ABOUT

OUR EYES ARE ALWAYS
ON THE HORIZON

Valeo Groupe Americas develops, builds, and operates student and senior housing communities that make a positive impact on people and our planet. It all began with a unique vision: To create a vertically integrated platform that could develop the best student and senior housing properties in the industry. We believe we can make a difference in residents’ lives by delivering a customer-focused, service-enriched experience they can’t find anywhere else.

THE VALEO LEGACY

What started as an idea in 2004, grew into Campus Crest Communities, the second largest publicly traded student housing platform in the world within 10 years of its inception. Today, that same group is leading the industry again as Valeo Groupe, with multinational interests in both senior and student niche housing markets through its affiliates, Valeo Groupe Americas, Valeo Groupe Europe and Valeo Groupe Nordics.

Today, built on a trail already blazed, this team of seasoned pioneers – boasting in excess of 150 years in real estate banking, investing, development, construction and management across three continents – is changing the landscape of niche housing again – making people and stakeholders happy around the world.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

2004

Humble Beginnings

Mike Hartnett and Ted Rollins founded Campus Crest Group in April 2004. They each contributed $7,000 to kickstart their vision.

September: Breaking Ground

We broke ground on Campus Crest’s first property in Asheville, NC.

Later That Year

We opened our first office in a small, historic building near the Asheville property.

2005

It’s About Lifestyle

We realized we wanted to provide more than sticks and bricks, so we launched our own real estate management company and pioneered our unique focus on lifestyle.

The Grove at Asheville Opens

TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTIES – 1
STATES WHERE WE HAVE PROPERTIES – 1
TOTAL NUMBER OF BEDS – 448

2006

Opened Three New Grove Communities

Carrollton, GA; Las Cruces, NM; Milledgeville, GA

TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTIES – 4
STATES WE HAVE PROPERTIES – 3
TOTAL NUMBER OF BEDS – 1,964

Moved Offices to Charlotte

Reaching Out

We launched our community outreach initiative with the Holiday Angel program to give away turkeys for Thanksgiving and bikes for Christmas.

2007

Opened Six New Grove Communities

Abilene, TX; Ellensburg, WA; Greeley, CO;
Jacksonville, AL; Mobile, AL I; Nacogdoches, TX.

TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTIES – 10
STATES WHERE WE HAVE PROPERTIES – 6
TOTAL NUMBER OF BEDS – 5,006

2008

The Recession Arrived

While companies were crumbling around us, we managed to hold strong. We opened nine new locations:

Cheney, WA; Jonesboro, AR; Lubbock, TX; Mobile, AL II; Stephenville, TX; Waco, TX; Troy, AL; Wichita, KS; Wichita Falls, TX

TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTIES – 19
STATES WE HAVE PROPERTIES – 9
TOTAL NUMBER OF BEDS – 9,560

2009

Opened Five New Grove Communities

Lawrence, KS; Moscow, ID; Murfreesboro, TN;
San Angelo, TX; San Marcos, TX.

TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTIES – 24
STATES WHERE WE HAVE PROPERTIES – 10
TOTAL NUMBER OF BEDS – 12,076

2010

Opened Three New Grove Communities

Huntsville, TX; Statesboro, GA; Conway, AR

TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTIES – 27
STATES WE HAVE PROPERTIES – 10
TOTAL NUMBER OF BEDS – 13,596

Our Biggest Milestone Yet

On October 19, 2010 Campus Crest became publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCG), with an initial public offering of $380 million.

2011

Opened Six New Grove Communities

AMES, IA; DENTON, TX; CLARKSVILLE, TN; COLUMBIA, MO; FORT WAYNE, IN.

TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTIES – 33
STATES WHERE WE HAVE PROPERTIES – 13
TOTAL NUMBER OF BEDS – 17,064

People and Planet Initiative

We launched our people and planet initiative (the beginnings of our next initiative), refining our approach to business growth where we balance environmental, economic, and social agendas.

2012

Opened Six New Grove Communities

Auburn, AL; Laramie, WY; Flagstaff, AZ; Fayetteville, AR; Orono, ME; Stillwater, OK

We also completed and opened Phase II of Nacogdoches, TX.

TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTIES – 39
STATES WHERE WE HAVE PROPERTIES – 18
TOTAL NUMBER OF BEDS – 20,884

2013

Opened Seven New Grove Communities

Ft. Collins, CO; Louisville, KY; Greensboro, NC; Grand Forks, ND; Slippery Rock, PA; Mount Pleasant, MI; Gainesville, FL

TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTIES – 81
STATES WHERE WE HAVE PROPERTIES – 27
TOTAL NUMBER OF BEDS – 51,113

Staged Acquisition of Copper Beech Townhomes

The transaction totaled over $1B and makes us the second largest student housing provider in the world.

Montreal Hotel Purchase

Campus Crest buys Montreal hotel which will be converted to luxury student housing for Fall 2014 in first deal outside of the US.

In January…

We elevated our People & Planet initiative by launching NEXT and strengthening our commitment to the triple bottom line: 
people, planet, and prosperity

New senior housing brand

Campus Crest Group co-founder, Ted Rollins, goes on to co-found and create a new senior housing brand, starting with two Waterstone Senior Living properties.

2014

A New Venture with Valeo

Rollins leaves Campus Crest to start Valeo Groupe and its subsidiary Valeo Groupe Europe in order to expand focus on niche housing in the UK, Ireland and Europe, including corresponding property management advisory, Valeo Management Limited.

2015

Further Investment in Senior

Rollins and team furthers investment in senior niche with purchase of a major stake in Watercrest Senior Living and repositions company, which constructs five assets. Rollins goes on to create the Market Street Memory Care brand as the company’s dementia product.

Fastilium Joins Valeo

Rollins and team move forward with an eye on the Nordic markets by acquiring a majority stake in Fastilium Property Group AB, a Swedish public company based in Stockholm serving Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

2016

Selling Senior

Rollins and team sells interest in Watercrest to management for an undisclosed amount that exceeds investor return expectations and uses proceeds to form Valeo Senior.

Campus Crest Goes Private

Rollins and team play role in a $1.8B transaction that takes Campus Crest private, capping off a five-year run with the NYSE and growth in excess of 400%.

Valeo Groupe Americas Arrives

Following the success of Valeo Groupe Europe, the Valeo Groupe Americas team takes the same successful model back to the States.

New Offices

Valeo Groupe Europe moves into new offices in Jersey, Channel Islands.

Breaking Ground in the UK

Valeo Groupe Europe celebrates the groundbreaking of Valeo’s first asset, ‘LIV’, located in Dublin, Ireland.

Europe fund is established

Valeo Groupe Europe fund is established to fuel growth of niche housing assets in the region.

2017

New Headquarters

Moved into new Valeo Management Limited headquarters in London.

Acquires USL

Valeo Groupe Europe acquires USL, a 3,000-bed student accommodation property services platform focused on exceptional hospitality based in the UK, with offices in London and Liverpool.

Fastilium rebrands as Valeo Groupe Nordics

EPOCH Breaks Ground

EPOCH, Valeo Groupe America’s new student housing brand in the US, breaks ground on its flagship property in Clemson, South Carolina.

2018

New Headquarters

Moved into new Valeo Groupe America’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina

LIV Dublin opens

LIV Dublin opens as Valeo Groupe Europe’s first, fully developed student housing property

LIV Sheffield breaks ground

LIV Sheffield breaks ground as Valeo Groupe Europe’s second location for its flagship student housing brand.

Vineyard Breaks Ground

Vineyard Henderson and Vineyard Bluffton break ground as Valeo Groupe America’s flagship senior properties under the Vineyard name and brand.

Spanish Fund

Fondo V Student established raising 155.5 M€

2019

Vineyard Johns Creek Breaks Ground

Vineyard Johns Creek

Vineyard Johns Creek breaks ground as our third location under our flagship senior brand.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Amanda Stewart
Founding Partner & Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales & Resident Experience, Valeo Groupe

Amanda S. Fisher

Seth Pesek
Founding Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Valeo Groupe Americas

Seth W. Pesek

Michael Rollins
Founding Partner, Executive Chairman & CEO, Valeo Groupe Americas

Michael M. Rollins

Ted Rollins
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Valeo Groupe Americas

Ted W. Rollins

Kevin Sealy
Founding Partner, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Valeo Groupe

Kevin M. Sealey

Senior Vice President of People, Valeo Groupe Americas

Jennifer Stephens

Founding Partner & Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales & Resident Experience, Valeo Groupe

Amanda S. Fisher

Works Hard
I work with the Valeo Student and Valeo Senior tribes to ensure we are exceeding our residents’ expectations, achieving our revenue targets, and that processes are in place to make our teams more successful. Having previously served as Vice President of Sales for Campus Crest, where I was responsible for the leasing and revenue performance for 51,000 beds, delivering on an outstanding customer experience while executing and delivering on the brand promise is in my blood.

Has Fun
I’m passionate about helping others, working out, cooking and new adventures. When I’m not working, I enjoy to traveling to new places, spending time with my family, trying new recipes, and anything outside.

Helps Others
At Valeo, I get to integrate my passion for helping others by developing and mentoring other tribe members, as well as helping our residents have an amazing experience at one of our communities. In my personal life, my grandmother is suffering from dementia so I try to visit and be there for her even if it’s only a phone call to brighten her day. I also try to always be a positive influence on people around me and to be there when a friend or family member is in need. In my professional world, I do all I can to help coworkers grow and develop to their potential.

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Founding Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Valeo Groupe Americas

Seth W. Pesek

Works Hard
As a CFO, I’m responsible for six key areas: Accounting & Financial Management; Strategic & Tactical Planning; Transactions; Human Capital; Leadership & Culture Development; and Information Technology. My role is a versatile position that interacts with the Development, Pre-Construction, Construction, Student and Senior property management business units. I was fortunate to grow my career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, from starting in Pittsburgh, PA, to developing into an experienced tax director in the Asset Management group in Manhattan. Establishing myself in a fast paced, results oriented, positively competitive environment where I had the opportunity to lead large diverse teams spread across multiple continents to deliver timely and accurate results for our customers, made for a solid foundation for my work here at Valeo.

Has Fun
Besides my family, I enjoy capturing a moment in time with my camera. I like getting lost in challenging myself to snap a shot that could be the next photograph that hangs in the hallway of my home, or on a wall in a juried art show. I enjoy travelling the world, drinking and collecting wine, and sharing moments with my family.

Helps Others
From a personal standpoint, my family and I strive to recycle more than we discard as garbage. We hand down our daughter’s clothes she’s outgrown to friends and family members with younger children. We believe in supporting local and global charitable causes. Being mindful of my impact on Valeo and our people, I prioritize mentoring and sponsorship, and I try and provide a culture of challenging oneself to accomplish goals he or she otherwise wouldn’t think of attempting.

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Founding Partner, Executive Chairman & CEO, Valeo Groupe Americas

Michael M. Rollins

Works Hard
Working as a private banker in New York at Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley, I focused on fixed income, equity, and private equity investments that have helped prepare myself for Valeo, where my current responsibilities pertain to capital market transactions as I manage existing and new stakeholder relationships. Each day typically consists of working with investors, sharing the Valeo story, and building new and existing relationships.

Has Fun
When I’m not working, you will probably find me spending time with my two children, traveling to new places all over the world. I’m also very close with my Valeo family and find joy in integrating my passion for driving strategy to a point where we are always thinking about the next way we can improve the lives of our tribe members, customers, and various stakeholders.

Helps Others
Helping others succeed, especially in education, is a huge priority of mine. I am an active supporter of the Horatio Alger Scholarship Program, where young individuals who are facing hardship are granted scholarships. I am also currently on the Board of Syracuse University where I have contributed towards scholarships and helping better the lives of students. Giving back is more than writing a check, in my opinion. Establishing and growing relationships through support and encouragement fosters real change.

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Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Valeo Groupe Americas

Ted W. Rollins

Works Hard
My role at Valeo Group Americas is simple: To disrupt the niche housing industry by creating unmatched living experiences and communities, specifically within the senior and student markets. Having started as an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York in corporate finance with a focus on real estate finance, and then most recently as Co-Founder and Chairman of Campus Crest Communities, a student-housing brand that started as an idea on a napkin and grew to the second largest in the world, I’ve learned first-hand that nothing great ever happens alone. With our “tribe” culture here at Valeo, I believe that anything is possible.

Has Fun
The only thing more fun than making a positive impact on the communities we serve is doing it shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the greatest people in the business. 

Helps Others
I believe in the triple bottom line: Economics, Environment and Social Causes. When these are intrinsically bound, we create a culture of not just caring, but doing. I’ve served on many boards with change-making environmental, regenerative and academic interests, including the Environmental Defense Fund and the Center for Living Environments and Regeneration. But my passion often lies in rolling up my sleeves and simply doing a day’s work to make someone’s day better.

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Founding Partner, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Valeo Groupe

Kevin M. Sealey

Works Hard
As the tribe member responsible for the day-to-day management of Valeo Student and its subsidiaries, I implement programs that monitor and improve financial performance, create best-in-class customer experiences, develop training and development programs for all tribe members, and oversee all aspects of the student housing platform. Prior to Valeo Groupe Americas, I was fortunate to play an integral part in taking Campus Crest Communities (NYSE: CCG) public in 2010 and helped close the largest merger in the student housing space, expanding CCG’s footprint across 26 states, as well as Canada.

Has Fun
Outside of the office, you can find me spending time with my wife and daughter biking, hiking, hanging out in the park, and cooling off at a local brewery. Or, if I have time alone, it’s usually spent deep in the woods searching for golf balls I shank off the tee.

Helps Others
In my personal life, I try to leave a positive impact on anyone that I come across and live by the ‘pay it forward’ mentality, hoping that it inspires others to do the same. Professionally, I feel the same way. By focusing on the growth and development of each and every tribe member we have, not only am I privy to his or her aspirations, but I can facilitate opportunities to fulfill each one.

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Senior Vice President of People, Valeo Groupe Americas

Jennifer Stephens

Works Hard

My first exposure to HR was watching, learning, and listening to my Mom when she was the Personnel Director at Conneaut Lake Park years ago. Those moments, nuggets, and observations formed my foundation and passion for HR. I have been blessed with a 20+ year career in HR that has allowed me the opportunity to support, encourage and love people as they build their own career path. I believe in and see the amazing future VGA has on the horizon, and I am excited to be a part of this extraordinary tribe!

Has Fun

If I am not working, I am probably with my two sons, Nick and Andrew, friends and/or family. I love traveling, exploring, a good fire with a glass of wine, visiting a brewery or vineyard, making memories, and capturing those moments with photos. My favorite hashtags say it all: #embracethemoment, #embracethejourney, and #thebestisyettocome

Helps Others

This is another area where I am thankful for a solid foundation being formed at an early age. Helping others is easy, natural, and effortless; it is just what we do. It brings me joy no matter how little or big the opportunity may be, serving at church, helping someone with their groceries, kind words of encouragement, or just simply #leadingbyexample. The greatest joy beyond helping others, personally, is seeing Nick and Andrew’s willingness to help and serve others on their own.

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