Jerry joined Newman Development Group in 2012 to grow the company’s student housing portfolio. In 2015, he launched Varsity Campus, an independent student housing management firm and served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer. Jerry was named the Chief Executive Officer in 2018 and directs all aspects of the Company’s operating and investment platforms. He has assisted his clients with the successful development, acquisition, and disposition of over $500MM in student housing assets. With over 18 years of experience in student housing, Jerry has held various progressive roles with industry leaders including EdR, ACC, and Campus Apartments. He began his career as a leasing agent while attending the University of Illinois. He is a member of the National Apartment Association and a frequent speaker at industry events. Jerry earned an MBA from East Carolina University and he is a licensed real estate broker.
Colton Price joined Varsity Campus in 2017 to spearhead the development and lease-up of a 320-bed student housing community at SUNY Oswego. In 2018, Colton was promoted to Director of Business Development. In this role, Colton is responsible for the company’s growth including the innovation of the company’s platform and culture. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from SUNY Oswego.
Nicholas Tzavis is involved with daily operations of our student housing projects, provides property staff with training and support, develops company materials and coordinates monthly reporting. Prior to joining Varsity Campus, Nick was a Community Assistant and Assistant General Manager with Campus Apartments and a General Manager of two properties with Grand Campus Living. He graduated from Binghamton University with a B.A. in Economics and is a licensed NYS Real Estate Salesperson.
Kyle Conniff is a Portfolio Manager for Varsity Campus, based out of Buffalo, NY. . Kyle is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, where he received a BS in Business Administration.
During school, Kyle started his career in Buffalo where he began as a Community Assistant at the University Village at Sweethome. That eventually led to a Leasing Coordinator position with the nation’s largest developer, owner and manager of student housing apartment communities. After graduation, Kyle was moved to Assistant General Manager at The Villas on Rensch in Buffalo, NY. It was in this position Kyle was able to grow and learn the responsibilities of a General Manager and allowed him to accept the position of General Manager at Twenty91 North. After a successful lease up and sustained performance Kyle joined NDG Student Living and assumed the role of Area Manager. As Area Manager Kyle oversees 3 properties in the NDG Student Living portfolio.
Sophia Zhan works as Corporate Accountant with Varsity Campus. She is responsible for monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting activities, including reconciliations, JE adjustments, and general account analysis. Sophia is working closely with properties’ accountants and AP team. She received both Master and Belcher’s degrees from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. With over 3 years at an accounting firm in North Carolina, she gains experience for establishing accounting systems, preparing business financial statement, filing tax returns for individual and business. Sophia is Enrolled Agent and preparing for CPA exams.
Sophia was born in Chongqing, China where the city is famous for Hot-pot. She enjoys spicy foods, playing tennis, and watching Netflix comedies.
Jakub Ksiazek is a property accountant with Varsity Campus. Jakub actively oversees financials of Twin River Commons, Hillside Common, and Oak Court Apartments. Jakub assists property managers by coordinating accounts payable and account receivables, complete month-end reports and prepares and analyze monthly accounting journals, compiles investors reporting package by assigned issues dates.
In 2017, Jakub received his Bachelor of Art in Business from St. Ambrose University with a double major in Accounting and Management. Prior to joining Varsity Campus, Jakub was with Blueair Corporate – Retail Company, where he focused on Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and month-end reporting and budgeting. His interest in Accounting exceeds the office and the classroom and he is a former Vice President of Accounting for St. Ambrose University’s Accounting Club.
Jakub was born in Tarnow, Poland and attended high school on the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. You can expect dedicated, hard-working, knowledgeable, no horror stories when working with Jakub. Outside of the office, Jakub enjoys outdoors, attending sport events, and spending time with family and friends.
Jeremy Bowker is the Accounts Payable Coordinator for Varsity Campus. His primary function is to verify and process payments for property invoices and memo credits.
Jeremy has a background in student housing building management, bookkeeping, and event planning. He is always striving to find ways to ‘work smarter, not harder’ by becoming more efficient in workplace processes.
Tina Moshier is a General Manager who works at Lakeside Commons . She is directly responsible for the Operations and Leasing of the 320-bed student housing community. Tina has past experience in Human Resources, and Estate Law. She graduated from Cayuga Community College with an Associates Degree in Health Care Administration. She then worked for Pontiac Care and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego, NY for 4 years. Tina moved to Corona, California in 2013 and Enrolled into school at California State Fullerton studying Pre-Law. In late 2014, she then began work as a Paralegal for Bond, Schoeneck, & King back home, in Syracuse NY.
Marisa Speranzi is the General Manager of Hillside Commons and has been working at the facility for over four years. For the past 10 years she has enjoyed focusing her professional career in Higher Education. She is extremely passionate about working with college students and feels her college experience shaped her into who she is today and wants the opportunity to offer that experience to other students. Prior to joining Varsity Campus, Marisa’s experiences served both public and private universities where she’s held various roles in student affairs, residential life and housing, financial aid, and special programs. She also has earned a master’s degree from Stony Brook University in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Cazenovia College. In her free time Marisa really enjoys traveling, cooking, and enjoying her Pitbull rescue Boujee.
Kenny is the General Manager of Twin River Commons and has been working with Varsity Campus for over a year. During his time as a student at Binghamton University, Kenny lived in luxury at Twin River Commons. During the latter part of his college career, Kenny began working as a Community Assistant at the property he had grown to love during his years as a resident. After graduating he was offered a full-time position with NDG student living, starting his career as a Marketing Coordinator where he would oversee and advise on each properties marketing efforts. When the opportunity presented itself, Kenny jumped at the chance to take a leadership role at Twin River Commons, becoming the General Manager of the property he has been passionate about ever since he lived there as a student. In his free time, Kenny loves to travel, cook and play guitar.
In January of 2019, Harrison moved to North Carolina to begin his career in student housing at the Villages at Wake Forest. Harrison is an upstate New York native, he attended SUNY Broome and SUNY Oswego graduating with a degree in Communication. Before working in student housing, Harrison worked as a videographer at WBNG-TV. He also managed a media program based out of South Africa for international students studying Wildlife and Travel Photography/Filmmaking. In his spare time, Harrison enjoys traveling, photography, and playing with his puppy, Winston.