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.
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.
Mr. Dies leads the acquisition and underwriting for new student housing, multifamily, and mixed-use development opportunities for Up Campus. Prior to Up Campus, David was Vice President at Newcastle Limited (2012-2018) where he facilitated the acquisition, redevelopment and development of over $350 million in multifamily, retail and mixed-use properties (600+ apartment units and 250,000+ square feet of retail) in downtown Chicago. Prior to Newcastle Limited, David worked at Hometown America (2008 2011) where he facilitated the acquisition and financing of manufactured housing communities ($234 million total investment) in over 20 states. David has a BA in Business Economics from Brown University.
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.
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.