President - CA Student Living
As President of CA Student Living, JJ is responsible for creating the vision, product and roadmap to execute the firm’s strategic plans. JJ drives platform growth by incubating and executing a robust pipeline of new investment and development opportunities. He is responsible for portfolio growth of net asset values and achieves this by optimizing property financials through hands-on revenue management and detailed expense control.
An architect by background but equipped with an MBA in real estate finance, JJ has overseen nearly $5.0B in new development for CA since 2007, including about 100 projects and nearly 20 million square feet of buildings, 40,000 beds of student housing, over 500k square feet of retail and over 250 hotel keys and the creation of all new business units.
JJ also serves as Principal for CA Ventures and provides development and construction oversight for CA Senior Living, CA Residential, CA Retail & Hospitality and CA International business units as well as serves on the CA Ventures Investment Committee. Since joining CA in 2007, JJ has helped manage the explosive company and portfolio growth while building the corporate support functions that enhance the scalability of CA’s platforms and further integrate consistent systems across business departments.
JJ holds a BS in Architecture and a MBA in Real Estate and Finance from University of Illinois. He was selected as a 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business and also RE Forum nationally.
Chief Development Officer
As Chief Development Officer of CA Ventures, Sean is responsible for leading all development and construction activities across CA’s Student Living, Senior Housing and Multifamily verticals.
Sean plays an active role in determining CA’s risk management, pre-development, entitlement and construction implementation strategies – bringing this comprehensive perspective as a member of CA Ventures Investment Committee.
Sean’s leadership role includes bridging the acquisitions, development and construction teams to support interdepartmental collaboration and efficiency in a continual effort to integrate consistent implementation protocol and delivery quality to all CA developments.
During Sean’s 20+ year development career, he has been involved with over 10MM square feet of industrial, 2MM square feet of office, 500K square feet of retail and over 2,500 units of multifamily and student housing development.
Immediately prior to joining CA, Sean was the Vice President and General Manager of Opus Development Company, where he managed development and construction initiatives across all sectors – including multifamily, industrial, office, retail as well as led Opus’ national student housing development platform.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Purdue University. In addition, Sean serves on Purdue University’s Presidential Council, Purdue University’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board and is a board member for Catholic Charities of Chicago.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Radis is the Chief Financial Officer of CA Student Living. Mark is responsible for corporate and property level accounting, financial reporting, investor reporting and financial planning. In addition, Mark works with CA property and development teams to help optimize each projects’ financial returns.
Prior to joining CA, Mark spent 15 years with Walton Street Capital where he was the controller across several different real estate funds totaling over $2 Billion asset value.
Earlier in his career, Mark was a senior manager in the real estate practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC.
Mark graduated from The University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Executive VP - Investments
Brian serves as Executive Vice President of Investments and leads the firm’s student housing investment strategy consisting of both acquisitions and development. Additionally, he focuses on sourcing, securing, and closing investments and joint ventures across the US. His approach and vision are drawn from 18 years of experience within the student housing sector working with various operators and investment management firms.
Prior to joining CA, Brian began his career as an analyst with GMH Communities Trust, a developer and owner of student housing that was sold to American Campus Communities in 2008. He subsequently spent nine years as senior vice president at Harrison Street Real Estate Capital.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.
Executive VP - Campus Partnerships
As Executive Vice President of CA Public Private Partnerships, Peter delivers the strength and resources from CA Ventures’ diverse, cross-sector portfolio to the public sector. Under Peter’s leadership, the CA Public Private Partnerships team partners with educational institutions, governmental agencies, and research parks in the development, finance, operations, and asset management of complex, off-template, mixed-use projects.
Peter joined CA Ventures from Washington, D.C.- based program management firm Brailsford & Dunlavey Inc., where he most recently served as Vice President of Public-Private Partnerships. During his nearly 12 years at the company, Peter was instrumental in
growing the firm’s national practice by establishing new lines of business and serving as a development adviser and program manager on more than 100 projects at more than 70 institutions. In that capacity, Peter led the planning, design, financing, construction and operation of developments valued at nearly $2.5 billion, including large-scale public-private partnerships with a mix of uses.
Peter has extensive experience helping universities optimize real estate solutions across a range of asset types, including student housing, faculty and staff housing, hospitality, retail, office, recreation, student unions, entertainment venues, and life science facilities. Peter’s experience with the development of multiple asset types has led to bundled, mixed-use solutions that often include complex multi-site or multi-phased development and that incorporate coordination and approval from multiple public stakeholders.
A recognized leader in the public-private partnership market, Peter has been a regular contributor and subject matter expert for the P3 industry, serving as a presenter, author, moderator, and panelist for organizations such as NACUBO, ACUHO, SCUP, ACUI,
NACAS, NASPA, P3C, Academic Impressions, and Student Housing Business, among others.
Peter has also been the recipient of several awards, including being named a “20 Under 40” recipient by Engineering News Record and a “40 Under 40” recipient by Building Design + Construction. Peter is also a regular judge for the Building Design + Construction Team Building Awards, the Student Housing Business Student Housing Innovator Awards, and the P3 Bulletin P3 Awards.
Peter holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Senior VP - Asset Management
Michael Weiss serves as Senior Vice President of Asset Management, overseeing the CA Student Living’s domestic and international vertical. Michael is focused on setting and executing on asset strategy, portfolio initiatives, evaluating investment performance, and investor relations.
Prior to CA Ventures, Michael was Vice President at Richland Residential / Campus360 where he was responsible for launching and growing their student housing platform. Michael has a BA of Political Science from the University of Michigan.