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Our Team

SHI Corporate Team

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Wes Deese is the Host and Producer, as well as the Founder and CEO of Student Housing Insight.  He has spent over 20 years in the Student Housing industry, from the Resident Assistant to Chief Operating Officer.  His passion for education was one of the key driving factors behind the vision of creating the podcast, and expanding it out to nationwide learning summits.

Wes Deese

Founder | CEO | Host

Wes Deese

Wes Deese

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Gretta Dare is Senior Co-Host of Student Housing Insight.  She has spent over 15 years in the property management industry, from Leasing Consultant to President  in both Conventional and Student housing.  She has held positions at Equity Residential, Aimco, ACC, CEV and Trinitas Ventures in Operational, Leasing & Marketing roles.

Gretta Dare

Creator of Things | Co-Host

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Josh joined the SHI team in 2018 as a videographer and producer. He first started creating videos on miniDV camcorders and basic software. Since then he has traveled the world filming and upgrading his skills. Josh loves to travel, eat good food, create art, and compete in OCR races! Adventure is his middle name!  He recently competed in NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.”  Josh lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife & 3 kids and runs a non-profit ministry called Well Fed which combats food insecurity with access to healthy food and education. 

Joshua Harris

Videographer & Video Producer

SHI Ambassadors

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Jessica Delis serves as an experienced Regional Manager for Campus Advantage, overseeing all aspects of her portfolio. She takes pride in providing the best leadership possible and has a proven track record for creating strong leadership amongst her teams. Jessica has over 16 years of industry experience in both conventional and student housing. In her spare time, Jessica loves spending time with husband and three children. She also enjoys running half marathons and will one day complete a full marathon. 

Jessica Delis

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Greg King has been involved and working within the Student Housing Industry for 5 years! He is currently the General Manager, working under Asset Living at The Madison in Ames, Iowa. He is a valued member of the National Apartment Association and sits in on the Careers Committee. He is also involved within his local community as an Ames Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and also serves on the Advisory Board for the RPM Program within Ball State University.

 Greg King

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Nolen Leach began his career as a part-time community ambassador in 2015 at a 432 bed property. Over the past 7 years, Nolen has worked his way up to Associate Property Manager at B.Hom Student Living and manages a 1,840 bed property in the heart of College Station, Texas. Nolen loves working closely with universities and has helped to create master lease partnerships with several different departments over the years. In his free time, Nolen is working on his dissertation to achieve his goal of obtaining a Ph.D. in History and enjoys spending time perusing local libraries and museums.

Nolan Leach

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As VP of Business Development, Ryan  to build CA's third-party management pipeline. He is actively engaged with investors of all types, and serves as a client relationship manager for all the third-party clients to ensure that their goals are met. Prior to joining CA, Ryan began his career as a community assistant at American Campus Communities.  He has been honored with multiple internal company awards including ‘Innovator of the Year’. He and his teams hold an American Advertising Award for a successful marketing campaign & four Student Housing Business Innovator awards for their work in marketing and property operations.

Ryan Hand

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Marcel began in Student Housing as a Community Ambassador in 2009. while in culinary school to earn his degree in baking pastry and confection.  He has held many positions within the industry from leasing manager, assistant GM, resident director, national leasing specialist, and his current roll of general manager with BHOM student living. Marcel currently works in Las Vegas where he is quite the buffet aficionado! In his free time he likes to binge watch terrible tv shows and spend time with the bane of his existence, his adorable corgi Daenerys Corgarian.

Marcel Thomas

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Craig started his career in student housing as a part time leasing agent, a little more than 9 years ago with the Preiss Company. He fell in love with the career soon after, for the same reason he signed his lease to live at the site, the culture!! He finds true passion in creating a genuine and welcoming environment that creates an atmosphere that prospects, residents, and parents can see and feel when they meet him! Many student housing properties in today's markets offer similar aspects and amenities. But by signing a lease with me, you get service and loyalty for a year and hopefully many to come!

Craig George

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Erin got into property management over 4 years ago, starting off at an almost 800 unit conventional property near Downtown Sacramento as a Leasing Agent, then Marketing Director. Less than 2 years later, she became a leasing manager for a transitioning student property near UC Davis. Currently, she is in Southern California managing a property by Cal State, San Bernardino.  When she's not working you can usually find her at Disneyland or a baseball stadium and collecting content for her side-passion: her blog! 

Erin Shay

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Emre started out his career in student housing 3 years ago as a Leasing Ambassador with Integris Student Living. He enjoys creating memorable experiences for prospects, residents, and parents. In 2021, he grew into the Leasing & Marketing Manager role for a dual-site community near Queen’s University where he leads a pre-lease for 640 beds. Emre is an ambitious young professional that is passionate about purpose built developments in the Canadian student housing market. In his spare time, Emre can be found completing DIY projects around his first home or binge watching new releases on Netflix

Emre Askar

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Strategic Partners

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Annual Partners

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Our Parters

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Randall (Randy) Paulissen is the Director of Student Housing for Young America Realty. Located in Normal, IL, Young America services the off-campus housing needs for students of Illinois State University. He has spent 15+ years in the student housing industry culminating in his current position where he oversees the leasing/marketing and owner relations for 5,000 purpose built student housing beds. His passion for sales and the professional development of college students has resulted in the unique development and training of a part-time student led leasing staff consisting of 30+ agents, who are responsible for an annual rent roll of $35 Million.

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