ABOUT
Stephen Bus Managing Principal

Mr. Bus has 18 years experience in residential and commercial development and acquisitions, with 10+ years experience in student housing and university-related real estate. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Development for CA Ventures (formerly Campus Acquistions, nka CA Student Living) and originated/sourced, acquired, structured, entitled, and/or ran pre-con and construction management for over $500MM in student housing projects. He was also Chief Development Officer for Akara Partners, a boutique market-rate apartment developer in Chicago, where he oversaw transit-oriented developments such as 500 N Milwaukee, 830 N Milwaukee, and 707 N Wells. Prior, Mr. Bus ran Meridian Capital Partners/Meridian Development Partners focused on various suburban land developments. Steve has an MBA in Finance & Real Estate from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, an MS in Civil-Structural Engineering from University of Illinois, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.

David Ariola Project Management

Mr. Ariola manages the construction and project delivery for select Up Campus projects. He has personally managed development projects, from multi-family high-rise to industrial, valued at over $1B as well as provided real estate transaction support and project delivery to clients such as MB Financial Bank. He served as Commissioner and Secretary of the City of Chicago Community Development Commission and has a comprehensive understanding of public incentive programs such as TIF and tax credits. Dave has an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois, and holds the SIOR designation.

Christopher McPartlin Asset Management

Mr. McPartlin handles asset management for value-add acquisitions and new development projects for Up Campus. He managed the turn-around efforts for a 400-unit portfolio of affordable multi-family properties, including rebranding, renovations, capital improvements, sub-contract management, GSA refinance, and investor reporting. He has deep experience in modular furniture solutions for both rental apartments and office users through many years with a large office furniture distributor and constructed over $50MM of semi-custom single family homes. Chris has BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from the University of Illinois.

Ryan Garrity Accounting Manager

Mr. Garrity handles accounting, bookkeeping and investor reporting for Up Campus. He had 5 years of experience in a role as accounting manager prior to joining Up Campus. He was formerly accounting Manager of a long-term care pharmacy in Skokie, IL. There he managed a staff while maintaining the integrity of the financials produced by establishing P&Ps that reduced internal control risk and aligned with company goals. Additionally, he assisted in key FP&A projects of the organization. Ryan has a B.A. in Economics from Northeastern Illinois University.

Randall W. Bus Advisory Board

Mr. Bus is the CEO of CEMCON, Ltd, a full-service civil engineering, land surveying, and development consulting firm, and, along with the 50-man team at CEMCON, provides Up Campus with strategic oversight and input on early site due diligence.