Team

MANAGING PARTNERS

STEPHEN G. BUS MANAGING PARTNER


Mr. Bus has over 20 years of experience in real estate and has developed and acquired over $1.5 billion in student housing, multifamily housing, and single family residential across the US. Prior to forming Thesis Living with Nishant, in 2015, Steve founded Up Campus, a student housing operator that has completed over $650 million of projects over the last 5 years, Up Campus is the “student housing vertical” within Thesis Living. Mr. Bus was an early joint-venture partner with CA Ventures and completed over $600 million in developments over a 9-year span with CA Ventures.

Steve has an MBA 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.

NISHANT BAKAYA MANAGING PARTNER


Mr. Bakaya has over 20 years of experience in real estate. Prior to formingThesis Living, Nishant was Chief Investment Officer at CA Ventures – where he oversaw over $10 billion of real estate investments across asset classes partnering with institutional investors including Quadreal, Goldman Sachs, DWS, Mitsubishi and Prudential. Prior to CA Ventures Nishant was Co-Head of Evercore’s (NYSE: EVR) Real Estate Private Capital Group. Prior to that he had roles at UBS and JPMorgan.

Nishant has an MBA (hons) from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business and a BA in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College.


SENIOR TEAM MEMBERS

CHRISTOPHER MCPARTLIN CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – CORPORATE


  • 15+ years of experience
  • Prior roles at Ashford Properties, Henricksen/DIRTT, and Vale Homes
  • B.A in Liberal Arts & Sciences – University of Illinois

DAVID DIES EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT


  • 15+ years of experience
  • Prior roles at Newcastle Limited and Hometown America
  • B.A. in Economics – Brown University

NICK HILL CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – PROPERTY MANAGEMENT


  • 15+ years of experience
  • Prior roles at CA Ventures
  • M.B.A. University of Illinois
  • B.S in Finance, University of Illinois