As I look back over the last 12 years, I am extremely grateful for all of the hard work put forth by our dedicated team members. We have experienced tremendous growth as a company — establishing roots in third-party management, expanding into property acquisition, adding development to our portfolio of services, and consulting with universities and properties both domestically and internationally. As we embark on this, our 13th year, we look forward to further success and continuing our mission — to lead the world in creating fi nancially successful communities that excel in providing rewarding living, learning, and career experiences.
Growth such as ours presents opportunities to strengthen current staff members and assist them in “building their bench.” Each year we welcome our employees from all over the country for our annual General Manager’s Conference held here in Austin, Texas. It is an exciting time for the company as employees come together and share their own experiences to help one another grow and thrive within this industry. We are all reminded of the hard work that goes into managing each property in our portfolio and recognize those exceptional efforts.
Our growth trend continues into 2015 as we have recently welcomed five new properties to our family. We look forward to this introduction to the Reno, Nevada, Huntsville, Texas and Shippensburg, Pennsylvania markets. We are also thrilled to be expanding our family of properties in North Carolina with newly awarded management opportunities in Charlotte. As we approach the launch of Success Week in April, we look forward to introducing the Campus Advantage Students First™ Program at these new property additions. With growth comes new and exciting opportunities, and this summer Campus Advantage will be inviting interns to our corporate offi ce as part of our ongoing goal to provide living, learning, and career experiences to both employees of Campus Advantage properties. I look forward to the fresh ideas and new perspective they will bring to our company.
These are a few of the many initiatives underway for 2015. We look forward to even more opportunities for growth and innovation as we embark on our second quarter goals. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year holds for Campus Advantage.
President and CEO
CAMPUS ADVANTAGE ANNUAL GM CONFERENCE PREPARES CA TEAM FOR GROWTH
On February 9, 2015 Campus Advantage kicked off the annual, week long General Manager’s Conference held in Austin, Texas. This year’s theme, “Build Your Bench,” focused on strengthening leadership skills, identifying top skills of team members, and recruiting employees to continue growing teams for future opportunities. The theme focused on the importance of having a strong ”bench” to meet and exceed goals put forth by the company. The conference highlighted Campus Advantage’s mission, vision, and purpose, allowing new team members to experience the values of the company as they captured moments using the hashtag #CAMVP2015.
THE THEME FOCUSED ON THE
IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A STRONG
“BENCH” TO MEET AND EXCEED GOALS.
Individual training sessions covered key topics such as leasing and marketing, risk management, property health, and personality assessments. Individuals evaluated their personality styles and learned how best to communicate with team members of different personality types.
Other events from the conference included an outing to Alamo Drafthouse for a screening of Office Space and a trivia contest. The group was then challenged in a team building exercise that required groups to work together to build a bridge out of cardboard and tape. Each team was assigned a captain and given plans to build one part of a five-section cardboard bridge. Once the bridge was fully assembled, we witnessed the power of teamwork as a golf cart was driven successfully across it.
The conference concluded on February 12 with the 8th annual CAmmy Awards, planned by our corporate MOJO team. This annual event brings together corporate employees and general managers to recognize our properties for achieving resident retention goals, 100% occupancy, achievement in philanthropy, and so much more (see a full list of awards and winners here).
The annual conference is always a highlight for Campus Advantage as a whole, and we look forward to seeing all of our attendees put their new training into action.
PROPERTY SPOTLIGHT: THE KNOX
Campus Advantage’s newest student housing development project, The Knox, broke ground this quarter. The Knoxville, Tennessee property will serve students at the University of Tennessee beginning in the Fall of 2016, and will bring an additional 382 beds to the market. Holli Ahiers, the new general manager, is preparing for the opening of the temporary leasing space.
In addition to offering upscale three-, four-, and five-bedroom apartments, The Knox will feature unmatched amenities in the market, including our signature Students First™ Program, and an outdoor roof-top deck with an outdoor theater area, hot tubs, grills, hammocks, and more.
The Knox will offer students the closest housing option to the University of Tennessee at less than 100 feet from campus. Residents will enjoy a short walk to class while many of the other properties in the area are more than two miles from campus.
Learn more about The Knox and keep an eye out for additional updates on the construction progress at livetheknox.com!
SUCCESS WEEK TO SUPPORT CAMPUS ADVANTAGE’S MVP
At Campus Advantage it is our mission to excel in providing rewarding living, learning, and career experiences and we will further deliver on this promise with Success Week, April 13 – 16. This company-wide week of programming is designed to ensure that residents who choose to live at Campus Advantage communities will have more opportunities to achieve success both now and in the future by focusing on three key areas: living, learning, and career.
Success Week will be a week of national events dedicated to our residents’ social, intellectual, and professional growth. Our goal is to provide experiences directly related to building the soft skills that employers are looking for in college graduates. This week will include events such as academic success seminars, résumé workshops, mock job interviews, and social and networking events, all in an effort to give residents a well-rounded experience and to set them up for success.
SUCCESS WEEK FOCUSES ON SUCCESS
IN THREE KEY AREAS:
LIVING, LEARNING, AND CAREER.
We are proud to put our residents first, and will continue to strive to achieve our brand promise of creating an experience that is hassle-free, a great value, and fun.
In support of the Students First™ Program, Success Week will further the Campus Advantage mission, vision, and purpose to serve and inspire our employees and residents so they can achieve their full potential.
CAMPUS ADVANTAGE WELCOMES FIVE NEW PROPERTIES
Campus Advantage has acquired two new student housing communities in new markets and has added three new properties to our third-party management portfolio. This exciting introduction to new and familiar markets sets the tone for our continued growth, and we look forward to watching the success of each of these properties.
REPUBLIC AT SAM HOUSTON (WWW.LIVEATREPUBLIC.COM)
Formerly University House – Lake Road, Republic at Sam Houston was acquired as a core investment strategy for Campus Advantage and offers studio, one-, two-, and four-bedroom apartments to the Huntsville market.
• Caters to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas
• 687 beds
THE HIGHLANDS (WWW.LIVEHIGHLANDS.COM)
The Highlands brings Campus Advantage to the state of Nevada and is a Core+ investment for the company. The property offers outstanding views of downtown Reno, and we expect to make several capital upgrades to it for continued success.
• Caters to the University of Nevada – Reno in Reno, Nevada
• 732 beds
FLATS AT MALLARD CREEK (WWW.THEFLATSATMALLARDCREEK.COM)
The Flats at Mallard Creek offers modern two-, three-, and four-bedroom units just 0.3 miles from campus.
• Caters to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina
• 386 beds
FLATS AT CAMPUS POINTE (WWW.THEFLATSATCAMPUSPOINTE.COM)
The Flats at Campus Pointe, built in 2012, offers UNC-C students an ecofriendly student housing option just one mile from campus.
• Caters to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina
• 183 beds
BARD TOWNHOUSES (WWW.BARDTOWNHOUSES.COM)
The Campus Advantage team adds this asset to its management portfolio and will work to identify and deliver signifi cant capital improvements. The property sits on a dedicated walking path to campus.
• Caters to Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
• 458 beds
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CAMMYS
Josh Greenleaf is an integral part of the acquisitions team and was a driving force in helping Campus Advantage close on a record number of properties last year. It is Josh’s role to conduct countless hours of research and perform due diligence on properties before they are acquired, and his tireless efforts have allowed the company to double our joint venture portfolio. We can’t wait to watch as Josh continues to help us grow the company with his outstanding behind- the- scenes efforts.
Few people embody the Campus Advantage core value of passion like Ashley Deli. Ashley has been with Campus Advantage for nine years and is a key component of the Leasing & Marketing department. In addition to supporting properties with training and frequent webinars, Ashley sees that all of our leasing reports are correct and complete on a weekly basis. No matter what the task, Ashley is happy to take it on with a smile and remain upbeat. As Ashley enters her 10th year with the company, we are excited to see her continue to bring 110% effort to all that she does.
If there is anyone who takes her job and her work seriously, but not herself, it is Jennifer Cassidy (see her lipsync video from our annual GM Conference). Jenn is Vice President of Management Services but on a day-to-day basis she is in the trenches to help with any and every need her properties may have. Jenn’s outgoing personality and charm go a long way to helping all of her team feel like a family, and her support is unmatched. As her award suggests, everything is awesome when you’re part of Jenn’s team. Congratulations, Jenn!
Congratulations to Our Employees
The following people are celebrating anniversaries with the company. We’re proud to have them as part of the Campus Advantage family and thank them for their service.
Richard Schmidt II
AVAILABLE POSITIONS AT CAMPUS ADVANTAGE
We are always looking for bright new members to add to our team. See below a list of open positions at both our corporate and property levels. For more information, please visit www.campusadv.com/careers.
Strategic Solutions Manager, Corporate – Catalyst, Austin, TX
Floating Property Manager, Corporate – Location Flexible
Campus Advantage Corporate Intern, Corporate Headquarters – Austin, TX
Financial Analyst Intern, Corporate Headquarters – Austin, TX
Porter, Arcadia – Charlotte, NC
Part-Time Maintenance Technician, Bloom – Bloomington, IN
Resident Director, Campus Pointe – Kent, OH
Maintenance Technician, Fairway View – Baton Rouge, LA
Maintenance Supervisor, Fifty Twenty Five – San Diego, CA
Porter, Fifty Twenty Five – San Diego, CA
Maintenance Supervisor, Islander Village – Corpus Christi, TX
Maintenance Technician, Islander Village – Corpus Christi, TX
Maintenance Technician, Northgate Lakes – Oviedo, FL
Part-Time Porter, Red Mile Village – Lexington, KY
Maintenance Technician, Shadowood – Chapel Hill, NC
Resident Director, Sterling Park – Greensboro, NC
Leasing Manager, Sunstone – Chapel Hill, NC
Maintenance Technician, The District on Luther – College Station, TX
Assistant General Manager, The Flats at Mallard Creek – Charlotte, NC
Maintenance Technician, The Flats at Mallard Creek – Charlotte, NC
General Manager, The Park at 1824 – Milwaukee, WI
Part-Time Leasing Agent, The Park at 1824 – Milwaukee, WI
Part-Time Maintenance Technician, The Park at 1824 – Milwaukee, WI
Maintenance Supervisor, Titan Court – Eugene, OR
General Manager, University Crossing – Manhattan, KS
Maintenance Technician, West 22 – Kennesaw, GA