Craig Ahlstrom, Jr



Likes golfing


Enjoys pickleball


Loves spending time at the lake

The Chief Operating Officer at Avista, Craig is a native Arizonan and is the fourth generation of the Farnsworth family to work in the field of active adult housing and senior living. He received his undergraduate degree in Business from Utah Valley University in 2008 after which he went on to receive two Masters degrees, one in Real Estate Development (2009) and then his MBA (2012), both from Arizona State University.

While pursuing his degrees at ASU, he continuously worked for Farnsworth Development Company, developing his skills with respect to active adult housing and assisted living communities. Craig was instrumental in the design and development of The Summit at Sunland Springs, a 154 unit (165 bed) assisted living and memory care community in Mesa, Arizona. He worked closely with architects, engineers, banks, general contractors, and City of Mesa officials to bring this project to reality. Craig also worked as the Executive Director of the Summit at Sunland Springs for its first three years after opening. He enjoys team building at the community level and supporting the staff and the residents of the community.

Craig loves to spend time with his wife Veva and his four children, Millie, Carson, Emmett, and Evie. He enjoys reading, golfing, exercising and exploring new business opportunities as they arise. He has developed a passion for the senior population over the years and plans on utilizing this passion throughout his career to create comfortable living environments for those needing more assistance as they age.

When I opened up our first memory care community, I spent a lot of time in direct hands on care. I learned very quickly how much joy I found in interacting with residents and their families at a time of their life which was very stressful. I feel grateful I can provide peace of mind for the family while caring for their loved one.”
— Craig Ahlstrom, Jr, Partner