Large Scale Development and Geographic Expansion with Matt Katsaros of CA Ventures

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Joining Phil Coover on this episode of Real Estate for Breakfast is Matt Katsaros, SVP – Acquisitions of CA Ventures’ subsidiary—CA Residential. CA Ventures is one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the Midwest, and does about $1.5 Billion in real estate development every year.  Matt and Phil discuss the history of CA Ventures from its initial niche in student housing to a current portfolio of multiple asset classes and real estate services. Matt shares trends in residential real estate development and investment markets across the U.S.

Founded in 2004, CA Ventures is an international real estate investment management company headquartered in Chicago, IL, with offices in Denver, CO, and London. The firm found initial success focusing on off-campus student housing and has delivered almost 50,000 units (or beds) of student accommodation across 40 major university markets. Today the portfolio is diverse spanning multiple asset classes including student, senior and other residential real estate, as well as industrial and office markets.

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Collete English Dixon of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate


In this episode, Phil is joined by Collete English Dixon, Executive Director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate and Operational Chair of Real Estate in the Heller College of Business, at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.  The dynamic Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate sets itself apart from other educational institutions in that it’s deeply intertwined with the Chicago Real Estate community, by helping those in the community to feed off of and learn from one another.  Collete and Phil discuss how valuable networking and educational opportunities within the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate can help further the careers of professionals and enable students to grow in the Real Estate community.  Collete also discusses the academic offerings of the Institute such as the Masters in Real Estate (MSRE) program, and the creation of the Advisory Board, which consists of industry leaders who share their knowledge with students, providing a connection with those who are moving the Real Estate industry forward.

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Collete English Dixon has more than 30 years in investment management with a focus on commercial real estate investing. Prior to her current role at Roosevelt University, she was Executive Director - Transactions for PGIM Real Estate (formerly known as PREI), a business unit of Prudential Financial, and co-leader of PREI’s national investment dispositions program. In that role, she oversaw the sale of more than 200 investment properties located throughout the US, with a total value of more than $8.7 Billion, on behalf of PREI’s investment funds. Prior to her role in dispositions, Collete was responsible for sourcing more than $2.75B of wholly-owned and joint venture real estate investment opportunities in the Midwestern markets covering all property types, including office, multi-family, hotel, industrial and retail properties. Collete’s experience also includes property development and asset management.

She is a Past President of CREW Network, a Past Chair of the CREW Network Foundation, a Past President of CREW Chicago, a full member of ULI and the 2016-2019 Chair of the UDMU Council/Purple. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Investment Committee for the Housing Partnership Equity Trust, a member of the Board of Directors for BDREX and a member of its Audit and Governance committees, a board member of the Chicago Forum of the International Women’s Forum, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.