Your Cardinal Story Begins Here

Ten years ago, Cardinal Group had four team members and a P.O. Box as their corporate headquarters. But as our team knows, this company is now an “us” story; a 1,500-member team spanning from coast-to-coast, border to border. Cardinal Group is filled with exceptional men and women who want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, that want to go the extra mile in order to change an industry and challenge the status quo.

No two paths are the same, but every team member works with a passion and pride that is unique to them. Our company is filled with team members that regularly go that extra inch when no one is looking. We are so grateful for those efforts and the team who is helping author the Cardinal Story now and into the future. Working at Cardinal Group means embodying our culture, challenging the status quo, and ultimately forging your own path to success. How far you go is completely up to you.

What will your Cardinal Story be?

This isn’t a job, it’s a career.
We aren’t co-workers, we’re a team.
We don’t just check boxes, we break boundaries.

Meet Our Leaders

We believe referring to a company as a “family” is naïve corporate-speak. Instead, we think of ourselves as a professional sports team that is built to win. To accomplish this, we seek to fill every position in our company with exceptional performers. When you’re surrounded by excellence, you do your best work, you learn more, and you achieve a high level of professional satisfaction.

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Alex O’Brien

Chief Executive Officer
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Del de Windt

Managing Principal
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Jason Luker

Chief Financial Officer
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Eric Frank

Chief Investment Officer
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Cara Athmann

Chief Technology Officer
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Peter Lynch

VP, People and Culture
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Eddie Moreno

EVP, Operations
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Jennifer Cassidy

SVP, Student Housing Operations
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John O’Brien

VP, Finance & Compliance
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Madison Meier

VP, Capital Markets
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Greg Martini

VP, Acquisitions
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Doug Miller

VP, Construction Services
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Will Conroy

VP, Management Services
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Catherine Stanton

General Counsel
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Sarah Cheers

VP of Systems
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Christina Tarumoto

VP, Client Services
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Erica Najmabadi

Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
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Jenn Capshaw

Director, Human Resources
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Versie Wallace

Director, Learning and Development
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Rebekah Fischer

Director, Operations
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Sean Devine

Director, Operations
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Sylvester Brandon

Director, Operations
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Dawn Davis

Director, Property Accounting
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Mike O’Brien

Manager, Corporate Financial Reporting
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Laurie Grushey

Director, Corporate Accounting
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Chris Bidwell

Director, Compliance
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Gabe Villa

Director, Data & Analytics
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Brenton Ross

Director, IT Project Manager Office
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Alex O’Brien

Chief Executive Officer

Alex is responsible for the strategic leadership of Cardinal Group Companies. This includes internal operations, leadership, and management, accountability, excellence, and buy-in across all verticles. He is passionate about bringing the Cardinal vision, culture, and playbook to life with all team members and all communities.

Prior to founding Cardinal, Alex proudly served in the United States Marine Corps as a Supply and Logistics Officer, which included two tours in the Middle East and Pacific. Alex holds a B.S. in Finance from Miami University's Farmer School of Business and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Alex is a member of NMHC's National Student Housing Committee and gives his free time to serving the veteran community.

Favorite movie quote:
The entire script to Tombstone
I can't survive a work day without:
High-fives
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Anything with peanut butter.
Favorite band/musician of all time:
Led Zeppelin
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Del de Windt

Managing Principal

Del is responsible for strategic oversight, innovation and the overall performance of CGM. Using his creativity, experience and enthusiasm, Del directs and inspires the team to achieve the company’s short and long term goals. Leveraging his development background in high-end hospitality, Del stresses excellence and the continual improvement of a best-in-class platform including culture, customer service, technology, design, and marketing strategies.

Del is a graduate of Stanford University.

Favorite thing about Cardinal Group:
So many things, but the fact the team walks the talk of our culture and does business the right way. It's pretty special.
I have a passion for:
Reaching our fullest potential.
Favorite weekend activity:
Family time!
The one food I can't live without:
Sushi
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Jason Luker

Chief Financial Officer

Jason is primarily responsible for CGI's asset management and acquisition activities, including deal sourcing, execution, raising capital, and analyzing performance. Prior to starting Cardinal Group, Jason was the Director of Development Services for The London Group Realty Advisors in San Diego, where he performed market and financial analysis and helped secure entitlements for more than $3 billion of residential and commercial projects throughout California, Arizona and Colorado.

Jason is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from the University of San Diego's School of Business Administration. Jason is a licensed real estate broker in California and Colorado, and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

One thing that always makes me smile is:
Those inflatable guys in front of car dealerships.
If I could have one superpower, it would be:
Time travel.
My go-to coffee order is:
Black, like my heart.
My spirit animal is:
Banana slug.
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Eric Frank

Chief Investment Officer

Eric is primarily responsible for overseeing CGI's investment and development activities including deal sourcing, research, underwriting, capital raising, and transaction execution. Additionally, Eric oversees CGI's advisory services and is actively working on the 10 million square foot urban redevelopment of the Denver Design District. He has diverse experience in development, acquisitions, asset management, and financial and market analysis.

Prior to starting Cardinal Group, Eric worked for the London Group Realty Advisors in San Diego, where he advised and managed real estate projects totaling more than $3 billion. Prior to the London Group, Eric led acquisitions for Pacific Living Properties, a privately-held multifamily investment firm with more than 5,000 units across the West Coast.

He holds a B.S. in Real Estate Finance and International Business from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from the University of San Diego's School of Business Administration. Eric is a licensed real estate broker in California and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

Favorite TV show:
Walking Dead.
Most people don't know this about me:
My real first name is James.
Everyone can always count on me for:
Getting free cookies at lunch.
My go-to coffee order is:
Iced Americano.
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Cara Athmann

Chief Technology Officer

Cara Athmann joins Cardinal Group Companies with a blend of multi-family housing industry experience and technology & data consulting experience. She is responsible for leading the IT & Data strategy to support the Cardinal Group Companies. Cara has vast experience in strategy definition, project execution, and team member development. She also has a passion for leveraging technology, data, and innovation to drive business value.

Favorite hobby:
Running, just about every day
Can’t travel without:
My Kindle fully loaded with plenty of books
I would love to travel to:
Japan with a summit of Mount Fuji
A great book I’d recommend is:
Shantaram
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Peter Lynch

VP, People and Culture

Peter Lynch is the Head of People & Culture at Cardinal Group Companies. A noted Fortune 500 global executive in talent, operations, culture, and HR. He is also a top podcaster having created 2 podcasts that reached the top 25 ahead of The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. A TEDx speaker whose connection with audiences is legendary, he lives with his family in Denver.

He has also been a sought out high-performance coach with clients that included an NBA coach, a presidential candidate’s sr. advisor, a superior court judge and several executive teams. Peter is known for his impactful storytelling and has taken his message of success through authenticity to leaders and teams on 5 continents

One thing that always makes me smile:
My golden retrievers
I can't survive the workday without:
coffee
Favorite tv show?
The Office
The one food I can't live without?
Coffee is a food right?
Most people don't know:
I was a rodeo games champion in high school
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Eddie Moreno

EVP, Operations

Eddie Moreno serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations at Cardinal Group Management (CGM) and is a partner in the company. Eddie has over 15 years of multi-family housing experience, in both the conventional and student housing sectors. Eddie is responsible for leading the daily operations and success of CGM’s portfolio of approximately 32,000 purpose-built student housing beds and 3,500 conventional units.

Eddie has a proven track record of repositioning distressed assets, delivering successful lease-up communities in competitive markets, and driving asset valuation for Cardinal’s owned and managed portfolio. Eddie’s team has overseen the successful disposition of over 30 assets for CGM and their clients in the last years. With a strong emphasis on operating fundamentals, reporting and analytics, Eddie's primary focuses are building scalable company infrastructure and providing executive oversight for the portfolios of communities in his charge.

Prior to joining Cardinal Group, Eddie spent over 7 years with Campus Advantage and served the company in several roles throughout the organization including initial operations, management systems integration, development and new business, and lastly client asset management.

Eddie attended the University of Texas at Austin and holds a BBA in Finance from the McCombs School of Business. Eddie volunteers his time as a mentor and student advocate at Denver’s Cesar Chavez Academy in Denver, Colorado.

Favorite weekend activity:
Gardening with my son, Shane.
Favorite hobby:
Skiing - Free Refills Brah.
My celebrity doppelgänger would be:
Gerard Butler...Yeah Right, Carlos Mencia.
I would love to travel to:
Machu Piccu, Peru.
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Jennifer Cassidy

SVP, Student Housing Operations
Best Advice:
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Favorite Core Value:
Be Humble
Go to Coffee Order:
Skinny Vanilla Latte
One Thing That Makes you Smile:
Watching my kids sleep
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John O’Brien

VP, Finance & Compliance

As Controller, John is primarily responsible for overseeing Cardinal Group Management’s accounting and financial reporting platforms. Prior to his role as Controller, John served as Asset Manager for Cardinal Group Investments, responsible for overseeing the performance of the company’s portfolio and organizing investor reporting and communication. John holds a B.S. in Accounting from Miami University's Farmer School of Business in Oxford, OH and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In 2012, John was named to Student Housing Business' "Top 30 Under 30.”

Favorite thing about Cardinal Group:
Cardinal Group provides the opportunity to accomplish my career goals with people I enjoy working with.
Favorite Core Value:
Pursue Growth & Knowledge.
Favorite U.S. city to visit for vacation:
Las Vegas.
Name a leader characteristic you admire:
Selflessness.
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Madison Meier

VP, Capital Markets
Best Advice:
Never compare your behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.
Favorite Core Value:
Do the right thing, all the time.
Favorite Weekend Activity:
Anything outdoors. We spend our weekends on the lake, hiking, or enjoying the mountains every chance we get.
One Thing That Makes you Smile:
Decorating for Christmas. Our home transforms into a winter wonderland!
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Greg Martini

VP, Acquisitions
Favorite weekend activity:
Spending time with the family, anything outdoors
The one food I can't live without:
Burritos
Bob Marley
Bob Marley
If I could have one superpower, it would be:
Time Travel
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Doug Miller

VP, Construction Services

"Doug is responsible for leading the Cardinal Group Construction Services team. He has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and construction and has a passion for leadership. He believes in adding value in both the specific construction management projects and also in the training and development of Cardinal team members. Doug holds a Master of Real Estate degree from University of Denver and is an Adjunct Professor at the Burns School of Real Estate at University of Denver. "

One food I can't live without:
Thai
Favorite TV show?
The Masters
My hidden talent?
Being calm and collected
One thing that always makes me smile:
The fun and young energy in this company
Favorite ice-cream flavor?
Strawberry
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Will Conroy

VP, Management Services
I can't survive a work day without:
Food, water, air, coffee, sarcasm.
My hidden talent is:
Telekinesis.
My celebrity doppelgänger would be:
A 12-year old McCauley Caulkin.
Favorite hobby:
Fly fishing out of a cell range.
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Catherine Stanton

General Counsel
Best advice you ever got?
Inform yourself, make a decision, and don't look back.
Go-to coffee order?
Triple shot coconut milk latte.
Favorite Core Value?
Do the right thing.
Favorite TV show?
Ted Lasso, Schitt's Creek. Whatever it is, I always turn closed captioning on.
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Sarah Cheers

VP of Systems
I can't survive a work day without:
Laughter.
Best advice I've ever received:
You are paid to work 40 hours a week. What you choose to work past that, you are investing in your future.
Name a leader characteristic you admire:
Honesty
Favorite thing about Cardinal Group:
The people!
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Christina Tarumoto

VP, Client Services
One thing that always makes me smile is:
Watching the pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo on the panda cam.
One thing I can't travel without:
AirPods. They'll change your life.
Favorite Cardinal Group event:
Dodgeball
Everyone can always count on me for:
Turning anything and everything into a competition.
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Erica Najmabadi

Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
Favorite weekend activity:
Anything in the mountains with my dog or husband.
Favorite family tradition:
Celebrating Christmas + New Years' in South Florida. Since we're spread out across the country, it's guaranteed time for the entire extended family to spend together.
I would love to travel to:
Greenland or Norway to climb fjords and take in the epic views.
Everyone can always count on me for:
Thoughtfully considering the options.
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Jenn Capshaw

Director, Human Resources
I would love to travel to:
Switzerland
Favorite weekend activity:
Anything in the mountains, especially hiking.
My go-to coffee order is:
Almond Milk Latte
Biggest Pet Peeve:
Disingenuousness
Favorite Movie Quote:
“Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” –Heath Ledger
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Versie Wallace

Director, Learning and Development
Best Advice I ever received:
My older brother said to me "Know yourself" at age 12.
One thing that makes me smile:
My daughters
Favorite Weekend Activity:
Summer - Hiking, Winter - Snowmobiling
One thing I can live without:
Being outside
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Rebekah Fischer

Director, Operations
Best advice I’ve ever received:
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
Favorite band/musician of all time:
INXS
Everyone can always count on me for:
A good giggle
Favorite TV show:
Seinfeld
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Sean Devine

Director, Operations
Favorite thing about Cardinal Group:
Pop a shot basketball hoop.
Which historical figure would you like to meet?
John Elway
Best advice I've ever received:
“How many times are you going to let that same dog bite you?”
I have a passion for:
Being a dad
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Sylvester Brandon

Director, Operations
Favorite thing about Cardinal Group:
The ability to learn something new everyday.
One thing that always makes me smile is:
My kids.
Favorite TV show:
Homeland.
Favorite band/musician of all time:
Kayne West.
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Dawn Davis

Director, Property Accounting
One thing that always makes me smile is:
My dog Cosmo
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Moose Tracks
If I could have one superpower, it would be:
Teleportation
Favorite TV show:
Vikings
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Mike O’Brien

Manager, Corporate Financial Reporting
Favorite band/musician of all time:
Led Zeppelin
I would love to travel to:
Ireland
Best advice I've ever received:
Don't resent other people's success
Which historical figure would you like to meet?
George Carlin
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Laurie Grushey

Director, Corporate Accounting
Favorite U.S. city to visit for vacation:
San Francisco, CA
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Java chip
I would love to travel to:
Costa Rica
My go-to coffee order is:
Frappuccino with chocolate chips
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Chris Bidwell

Director, Compliance
Favorite band/musician of all time:
Led Zeppelin
If I could have one superpower, it would be:
Teleportation
Favorite U.S. city to visit for vacation:
Santa Monica, CA
One thing I can't travel without:
A camera
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Gabe Villa

Director, Data & Analytics
Favorite weekend activity: 
Watching or playing soccer, then cooking something new or different
One thing that always makes me smile is: 
My family; four kids and my wife
Favorite U.S city to visit for vacation: 
Seattle, WA
Best Advice you have ever received:
Don't try to be the smartest person in the room. Learn from the smarter people in the room.
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Brenton Ross

Director, IT Project Manager Office
Favorite weekend activity:
Mountain biking
Everyone can always count on me for:
Optimism and excitement - like a golden retriever
One thing that makes you smile:
Adventure travel
One thing I can't travel without:
An open mind
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