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IL 60601 - Chicago

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JJ Smith

President | CA Student Living, CA Ventures, United States

As President of CA Student Living, JJ is responsible for creating the vision, product and roadmap to execute the firm’s strategic plans. JJ drives platform growth by incubating and executing a robust pipeline of new investment and development opportunities. He is responsible for portfolio growth of net asset values and achieves this by optimizing property financials through hands-on revenue management and detailed expense control.

An architect by background but equipped with an MBA in real estate finance, JJ has overseen nearly $5.0B in new development for CA since 2007, including about 100 projects and nearly 20 million square feet of buildings, 40,000 beds of student housing, over 500k square feet of retail and over 250 hotel keys and the creation of all new business units.

JJ also serves as Principal for CA Ventures and provides development and construction oversight for CA Senior Living, CA Residential, CA Retail & Hospitality and CA International business units as well as serves on the CA Ventures Investment Committee. Since joining CA in 2007, JJ has helped manage the explosive company and portfolio growth while building the corporate support functions that enhance the scalability of CA’s platforms and further integrate consistent systems across business departments.

JJ holds a BS in Architecture and a MBA in Real Estate and Finance from University of Illinois. He was selected as a 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business and also RE Forum nationally.

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