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DENVER, CO – August 31, 2022 – Cardinal Group Companies (CGC), an industry leader in student, conventional, and affordable housing investments and property management, announced the recent promotion of its current VP of Finance, John O’Brien, to Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the company. In his new role, John will oversee the day-to-day operations of the corporate business and direct oversight of functions including finance, accounting, risk management, and business administration.

“John is everything we could have asked for in a teammate and business leader. He has been a key driver of platform growth while also bringing the Cardinal Culture to life,” says Jason Luker, co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Cardinal Group.

John has the unique distinction of being Cardinal Group’s first-ever team member and has been instrumental in the company’s growth from a single-owned managed asset to a nationally recognized industry leader in investments, management, and more. He has served as a VP of Accounting, Controller, and VP of Risk & Finance in his 12-year tenure at the company. In addition, he is a registered CPA.

John’s promotion continues a streak of strategic hires and promotions to facilitate the future growth of the business. Cardinal recently made strategic hires with a Head of Development and Head of Multifamily Acquisitions and expanded its property management senior executive team. Cardinal has grown 40% annually for the past decade and has a heavy growth plan for the foreseeable future.

“We are just getting started,” says CEO, Alex O’Brien. “John has been a reliable teammate for the past decade and is a big part of our future. With his leadership in place, we can focus on strategic opportunities to continue to grow and improve our businesses.”

About Cardinal Group Companies

Cardinal Group Companies (“CGC”) is a fully integrated real estate management, investment, construction, consulting, and marketing firm focused on multifamily and student housing throughout the country. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, CGC affiliate companies are all firmly built atop the company’s “Cardinal Culture.” Since 2007, CGC has been operating successful partnerships, focused on creating efficiency and above-market performance via their commitment to challenging the status quo of the industry. To date, Cardinal Group Companies has developed several best-in-class initiatives, which have earned the company national recognition year after year. Cardinal Group Companies’ management platform oversees over 40,000 units nationwide and over 70,000 student housing beds across the U.S., including Cardinal Group, Companies’ owned portfolio, and third-party managed properties.

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