Bob Lurie and Sam Zell

Founders Bob Lurie and Sam Zell

Our Story

In the early 1960s, two guys at the University of Michigan – Sam Zell and Bob Lurie – started managing student apartment buildings. Over the next five decades, the buildings would change but the basic philosophy would remain the same: invest in properties at the right price and hire the best people to manage them well.



Our Executive Team


David Neithercut

Chief Executive Officer

"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."

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Mark Parrell


"If it's worth doing,
it's worth doing right."

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Bob Garechana

Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."

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Michael Manelis

Executive Vice President &
Chief Operating Officer

"Show up everyday as a teacher and a student."

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Alan George

Executive Vice President &
Chief Investment Officer

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

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Scott Fenster

Executive Vice President, General Counsel &
Corporate Secretary

"Happiness lies in the joy
of achievement and the
thrill of creative effort."

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Christa Sorenson

Executive Vice President - Human Resources

"We are obsessive about our people and our culture. We want the best."

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