Robert K. Utley III

Bob is a Founder and Chairman of Amicus Investors LLC. He works closely with university officials in anticipating and preparing for change as the mission and strategy of higher education evolves in the 21st Century. He has a distinguished and lengthy history of designing and implementing innovative solutions to university community building, infrastructure and strategic planning issues including land use, student housing, athletic, parking and retail facilities. 

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He previously founded The Utley Group in 1988, focused on higher education real estate, financial institutions, operating, and technology companies. Bob previously served as Chairman of Inland American Communities, a real estate ownership, development, and property management firm, and is the former Chairman of FirstWorthing Company, a real estate investment firm that partnered with Principal Enterprise Capital, an advisor to the Washington State Investment Board, to develop, acquire, and operate multifamily and student housing properties. During the past four decades, he has acquired real estate and companies valued in excess of $12 billion, with total assets under management in excess of $32 billion. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, he is a distinguished alumnus and is a member of UTA’s Development Board and Executive Committee.


Steven R. Utley

Steve is a Founder and Senior Managing Director of Amicus Investors LLC. He has extensive experience and expertise in market-driven solutions to higher education infrastructure including facility programming, design, development, operational assessment and property management, based on efficiencies and best practices. Steve has been responsible for the design, development, leasing and management of a significant number of student housing and higher education properties.

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He also has experience in land use and zoning issues and the re-purposing of university assets. Prior to Amicus, Steve was President and CEO of JLA, LLC, a privately held investment company, and before that he was President of Inland American Communities Group, Inc., responsible for the strategic direction of the company and business development initiatives. Steve orchestrated more than $3 billion in multifamily and student housing transactions as President and CEO of FirstWorthing Company, a national multifamily and student housing real estate development and investment firm. Steve has served as a Director on the University of Texas at Dallas Development Board and currently serves in positions of leadership in many civic and community groups. Mr. Utley graduated from Southern Methodist University.


Charles R. Jones

Chuck is a Founder and Senior Managing Director of Amicus Investors LLC.  His expertise is in structured finance, and capital markets. He focuses on the design and implementation of capital structures to help clients efficiently utilize revenue sources in accessing equity capital and funding infrastructure assets. 

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He has completed several comprehensive public private partnership (P3) real estate transactions using multiple sources of capital and lease structures. Previously, Chuck was a Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CentraCore Properties Trust, a New York Stock Exchange member Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which funded, developed, acquired, and leased mission critical governmental real estate. Following the sale of CentraCore in 2007, he joined Inland Public Properties Development, Inc. where he was President and CEO, responsible for the company’s social infrastructure investment strategy. Chuck was an investment banker for 12 years specializing in governmental finance, after beginning his career at KPMG. He is an accounting graduate of the University of Colorado and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Fred P. DuVal

Fred is a Managing Director of Amicus Investors LLC and is head of university market development. He is former chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents. He has led significant higher education initiatives in the areas of strategic planning, performance funding and new delivery models both in the Arizona system and for the Lumina Foundation. And he served on the Board of the University Medical Center.

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He also has worked extensively with governors, public elected officials and education leaders around the country. He served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and oversaw all federal-state relations. He was a senior aide to an Arizona governor and was a gubernatorial appointment to Arizona's Commerce and Economic Development Commission. Fred is a graduate of Occidental College and Arizona State College of Law.


Christopher A. Hannah

Chris is Executive Vice President and Director of Research at Amicus Investors LLC. He is responsible for managing a research function to create a competitive advantage for Amicus clients through the strategic application of advanced databases, market intelligence, trend analysis, and predictive insight; he also establishes collaborative working relationships with universities, and capital partners.

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Prior to his current position, Chris was Senior Vice President for Research at The Utley Group and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Research with Inland American Communities Group, Inc. Before that, he worked with FirstWorthing as Vice President of Information Technology & Research. He has been directly involved in the acquisition of $1.5 billion of U.S. real estate, $500 million of portfolio sales and has underwritten over $3.5 billion of property assets. Chris received a real estate equivalent degree from London South-Bank University/RICS in the U.K. and a MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).


Kelly Cavender

Kelly Cavender is Vice President at Amicus Investors LLC, where he assists in underwriting, valuation, research, and analytics. Prior to his current position, Mr. Cavender was an Assistant Vice President at First Southwest Company. Mr. Cavender advised colleges and universities, non-profit institutions, municipalities, and other public sector entities in the capital planning process. In his role, he constructed comprehensive financial models, performed extensive credit analysis, conducted market research, and managed the due diligence process and the execution of each transaction. Mr. Cavender is a graduate of the University of Virginia with Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish. He is a CFA charterholder.