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 the 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 with 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.
At the companies’ helm is Ted W. Rollins, whose idea remains simple: To build better, live better and do better. These principles, along with a legacy of purpose-built innovation, have set Valeo Groupe America’s foundation for investment and development strategies, community and environmental initiatives, as well as its commitment to one another.
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.
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.
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
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
We launched our community outreach initiative with the Holiday Angel program to give away turkeys for Thanksgiving and bikes for Christmas.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moved into new Valeo Management Limited headquarters in London.
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.
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.
Fondo V Student established raising 155.5 M€
Vineyard Johns Creek Breaks Ground
Vineyard Johns Creek breaks ground as our third location under our flagship senior brand.
I started my career as a private equity and mergers and acquisitions lawyer at White & Case in their New York Office before moving to London and then Australia where I was General Counsel of private equity funds and served on the management team of their portfolio companies. Now I oversee all of Valeo’s legal, corporate governance and company secretarial matters.
Growing the Valeo business and working with an enthusiastic, talented and passionate team is probably the most fun I’ve had in my professional career. And in my spare time, I practice yoga.
I’ve been fortunate to have experienced unique professional successes and learnings that I get to pass on to our entire tribe. Sometimes simply sharing is the greatest help of all.
After over 20 years of facilitating the build, design and planning of over 60 communities that have over 11,600 apartments, day in my life at Valeo may include site evaluation, due diligence, initial conceptualization, permitting and collaborating with the build teams. And that’s all before lunch.
I’m passionate about creating a healthy mind and body through continual education, diet, and exercise. I attend seminars regularly and read at least three books a month on topics including accounting, nutrition, and finance. And, yes, I consider this fun.
If we truly learn more by teaching, I believe that mentoring and helping family, friends, and clients are an important part of making sure that we leave every situation better than we found it. It’s my personal experience that through open communication and dialog, we not only sharpen our skills, but we draw upon the best in others to grow a clear and unified team.
Brian W. Conrad
Throughout my career, I’ve executed the estimating, construction, and delivery of Senior Living Facilities, Continued Care Centers, Student Housing Facilities, Inner-city Affordable Housing Projects, Historic Renovations, and the Management of Capital Asset Portfolios across the United States and abroad. At Valeo, I’m responsible for guiding the company’s real estate developments from initial opportunities to fully implemented operating properties, including the oversight of all construction project management and supervision activities, including staff management, project budgets, scheduling, procurement, contract management, and project payables/receivables.
In my free time – and I actually have some, due to our great tribe – I enjoy traveling and spending time with my wife and children.
Both personally and professionally, I strive to live our mantra of “Work Hard, Have Fun, Help Others” by forming meaningful relationships and mentoring others to grow and achieve their own personal goals.
Mckenna M. Dalby
My career in People & Culture started at Campus Crest Communities before ‘People & Culture’ was actually a thing. And as the company grew to the second largest student-housing platform in the world, so did my role, where I was responsible for the development of sales, marketing, and education platforms while overseeing the leasing and sales revenue for over 15,000 beds. My role today is a pretty special one, too, because I’m usually the first person people meet when they consider joining Valeo. Then, once you’re all here, I get to take everyone’s different personalities, passions, and experiences and fuse them together to help build a tribe of people who are all committed to the same goal: “Growing community, together.”
We all play so many roles in our lives, so I am continuously on the quest to become a more inspirational neighbor, daughter, sister, wife, leader, employee, and soon-to-be-mom. That’s not the fun part. It turns out that what held true while serving as captain of UNC Nashville’s soccer team (GO, BULLDOGS!) as a student, still abides in every one of my roles today. When we take care of ourselves both physically and mentally by doing the things we love, (which, in my case, can range from meditation to “mamalates” to mean, green smoothies), we bring out our best selves, both on and off the field.
I’ve been lucky to be in leadership positions in athletics and in the workplace, both of which have given me a platform to coach, guide, learn from, and listen to so many different people. If I can draw from these experiences – big or small – to make a positive and lasting impact on the people I’m lucky enough to work with every day, than I’ve fulfilled not just Valeo’s mission, but my own: To leave it better than we found it.
In my role, I’m responsible for achieving overall performance objectives associated with our student portfolio. My track record includes a variety of multi-site management positions, from operating highly regulated HUD-funded properties to – most recently – supervising student-housing properties in 20+ markets for Campus Crest Communities. On a typical day, you can find me at one of our properties – sleeves rolled up – energetically supporting our teams, and leading by example!
Bringing my “A-Game” to the office each day requires that I play hard outside of work. In my free time, you can find me traveling the world with my wife, crushing a workout at a local Crossfit box, or hiking in my home state of Arizona with friends, family, and our two dogs.
The most intrinsically rewarding component of my position is the opportunity to support the personal and professional growth of both our tribe members and the college students we serve. When someone shares his or her gratitude for a positive experience they’ve had while interacting with our company (either as a tribe member or as a customer), well, I love that part of the job. To me, the knowledge that someone has experienced net-positive value by working with your organization is truly the demarcation of “leaving it better than you found it.”
Hal Grayson, CCIM
With over 37 years of land and multifamily development experience, I share a legacy of knowledge to the Valeo development team. I focus on sourcing new development opportunities for both our student and senior sides of the business, and provide guidance throughout the entitlement, permitting, land acquisition and development processes.
I enjoy traveling and spending time with my wife of 30 years and our two grown children. My hobbies include bicycling, golf, skiing, gardening and hanging out at my 655-acre farm. My current project at the farm is making Nocino, an Italian liquor made from black walnuts.
I believe in giving back to the community through supporting both charities and church. As an Eagle Scout and father of an Eagle Scout, I also support scouting and enjoy the outdoors. I’ve served as a girls and boys youth basketball coach, a little league baseball coach, VP of Parks, and on the Board of Directors for my neighborhood association.
As Corporate Controller & Vice President, I oversee job cost reporting and overall company financial reporting, which allows me to work with both the field and project personnel, as well as the finance and accounting teams in our corporate office. Having spent the earlier part of my career on the construction side of the business, and more recently as Director of Construction Accounting on the real estate side at Brandywine Real Estate Trust, (a $5B publicly-traded REIT), I hope to bring the best of both worlds to Valeo.
I can’t get enough of my watching my son play high school football or grabbing dinner with my daughter who is heading to college this fall. Their generation values community service and giving to others, so they both inspire me to do worthwhile work they’d be proud of…and to have fun while doing it.
I feel like I have had unique experiences academically, athletically, and professionally with successes and challenges all along the way. I strive to share those experiences and lessons I’ve learned with team members in an effort to help them create success in their own careers and personal lives. I love seeing others succeed and reach levels they may not have realized they could reach.
I was educated at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, where I earned the privilege of working with some of the country’s best-known restaurateurs over the next 25 years, at some of the most sought-after destinations. At Valeo, my responsibilities include creating the strategic vision for our company’s culinary and dining programs. I consider myself lucky to truly love what I do, and I live to create meaningful experiences for our residents and associates. As we grow our Vineyard Communities, I’ll be committed to building and supporting a tribe that desires to be best in class and disrupt the status quo!
At my core, I’m a true foodie. I love the feeling that coming together over a great meal creates. Food is universal. It doesn’t matter where you came from or who you are, we all come together to eat and share diverse life experiences while breaking (pun intended) bread. In my free time, I love foraging for new ingredients, farmer’s markets and tasting yummy food. My family and I are also avid campers and enjoy stargazing by the campfire.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve felt a responsibility to sustainability – not only the sustainability of our earth, but as people. In a sustainable culture, there is a harmonious equilibrium between what we do for others and what they do for you. I live by a simple creed: Help everything, always!
Seth W. Pesek
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.
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.
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.
Michael M. Rollins
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.
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.
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.
Ted W. Rollins
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.
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.
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.
Kevin M. Sealey
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.
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.
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.
Amanda K. Stewart
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.
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.
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.
Kevin M. Suite
The majority of my work is a balance between providing support to our Valeo Senior community management teams and working with development to select new markets to expand our Vineyard brand. I have 29 years of experience, during which I’ve held a variety of leadership positions in sales, operations and care services at both the property level and corporate office, and I’ve loved every one.
I’m curious about the world around me and I love to travel and explore new areas. I feel that serving others is what working for Valeo is all about, and having a purpose to make the lives of those we touch better wherever we are.
I am very conscious of the world we live in and do my best to reduce my own carbon footprint however I can. I’ve served on the board of several professional organizations, which have had a similar goal of enriching the lives of others.
MacKenzie K. Thorn
At Valeo, I’m responsible for acquiring the real estate to build our niche housing products. Having worked on the development and construction of buildings at the World Trade Center, NYC Police Academy, luxury condos in Manhattan, and charter schools around the country, I’m keenly aware that no day goes as planned. The diversity of product type, locations, people, and roles has provided me with a well-rounded understanding of the process and what is most important to success: the people and the team.
I enjoy life both personally and professionally. I love to ski and share that with my son now. I’m always on the go, loving to explore, learn and experience the excitement of life. I strive to have that at Valeo – collaborating with the many tribe members to execute projects while enjoying the journey together.
I’ve been fortunate to have key mentors in my life who have always emphasized the importance of mentoring on. I support younger generations through my work in CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Utah as the Director of Scholarship and Mentorship. Sharing the passion of my career and the journey that has taken me to where I am today has provided valuable insight to those interested in real estate development.
John E. Zwolinski
After starting and running a branding and marketing firm for 20 years with my business partner and wife, Tina Zwolinski, I decided to take on the next challenge of my career as the VP of Culture, Branding & Experience with Valeo Groupe – a company I have been serving in various forms as a consultant for over 15 years. I work to inspire our talented tribe to deliver remarkable and differentiated experiences for our residents, stakeholders and the communities we serve. It’s an honor to be entrusted with creating a positive impact in the lives of our tribe, as well as the students and seniors we reach, and sharing those stories across the globe.
I am a rabid sports fan and, as a native New Englander, winning championships is fun, even if it is a fairly new phenomenon. Professionally, I work seriously hard, but try not to take myself too seriously. With the right mindset, I believe you can make even the mundane fun.
As an adoptive father of three, I enjoy participating in the growth and development of my children – it’s a never-ending adventure, challenge, and privilege. I work to instill in them the mindset that the best way to help yourself is to help others. I bring the same mindset to my work; if I am dedicated to helping others succeed, I’ll be more successful.