Drawing from diverse backgrounds and decades of combined experience, our executive team provides unparalleled day-to-day leadership and company oversight.
West Virginia University
B.S., Business Administration
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.
The son and grandson of steelworkers, Bill was born and raised in the northern panhandle of West Virginia and first forged his vision of what would someday become American Campus Communities while he was still a student at WVU working as a dishwasher, grill cook, night desk attendant, and as a resident assistant at Summit Hall. He saw students and parents as under-served consumers, worthy of better products and services. He saw the need and the opportunity to provide modern, high quality, well-amenitized student communities that could foster an environment conducive to academic success.
Bill spent the first six years of his career with traditional real estate companies that were intrigued by student housing as a side business. In 1993, with less than $3,000 in the bank, the 29-year-old moved his wife and two small children to Austin, Texas where he co-founded American Campus Communities with Wayne Senecal and Joseph Domberger. The fledging company, with only one third-party student housing management contract, established an ambitious mission statement: “To be the nation’s premier provider of quality student housing communities and services through a unique understanding of, and an unrelenting commitment to, students, parents and educational institutions.”
From 1993 to 2003, Bill worked to establish the company as the nation’s premier third-party developer and manager of on campus student housing, pioneering large development transactions with the SUNY System, the University of California System and the Texas A&M University System. In 1997, he secured venture capital from a fund controlled by Reckson Associates to buy out his original partners and to fund the company’s expansion from a third-party service provider to an owner of student housing communities. In 2004, after building the company to more than $300 million in owned assets, Bill led the student housing industry to a new plateau when American Campus successfully consummated its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, becoming the first publicly-traded student housing company in the nation and introducing the sector to Wall Street and institutional investors.
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 28 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, 2016, ACC stock has delivered a total shareholder return of more than 400 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 exceeding $9 billion.
Beyond the company’s operational success and financial performance, under Bill’s purview, American Campus has been widely recognized as the sector’s “Best in Class” company. In 2011, ACC achieved an investment grade rating from both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s. The company received national accolades in 2013 when it was named “Development Firm of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders and also named by Forbes as one of “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies.” ACC has also been voted as one of the best companies to work for in its home state of Texas on three separate occasions. In addition, American Campus developments have won more than three dozen national and regional real estate awards.
Bill’s vision, passion, and tenacious determination have not only fueled the success and prominence of American Campus, but have also served as a catalyst for the entire student housing industry becoming a well-respected asset class within the commercial real estate sector, resulting in students and parents across the nation now having a wide variety of modern, high quality, professionally managed, affordable student housing options from which to choose.
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. 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. In 2015, he was recognized by his alma mater, West Virginia University, where he was added to the College of Business & Economics Roll of Distinguished Alumni. Bill is also a member of Mensa International.
On the charitable front, Bill serves as the Chairman and was instrumental in the formation of American Campus Charities Foundation, which supports charitable activities focused on disadvantaged youth and education in ACC’s hometown of Austin, Texas, as well as in the local communities served by ACC’s properties. The Foundation has raised in excess of $1 million for the causes consistent with its focus. Bill also currently serves one the Board for the Rise School of Austin, which provides high quality early childhood education for gifted, traditional and developmentally delayed children in an inclusive setting, using individualized learning techniques.
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Texas A&M University
First student housing experience: Treehouse Village, a student apartment where I lived and worked. I had a smooth transition from my parent’s home and made several lifelong friends. I also met my husband there!
Best college-themed movie/TV Show: Saved by the Bell College Edition
Most people don't know: I have a green thumb--I enjoy gardening and growing plants.
Favorite thing about college: A&M football, meeting my husband and starting my career in student housing.
Jennifer is the executive responsible for all company operations with more than 2,900 employees under her supervision. Her oversight encompasses marketing and leasing, customer service, human resources, training, and corporate administration and company culture. Jennifer also oversees our Inside Track employee development program, as well as our unmatched residence life program.
Under her leadership, ACC has consistently achieved industry-leading occupancy and eleven straight years of same-store growth in the areas of revenue, rental rate, rental revenue, and net operating income. Jennifer played a critical role in the development of ACC’s proprietary systems, particularly our Leasing Administration and Marketing system, LAMS. Working with our CEO, Bill Bayless, Jennifer developed the initial flowcharts for LAMS – a technology platform that had never before existed in student housing that has been a driving force in the success of the company as a whole.
Since Jennifer joined ACC as a regional manager 15+ years ago, she has held a variety of positions in property management, on-campus business development, and our training department. Her roots in student housing extend back to her college days, during which she worked on-site in property management.
After graduation, she joined JPI and worked on-site in their first purpose-built student housing community, then moved on to the training department at the corporate offices, working to develop onsite employees in both multi-family and student housing. Her experience and expertise in both student and multi-family housing are invaluable assets to our team.
EVP, Chief Technology Officer
Texas A&M University
B.S., Computer Science
Specializations in Mathematics and Management
First student housing experience: Lived off-campus in a house with two roommates. They filled the trunk of my car with packing peanuts, and later “stole” the car (I stole it back and had them searching frantically all day)… It was non-stop pranks!
Best college-themed movie/TV show: Good Will Hunting
Most people don't know: I can juggle and ride a unicycle at the same time (seriously)
Favorite thing about college: The relationships I built with some of my instructors, especially the regular Thursday poker games with my statistics professor
Jorge and his team are revolutionizing the way technology is used in the student housing industry. Under his direction, ACC implemented the first “gigabit to the bed” Internet service in the country, providing our student residents the access they need to succeed in their college careers. At the same time, Jorge’s IT staff developed ACC’s proprietary enterprise-capable Leasing Administration and Marketing System (LAMS) – the first of its kind in the industry – while also sustaining the technology backbone that enables our multifaceted operation.
After Jorge joined the company in 2004, he and the rest of our leadership focused on a strategic opportunity: ACC needed a new technology platform designed for scalable growth, with tools built specifically for the unique leasing life cycle in the student-housing market. In addition to LAMS, our IT team developed ACC’s Market Survey business intelligence platform and the Strategic Marketing System, a comprehensive web-based marketing planning and execution tool.
Jorge also oversees our Technical Services team, which focuses entirely on property-based technology enablement. This team works closely with our development group to make sure each community has the proper infrastructure for current and future technology needs, while securing local vendor support with best-in-market pricing and services. It’s not surprising, then, to discover that Jorge began his career developing software for NASA at Lockheed Engineering and Science.
Prior to joining ACC, he co-founded and served as principal consultant of Everest Technologies, Inc., an Oil & Gas IT consulting firm, which later sold to SAIC, Inc. He was also director of product management for emerging technologies at VISA®.
Jorge is especially proud that ACC supports charitable causes that promote education and the wellbeing of children.
Outside of work, Jorge serves as co-founder and board president of The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a nonprofit which offers a nationally accredited college-preparatory curriculum and world-class arts education.
EVP, CFO, Treasurer
Texas A&M University
First student housing experience: I did it backwards! I lived off campus in an apartment for the first two years, then moved on campus to a dorm.
Best college-themed movie/TV show: Back to School
Favorite thing about college: Living on campus and joining in so many organized activities and rich A&M traditions gave me a real sense of community and togetherness. And when I started feeling a part of everything, I did better in my classes too.
As our CFO and Treasurer, Jon heads our financial team and bears the ultimate responsibility for upholding the trust of ACC’s shareholders and analysts. Jon oversees all reporting and other regulatory mandates, as well as risk management, payroll, and HR. Under his financial stewardship, ACC has been named one of America’s Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies by Forbes multiple times. Jon joined ACC in 2004, shortly after our IPO.
As corporate controller of a new public company, he led the way in implementing the necessary processes to sustain regulatory compliance and meet the expectations of our shareholders and analysts. His career began at Ernst & Young LLP in San Antonio, auditing the books for privately held companies ranging from the San Antonio Spurs and Pace® Foods to banks, hospitals, and much more.
Four years later, Jon began working with public companies and found he truly enjoyed the technical side of regulatory compliance and reporting. After seven years with Ernst & Young, Jon moved on to Southern Union Company, starting first in financial reporting and SEC filings. Over the course of 10 years, he undertook more and more responsibilities – ultimately serving as VP and controller for the company.
Jon is a licensed CPA and an active member of the local area Boy Scouts board.
B.S., Administrative Management
First student housing experience: Johnstone Hall at Clemson University – an old-school residence hall, most of which has been demolished and replaced. I learned valuable lessons about living in very close proximity to 500 or 600 of my freshman peers.
Best college-themed movie/TV show: Animal House, Dead Poets Society
Favorite thing about college: Meeting my bride, making lifelong friends, and watching the Clemson Tigers win a National Championship in 1981!
As president, Jim provides executive oversight of day-to-day business operations, advances the company’s asset and portfolio management functions, and furthers American Campus’ best-in-class operating platform including the strategic oversight of the company’s Next Gen systems development. Jim previously held the position of chief operating office where he directed the strategic operations of the company – including corporate ops, executive guidance of the property operations division, the asset management department and corporate support functions.
In 2000, Jim came on board as ACC’s senior VP of acquisitions, having most recently served as vice president at JPI Development and Insignia Financial Group. His expertise was instrumental in our pre-IPO growth. From 2003-2005, Jim took a brief detour to serve as VP of asset management for Wachovia’s real estate capital markets group. Happily he rejoined ACC in 2005 and has served in various capacities ever since – including chief investment officer and EVP of project management and construction.
In the latter role, Jim oversaw the delivery of more than 45 assets, representing more than $2.7 billion in value. In addition to his work, Jim is an active member of the board of The Rise School of Austin and formerly served on the board of governors for LifeWorks Youth & Family Alliance.
EVP, Capital Markets
Daniel will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer on March 31, 2017.
Texas A&M University
New York University Stern School of Business, M.B.A.
First student housing experience: Conventional off-campus apartment complex, run by an absentee landlord. No amenities or residence life programming, but we did manage to have a good time!
Best college-themed movie/TV show: Old School
Most people don't know: I played rugby for 2 years in grad school.
Favorite thing about college: The thrilling experience of being on my own for the first time and making decisions for myself.
Daniel is responsible for development and implementation of capital market strategies, managing bank group relationships, sourcing capital for growth activities, and working with equity investors and research analysts. He joined ACC in February 2005 as vice president of investments and was promoted in 2007 to senior vice president of capital markets.
During his tenure, Daniel has overseen the sourcing of more than $8 billion in debt or equity. He was also instrumental in securing ACC’s investment-grade rating – the first of its kind for a student housing company.
Prior to joining ACC, Daniel held positions in the investment banking division of Citigroup Global Markets, where he assisted with the successful completion of American Campus’ initial public offering in 2004. He also worked in the corporate finance divisions of BNP Paribas and Banc of America (formerly NationsBank).
EVP, Chief Investment Officer
Vanderbilt University (But as a Missouri native, he roots for Mizzou),
B.A., Economics, Spanish
First student housing experience: The typical double occupancy room with group showers down the hall
Favorite college-themed movie/TV show: Old School
Favorite thing about college: Experiencing new things – whether it was meeting new friends, exploring new places, or learning new subjects.
William has served as ACC’s Chief Investment Officer/EVP since November 2012 and currently oversees all of the company’s investment activity – including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, and on and off campus development. During his time at the company, William has been involved in transactions totaling more than 200 communities and more than $6.5 billion of student housing product, including the public merger with GMH as well as several of the largest portfolio acquisitions in the sector.
He joined ACC in August 2001 as Director of Acquisitions and has since served in increasing capacities – including Director of Asset Management, Vice President of Investments, Senior Vice President of Investments and Executive Vice President of Investments. Prior to joining ACC, William worked as an Acquisition Analyst for Lend Lease Real Estate Investments.
He currently serves as Vice Chair of ULI’s University Development Council – Student Housing Flight and as a director of the Boys and Girls Club of Austin and Travis County, Inc. He also currently serves on the NMHC Finance Committee.
EVP, Chief Accounting Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
B.B.A., Accounting, M.P.A. (Master of Professional Accounting)
First student housing experience: All-girl private dorm. I clearly remember that my parents dropped me off and rushed out the door. Come to find out, they intentionally left right away so that I would not see them get emotional. Now that I have two children of my own, I completely understand!
Best college-themed movie/TV show: Hands down, Revenge of the Nerds!
Most people don't know: I am a first-generation American. (My father is from Poland)
Favorite thing about college: To this day, I still remember the excitement of walking the UT campus with my backpack in those first few weeks. It felt like the beginning of an amazing journey – and it was!
Kim is responsible for all aspects of the company’s accounting and financial reporting functions – including SEC reporting, technical accounting, internal controls, and financial systems implementation. She started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP in San Francisco, where her client base consisted primarily of REITs and other real estate entities. Prior to joining ACC, Kim was an assistant controller with AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis), also in San Francisco. In 2004, Kim met with our CEO Bill Bayless and the executive team about the opportunity to lead ACC’s accounting department through our IPO and transition to a publicly traded company.
She was hooked on the team’s enthusiasm and passion right away. Eleven years later, she is still just as excited about her job, serving our students and university partners, and mentoring her team members to learn and grow every single day. Kim is a CPA and a member of the University of Texas Department of Accounting Advisory Council. She also enjoys participating in charitable activities as a member of the Junior League of Austin.
EVP, Public-Private Transactions
Miami University (Ohio)
First student housing experience: Traditional 1960s-style dormitory and dining hall, all four years
Best college movie/TV show: Animal House —“Seven years of college down the drain!” Classic!
Favorite college experience: Most people don’t know: I went from a walk-on to starting defensive back for the Miami of Ohio football team. In my senior year, our little ragtag bunch beat the LSU Tigers 21-12 at Baton Rouge, in the pouring rain. I’ll never forget the euphoria of counting down those final 7-9 seconds and realizing we were actually going to win.
Jamie is the executive overseeing ACC’s P3 division, responsible for all on-campus business development efforts, including our American Campus Equity® (ACE) program. Under Jamie’s leadership, his team has developed and/or completed more than three dozen on-campus transactions – including third party, tax-exempt bond finance projects, conventional leasehold mortgages, university general obligation bonds, and direct investments under the ACE program.
These transactions comprise nearly $2.1 billion in total development cost. All told, Jamie has been involved in higher education finance for more than 25 years. Prior to joining ACC in 2007, Jamie was an investment banker specializing in higher education and related non-profit finance. Throughout his investment banking career, Jamie participated in the origination of more than $2 billion of debt and derivative transactions for more than 80 higher education institutions and nonprofits. Prior to joining the company, he also served as the investment banker for more than $350 million of ACC projects prior to joining the company. Having worked very closely with higher-ed presidents, CFOs, and finance committees, Jamie has an unmatched understanding of the complex issues these leaders face when managing their balance sheets, debt capacity, and credit ratings while successfully achieving their overall mission and vision.
His deep experience and unique perspective combine to help ACC achieve win-win solutions for the colleges and universities we serve. Jamie joined ACC from RBC Bank’s public finance department, where he served as the managing director of the higher education sector.
Prior to RBC, he was a managing director with Banc One Capital Markets (currently JPMorgan Capital Markets) and held positions at McDonald & Company Securities (currently KeyBanc Capital Markets) and The Ohio Company (currently Fifth Third Markets).