and Marketing Summit, a conference now in its 22nd year.

Mullen also helped create the next generation of seniors housing professionals. He co-founded the master’s degree programs for seniors housing and care at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

Mullen is survived by four children and four grandchildren. His wife, Linda, preceded him in death.

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