Chicago — The Scion Group has hired Kenneth Funk as senior vice president of operations. Prior to joining The Scion Group, Funk worked as senior vice president of operations for Great Wolf Resorts and vice president of Walt Disney Theme Parks Strategic Planning.
“Scion’s operating platform is already among the strongest and most sophisticated in the student housing industry,” says Robert Bronstein, president of The Scion Group. “But we recognize that our nascent sector needs to look much more broadly to learn from what’s truly the state-of-the-art of for complex real estate operations.”
“For many reasons, including the usage of technology and data, as well as the intense focus on customer experience, hospitality is arguably the most exciting and relevant,” he continues. “Therefore, finding an executive with such a background was critical to Scion. With 35 years of operations experience, including over 20 years as an executive at The Walt Disney Company, Kenny brings the knowledge and experience to take Scion to a completely new level.”
Upon the completion of pending acquisitions this year, the Chicago-based company’s property operations will total 119 communities and 1,600 staff members across 34 states and 74 college markets.