Elauwit facilitates first-ever Student Housing Technology Advisory Council meeting


Student housing has always been at the forefront of emerging technology needs and demands. In order to curate the conversation about how to get ahead of those needs and demands, Elauwit organized and facilitated the first-ever Student Housing Technology Advisory Council (TAC) meeting this past week near our corporate headquarters in Charleston, SC. "The concept of a technology advisory group was something we had heard industry leadership discuss for a long time, but it never seemed to be able to get off the ground. Elauwit saw the opportunity to perform a service to the industry," said Bruce Sanders, Chief Marketing Officer at Elauwit. "Supporting the needs of our clients and the industry is part of our corporate DNA. So we offered to facilitate the event and manage the logistics so as to make it as meaningful and productive as possible."

A few months ago, Elauwit sent an invitation to several of the student housing industry's key leadership in technology asking them to participate in this unique opportunity to discuss pain points and help facilitate positive change in the industry. The following were the attendants for the meeting, and charter members of the Council:

  • Michael Hanley, Senior Vice President of Facilities and Development Services, Campus Advantage
  • Jorge De Cardenas, EVP & Chief Technology Officer, American Campus Communities
  • Dale Parrott, Director of Information Technology, The Dinerstein Company
  • Kirk Preiss, Principal, The Preiss Company
  • Katie Wood, Development Associate, Landmark Properties
  • Joe Hardiman, VP of Technology, Peak Campus Management
  • Scott Casey, Chief Technology Officer & SVP of Strategic Business Development, EdR
  • Derek Benevides, EVP Information Technologies, Cardinal Technologies Group
  • Gary DiCairano, Vice President of Systems and Technology,  The Collier Companies

No topic was off limits during this first meeting. Anything regarding technology that could impact the industry was on the table.

Some of the topics discussed included energy management, resident management, facilities management, enterprise systems, risk management, telecom, amenities, legal, and emerging technologies.

It was exactly what Elauwit had hoped for the group to achieve.

"Seeing so many industry leaders in one room having a honest discussion with their competitors about their businesses for the greater good of student housing as a whole was really inspiring. This kind of communication is what it is going to take to ensure the industry continues to grow with strong bottom lines, motivated employees, and happy residents," said Scott Casey, Chief Technology Officer & SVP of Strategic Business Development at EdR.