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San Diego — Pierce Education Properties Founder, Frederick W. Pierce IV, passed away suddenly last week. Pierce served as president and CEO of the San Diego-based firm and was a leader, visionary and dedicated advocate for the student housing industry.  Under his leadership, Pierce Education Properties transacted more than $1.3 billion in acquisitions and became a trailblazer in the student housing sector while being known for its commitment to quality, student wellbeing and innovation.  “The entire Student Housing Business team is incredibly shocked and saddened by this news,” says publisher Richard Kelley. “Fred …

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Camden, N.J. — John O’Donnell, CEO of The Michaels Organization, has taken a leave of absence to focus on defending himself against allegations announced in an indictment on June 17, 2024, by the New Jersey State Attorney General. The indictment does not name Michaels as a company, and is limited in scope to two properties along the Camden, New Jersey, Waterfront — one office tower and one conventional multifamily community. All business operations at Michaels — including development, property management, construction and investment — will continue as usual. Mark Morgan, who …

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Austin, Texas — Resident activation platform CasaPerks Technologies has launched CasaCash, an ancillary revenue program for property owners and operators offering rent rewards for residents without the involvement of credit cards. The Austin, Texas-based company’s platform also offers AI-based reputation management and brand ambassador management. “At CasaPerks, our goal is to continue to create and deliver innovative programs and tools to help operators increase their NOI,” says CEO Kevin Bradt. “With the market becoming more competitive, operators are seeking alternative ways to minimize their customer acquisition and retention costs while also …

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Chicago — Scion Advisory Services has launched a Stategic Housing Planning service. The collaborative planning service was designed to help colleges and institutions make critical and strategic decisions regarding their on-campus housing programs.  The service will help colleges and universities determine if their current housing program appropriately supports its institutional mission; how to improve existing facilities to best support the needs of today’s students and anticipate future student needs; and address aging facilities and make them more attractive to students.  The new service will also help institutions convey to university leadership the …

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New York City — The Jed Foundation — in partnership with the College Student Mental Wellness Advocacy Coalition and Hi, How Are You Project (HHAYP) — has released an emergency preparedness guidebook for student housing managers on how to handle the sudden and tragic loss of a resident in a community.  Titled Responding to Suicide: Postvention Guidance for Student Housing Managers, the guidebook offers protocols for engaging with law enforment; communicating with campus officials and the residential community; facilitating rapid support; memorializing the deceased; and planning for long-term and future approaches to prevention …

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Atlanta — Student Quarters has hired Bryan Curley as senior vice president of operations. In his new role, Curley will spearhead the Atlanta-based firm’s student housing operations. He will also play a pivotal role in developing leaders, driving growth and maximizing value and profitability for the Student Quarters portfolio. Curley previously held leadership positions with Premier Property Management and The Scion Group. “We are excited to welcome Bryan as he embarks on this exciting journey with the SQuad,” says CEO and President Andy Feinour. “His background and leadership philosophy align perfectly …

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Macon, Ga. —  Argus Eyed Partners and Sierra Property Management have rebranded as AREY Group. The fully integrated real estate platform will be focused on development and acquisitions, and will offer asset and property management services. The Macon, Georgia-based company has completed over 2 million square feet of multifamily and commercial development on institutional campuses. AREY has also developed and manages over 2,000 student housing and multifamily units across the Southeast. 

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Brian-Mayer

Austin, Texas — American Campus Communities has hired Brian Mayer to the role of chief operating officer. In his new position, Mayer will work alongside the Austin, Texas-based company’s executive team to evolve its operating platform, and introduce solutions that improve property performance and enhance resident experience. Mayer has nearly 30 years of operational experience in the hospitality and multifamily sectors, most recently serving as president of Related Management. Before that, Mayer held the position of executive vice president of operations for HEI Hotels & Resorts, where he oversaw a portfolio of 70 …

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Dan-Barry

Austin, Texas — American Campus Communities has announced three promotions to leadership positions within the organization. Dan Barry has been promoted to senior vice president of facilities operations. In his new position, Barry will lead the Austin, Texas-based firm’s facilities team with a focus on quality assurance and systems efficiencies. He joined the company in 2012 and most recently served as senior regional vice president.  Christy Owen has been promoted to vice president of property operations. In her new role, Owen will help serve properties and redefine residence life across the …

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Trinitas

Lafayette, Ind. — Trinitas Ventures has hired Julia Watson and Brett Hill to leadership positions. Julia Watson has been hired to the role of executive vice president of property management. In her new position, she will lead the Lafayette, Indiana-based firm’s property management strategy and operations. She brings over 22 years of experience in the multifamily industry to the position. She most recently served as senior vice president for an undisclosed management firm.  Brett Hill will serve as senior vice president of capital markets. In his new position, Hill will be …

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