Our Team

Deep Expertise in Student Living

Unparalleled in the industry, our team possess deep experience in multiple facets of commercial residential development from various projects across the U.S., allowing us to apply the right expertise for each project.

As Vice President of Real Estate Development, Ben provides leadership and expertise and leads Opus’ national student living platform with a focus on the sourcing and pursuit of new development opportunities, upfront development feasibility studies, financial analysis, due diligence and entitlements while further providing managerial oversight throughout construction and project delivery.
Ben has over a decade of commercial real estate experience, most of which has been spent developing Class A mixed-use, urban infill assets. Prior to joining Opus in 2016, he served as executive vice president of development at Core Spaces, LLC, a national developer and asset manager specializing in private student housing. Ben also worked for notable firms such as McCaffery Interests, Inc. and Jones Lang LaSalle (now JLL).
Ben holds a Masters of Business Administration in real estate finance and investments from the DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in construction management from Purdue University. He is a member of the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Alliance, Purdue Alumni Association and the National Multifamily Housing Council.

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Jeff is responsible for all construction-related activities in Iowa and Nebraska. He provides guidance and oversight to a team of project managers across multiple sectors, including office, industrial, institutional, retail, and residential. He also manages large, complex projects from project pursuit through design, construction and activation.

Since joining Opus in 1995, he has successfully completed projects emphasizing quality while also tightly managing the schedule. He has demonstrated to his clients that early involvement in the design phase can guarantee a superior project is built within the established budget constraints.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science with distinction in construction engineering from Iowa State University. He is affiliated with the Design Build Institute of America in Iowa and the Commercial Real Estate Association, Des Moines.

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