Comments from Dr. Mike Porritt, Director of Advisory Services for The Scion Group, were featured in the November/December 2016 issue of Student Housing Business. In an article titled “The American Model” which compares student housing in the United States with international markets, Dr. Porritt explains the Canadian perspective on student housing, Scion’s focus in Canada and some of the differences of the Canadian student housing market.
Scion Advisory Services leaders Jason Taylor, Senior Vice President, and Linda Newman, Director, will each moderate November 3 panel discussions during the Fourth Annual InterFace On-Campus Housing Conference. Mr. Taylor will moderate a general session discussion with panelists from American Campus Communities, Servitas, EdR and Corvias, discussing private-sector perspectives of P3 partnerships and their impact on college campuses. Ms. Newman will lead a group of leading architects exploring the growing focus on innovative amenities in on-campus housing.
As the Las Vegas economy struggled following the U.S housing market collapse, UNLV sought new and creative ways to confront 40% vacancy in its residence halls, entering into a shared-management services model with a private partner. For the past three years, UNLV and AVS Housing Group have planned, executed and fine-tuned one of the nation’s most innovative campus housing management partnerships, resulting in 100% occupancy each year. Representatives of UNLV, AVS Housing Group and The Scion Group will speak on October 5, during the ACUHO-I Business Operations Conference: Jason Taylor, Scion Senior Vice President, Advisory Services; Jeff Panchavinin, Director of Operations, AVS Housing Group (a Scion joint venture); Richard Clark, Executive Director, Housing & Residential Life, Campus Life Technology and Student Affairs Maintenance, UNLV; and Jennifer Gray, Contract Manager, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, UNLV.
Three executives from The Scion Group will speak at the 2016 NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition in New Orleans. Following Scion’s recent acquisition of University House Communities Group, NMHC Student Housing invited Scion President and co-founder, Robert Bronstein, to be one of two speakers for “How big was that deal?!” on September 28, which will explore two of the largest transactions in the history of US student housing, both of which closed within the past twelve months. Mitchell Smith, Scion’s Chief Operating Officer, will discuss how Scion sustains a high-standard quality of life for student residents while mitigating property risks during a September 29 session entitled “Keeping COOs Up at Night: Pitfalls and Perils at Student Housing Properties” session. P3 expert, industry leader and Scion Senior Vice President for Advisory Services Jason Taylor will present his insight September 29 on on-campus housing opportunities and how Scion and its university clients navigate through challenges in this ever-growing market.
Scion Senior Vice President for Advisory Services, Eric Luskin, contributed a feature article in the Student Housing Business magazine and website, titled “Looking Back, Looking Ahead.” Writing from over 40 years of experience in student housing and residence life, Luskin contrasts past conventions and future trends in student residential communities, including layouts, program design, living-learning features and financial/ownership models.
Jason Taylor, Scion’s Senior Vice President for Advisory Services and one of North America’s leading experts on public-private partnerships in student housing, will participate in an upcoming panel discussion at the Southern California Development Forum. The discussion at the City Club of Los Angeles will focus on the need for creative ways that California colleges and universities can fund growth in light of decreased State funding. Along with his follow panelists from California State University Northridge, Cal State Channel Islands, Harley Ellis Devereaux Architects and Capstone Development, Mr. Taylor will provide insight on approaches to navigate public-private partnerships.
Leaders from The Scion Group will participate in three sessions during the 8th annual InterFace Student Housing Conference. Robert Bronstein, President and co-founder of Scion, will be a featured speaker in “The Power Panel” at the conference’s April 14 opening general session, featuring chief executives from the sector’s most prominent companies discussing the state of the student housing business and its future. Mitchell Smith, Scion’s Chief Operating Officer, will participate on April 14 in “Leasing and Marketing,” addressing trends in velocity, rental rates and occupancy for 2016-17. Jason Taylor, Senior Vice President, Advisory Services, will be a panelist on April 15 for “The State of On-Campus Student Housing,” discussing the latest trends in on-campus housing and the impact for off-campus owners and operators.
Scion Senior Vice President for Advisory Services, Jason Taylor, will lead the kickoff panel for the higher-education track at the 2016 Public-Private Partnership Conference (P3C). One of North America’s foremost advisors on public-private partnerships for student housing, Mr. Taylor will develop the panel program and moderate the panel. The conference is provided by the Public-Private Partnership Alliance, which promotes public-private partnerships by partnering governments with private sector expertise and investment, broadening networks for cities and municipalities, and promoting best practices. P3C attracts more than 900 higher education representatives, development agency officials and private-sector service providers.