About Ted Rollins
Ted Rollins is an accomplished American entrepreneur who has co-founded a number of businesses. Most notably he founded, was Chairman and CEO of Campus Crest Communities. He started this business together with his partner Mike Hartnett with just $14,000 and grew it to the second-largest student housing platform in the world within 10 years. The company ultimately amassed $2.3 billion in assets represented by 83 properties, with 46,000 beds in 63 markets in the US and Canada.
During this time, Ted Rollins completed in excess of $800 million of joint venture investments, together with Harrison Street Real Estate -- a private equity firm based in Chicago.
Rollins also served as lead independent director of Fortegra Financial, a successful NYSE specialty insurance firm that was recently divested to Tiptree Financial.
Ted Rollins comes from a family of entrepreneurs who have founded nine NYSE companies. These companies include Rollins Inc., Rollins Truck Leasing, Matlack, Rollins Environmental Services, Dover Entertainment, Dover Motorsports, RPC Energy Services and Marine Products.
He is active in many philanthropic endeavors with a focus on education and the environment. He is an active member of the Horatio Alger Association as a Friend of Distinction (a high-level contributor). The Association is one of the largest, privately-funded scholarship programs for college students who have been successful in the face of adversity. Additionally, Mr. Rollins serves on the regional board of the Environmental Defense Fund. He is actively involved as a board member of CLEAR the Center for Living Environments, which is a leading think tank for regenerative practices globally.
Rollins founded Holiday Angel, a program that distributes bikes and turkeys in poverty-stricken areas at Thanksgiving and Christmas around the US.He is a supporter of Cristo Rey schools—which helps inner city youth by providing a holistic high school education in academics while giving them the opportunity to have work experiences with partner companies.
He follows three simple rules in all he does: Work Hard, Have Fun and Help Others. He is a big believer in Conscious Capitalism that creates work environments that team members can excel in while balancing economics, environmental stewardship and social stewardship.
Rollins is currently the Chariman of TXG Capital LLC (his family office) and serves on the executive committee of Valeo Groupe, a global investor in niche housing opportunities.
Ted Rollins is an avid chef, pilot, sailor and musician. He began his musical career at the age of 13 traveling with Johnny Cash and did so for eight years on and off while he got his education.
He received his BS in business administration from the Citadel Magna Cum Laude and was decorated with Gold Stars, which is the highest academic honor that the school provided. Mr. Rollins also received his MBA From Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Rollins began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York where he was a real estate investment banker. After several years of banking, Mr. Rollins founded his first company to develop hotels and began by building Residence Inn hotels.
He also ran the private investment arm of his family’s business that focused on real estate development, entertainment and resort management with investments in both the US and the Caribbean.
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