The Scion Group regularly shares its insights at professional conferences and in published articles. Upcoming or recent appearances and publications include:

2017 NACAS West, Orange County, CA – education session

UNLV: An Innovative Housing Partnership

Three insiders will detail the planning and implementation of a successful housing partnership that rapidly increased UNLV’s campus housing occupancy to over 100% and has held it there for years: Jason Taylor, Scion Senior Vice President, Advisory Services; Jeff Panchavinin, Scion Director, Advisory Services and former manager of UNLV campus housing for AVS Housing Group, a Scion joint venture; and Jennifer Gray, Director of Student Affairs Communications & Business Partner Relations, Division of Student Affairs, UNLV. This session was originally presented at the ACUHO-I Business Operations Conference in October 2016.

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Feature article: Residence Halls of the Future

Student Housing Business magazine

Dr. William Zeller, Scion Senior Associate for Advisory Services, together with Sean Studzinski of Stantec, an international architecture and engineering firm, contributed a featured “Industry Voices” article to the Student Housing Business magazine and website, entitled “A Future Campus: Our Vision.” Zeller and Studzinski share their comprehensive vision of the evolving campus environment, reflecting changes in technology, economic pressures and, particularly, residential arrangements and living-learning models. Dr. Zeller’s perspective is informed by nearly 40 years of experience in housing administration and residence life.

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InterFace Student Housing 2017, Austin, Texas – panel discussions, roundtable

The Power Panel – opening session
International Student Housing Opportunities - roundtable discussion
The State of On-Campus Student Housing and the Ramifications for Off-Campus Owners/Operators - panel discussion
Putting Your Property Back Together after a Fire/Flood/Disaster - panel discussion

Robert Bronstein, President and co-founder of Scion, will be a featured speaker in “The Power Panel” at the April 6 opening general session of InterFace Student Housing, the sector’s largest annual conference, in a session featuring top executives in the student housing business. In an April 5 roundtable discussion, Mike Porritt, Director of Advisory Services, will address international student housing opportunities together with Denise Cunningham of Oracle Real Estate Group. On April 7, Senior Vice President of Advisory Services Jason Taylor will moderate a panel of student housing leaders discussing “The State of On-Campus Student Housing and the Ramifications for Off-Campus Owners/Operators.” Also on April 7, Bryan Curley, Vice President of Property Operations, will participate in “Putting Your Property Back Together after a Fire/Flood/Disaster,” discussing the intensive process of recovering from a casualty loss. Additionally, Jason Taylor and Jeff Panchavinin, Director of Advisory Services, will serve as judges in four categories of the SHB Innovator Awards.

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Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo, Dallas – panel discussion

Structuring P3s for Campus Infrastructure Projects

Jason Taylor, Scion Senior Vice President, will join four other panelists to discuss engaging the right private-sector partner with a well-prepared procurement process. The discussion will walk the audience from the initial stage successfully executing the solicitation process through structuring financial terms that lead to creative investment from capital-markets participants.

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Article: The American Model

Student Housing Business magazine

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.

InterFace On-Campus Housing Conference, Atlanta – panel discussions

Private Sector Developers & Institution Offer Their Perspective on Where P3 Partnerships are Today and Where They Are Headed
The (Academic) Amenitization of On-Campus Housing – An Architecture/Design Update

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.

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ACUHO-I Business Operations Conference, Scottsdale – presentation

UNLV: An Innovative Housing Partnership

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.

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P3 Higher Education Summit, San Diego – panel discussion

From Micro to Macro – Implementing P3 from the Campus to System

Jason Taylor, Scion’s Senior Vice President for Advisory Services, will participate in an Oct. 3 panel discussion regarding P3 best practices, from a single campus to planning at the system level. Panelists will discuss past P3 experiences, planning officers’ concerns about this delivery method and results from collaboration with the California State University system.

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2016 NMHC Student Housing Conference & Exposition, New Orleans – three panel discussions

How big was that deal?!
Keeping COOs Up at Night: Pitfalls and Perils at Student Housing Properties
P3: The Challenges of Competing for On-Campus Housing Opportunities

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.

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Feature Article: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Student Housing Business magazine

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.

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