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Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Thomas Trubiana
Thomas Trubiana
President
Thomas Trubiana One of the nation’s preeminent student housing experts, Tom has been a leading figure in the student housing industry for more than 30 years. He has been directly involved in the development and/or management of over 150 collegiate housing communities representing more than 90,000 beds.

Having previously helped guide the company from a number of leadership positions, Tom was promoted to president of EdR and appointed to serve on the company’s board of directors in January 2015.

Tom began his career in student housing as a resident assistant for Allen & O’Hara — EdR’s predecessor company. He also served as president and chief executive officer of American Campus Communities (ACC) from July 1997 until October 2003, leading ACC through the company’s critical period of pre-IPO growth.

Prior to serving as president of ACC, Tom held numerous executive management positions for Cardinal/Lexford Realty Services, Inc. including chief operating officer. As COO, Tom was directly responsible for overseeing 530 multifamily communities.

Tom is a member of The National Apartment Association and its Student Housing Committee, The National Multifamily Housing Council, The National Association of College and University Business Officers, and other higher education and student housing organizations.

A graduate of West Virginia University, Tom received a B.S. in marketing and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance.
Bill Brewer
Bill Brewer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Bill Brewer Bill joined EdR in August 2014 as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

Before joining EdR, Bill served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., the leading provider of technology-enabled claims and productivity management solutions. He was responsible for internal and external financial reporting, income taxes, real estate, budgeting, treasury and internal auditing.

Bill began and spent the majority of his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he rose to the position of partner with a client base focused on public and private real estate investment trusts. A certified public accountant (inactive), Bill has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama.
Christine D. Richards
Christine D. Richards
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Christine D. Richards As executive vice president and chief operating officer, Chris oversees the operations of the company’s owned and managed collegiate housing portfolio, and directs the management services division. In the past six years, she successfully revamped EdR’s processes, systems and personnel to create market-leading leasing results and incomparable management services.

Chris began her career at Gables Residential Trust, a multi-family apartment real estate investment trust. She came to EdR in 2001 as a regional director and was promoted to vice president of operations in 2006 and then to senior vice president in early 2010. She acquired the additional title of chief operating officer in January 2012.

Along with her responsibilities at EdR, Chris is a member of the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) Student Housing Committee, a past member of the NAA board of directors, the past chair of the NAA Student Housing Committee, a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management, and is a certified property manager (CPM).

Chris received her B.A. in education from the University of Memphis.
Lindsey Mackie
Lindsey Mackie
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
Lindsey Mackie Lindsey Mackie is senior vice president and chief accounting officer, advancing in 2015 from senior manager of financial services, where she was responsible for internal and external financial reporting, compliance and internal audit functions. Prior to joining EdR in 2013, Ms. Mackie was with Deloitte & Touche, LLP, for six years, advancing to audit manager in her last two years with the firm. A certified public accountant, she earned her master of accountancy from the University of Mississippi and a bachelor of accountancy from Mississippi State University. She is a member of the Emerging Leaders Society of United Way of the Mid-South.
Scott P. Casey
Scott P. Casey
Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development and Chief Technology Officer
Scott P. Casey Scott joined EdR in 2006, advancing to his current position in July 2013. He oversees external technology related to housing, development and construction initiatives including internet services, cable television, security surveillance and access control at EdR communities.

Scott is also responsible for developing strategic business partnerships geared towards creating ancillary programs that generate revenue and leasing opportunities for each property. He identifies innovative and often untapped revenue streams through his understanding of student life, each property’s technological needs, and his long-time association with many of the housing industry’s leading technology service providers. Scott sits on the board of PlayPro Media and Elauwit Networks — EdR’s technology partner — and is the chair of Elauwit’s business development committee.

Scott began his career at Arthur Andersen in January 1990. He worked nationally with the firm to develop software initiatives including new IT policies and performed small business risk technology audits, advancing to director of technology in 1995. He was formerly chief information officer and senior vice president with Orange Lake Resort & Country Club in Orlando, Florida. Scott also previously co-founded a real estate investment firm, overseeing real estate transactions as well as residential and commercial construction. His parallel experience in both technology and real estate has provided the ideal foundation for the dual role he currently occupies at EdR
Matthew S. Fulton
Matthew S. Fulton
Senior Vice President of Operations
Matthew S. Fulton

While a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Matt began his career as a resident assistant at Granville Towers in 1998. He held a number of positions at Granville Towers and was promoted to assistant general manager before becoming the community manager of another EdR property: University Park Apartments adjacent to the University of Cincinnati. Matt was promoted to regional director in 2008 and was responsible for overseeing the operations of a group of EdR's owned communities. Matt assumed the position of vice president of operations in 2011 and advanced to senior vice president in 2015. In his role, Matt is directly involved in monitoring EdR's various proprietary reporting systems that measure leasing activity and customer satisfaction, and then implementing related action plans. He is still involved with community management and works with EdR's regional directors in budgeting and achieving key financial performance metrics. Matt is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in economics. He is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management and is a certified property manager (CPM®).

Elizabeth L. Keough
Elizabeth L. Keough
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Elizabeth L. Keough Liz Keough is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of EdR. Prior to joining EdR, Liz was a director with the company’s outside counsel Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston. She has been working with EdR since the formation of the REIT in 2005 that transformed EdR from a private company into the public company it is today. Liz earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and her B.S. from Vanderbilt University. She is active in various community organizations in the Company’s home office of Memphis, Tennessee.
J. Drew Koester
J. Drew Koester
Senior Vice President of Capital Markets and Investor Relations
J. Drew Koester Drew joined EdR in September 2004 as vice president and chief accounting officer to help lead the company through its initial public offering and support its transition into a publicly traded company. After the IPO, Drew led the transformation of the company’s accounting, forecasting and financial reporting and compliance capabilities, supporting EdR’s needs through a period of significant growth.

Drew was promoted to senior vice president in 2010, transitioning into his current position as senior vice president of capital markets and investor relations in June 2015. In this position, Drew is putting his knowledge of the company and its financial strengths to work, helping lead the company’s capital planning and management — including equity and debt markets — while also transitioning its investor relations outreach and communication strategy.

Before joining EdR, Drew served as vice president of finance for TruGreen Companies, LLC, a division of The ServiceMaster Company. Prior to his promotion to vice president in 1999, a position he held until joining EdR, Drew was a financial analyst at The ServiceMaster Company.

He began his career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and was a financial reporting manager for Continental PET Technologies prior to joining The ServiceMaster Company.

Drew received his B.S., accounting and finance, from Christian Brothers University. He is a certified public accountant (inactive).
Steve Schnoor
Steve Schnoor
Senior Vice President of Western Development
Steve Schnoor Steve Schnoor is EdR’s senior vice president of western development. Steve has nearly 35 years’ experience in construction and development, most recently with Concord Eastridge, Inc., a national real estate development company focused on public-private and mixed-use real estate development in association with universities and colleges, public entities, not-for-profit organizations and other institutions. His most recently completed project, Roosevelt Point at Arizona State University-Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona, was successfully developed in partnership with EdR. At Concord Eastridge, Steve was responsible for providing leadership to project development teams and management of their projects in the western U.S. region. He also previously served as director of alternative finance and delivery for Turner Construction Co. from 2000 to 2008, where he was responsible for management of Turner's involvement in design/build/finance and public-private partnership development projects on a national basis. His background includes serving as senior VP technical services and systems with Westin Hotel Co. Steve earned his M.Arch. from University of Washington and his B.A. in architecture from Yale University.
Randy Simpson
Randy Simpson
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Systems Officer
Randy Simpson As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Systems Officer (CISO), Randy is responsible for overseeing all technology-related aspects of the company for corporate initiatives. He came to EdR from Diversified Trust, where he was responsible for managing and overseeing the design and delivery of the company’s client reporting systems, website and other information management systems. He also served as Vice President of Information Systems for RFS Hotel Investors Inc. During his 10 years at RFS, he led the development and implementation of the company’s information and reporting systems. Randy is a graduate of the University of Memphis, earning a B.A. with a double major in finance and management information systems.
Julie M. Skolnicki
Julie M. Skolnicki
Senior Vice President of University Partnerships
Julie M. Skolnicki Julie Skolnicki, EdR’s senior vice president of university partnerships, is responsible for overseeing all on-campus development for EdR’s public private partnerships (P3) including third-party structures and equity investment under EdR’s ONE Plan.

Julie has focused her career on creating innovative partnerships to support the development of dynamic student life environments driven by institutional objectives. She came to EdR in 2013 with 15 years of higher education planning and implementation experience at Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D), the University of Cincinnati and Turner Construction. She has managed the planning and implementation of more than 100 student life facilities on more than 50 campuses resulting in over $2 billion in development.

Julie received her B.A. in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. She is an Ohio-registered architect and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, and is an active member of The Society for College and University Planning, The Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, The National Association of College Auxiliary Services and The National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Sonja Harris
Sonja Harris
Vice President of Human Resources
Sonja Harris Ms. Harris, EdR’s vice president of human resources (HR), has 25 years’ experience in HR as well as REITs. She began her career in 1990 at Gables Residential Trust, a multifamily REIT, as property manager/regional safety and liability trainer providing management and operational support for two residential properties as well as regional safety and liability training for employees. From 2000 to 2005, Ms. Harris held a variety of HR management positions including VP of HR for Purchased Parts Group, Inc., a fastener distributor and logistics provider with domestic and international locations, as director of HR for Pennakem LLC, a specialty and fine chemical manufacturer and a pharmaceutical intermediate sales organization. A graduate of the University of Memphis, Mrs. Harris is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and is certified as an interaction management/resources management trainer.

Board of Directors

John V. Arabia
John V. Arabia
John V. Arabia John Arabia was elected to EdR’s board of directors in March 2014. He was named president of Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (NYSE: SHO) in February 2013, having previously served as the company’s chief financial officer and as executive vice president of corporate strategy from April 2011 to February 2013. He joined Sunstone from Green Street Advisors Inc., where he served as a principal and a managing director beginning 1997. Prior to joining Green Street, he was a consulting manager at EY Kenneth Leventhal in the firm’s west coast lodging-consulting practice that specialized in hotel market studies, valuation and acquisition due diligence. From 2006 through 2013, Mr. Arabia was a member of the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, he was named by Institutional Investor as the Best Independent Gaming and Lodging Analyst. Mr. Arabia won The Wall Street Journal’s best on the street award in the hotel and gaming category in 2008. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Arabia earned his MBA in real estate and accounting at the University of Southern California and his B.S. in hotel administration at Cornell University.
Kimberly K. Schaefer
Kimberly K. Schaefer
Kimberly K. Schaefer Kimberly K. (Kim) Schaefer was elected to our Board of Directors in 2016.

Ms. Schaefer brings 20 years experience in real estate, hospitality management and finance along with a strong business acumen to our board. Additionally, her creativity and experience in establishing and refining the Great Wolf Resorts brand into a premier family entertainment brand will make her a valuable addition to EdR's leadership.

Ms. Schaefer has served as Chief Executive Officer of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. — the brand leader in the waterpark resort industry — since January 2009 and has been a member of the company’s Board of Directors since February 2009. For nearly 15 years prior to her advancement to CEO, Ms. Schaefer served at various times as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Brand Officer, and was involved in site selection as well as producing a strong and successful operations record.

A certified public accountant, Ms. Schaefer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and sits on the Board of Trustees for the college’s Business School.
Howard A. Silver
Howard A. Silver
Lead Independent Director
Howard A. Silver From May 1994 to 2007, Mr. Silver was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Inns, Inc., a former NYSE listed company. Until the sale of the company to Whitehall Global Real Estate Funds in October 2007, Equity Inns was the largest hotel real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on the upscale extended stay, all-suite and midscale limited-service segments of the hotel industry. Mr. Silver also served as Equity Inns' Executive Vice-President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 2004. Prior to joining Equity Inns, Mr. Silver was employed by Ernst & Young LLP from 1987 to 1992 and by PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P.) from 1978 to 1986. Mr. Silver holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Memphis, and has been a certified public accountant since 1980.
Thomas Trubiana
Thomas Trubiana
President
Thomas Trubiana One of the nation’s preeminent student housing experts, Tom has been a leading figure in the student housing industry for more than 30 years. He has been directly involved in the development and/or management of over 150 collegiate housing communities representing more than 90,000 beds.

Having previously helped guide the company from a number of leadership positions, Tom was promoted to president of EdR and appointed to serve on the company’s board of directors in January 2015.

Tom began his career in student housing as a resident assistant for Allen & O’Hara — EdR’s predecessor company. He also served as president and chief executive officer of American Campus Communities (ACC) from July 1997 until October 2003, leading ACC through the company’s critical period of pre-IPO growth.

Prior to serving as president of ACC, Tom held numerous executive management positions for Cardinal/Lexford Realty Services, Inc. including chief operating officer. As COO, Tom was directly responsible for overseeing 530 multifamily communities.

Tom is a member of The National Apartment Association and its Student Housing Committee, The National Multifamily Housing Council, The National Association of College and University Business Officers, and other higher education and student housing organizations.

A graduate of West Virginia University, Tom received a B.S. in marketing and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance.
John T. Thomas
John T. Thomas
John T. Thomas John T. Thomas was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016.

Thomas has been the president, chief executive officer and member of the board of trustees of Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) since August 2013. DOC is an internally managed healthcare REIT with a focus on acquiring and managing medical office buildings and other healthcare facilities that has invested $2.4 billion in 222 properties across 30 states since its IPO in 2013.

Prior to that Thomas was executive vice president – medical facilities group for Health Care REIT Inc. (NYSE: HCN) from January 2009 to July 2012. Under his guidance, the total net investments of HCN’s medical facilities group grew from $2.3 billion in assets to approximately $5 billion. Thomas received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and his B.S. in Economics from Jacksonville State University, where he was a scholarship letterman on the football team and a member of the Academic All-Conference Team. Thomas graduated with Distinction and Special Honors in Economics.
Wendell W. Weakley
Wendell W. Weakley
Wendell W. Weakley Wendell W. Weakley is the President and CEO of the University of Mississippi Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation on July 1, 2006, he was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) from August 1976 to June 2006. Mr. Weakley was an audit partner with PwC serving public clients in the manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors in the Memphis, Dallas and Tampa offices over his career. As an audit manager, he also served a two-year international tour of duty with PwC. He has served as the Office Managing Partner for the Memphis office of Price Waterhouse as well as the audit and industry leader in the Dallas/Ft. Worth market for PwC. He was also a Regional Risk Management partner for PwC. Mr. Weakley is a Certified Public Accountant.