Pleasure to meet you.
Rieth Jones Advisors (“RJA”) provides institutions of higher education and municipalities with customized advisory services for facility development, including academic, auxiliary, athletic, and student life assets. Throughout their careers, the principals of RJA have worked with more than 65 institutions and 10 governmental entities across 20 states to ensure that projects meet their strategic and financial objectives. Using a tailored approach that is customized to the project, the principals of RJA have advised on more than $6.5 billion worth of projects, including $1.25 billion in public-private partnerships (“P3”) and 150,000+ beds of student housing.
Richard is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, where he specialized in Real Estate and Urban Analysis. Through his professional career, he has been engaged in every aspect of real estate, including valuation of existing assets, renovations of underperforming facilities, and the planning and development of new projects. His background and understanding of strategic objectives, economic realities, and on-going operations allows him to provide insight that can be relied upon while positioning projects for short- and long-term success.
As a Columbus resident and alum, saying Richard is an Ohio State fan would be an understatement – he once had a 15-year streak of attending every home football game. When he isn’t helping his clients realize their goals, he can be found playing tennis, working on home renovation projects, or attempting to become proficient in the culinary arts.
A graduate of the Kenan-Flagler undergraduate business school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wilson has focused his professional career on planning and financing capital projects. He spent four years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch focused on commercial real estate underwriting and in the Sports Finance and Advisory Group in Washington, D.C. and Charlotte, North Carolina. Wilson then utilized that expertise to best position his non-profit and institutional clients while working for a national planning and advisory services firm with a focus on P3 transactions across the Southeast.
As a die-hard Tar Heel currently displaced in San Francisco, California, Wilson spends his free time exploring the West Coast with his wife, Anna, and their yellow lab, Birdie. An avid (bogey) golfer and sportsman, his best days outside the office are spent enjoying the outdoors.
Eric is a graduate of the University of Georgia (Bachelor’s Degree) and Clemson University (Master’s Degree), where he specialized in Economics and City and Regional Planning, respectively. Since 2011, Eric’s professional focus has been helping his institutional partners carefully navigate through complex physical and financial challenges to create customized, long-term solutions that advance their strategic priorities. Responding to unique environments and questions facing each campus, he has collaborated with stakeholders and leadership to ensure that plans are not only developed but well positioned to receive required approvals and are implementable in accordance with internal and external governing bodies.
During his career Eric has led nearly 50 projects for 28 institutional partners. Eric’s experience spans across all quality-of-life asset types (housing, recreation, union, dining, athletics), auxiliary, and administrative services. In total, his leadership and coordination with institutions has resulted in the approval and/or implementation of approximately $1.75 billion in capital projects.
Kurt is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in Finance and Real Estate. Operating in highly-dynamic industries, Kurt’s real estate experience has covered dispositions and acquisitions, strategic master planning, project and facilities management, and leasing. With experience leading the headquarters relocation strategy for one of the nation’s largest public utility companies, Kurt was retained by a national real estate services firm to lead strategic planning efforts for Bank of America’s real estate portfolio in the central and western United States. The co-founder of two startups and a former non-profit operator, Kurt is constantly balancing his strategic mindset and the economic realities of our institutional partners.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Kurt is grateful for any time spent exploring the Blue Ridge mountains with his wife, Jill, and German Short-Haired Pointer, Remy. Kurt continues his lifelong pursuit of learning to play blues guitar in his free time.