New Director Hire Header 1024x384 - Cardinal Group Management Welcomes Three New Directors of Operations for Student Housing

DENVER, CO – May 23, 2023 – Cardinal Group Management is pleased to announce Katy Smerko, and Kevin Sealey have joined Cardinal as Directors of Operations and are each tasked with overseeing portfolios of Student Housing Communities. In addition, Cardinal Group recently promoted Eli Routh to Director of Operations. In their new roles, Smerko, Sealey and Routh will bring their extensive industry experience to oversee a dedicated portfolio of communities and clients. The new directors will ensure we are fulfilling our mission of providing engaging communities for our residents to thrive and delivering an exceptional client experience. 

Katy Smerko brings more than a decade of leadership experience in the student housing industry, having most recently served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Campus Advantage. Kevin Sealey, also a veteran in the student housing industry, served as COO and founding partner at Valeo Americas Housing before joining Cardinal and spent most of his career building the operations platform of Campus Crest. Eli Routh started his career on the facilities side at Cardinal before becoming a VP of Operations at Trinitas. Routh oversees Cardinal’s white-label student portfolios and strategic third-party clients in student and Built-to-Rent housing.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katy and Kevin to our growing team and to support Eli’s continued growth in his Cardinal journey,” said Alex O’Brien, CEO of Cardinal Group Companies. “Their wealth of experience and proven track records of excellence and exceptional service will be invaluable to our clients.”

Cardinal Group is dedicated to supporting its team members in their career journey to provide opportunities for growth in their professional development. This commitment to excellence has earned the company recognition as a Glassdoor Best Place to Work. 

“We are confident that our continued investment in top talent for our team will enable us to continue to exceed our client’s expectations and maintain our position as a leader in the student housing industry,” added O’Brien.

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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 73,000 student housing beds across the U.S., including Cardinal Group, Companies’ owned portfolio and third-party managed properties.


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