Meet Our University Partners

MEET OUR UNIVERSITY PARTNERS!

Meet Kevin Forti, the Director of Residence Life and Housing at Clark University!

What are the benefits you see of using JumpOffCampus?  How do you believe JumpOffCampus has helped Clark?

JumpOffCampus is a powerful tool for those Clark Students who wish to live off campus.  For upper-class students looking to move off campus for the first time, JumpOffCampus gives them a smart way to compare and contrast various apartment costs, locations, configurations, and amenities. JOC is especially helpful for incoming Graduate Students, especially those who are international and coming to Worcester for the first time.  Gone are the days of trying to help these students figure out how far a paper listing was from Clark, etc.  Now they can visualize and map properties, see photos of the actual rooms, etc.  It does things that our old-fashioned paper listing never could!

Where did you attend college?  What was your major?

I have a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Western New England University, and a Master’s of Education from Springfield College.  My undergraduate major was Technical Management, and my graduate program was Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education.

What does your job entail?

As Director, I manage all housing, operations, logistics, budgeting, strategic planning, hiring, and day to day management of Residential Life and Housing at Clark.

How long have you been working in housing?

I have over 12 years of experience in the field, including 8 years at Clark.

How did you get into the field of university housing?

I applied to be a Resident Advisor my Junior year of college, was hired, and never looked back.  From there I became a Residence Manager, an Area Coordinator, Assistant Director, and eventually Director.

What do you feel is the most important or difficult part of your job?

People don’t recognize that the summer is actually the busiest time for me by far.  During the academic year there is a lot going on, but it is paced out reasonably, whereas come the end of May, the pressure is on to be ready for August.  Take this summer.  Right now I am in the process of hiring 3 professional positions, building a multi-million dollar addition to two of our halls in a 12 week window, coordinating Graduate, First Year, Transfer, and Returning Student housing assignments, reengineering a number of protocols and procedures, on top of answering around 100 emails per day, mostly from students and parents asking all about housing stuff.  It is non-stop all summer long, and yet when I tell people I work at a University, they always think I must have summers off!

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love to re-engineer and improve on processes.  I also love the capital improvement, reinvestment and management aspects of my job.  Having a background in technical management, it makes sense that I really get a lot of joy out of renovation and improvement work.

Do you have a favorite moment from your work at Clark?

There are many, but I would say that the best ones are the times when I get to recognize the hard work and commitment that my professional and student staff put into residential living here at Clark.  I am fortunate to work with amazing people with tremendous talents, and I love being able to celebrate that.

What has been the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Life is too short to dwell on the bumps in the road, so shake them off and celebrate the great things that come your way.

What is your favorite college memory?

No comment 😉

What kind of music do you listen to?

Everything!  My iPhone has everything from Rap to R&B, Classical to Country, Techno to Theater.  I love all types of music.

What are your hobbies?

I love to build things.  I am a pretty good machinist and welder, and can make some pretty great stuff when I have the time.  A few years ago I custom built a Model T go-kart, and am working right now on machining my own wedding ring out of titanium.

What is your favorite saying?

Not really, probably don’t sweat the small stuff!

Do you have awesome or ridiculous stories from working at Clark?

[No comment ;)]

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Rachel Goroff

Title: Marketing Intern

Job responsibilities:  Marketing research, promotion, sales

Favorite part of the job:  It’s interesting, I get to work on a bunch of different projects, and it’s fun to see the site grow!

College and major:  Bryant University- Marketing and management

Favorite type of music:  Anything but country

Favorite TV shows: Mad Men, Friends, The Office

Favorite movies: Pride and Prejudice

Hobbies: Traveling, Photography, Music

Favorite saying: Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We’ve got a new look and some new features!

Our development team has been working tirelessly to make our website into a one-stop-shop for off-campus housing and keeping it looking good too!

Not only do we have a new look, but we’ve also got a ton of new stuff!  We’ve recently added a new roommate finder, where you can match yourself with other students.  All you have to do is take our roommate-matching survey.  This survey is based on research that we’ve conducted in relation to what students look for in a roommate and what universities tend to include in their roommate-matching surveys.

Once you’ve answered the questions and created a roommate profile for yourself, you can search through other students’ profiles who also attend your school.  We’ll even give you a compatibility score for each of the profiles you view so you know how compatible you and that person would be as roommates!

Last, but not least, we’ve added a ton of new stuff to our resources page.  You can view our blog entries and articles we’ve written that directly pertain to college students.  These resources will help to inform you about some of the most important things to consider when it comes to off-campus living.

This isn’t the end of it either!  We’ve got a lot of great stuff planned, so be sure to keep checking our website at www.jumpoffcampus.com!

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Steve Brown

Title: Director of University Outreach

Job responsibilities: Building relationships with institutions across the country. Helping to build the JumOffCampus brand!

Favorite part of the job: Hearing the words from a school “we would like to partner with JumpOffCampus”

College and major:  The University of Miami, Business

Favorite type of music:  Rock, Alternative. The Clash, the Stone Roses, Oasis, the Verve, Kasabian just to name a few.

Favorite TV shows: Arrested Development reruns, Workaholics, Tosh.0, the Ricky Gervais show and anything on the IFC, History or the Discovery Channel.

Favorite movies: The Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rocket and any Wes Anderson film. The Natural, Do the Right Thing, Thunderball, The Game, The Big Lebowski, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Hobbies: TRX classes, running, screenplay writinWhat is your favorite saying? Treat others with respect and kindness and hopefully you will receive the same in return.

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Kyle Nichols-Schmolze

Title:  CTO & Co-Founder.

Job Responsibilities:  I’m the only full-time coder on the team, so I build and manage the product. On a good week, I get to spend 80% of my time coding, which I love. But as a small team, there’s always lots of other stuff to do, like helping out users and answering support questions.

Favorite part of the job:  New features! It’s always a blast to start from scratch on a new aspect of the site. We recently released our roommate finder (which is awesome), and I had a great time designing and building it with our new intern, Cenzo.

College and Major:  Tufts University for Computer Science Engineering

Favorite type of music:  Classical for sure. As a high schooler I always listened to a lot of Beatles and other 60s rock, but once college started I started getting into some much older stuff. Now I listen to a lot of Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelsohn, Tchaikovsky, and all the other big guys.

Favorite TV shows:  My favorite show is still probably the Simpsons. But after that it’s Twin Peaks, Mr. Show, and anything with David Cross.

Favorite movies:  I am a huge fan of movies by David Lynch, Akira Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki, and Charlie Kaufman. Highlights include Rashomon, Blue Velvet, and My Neighbor Totoro.

Hobbies:  I played ultimate frisbee all through college, and now I play in two different leagues: the new semi-pro AUDL and the summer Rhode Island based RIPUL. Between JumpOffCampus and ultimate, there’s not much room for anything else in my life.

Favorite saying:  Sometimes you get the elevator, sometimes you get the shaft.

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MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Mark Abramowicz

Title:    Co-Founder & CEO.

Job responsibilities:  What doesn’t it entail? Being an early-stage company, my responsibilities have changed, depending on what’s needed at the time. Currently, my role is more operational (management and fundraising-driven) in nature but I still have a hand in our university outreach, marketing, and product development efforts.

Favorite part of the job:  I love the team environment and the tremendous energy people bring – it’s an awesome motivator! Being involved in many different aspects of the business, I would have to say that my favorite part of the day-to-day is interacting with everyone, irrespective of what I’m doing.

I also like that no two days are exactly alike and that I learn something new everyday. It’s really rewarding to be challenged on a consistent basis to be better!

College and Major:     Tufts University, Class of 2010 BS, Quantitative Economics  Minor: Entrepreneurial Leadership

Favorite type of music:  I don’t have a favorite actually; it all depends on my mood or the situation I’m in and can be anything from classical to electronic or rap. Guess what I’m listening to right now!

Favorite TV show:  I don’t really have a favorite show, but I am a really big sports fan. Any chance I get to watch a game is awesome, but if the Knicks or Barcelona are playing, it’s a special treat!

Favorite movie(s):  The Shawshank Redemption, without a doubt. I love the story, the characters, the acting, the writing, etc.

Hobbies:  I really enjoy playing soccer, in whatever capacity. I was the type of kid who always had a soccer ball with me while growing up.

I don’t know if you would consider food a hobby, but I love it, too (sometimes to a fault)!

Favorite saying:  This is a tough question. I don’t think I have one in particular, but here are a couple that I enjoy.

On why I left the corporate world… “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

Something I carried over from soccer to entrepreneuship… “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

And last, but not least, a great quote from Shawshank… Red: [narrating] Andy Dufresne – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side. J

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We’re Looking for Participants!

We’ve got a few research projects up our sleeve, and we need people to participate in our surveys.  If you’re an undergraduate student who has lived in university housing and in off-campus housing, and you’re interested in participating in our study, let us know!  Shoot us an email at founders@jumpoffcampus.com if you’d be interested!

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