Silvernest Adds CFO and CMO to Executive Management Team

Kelly Hickey and Scott Dingfield bring more than 40 years combined experience to lead the continued growth of the roommate matching service for Americans ages 50+

Boulder, Colo. – March 16, 2016 – Lifestyle technology startup, Silvernest today announced the expansion of its executive management team. Kelly Hickey joins Silvernest as CFO, and Scott Dingfield takes on the role of chief marketing and innovation officer. Both executives will work directly with CEO and co-founder Wendi Burkhardt to lead the continued growth of Silvernest’s roommate matching service as an “aging in place” alternative for Americans ages 50 plus.

Executive Bios

  • Kelly Hickey is a seasoned financial and accounting professional with experience spanning venture startups to large public companies. She recently served as vice president of accounting for consumer data collection company Datalogix that was eventually acquired by Oracle. Previously, Hickey was the vice president of finance and corporate controller for RE/MAX, serving as an executive management lead for the real estate franchise company’s IPO.

    Hickey will apply these strengths to Silvernest by focusing on the effective establishment and management of the company’s finance and administrative functions. She graduated the University of Colorado – Boulder with a BA in accounting and marketing. Hickey lives in Superior, Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

  • Scott Dingfield has been working with individuals and families for more than two decades to help them realize a future full of growth and potential. Prior to Silvernest, he was chief marketing officer for Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest in-home, private duty, senior care provider, where he contributed to a 333% increase in revenue to $1.3 billion annually. His extensive product development experience culminated in his leadership of new product innovation at Home Instead, launching multiple new offerings – from ideation to delivery – for more than 65,000 customers in 14 countries.

    At Silvernest, Dingfield will prioritize go-to-market strategies and product development, as well as thought leadership initiatives to position Silvernest as a leading voice in the aging community. His experience in aging in place service and support models will be a proven asset to Silvernest and its customers. He graduated the University of Nebraska – Omaha with a BS in journalism. Dingfield continues to live in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife and twin daughters.

Executive Quotes

“Hickey and Dingfield combine functional expertise and proven experience with high-growth companies, as well as a shared passion for applying innovative thinking to the challenges facing our aging population,” said Wendi Burkhardt, co-founder and CEO of Silvernest. “Silvernest customers will benefit greatly from their collective expertise and willingness to think differently about housing and homeownership as one of the top concerns for aging Americans.”

“The aging in place technology market is estimated to grow to more than $30 billion by 2030 and Silvernest is well positioned as a leader in helping our aging population live a life full of connections and care on their own terms,” said Dingfield. “Future expansion into new markets and delivery channels will provide Silvernest with countless ways to connect with prospective customers and partners – I look forward to being part of this journey.”

“As a technology startup targeting the baby boomers - a market that is on a trajectory to swell to more than 140 million by 2030, Silvernest is poised for rapid growth,” said Hickey. “I am pleased to join Silvernest in the early stages to help the company set up a strong foundation for future success,” said Hickey. “The opportunity to focus on the core business while also making a positive impact on such a crucial segment of our population that has also been so influential in my life is something I am eager to be a part of.”

About Silvernest

Silvernest is an online homesharing service designed to pair aging homeowners with qualified roommates, giving Baby Boomers and empty nesters an aging-in-place alternative. Through its roommate matching, lease management and localized support services, Silvernest combines the tools, expertise and commitment to provide the industry’s first comprehensive homesharing platform. This hassle-free service takes care of the details, providing piece-of-mind by enabling people to stay in their homes while benefitting from increased income and shared experiences. For more information visit or follow Silvernest on Facebook and at @SilvernestLife on Twitter.

Media Contact
Rebecca Scanlan