Join us for networking and a talk from industry experts.
Dress is nice business casual to business formal. Dinner and beverages will be served. This event will be taking place in the Pyle Center at 6:30 p.m.
At this REC meeting we will have three guest speakers:
Tom Heneghan, CEO of Equity International
W. Benjamin Moreland, Executive Vice Chairman & former CEO of Crown Castle
Bill Bayless, CEO of American Campus Communities
As chief executive officer, Bill provides the guiding vision for the organization while providing strategic input and supporting the team in their execution of the company’s business plan. Known for his contagious enthusiasm and true passion for creating environments conducive for student success, he is widely recognized as the nation’s foremost expert on the student housing business. Over his 30 year career, he has been involved in the development and acquisition of more than $12 billion of student housing assets.
Under his executive leadership, American Campus has been one of the top performing publicly traded real estate companies in America. In the twelve years since going public, the company has averaged a compounded annual growth rate in net operating income in excess of 26 percent. In addition, the company’s same store portfolio has achieved average fall occupancy of 97.7 percent and has produced positive same store growth in rental rate, rental revenue and net operating income each and every year, even during the great recession. From the IPO to June 30, 2017, ACC stock has delivered a total shareholder return of more than 370 percent, outperforming the Morgan Stanley REIT Index, the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq; with the company having grown to total enterprise value of nearly $9 billion.
In 2007, Bill was the Regional Winner of the coveted Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was subsequently named as a National Finalist. In 2015, he was featured by Commercial Property Executive as one of commercial real estate’s Most Innovative Executives. In 2017, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of real estate, construction and lodging. He has also been featured in prominent publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times; has made numerous appearances on CNBC; and has been featured on ABC’s Nightline. He is frequently invited to speak nationally and at business schools regarding American Campus’ success and his personal success as an entrepreneur. He has been recognized by his alma mater, West Virginia University, where he was added to the College of Business & Economics Roll of Distinguished Alumni and has been inducted into the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Bill is also a member of Mensa International.
For full bio, please follow this link: https://www.americancampus.com/about-us/leadership-team/executive-team