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.
Ashlei Elise joined Varsity Campus in December 2019 as the Director of Marketing and Leasing. She is responsible for all aspects of leasing and marketing for Varsity Campus’ properties, overseeing her team of regional and on-site leasing managers. Before assuming her current role, Ashlei served as a Marketing & Leasing Specialist and then Regional Leasing & Marketing Manager for Landmark Properties during her two years with the company. Prior to joining Landmark, Ashlei started her career in the student housing industry with Campus Crest; first, onsite as a Sales & Marketing Manager and then quickly promoted to a Roving Leasing Specialist before returning to onsite as a Leasing Manager with Asset Living portfolio acquisition. During her seven years of experience within the industry, she has since worked with assets in over 20 markets, including both lease-up and operational properties, urban and cottage products, and 3rd party management. In that time, she developed and implemented sales and leasing training for properties across the nation, increased rental revenue on an average of 4.5%, managed over 7000 beds, and specializes in creating marketing strategies and intentional campaigns that focus on increasing resident retention and positive reputation management. Ashlei Elise is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and studied Mass Media Communications with a minor in Journalism while attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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.
Shari has over six years of marketing and real estate experience and joined Varsity Campus in October 2019. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received a BA in Communication Studies. Prior to working at Varsity Campus, she worked in corporate marketing and full-time real estate. Most recently, she held the position as Leasing and Marketing Manager for Burkely Communities, overseeing their largest asset of 1176 beds. Shari specializes in understanding the in’s and out’s of our industry. She focuses on developing marketing strategies to achieve leasing goals through effective and relevant marketing tools, while also training leasing professionals on social media platforms. Lastly, she was proudly recognized as 2018’s PTAA Rookie Leasing Professional of the Year while in her role as Leasing Manager.
Shuying joined Varsity in late 2019 as a property accountant. She has three years of staff accounting experience from One Step Professional Services LLC. Shuying graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Audit and Advisory Services from DePaul University.
Billie Peterson joined Varsity Campus in November 2020 as a Regional Leasing and Marketing Manager. Billie is a graduate of Campbell University where she double majored in Communication Studies and Business Management. It was at Campbell that Billie began her career in student housing as a Community Assistant in 2010.
Prior to joining Varsity Campus Billie held several leadership roles such as an Asset Manager over nearly 8,000 beds, Area Manager over 2,000 beds at the prestigious Nicholson Gateway Project at LSU, and most recently, a Portfolio Sales and Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group.
Billie is extremely passionate about relationship and team building as she prides herself on the success of others around her. During her free time, you can find her playing on the beach with her daughter Autumn or traveling to see teams in one of the thirteen states she’s worked in.
Tina Moshier is an area manager at Varsity Campus and also the General Manager 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 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.
Joshua Drewno is the General Manager at Block20 located in Amherst, NY. Josh started at Block20(Twenty91 North) in 2016 as a Leasing Specialist and upon graduation from the University at Buffalo in 2017 with a BS in Business Administration, he was promoted to Leasing Manager. He then took on more responsibility, becoming an Assistant General Manager a year later and then General Manager the following year. Josh has an extreme sense of pride in Block20 and the Buffalo community and values his daily interactions with his residents. In his free time, Josh enjoys fishing, playing sports, and watching his favorite team, The Buffalo Bills.
Keegan joined Varsity Campus in August 2020 as General Manager of The Letterman Chicago. Keegan is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, where she received her BS in Business Management and AS in Construction Management. Prior to Keegan joining Varsity Campus, Keegan started her career in 2013 from the ground up in student housing. Keegan began as a Community Assistant at The Grove Flagstaff, progressed to Senior Leasing Consultant and eventually Leasing & Marketing Manager of the 776 bed property consisting of townhomes and garden-style apartments. In 2018, Keegan moved to West Lafayette, Indiana to oversee a new development lease up and first year of operations at Rise on Chauncey at Purdue University for CA Ventures 2019 Flagship Property. Keegan is extremely passionate about creating the ideal lifestyle experience for all residents and helping others find their perfect home away from home. In her free time, Keegan enjoys cooking, trying new foods and spending quality time with her dog Luna.
Kay Armstrong is the General Manager at The Hill. Kay has been working at the property since 2018 in various positions. Kay joined the Varsity Campus team in early 2020 as the Leasing and Marketing Manager and has played a major role in establishing The Hill to what it is today! Prior to The Hill, Kay has several years in property leasing and management and is a Rochester, New York native. In Kay’s downtime, he enjoys playing video games, taking cruises, and spending time with his family.
Dalton is the General Manager at Twin River Commons in Binghamton, NY. Dalton started as a Community Assistant while he was a student at University at Buffalo. After he graduated with a BS in Business Administration in 2016, he got promoted to Leasing Coordinator and then Leasing Manager the following year. He moved to Binghamton after accepting a role with Varsity Campus as the Assistant General Manager for Twin River Commons in October 2019, and transitioned to the General Manager role the following year. Outside of student housing, Dalton has additional experience in outside sales and hospitality. His favorite part of student housing is helping his residents and doing what he can to improve their college experience.