About CLS

Campus Life & Style’s mission is to provide an unparalleled resident experience and workplace environment. We strive to create value through building a team of passionate individuals, a commitment to a positive company culture, and delivering groundbreaking style and design.

 

CLSLeadership

Elliot J. Tamir
Co-Founder and Chairman

Elliot J. Tamir

With more than twenty-five years in the real estate business, Mr. Tamir’s experience is invaluable to the company’s continued pursuit of real estate investments nationwide. Mr. Tamir co-founded Campus Life & Style in 2015 with the goal to assemble a team of highly passionate and motivated individuals that will create tremendous value for its real estate portfolio by producing an unparalleled resident experience, a best in class workplace environment, a positive and sustained company culture & groundbreaking style and design. Mr. Tamir’s keen operational and construction knowledge, coupled with his exceptional management style will assure optimal performance throughout the portfolio.

Isaac J. Sitt
Co-Founder and Chairman

Isaac J. Sitt

Mr. Sitt co-­founded Campus Life & Style. He oversees all property acquisitions and focuses on private equity real estate investments in both commercial and residential properties. He directs all debt and equity placements for the company. Throughout his career, Mr. Sitt has invested in, developed and managed retail and residential real estate. He utilizes an in-depth understanding of the industry to lead the company in acquiring its rapidly expanding portfolio of student housing assets located throughout the country. He is a graduate of the NYU Stern School of Business and sits on the boards of several charitable institutions.

Jim Sholders
Chief Executive Officer

Jim Sholders

Mr. Sholders brings more than 30 years in student housing property management experience to his role as CEO at Campus Life & Style. Before CLS, Mr. Sholders started his career with 12 years of site­ level student property management experience and ultimately became Senior Vice President of Management Services for American Campus Communities in 2005. As SVP, Mr. Sholders was responsible for the overall fiscal operations, asset management, leasing and personnel supervision for a 170 property portfolio of owned properties.

Dan Shoepe
Chief Operating Officer

Dan Shoepe

Mr. Shoepe brings more than nineteen years of student housing property management experience to his role as COO. He started his career by holding various on­ site positions as Leasing Manager, General Manager and Area Manager. Before joining CLS, Mr. Shoepe served as a Regional Manager and then for seven years as Regional Vice President for American Campus Communities, where he was responsible for overall fiscal operations, physical asset management, leasing of assets and personnel administration for a 35­ property portfolio of owned properties.

Joseph Hughes
Chief Financial Officer

Joseph Hughes

Mr. Hughes brings more than a decade of student housing experience to his role as Chief Financial Officer at Campus Life & Style. He comes to CLS from American Campus Communities, where he began his career as a financial analyst and progressed to the Head of FP&A responsible for public reporting metrics and analysis as well as all budgeting and forecasting for over 200 owned and managed communities. In addition to his FP&A role he also brings site ­level experience having served as a Regional Manager with ACC.

Jessica Nix
Chief Marketing Officer

Jessica Nix

Mrs. Nix brings more than 20 years of student housing experience to her role as CMO at Campus Life & Style. Before joining the CLS team, Mrs. Nix launched her own business, JNix Consulting, where she provided executive strategies for marketing, community positioning, market analysis and student ­centric lease ­up plans for all property types. Mrs. Nix began her career as a community advisor and climbed the ranks to VP of Marketing at Peak Campus Management, the second largest third­ party student housing management company in the country.

Santiago Quiroz, Jr.
Senior Vice President of Facilities and Construction

Santiago Quiroz, Jr.

Santiago Quiroz, Jr. serves as SVP of Facilities and Construction for Campus Life & Style.  Mr. Quiroz has over 20 years of experience in maintenance operations, asset preservation, capital planning  and project management since starting his career as a maintenance technician in 1992.  Before joining the CLS team, Mr. Quiroz served as District Maintenance Director for Holiday Retirement, a position he held from 2003 to 2015. Mr. Quiroz managed Holiday’s multi state portfolio where his vast responsibilities included oversite and management of all corporate maintenance programs, initiatives and protocols for the properties including asset preservation, regulatory compliance in relation to state surveys, and safety.

Geary Dancy
Senior Vice President of Operations

Geary Dancy

Geary Dancy serves as SVP of Operations at Campus Life & Style where he is responsible for all aspects of the portfolio’s operations. Before joining CLS, Mr. Dancy served as Regional Manager for ACC for four years. As Regional Manager, he was responsible for all aspects of operations for a portfolio of ACC owned assets. His responsibilities included overseeing all day-to-day operations and supervising a site level staff of General Managers, Assistant General Managers, Leasing Managers, Account Managers, and Maintenance Supervisors. During his tenure in this role his primary responsibility was to ensure maximum NOI by optimizing income and occupancy, while reducing operating expenses. Mr. Dancy also put a strong focus on training his site teams to ensure development and promotion from within the company, a practice that will continue at CLS. Mr. Dancy originally started with ACC in 2008 as a General Manager and was quickly promoted to Area Manager. Prior to joining ACC, Mr. Dancy spent seven years with Internacional Realty working with the student housing division of the company. During his time with Internacional Realty he held the positions of Community Assistant, Leasing Manager, Bookkeeper, Assistant General Manager and General Manager.

Michael Ledet
Vice President of Property Accounting

Michael Ledet

Mr. Ledet brings more than 14 years of student housing accounting experience to his role as Vice President of Property Accounting at Campus Life & Style. He comes to CLS from American Campus Communities, where he began his career as a Property Accountant progressing to Director of Property Accounting. He led a team of four Accountants that oversaw all aspects of financial reporting for a portfolio of owned and managed assets. In addition to his Accounting role he collaborated with a team to test, implement and write procedures for reporting tools and software which increased efficiency within the company.

Robert Ferrara
Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis

Robert Ferrara

Robert Ferrara serves as the Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis for Campus Life & Style. His career covers over fifteen years of financial and asset management activities including over ten years with national student housing management and development companies.

Mr. Ferrara he has been involved in the acquisition and asset management of over 60,000 student housing beds and a total of $4 billion in value of real estate assets. Prior to CLS, he was Director of Asset Management for Campus Realty Advisors in Atlanta, GA. He has also been in asset management and FP&A positions overseeing student housing portfolios with American Campus Communities, Capstone Real Estate Investments and Capstone On-Campus Management.

Mr. Ferrara received his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Alabama-Birmingham and his Masters of Real Estate Development from Auburn University.

Heather Tobey
Vice President of Operational Systems & Support

Heather Tobey

Heather Tobey brings more than 20 years of accounting and systems experience to her role as Vice President of Operational Systems & Support at Campus Life & Style.

Before joining the CLS team, Mrs. Toby was an Accounts Payable Supervisor at American Campus Communities. At CLS, Mrs. Toby leads several teams to include HR/Payroll, in-house Utility Billing Services, Accounts Payable, and the in-house Support System. She also manages the transition process for all for new assets and dispositions undertaken by CLS by acting as liaison between all relevant parties.

Travis W. Downing
Vice President, Controller

Travis W. Downing

Travis W. Downing serves as Vice President, Controller for Campus Life & Style and specializes in tax & financial strategy, financial reporting, and treasury management.

After completing his graduate degree from St. Edward’s University, Mr. Downing began his professional career working in taxation – specializing in tax return preparation, strategy, and consulting. With the explosive growth of the real estate market in Austin, Texas, he soon found himself working within the private equity real estate investment and management arena. He began working in commercial real estate and eventually moved on to multifamily assets.

After gaining invaluable accounting experience in commercial and multifamily niches, Mr. Downing was hired to work for a real estate developer, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the businesses’ financial operations.

Mr. Downing has a proven track record of success in executive leadership roles with over ten years of finance & accounting experience in real estate-related businesses. As a creative problem-solver, he is adept in strategic management and proactive and collaborative as a leader. Ensuring top-quality results in situations requiring adaptability and decisiveness to succeed. Mr. Downing is a licensed tax professional specializing in real estate partnerships, holds a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in accounting from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.