30 under 30

The SHB 30 Under 30

Future (and current) leaders in student housing.

Student Housing Business was impressed with the entries when we extended our call for nominations via our website and Twitter this winter. We received a number more than 30, and culled through with the nominees to determine the ultimate 30.

 

From C-suite operations executives, to off-campus regional managers, to future leaders of on-campus student housing, to those doing multi-million dollar investment deals, the inaugural 30 under 30 is an impressive bunch. Following are profiles compiled from their nominations and a questionnaire we sent to each nominee. You'll note, out of privacy, we didn't list ages, but did verify that all were 30 or younger.

 

Brittany Belson
Director of Market Research
Campus Advantage

 

Years at position: 5

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
In the past five years, I have worked as a business associate and then a market analyst with the business development and consulting team at Campus Advantage. These positions have helped me gained the experience and skill set that allows me to excel in my current role as director of market research.

 

Who are your mentors?
Both Scott Duckett and Michael Orsak of Campus Advantage have had large impacts on my career. Their years of experience and expansive knowledge in our industry have truly helped me grow into my role.

 

What college did you attend?
University of Texas at Austin

 

What are your hobbies?
Working out, reading, trying new restaurants and traveling (as much as I can).

 

Rob Castellucci
Co-founder, VP of Marketing
RoomSync

 


Years at position: 5

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
I experienced a ton of Facebook related phone calls from residents shortly after we sent out roommate assignments. That was the inception of RoomSync. From there, I was fortunate to connect with a team of amazing co-founders who brought the vision of RoomSync to reality.

 

What college did you attend? University of Florida

 

Where did you attend grad school? University of Florida

 

Were you active in student housing in college?
Leasing consultant at the by-the-bed community

 

What do you do when you are not working?
Salsa dancing

 

Nominated by: Craig Meddin, CEO, US Postal Solutions. "[Rob] is a co-founder of RoomSync, a Facebook application that empowers residents to self-select roomates online and through their mobile devices. RoomSync is now in use by more than 30 communities and 25 universities across the United States."

 

Brad dinersteinWEBBrad Dinerstein
Executive Vice President, Construction
The Dinerstein Companies

 

Years at position: 3.5

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
Being a third generation builder and developer, I knew since childhood my goal was to enter the family business. Student housing has been such an important part of our business and I always knew I wanted to be a part of it. I have my brother and father to thank for our involvement in this business. I enjoy the competition between new properties each year, and enjoy the challenge of the August construction deadline. The business is always changing, as amenities change and get better, and more competition seems to come on line each year. The student housing business has always interested me and I knew I always wanted to be a part of it.

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
After four years total in the field as either a construction manager or superintendent, I developed a good sense of how to deliver the types of projects we expected to deliver: quality built, on time and within budget. Still relatively fresh out of college, I continued to work closely with our management, development, and design teams on creating the best in class student housing properties we could imagine.

 

Who are your mentors?
Jack Dinerstein, Brian Dinerstein, Claude Arnold

 

What college did you attend? The University of Georgia

 

Were you active in student housing in college?
Growing up in the business, I toured every possible property I could while still in college. Athens, Georgia, was a great place to see the variety of housing options offered for undergrads and even more beneficial, the types of ammenties and units each off campus student apartment community had to offer. By my senior year, I was providing market research and working part time in the construction management of an off-campus student housing property. I started working full time for the developer right after graduation.

 

FetgatterWEBRyan Fetgatter
Development Manager
Aspen Heights

 

Years at position: 1.5

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
Interest in a growing sector of the industry.

 

What college did you attend? University of Virginia

 

What are you passionate about in life?
Travel, personal education, conservation.

 

Nominated by: Daniel Fuchs, Aspen Heights. "[Ryan] began his Aspen Heights career as a market analyst, and in his first six months identified over 30 target markets for new development. His findings and recommendations will help steer Aspen Heights' growth for the next several years."

 

Dayna Ford
Community Director
Texas A&M University

 

Years at position: 2.5

 

Who are your mentors?
Dr. Matthew Hecker (Dean of Students at UNL) and Christine Thoorsell (Coordinator of Residence Life at TAMU).

 

What college did you attend? University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Where did you attend grad school? University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

What do you do when you are not working?
I spend most of my free time with my husband (Austin) and daughter (Ella). They are the two people that my world revolves around. Ella is involved in soccer and gymnastics, so I spend a lot of my time at her activities.

 

What are you passionate about in life?
In my career, I enjoy working with student conduct and non-traditional students. I love helping students who are struggling in some way because I feel that I can have a larger impact with a student who may not make it through the next semester or year, let alone to graduation. In my personal life, I try to be involved in Turner Syndrome Society of the US, as time allows. Advocacy for those with Turner Syndrome is near and dear to my heart.

 

Nominated by: Kathy Collins, director of campus living services and residence life, Michigan State University.

 

Gadson JasonWEBJason Gadson
Intern Architect
Niles Bolton Associates

 

Years at position: 5

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
I always had a passion for designing multi-family housing. After I became employed with Niles Bolton Associates, student housing became very attractive, because it allowed me to blend some of my passion with my "limited" knowledge of living on campus (student housing). It just seemed like the right area for me to start my career. I have been doing it ever since.

 

Who are your mentors?
Mohamed Mohsen — great designer. He has the ability to listen to the needs and desires of a client, and then put it on paper. He can design a building that is not only functional but aesthetically pleasing.

 

What college did you attend? University of Miami

 

What are you passionate about in life?
I have a true passion for helping youth realize their full potential and then discovering ways to turn that potential into reality. I like to give back to the community. For me, that means helping the next group of young people see the future for what it can be and not for what it may be right now.

 

matt kellyWEBMatt Kelly
National Director of Facilities and
Project Management
Campus Apartments

 

Years at position: 7

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
Interest in developing commercial properties

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
Previous experience in both commercial construction and real estate

 

Who are your mentors?
Miles Orth; Nicholas Zaferes

 

What college did you attend? Drexel University

 

Were you active in student housing in college?
Worked as a co-op for a small student housing firm in Philadelphia.

 

What do you do when you are not working?
Volunteer through the United Way, Working on my house or personal rental properties, or anything that is fun/adventurous.

 

Nominated by: Miles Orth, executive vice president and COO, Campus Apartments. "Matt is a focused, intense leader with a keen sense of the financial aspects of the business in addition to his expertise in development and project management."

 

Adrienne KrenWEBAdrienne Kren
Intern Architect
Niles Bolton Associates

 

Years at position: 5.5

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
Throughout my time at Niles Bolton Associates, I've worked on projects ranging from student housing to hotel renovations to military housing. However, my work on student housing projects has been consistent and are some of the ones I look most forward to doing. Through the course of about half a dozen campus living projects I've enjoyed becoming more involved with consultant coordination and client interaction in each one. I also enjoy having more time on site and being part of the construction administration side of the project.

 

Who are your mentors?
I feel that I learn a great deal about accurate design and detailing during the construction phase of the project. I've been fortunate to work with Gordon Karnes in the NBA office on most of our student housing projects. I see him as a mentor and a wealth of knowledge about these subjects. Working with him always ensures a successful project and teaches me valuable tools for future student housing work.

 

What college did you attend? The University of Southern Mississippi - Architectural Engineering Technology

 

Where did you attend grad school? Southern Polytechnic State University- Bachelors of Architecture

 

Alexis Krisay
Owner/ President
Serendipit Consulting

 

Years at position: 5

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
I began my career as a leasing agent on a brand new development in Tucson, when I was a sophmore in college.

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
After years in the student housing, real estate and marketing industries, I decided to pursue my dreams of starting my own company. The dedication, hard work and pure enjoyment of my team has lead me to where I am today.

 

What college did you attend? University of Arizona

 

What are you passionate about in life?
Marketing, design, anything that involves being creative, new technology, my business, my family and, of course, the finer things in life — good food and wine!

 

ashley lackeyWEBAshley Lackey
Regional Manager
Peak Campus Management, LLC

 

Years at position: 1 year and 8 months

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
I have always felt held back from growth in other companies due to my age. When I started with Peak I mentioned my desire to grow in the business. When a regional manager position opened up nearly a year after I started with them I quickly applied and was blessed with the promotion.

 

Were you active in student housing in college?
I wasn't into the college scene. I wanted to quickly grow up and focus on work. So, after high school, I got an apartment, worked days and weekend evenings as a waitress and went to school at night.

 

What do you do when you are not working?
I usually have to force myself to not be working even when I am off. My husband and I usually go see a movie or take long drives with the windows down.

 

Ryan-McGrath2WEBRyan McGrath
Partner & Chief Operating Officer
Asset Plus Companies (Asset Campus Housing)

 

Years at position: 5

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
Hard work

 

Who are your mentors?
Michael McGrath, Tommy Romano, Michael Burcham, Morris Miller and Richard Yoo.

 

What college did you attend? Vanderbilt University

 

What are your hobbies?
Soccer, running, biking, hunting, traveling and reading.

 

Nominated by: Audrey Nardecchia, director of communications, Asset Plus. "Ryan takes full ownership in aligning the correct people for the correct position and overseeing that all tasks are met efficiently by the team he puts in place. His charisma and passion heighten his natural born leadership skills."

 

Christopher-MouronWEBChristopher Mouron
Executive Vice President of Development /Principal
Capstone Real Estate Investments

 

Years at position: 7 at Capstone

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
I literally grew up around the business of student housing being that Capstone is 22 years old. It's the only thing I've ever wanted to do.

 

Who are your mentors?
My father, Mike Mouron — a pioneer in the student housing industry.

 

What college did you attend? University of Mississippi

 

Nominated by: Monique Newman, vice president at Capstone. "We consider real estate development to be more art than science, and Christopher has displayed an uncanny knack for recognizing the value-add potential for existing student-oriented properties."

 

John-OBrien pictureWEBJohn O'Brien
Vice President, Accounting
Cardinal Group Management

 

Years at position: 3 years

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
My career in student housing started in college. I had existing personal relationships with the principals at Cardinal Group. They needed help managing our portfolio in Oxford, Ohio, so I started out doing some leasing and maintenance work for them. Although I enjoyed working with Cardinal Group during that time, my focus remained on passing the CPA exams and positioning myself to get a job in any industry as soon as possible. Fortunately, the portfolio grew to a point where they could offer me a full-time position, and I moved to Chicago to start working the day after I took the last exam.

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
When I first started working with Cardinal Group in a full-time capacity about three years ago, I was the sole member of the accounting team. Using knowledge and technical skills I had from studying, as well as the experience I gained from being responsible for every accounting process in our company, I worked toward establishing scalable processes and controls that would provide for the accounting team to grow in size, with an emphasis on quality control. Our portfolio has grown and so has our accounting team, and my position has changed accordingly from building the platform to managing it.

 

What college did you attend? Miami University (Ohio).

Pee Antonio 126WEBAntonio L. Pee
Hall Director
Texas Christian University

 

Years at position: 2

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
Student housing allows me to help create spaces, experiences, and atmospheres that are conducisve to learning, growing, and developing. Fostering and facilitating great experiences here can only help students as they matriculate.

 

Who are your mentors?
Kathy Collins, Ph.D, Director of Housing at Michigan State; Fred Bonner, Ed.D; Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education at Rutgers University; Lloyd Holmes, Ph.D. Dean of Students at North Shore Community College

 

What college did you attend? Coastal Carolina University - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Management)

 

Where did you attend grad school? Texas A&M University - Master of Education - Educational Administration

 

Were you active in student housing in college? Resident assistant as an undergraduate; graduate hall director during grad school.

 

What are your hobbies? reading, writing, traveling, collecting starbucks mugs from different major cities

 

casey petersenWEBCasey Petersen
National Director of Business Development
Peak Campus Communities

 

Years at position: 4.5

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
I came to Peak's predecessor in August 2007, and was given a unique opportunity to help spearhead and provide leadership to a new traveling team, referred to as our National Operations Specialists. I spent the next year traveling around our portfolio, experiencing different markets, and learning an incredible amount. In 2008, I received a promotion to regional manager, which I believe is the hardest job in student housing. I spent the next three seasons working in that role, and in my 'spare time', was provided a mentorship opportunity with a senior member of our acquisitions team learning the deal side of the business. Peak Campus and our equity partners gave me outstanding opportunities to continue to learn as much as I wanted about real estate. Finally, in 2012, Bob Clark, Peak's president, approached me about shifting my time and energy into a new role as director of business development. It has been a relatively easy transition for me — mostly because my experience has given me a unique understanding of the operations-centric nature of this business, and because I truly believe in the Peak Campus platform.

 

What are your hobbies?
Golfing, running, reading, photography, and playing guitar.

 

What are you passionate about in life?
I absolutely love being part of the group of individuals at Peak Campus charged with strategically growing the organization. It is such a rewarding experience to be part of a constantly evolving enterprise, and to work with such an empowered and motivated group. I am passionate about continually challenging myself to continue to contribute to that goal.

 

David-RavensbergWEBDavid Ravensberg
Director, Business Development
Trinitas Ventures

 

Years at position: 3

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
I started my career as a financial analyst in multifamily sales at CBRE. In 2006 we sold a 1,134-bed property for Trinitas Ventures at Purdue University and the initial relationship was formed. I took my first opportunity to get into development in late 2006 with Scannell Properties. Scannell was successfully developing 12-15 projects a year which provided a tremendous base of transactional experience from site identification to the eventual disposition of the asset. Trinitas had been growing its business quite successfully, when the opportunity to help it grow its development platform and help procure new student housing projects became available I was comfortable making the transition.

 

Who are your mentors?
Steve LaMotte, CBRE's Multi-Housing Group in Indianapolis, taught me the business of underwriting, market identification and multifamily analysis. My grandfather, Bob Ravensberg, was my initial mentor before his passing prior to my graduation. It was his passion for life and business that led me to real estate.

 

What college did you attend? Indiana University - Bloomington.

 

What are your hobbies?
I play ice hockey and enjoy running.

 

What do you do when you are not working?
Life is all about the family when I'm not working. I have two young boys with my wife, 2.5 years old and a 6-month old.

 

What are you passionate about in life?
I'm passionate about all things real estate. Student housing development has to be one of the more rewarding professions as I get the opportunity to transform an old tired area in need of redevelopment into a new luxury student housing community that serves the needs of students, municipalities and its related university or college alike.

 

Rebecca Pugsley-PhotoWEBRebecca Pugsley
Assistant Manager
The Landing/Corridor Property Management

 

Years at position: 4.5 years

 

Were you active in student housing in college?
While I was a leasing consultant in college, I learned valuable information about the housing market and competitors in Greenville, N.C. I helped analyze the market trends, toured competing properties and received feedback from peers about their expectations of student living. I attended student housing fairs and events on campus.

 

What are your hobbies? I grew up in a resort community on Long Island, New York, and my family always had a boat. I enjoy doing all outdoor activities that are common for a beach/ocean community.

 

Ullin RigbyWEBUllin Rigby
Assistant Director of Housing
Virginia Union University

 

Years at position: 5 years

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
I was a resident advisor when I was in undergraduate. It was a job that I thoroughly enjoyed because of my ability to directly assist students with needs — academically, emotionally, socially and within the realms of the hall. In addition, I served as a NASPA intern within the office of residence life at Slippery Rock University where I worked on hall leadership programs, professional and paraprofessional staff training and hall policies/procedures.

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
I initially started as a residence hall director and then became interested in dealing directly with housing assignments. As the years progressed, I acquired more responsibilities and when our office was restructured, I was promoted to the assistant director of housing position where I deal directly with the room assignment process, maintenance/housekeeping, dining hall relations and financial matters related to student living.

 

What college did you attend? Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

 

Ben-RoelkeWEBBen Roelke
Vice President
CBRE Debt and Equity Finance

 

Years at position: 7

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
I first joined the CBRE Debt and Equity group because I have a strong financial mind and wanted to understand how the commercial real estate capital markets functioned. After years of financing all property types with many different capital sources, I began to focus on multifamily and agency financing once the CMBS market imploded. Since then, my experiences led me to further focus on the student housing sector.

 

What are you passionate about in life?
Taking care of my family, growing my business, and giving back to those in need.
Nominated by: Ryan Reid, national director of student housing, CBRE, who said, "Ben has financed over $187 million in 11 transactions totaling 6,137 beds and 2,164 units over the past 18 months. Ben is a rising star in the student housing industry."

 

Rachel SironWEBRachel Anne Siron
Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life
Texas Christian University

 

Years at position: 5 years

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
I became fully immersed in housing during my graduate assistantships at the University of South Carolina. During my assistantships, I absorbed every experience I could regarding selection, training, supervision, facility management, programming and many others. This truly prepared me for my search for a full-time career in housing and residence life. I appreciate that we are intentional with our care for students, our focus is on building relationships and how every single day is different.

 

What college did you attend? Missouri Western State University

 

Where did you attend grad school? University of South Carolina

 

Nominated by: David Cooper, associate director of residence life, Texas Christian University. "A few of [Rachel Anne's] leadership roles: current chair of ACUHO-I Women in Housing Network; former Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County Affair of the Arts Gala chair; former ACUHO-I Living Learning Programs Conference chair."

Anna show-my-propertyWEBAnna Singleton
Founder
Show My Property TV

Years at position: 3.

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
Having enjoyed student life in England, I found myself in America. I started the company Show My Property TV knowing I understood the student mindset and that of property management. It was the perfect marriage. We produce marketing videos for student properties that really appeal to the student, while understanding the budgets and marketing objectives of the property. I have always enjoyed people and this industry has the most fantastic and passionate people I have come across.

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
Years of media and video experience including being a news reporter. This, and a genuine passion and love for property, led me to this wonderful position today. It's not often that you find something that you want to get up for, even on a Monday!

 

What college did you attend? I studied international management at Bournemouth University (England).

 

Were you active in student housing in college?
Student housing is very different in England there is a lack of space in many university areas. I was forever campaigning for better housing for students; I had to live in a hotel for my freshman year. I film student housing properties all over America and I am still surprised by the endless amenities and beauty of many of these properties, not to mention the amazing, dedicated and passionate staff.

 

josh smithWEBJosh Smith
Vice President
Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions

 

Years at position: 1 year

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
Enjoyed the residence life aspect of housing; building community and long lasting relationships.

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
Hard work, travel and a little bit of luck along the way.

 

Who are your mentors?
Bob Shepko and Jim Short

 

What college did you attend? Oklahoma State University

 

Where did you attend grad school? University of Texas Arlington

 

Were you active in student housing in college?
Working in apartment leasing and marketing.

 

Nominated by: Bob Shepko, division president of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions. "[Josh] has established himself over the past five years in the on-campus housing niche assisting numerous universities across the country in executing their capital plans through privatization."

 

Brian Stroup
Assistant Director, Operations & Facilities
Oregon State University
University Housing and Dining Services

 

Years at position: 10

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
My experiences as a resident assistant and then as an undergraduate resident director my senior year in college.

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
I was interested in learning more about the operational side of housing and after five years in residential education, I was hired in my first operations role as an operations manager for Housing Services and Residential Conferences and then a year later was hired as an assistant director for Operations & Facilities.

 

What college did you attend? Oregon State University

 

Where did you attend grad school? Oregon State University

 

What are you passionate about in life?
Providing great living environments and clear processes for students so that they can be happy and successful at college.

 

Nominated by: Dan Larson, associate director, and Kathryn Magura, operations manager, Oregon State University Operations & Facilties. "Confident yet humble, authentic and gracious, Brian is someone we will enjoy watching become a pillar in the university housing profession."

 

Joe Stampone
Vice President, Investments
Atlas Real Estate Partners

 

Years at position: 1

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
Since graduating from Tufts, I've felt strong ties to the university. The experiences I had and the life-long relationships I formed inspired me to find ways to stay involved as an alumni. In 2009, myself along with Atlas co-founder Arvind Chary and another Tufts grad founded the Tufts Real Estate Network. The Tufts Real Estate Network aims to foster professional relationships, create a community for the sharing of ideas and business opportunities, and provide real estate industry-related education and intellectual resources. Through this network I became close friends with Atlas co-founders Arvind Chary and Alex Foster and upon completing my masters form NYU, they offered me the opportunity to join their team.

 

Who are your mentors?
In real estate and business, all you have is your reputation. My father, my mentor, instilled that in me from a young age. One of my favorite quotes comes from Peter Linneman that explains how you can build a great reputation: 'Always do the very best you can to fulfill what you said you would do, help others simply because you can rather than because you believe it would indirectly benefit you, and do this for the next thirty years, and you will have a great reputation.' There are a number of real estate professionals who I respect, including Barry Sternlicht, one of the few guys in real estate/private equity who truly understands brand value; and the Durst family, innovators and leaders in sustainability.

 

What are your hobbies?
I have a wide-range of hobbies including boating, skiing, golf, restaurants and traveling. These hobbies are made great by having an awesome group of friends and family to experience them with. Most recently, my brother-in-law and I began restoration of a classic Vespa. We've stripped it down to the frame and we plan to restore it to its original 1978 quality.

 

Steve-TripepiWEBSteven Tripepi
Campus Marketing Consultant
Home Buyer Funding

 

Years at position: 2

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
From the time I was an undergraduate I have been interested in student housing; being a part of various student organizations I knew that student groups were always looking for safe, new, and affordable housing — there was a lack of this available in the area. It was an exciting opportunity to be a part of transforming the way future students view off campus housing at Youngstown State University.

 

Were you active in student housing in college?
As an undergraduate I was involved with exploring new housing options for my fraternity and eventually negotiating an agreement between the fraternity and landlord.

 

What do you do when you are not working?
I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends — they have made me who I am today and are both very important to me.

 

Chris Webb
Vice President
The Woodlark Companies

 

Years at position: 1 year
What led you to a position in student housing?
Desire for a faster pace environment.

 

Who are your mentors?
Derrick Milam - Director at Woodlark, Sean O'Brien - COO at Woodlark.

 

What college did you attend? East Carolina University

 

Were you active in student housing in college?
I worked for a local management company which serviced roughly 1,000 beds.

 

What are you passionate about in life?
Real estate. I enjoy all aspects of the industry. I also love to invest in single family homes as rentals.

 

Nominated by: Sean K. O'Brien, COO, Woodlark. "[Chris] has consistently demonstrated the ability to think creatively, constructively and outside the box. He is a highly accountable young man who has the unique ability to get those around him to give their very best. His efforts have always translated to increased occupancy and increased NOI."

 

Meredith-Wolff-370-6aWEBMeredith Wolff
Investment Sales Analyst
ARA Student Housing Group

 

Years at position: 2

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
I majored in real estate finance (as well as economics) at SMU. My course work was designed for those who want to pursue careers in commercial real estate. I had classes that focused on valuing properties, and it was something that I found very interesting. Post college, it seemed like a perfect fit to be an investment sales analyst in student housing, which is such a vibrant industry.

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
I was fortunate to secure my position at ARA directly upon graduation from college. I was able to gain valuable experience in the real estate industry through multiple internships, involvement with the CREW network, and my coursework that ultimately led me to my current position at ARA.

 

Who are your mentors?
Chris Bancroft, Chris Epp and Pat Jones.

 

What college did you attend? Southern Methodist University.

 

Katie-Wood.picWEBKatie Wood
Development Associate
Landmark Properties

 

Years at position: 6 years

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
I was born into a family of home builders so I have always been fascinated by how lines and measurements on a piece of paper become homes where people build their lives. I was lucky enough to go to school at both the same time and in the same town that the idea of 'student cottages' was born. I was hooked immediately and fortunate enough to land an internship with Landmark my senior year.

 

How did you get to your current job/position?
I knew from my first day that I wanted to make student housing my career. After I graduated college, I worked with our sales team. From there, I became very involved with the entire project set-up process. I enjoyed coordinating with our construction team, with the lenders, appraisers, etc., and with our new project lease-up team. My talent for making things run smoothly and ensuring that every sales contract actually closes easily transitioned to our new model of owning each project we develop. It is so exciting to watch a project go from market study to move-in day and see everyone's hard work realized.

 

Who are your mentors?
Wes Rogers is by far the smartest person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The idea that I get to work for him everyday blows my mind. My grandfather, a self-taught builder, taught me to 'measure twice, cut once' when I was a child and he continues to teach me what it means to take pride in your work and to always work to my highest ability.

 

What college did you attend? The University of Georgia.

 

Jared Zeisler
Senior Associate, Junior Partner
Capital Solutions, Inc.

 

Years at position: 2

 

What led you to a position in student housing?
I worked as a capital markets broker focusing on all types of real estate. I built a relationship with Capital Solutions, Inc. as they were a well known local investment group, and a firm I wanted to develop a strong relationship with at the time. They told me they were highly interested in student housing, but needed someone to originate the business for them.

 

Who are your mentors?
Nimish Sangrhajkah, Frank Seidman, Fran Donato (all of the partners here at CS ) and Tim Bradley (TSB Capital).
What college did you attend? University of Pennsylvania

 

Nominated by: Nimish Sanghrajka, partner, Capital Solutions, Inc. "Jared has helped us foray into one of the leading equity providers in the student housing space."

 

Craig-ZogbyWEBCraig Zogby
Director, Real Estate Private Equity Team
Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors

What led you to your current position?
When I began speaking with Kayne Anderson, the group was on the verge of breaking out as the preeminent equity provider for the industry. After a few conversations with Al Rabil and Frank Duemmler I realized that their approach to equity investing was far more engaged and entrepreneurial than most and I knew and wanted to be part of their team. It isn't hard to recognize the immense potential and momentum that the student housing industry has generated. As a professional, you have to be ready to strike when opportunity presents itself.

 

What was your involvement in student housing when you were in college?
None. I rented off campus from an independent operator. Amenities included a broken washing machine with other tenants' clothes in it and an abandoned 10-year-old grill tipped over in the parking lot. I'm constantly in awe of the properties and amenities we provide students today.

 

Nominated by: Tim Bradley, Principal, TSB Capital Advisors. "[Craig] is an integral part of Kayne Anderson's $575 million fund, which is responsible for portfolio investments. Craig has been a part of underwriting acquisitions/developments totaling more than $250 million closed within the last year."