Student Housing Business

MAY-JUN 2018

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Page 77 of 88 May/June 2018 77 INTERFACE CONFERENCE SILVER SPONSORS: GOLD SPONSORS: Cardinal Group C O M P A N I E S Communities, and two different portfolio acquisitions by The Scion Group, GIC and CPPIB. He then questioned the panel on the impact of these large portfolio transactions on the sector, and on whether or not they foresee continued industry consolidation. "We strongly prefer buying port- folios for a litany of reasons, includ- ing that operationally, it's a lot more attractive to onboard significant portfolios at once as opposed to piecemeal," said Robert Bronstein, president and co-founder of The Scion Group. "We're absolutely con- tinuing to pursue them." After a brief networking break, the conference picked back up with concurrent sessions on topics rang- ing from the state of student hous- ing development and the challenges and opportunities in today's devel- opment environment, to leasing and marketing better than the competi- tion, an investment market update and the current state of technology and where it is headed. Following a networking luncheon, attendees reconvened in the main ballroom for a session titled "State of the Industry: An Investment, Development, Financing, Leasing & Operations Assessment," moder- ated by Bob Clark, CEO of Peak Campus. Industry experts who joined in the discussion included Harrison Street Real Estate Capital Director Barrett Lowell; Donna Preiss, found- er and CEO of The Preiss Company; Timothy Bradley, founder and principal of TSB Capital Advisors; Marc Lifshin, managing partner of Core Spaces; and Ryan Lang, exec- utive managing director of ARA Newmark. In total, InterFace Student Housing included 23 panel sessions featuring over 125 speakers. The event also offered "Speed Networking" and 26 InterFace+ Info Roundtables, as well as the SHB Open Golf Outing and the 8th annual SHB Innovator Awards. "This year's conference offered both great content and industry education as well as a wealth of net- working opportunities," comment- ed SHB Publisher Richard Kelley. "We can't wait to see everyone again next April for the 11th annual InterFace Student Housing!" SHB Save the Date: Next Year's InterFace Student Housing will take place April 8-10, 2019

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