Chris Smith, Chief Executive Officer
Chris is the founder and CEO of Moves for Seniors, a division of Transit Systems Inc. (TSI). In 2007, he launched Moves for Seniors to provide a better way for seniors to transition from their homes and into a new stage of their life while reducing the burden for the senior, the family and the support network.
Today, Moves for Seniors is a nationwide team of professionals dedicated to the needs of the senior housing industry and the residents moving into independent living and assisted living communities.
Moves for Seniors parent company, Transit Systems Inc., is a nationally licensed logistics provider for consumers and commercial businesses. TSI specializes in shipping and moving items or loads that are too big for a parcel carrier (UPS, FEDEX) and too small for traditional movers. In Chris’s tenure, TSI has been recognized eight times by Inc. Magazine as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in the US.
Prior to TSI, Chris held senior positions at LivePerson, a SAAS livechat provider where he was VP of Client Services and at Comcast where he was Manager of New Business Development. He began his career in the banking world with Chase Manhattan Bank. Chris has a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Robert Burg, Executive Vice President
Bob is responsible for the company’s overall operations, including sales, marketing, business development and strategic direction and initiatives.
His background combines a diverse C-Level leadership across a wide variety of organizations. From start-up to early stage and rapid growth to larger corporate environments, Bob’s experience includes: healthcare information technology, big data and social media, hospital and health systems, health plans, physician organizations and pharmaceutical and pharmacy enterprises.
Prior to joining Moves for Seniors in 2017, Bob was the Chief Executive Officer of HudlHealth—a mobile healthcare communication platform, led the Life Sciences business development for BehaviorMatrix—a pioneer in emotional analytics science, and was the CEO of ProActive for Patients—one of the nation’s first physician driven Customer Relationship Management medication adherence solutions.
He has also served in executive leadership roles at Medem—a pioneer in the personal health record industry, Eclipsys (now Allscripts)—an early electronic medical record company, FPA Medical Management—one of the first and largest publicly traded physician practice management networks, and Memorial Health Alliance (now Virtua Health)—a hospital system network.
Bob is a graduate of Villanova University, and is a certified public accountant (inactive).
Chris Pienkowski, Vice President of Business Development
Chris is Vice President of Business Development where he is responsible for driving nationwide partnerships with operators of senior living communities. Previously, he was Managing Director where he led the transformation of Moves for Seniors’ single service line to a full-service provider.
Chris has leadership experience in several industries and organizations including start-up and early stage businesses, as well as publicly held corporations and municipal government. Prior to joining Moves for Seniors— and its parent company TSI— Chris served as the Director of Legislation and Communications for the Minority Whip of Philadelphia City Council, where he focused on public policy issues related to economic development.
Before his public service, Chris was a Project Manager at Toll Brothers, a nationwide luxury home developer, Vice President of Operations at TicketLeap, a nationwide small venue ticketing platform and CEO of CoolSource Technologies, an educational technology company.
Since 2005, Chris has served as a judge and mentor in the Wharton Business Plan Competition and PennVention Startup Competition. He also serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for MaST Community Charter School.
Chris is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gretchen Yankanich, Corporate Controller and Head of Human Resources
Gretchen is the Corporate Controller for Moves for Seniors and its parent company TSI. She manages all of the Accounting, Finance and Human Resources matters for both operations. She is focused on building the Moves for Seniors team and developing growth strategies.
Prior to joining TSI, Gretchen served as the CFO for Independence LED Lighting, LLC and as the CFO for Ivy Walls Management Co., LLC— a $100M holding company of minor league baseball franchises and stadiums. For several years, she served as a management consultant to 200+ small businesses across all industry sectors.
Gretchen serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Justice Rain, Inc., a not-for-profit community service organization as well as on the Board of Advisors of a regional Montessori school group.
She is a graduate of Penn State University and holds additional certifications from the PICPA as a CPE credit educator, Oracle/NetSuite as a OneWorld Administrator, Sage & Intuit/QuickBooks Pro-Accountant team advisor and from the Minor League Baseball University in St. Petersburg, FL
Ernest Forsyth, Director of Information Technology
Ernest serves as the Director of Information Technology and oversees all technical operations for Moves for Seniors and TSI. In this role, he is responsible for the management, strategy, and execution of the IT infrastructure, development and enforcement of security policies, and strategic vendor partnerships
Ernest provides leadership and executes strategic technology initiatives that align with our goal to be the premier senior moving services provider in the industry. He is a seasoned professional who manages and helps develop a team of industry certified support professionals.
With over 20 years of experience managing IT teams in the telecommunications, service and transportation industries, Ernest leads our technology group in continuously developing an efficient, robust and secure IT environment. Throughout his career, Ernest has continued to stay in the forefront of technology earning a multitude of industry certifications from companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, Juniper and Oracle.