The Right Choice
Since 2003, Campus Advantage has proudly led the industry in property management, real estate investment management, acquisitions, development and consulting. While our success is built on decades of experience in every aspect of the industry, it’s our team that creates the true advantage. We’re proud to introduce you to a few of the faces that leverage their innovation, knowledge, and talent to create better student living experiences every single day.
Mike Peter, President and CEO | 24 years of experience
Beth Pinder, Chief Operating Officer | 20 years of experience
Michael Orsak, Senior Vice President of Investments | 22 years of experience
Theresa Sopata, Vice President of Business Development | 15 years of experience
Dan Oltersdorf, Chief Learning Officer | 22 years of experience
Lindsay Brown, Senior Vice President of Leasing | 14 years of experience
Adam Yarber, Director of Resident Experience | 13 years of experience
President and CEO | 24 years of experience
Mike is the founder of Campus Advantage and serves as its President and CEO. He is responsible for all strategic planning and financial operations. Mike initiates new and maintains existing relationships with colleges, universities, private owners, and allied business partners.
Mike began his career in student housing in the mid-1980s rising from Resident Assistant to Resident Director and, quickly, to Manager for Allen & O’Hara in Wisconsin and California. Mike then served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the West Indies before returning to earn a Law Degree at top ranked University of Minnesota. He returned to student housing full-time in 1997 as the Director of On-Campus Business Development for American Campus Communities.
Mike was a National Communications Coordinator (NCC) for the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), and is an active professional member of the Association of College and University Housing Ocers-International (ACUHO-I), National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), and the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS). Mike has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Operating Officer | 20 years of experience
Beth Pinder joined Campus Advantage as Chief Operating Officer in 2021. As COO, Beth leads the Management Services division and oversees the operations of the company’s portfolios. Beth came to us from CA Ventures where she served as COO of CA Management Services. In that role, Beth oversaw the development of a vertically integrated PM platform (CA Management Services). She has successfully built teams and launched offices in South America and Europe and provided leasing and operations oversight to a portfolio consisting of 23,945 beds in US, South America, and Europe. In addition, she guided objectives from initial planning to delivery of 13,980 beds to ensure all aspects of the projects met operational guidelines. Beth has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and has a passion and expertise in sales, marketing, training, revenue management, new development, turnover processes, stabilization, and on-site operations.
Senior Vice President of Investments | 22 years of experience
Michael is charged with the execution of Investment Services for Campus Advantage. This entails the evaluation and analysis of potential investments – both real estate and corporate investments. Mr. Orsak supervises the processes of investment and acquisition, from consideration and evaluation, through underwriting, contract negotiations, and due diligence, to closing, including securing debt and equity. Additionally, Michael works with Campus Advantage’s Development Services division to evaluate potential development opportunities and oversees securing debt and equity on these transactions as well.
Michael has been active in real estate for 15 years with versatile experience in student housing development, acquisition, and asset management. Prior to joining Campus Advantage, Michael held the role of Assistant Vice President for GMH Communities Trust, acquiring properties for College Park Communities in its student housing division. Prior to GMH, he held the Director of Investment position at American Campus Communities. He has participated in evaluating over $10 billion in potential investments and closed on over $1.8 billion, encompassing over 45,000 beds.
Vice President of Business Development and Client Relations | 15 years of experience
Theresa Sopata joined the company in January of 2021 and maintains management oversight and identification of all new business opportunities. She is also responsible for establishing and nurturing client and investor relationships. She has nearly 15 years of successful property management and business development experience that includes student housing, multi-family, commercial and new developments. Prior to joining Campus Advantage, Theresa served as Director of Client Services at Greystar where she was responsible for facilitating key communication with clients to drive portfolio growth, assisting clients with their strategies for asset renovation, consulting on lease-up assets, tracking changing market conditions, and tracking new management technologies. Theresa received a bachelor’s degree in individual and family studies from Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is currently a CPM candidate with the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Chief Learning Officer | 22 years of experience
Dan is responsible for the development of Students First™, Campus Advantage’s cutting-edge residence life program, resources, and training materials. He is responsible for the training and supervision of all residence life staff and maintaining the continued development of online and print resources for our Residence Life and Higher Education materials. He is also instrumental in the coordination of Campus Advantage’s training initiatives across the portfolio.
Dan is known internationally as a leader in the field of residence life. He is the founder of the well-known website, ResidentAssistant.com, which consists of thousands of pages of ideas, advice, and resources, and is utilized by college and university housing staff around the world. Dan is a published author of two books and has been featured in numerous online and print publications. He is regularly featured as a keynote speaker at student leadership and student housing industry conferences.
Dan received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Adolescent Development from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Higher Education with a minor in Group Training and Development from Florida State University. He is also an Accredited Residential Manager with the Institute of Real Estate Management and is actively involved in leadership positions with the National Apartment Association (NAA) and Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I).
Senior Vice President of Leasing | 14 years of experience
Lindsay Brown joined Campus Advantage in 2017 as Vice President of Leasing, where she oversees the Leasing Department as well as all leasing activity across the Campus Advantage property portfolio. She brings more than 14 years of marketing and leasing experience in the student housing industry.
Prior to joining Campus Advantage, Lindsay served as Director of Marketing at Asset Campus Housing, where she was responsible for creating and implementing all marketing initiatives for more than 210 properties and more than 112,000 beds across the United States. Her experience includes large-scale implementation of marketing campaigns across a portfolio of properties; developing training in customer service, leasing, and resident retention; and finding solutions to increase traffic to communities.
Lindsay received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida.
Director of Resident Experience | 13 years of experience
Adam joined Campus Advantage in 2016, and currently serves as Director of Resident Experience, where he oversees the Experience Department with Customer Service and Residence Life being the main focus. Adam brings more than 13 years of residence life and leasing experience in the student housing industry.
Prior to joining Campus Advantage, Adam served in various roles at American Campus Communities. His experience includes Customer Experience and Service, Event Planning, Leasing, Next Gen Management, Branding, Marketing and Leadership. Adam’s passion for creating exceptional resident experiences is evident in everything and shows with his record of success and attention to detail.
Adam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Adolescent Development and Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and is and avid fan of Disney and Lego.
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