Industry Mourns Passing of Tom Keenan

by Katie Sloan

Thomas Keenan, who helped many off-campus student housing developers locate sites throughout the country, passed away on September 15, 2016, after battling cancer.

Tom Keenan served as president of Phoenix-based Keenan & Company, which he operated with his sons, Kevin Keenan and Ryan Dyer, and daughter, Shawn Ducusin. Many clients in the student housing business regarded his site selection capabilities second-to-none in the industry.

Among Keenan & Company’s student housing clients are Capstone Collegiate Communities, Landmark Properties, CA Ventures, Gilbane Development and Texla Housing Partners. The firm’s capabilities reach well beyond student housing, to restaurants, mixed-use, retail and theater properties.

“Tom was a one of a kind individual and arguably the best land guy in our business without a doubt,” said Roger Phillips, CEO of Texla Housing Partners.

Keenan is survived by his wife, Cheryl Ballard-Dyer Keenan, four children, eight grandchildren, three brothers and a sister, as well as many friends in the student housing industry.

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