College Track President & CEO Shirley M. Collado Joins StarRez Board
“A student’s sense of belonging is a critical component to the quality of their experience on a college or university campus—particularly for first-generation college students. A major part of my leadership in higher education has been fueled by this understanding, and an incredible passion for building vibrant, thriving residential communities. I look forward to contributing to the board of StarRez in a way that helps enhance the creative, seamless, and inclusive work this organization is already doing.”
—Shirley M. Collado, College Track President & CEO
Denver, CO (March 15, 2023) – StarRez, a leading global provider of residential experience and student housing software solutions, today announced the appointment of Michael Britti and Dr. Shirley M. Collado to its Board of Directors. Britti and Dr. Collado’s extensive leadership experience in higher education and real estate technology position StarRez to accelerate recent global market traction and further establish its leadership position in empowering thriving residential communities.
“I am excited to welcome Michael and Shirley as two new board members that bring a tremendous amount of industry expertise and passion for residential communities. Over the last year, StarRez has accelerated global expansion and our investment in delivering the next level of innovation to residential communities,” said Travis Knipe, Global CEO of StarRez. “Michael and Shirley will play key roles in supporting our board and leadership team as we grow our community, products, and partnerships.”
Britti joins the board with deep leadership experience in identifying and executing growth opportunities at real estate and technology companies. He is currently the leader of MAB Strategic Advisors and Senior Vice President of Mirasol Capital, an investment firm pursuing opportunities in real estate, technology, and entertainment. Prior to Mirasol Capital, Britti spent 13 years at RealPage, a leading global provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry, in leadership positions including President-Operations Management and Executive Vice President, M&A.
“I look forward to being part of the StarRez Board of Directors and working with such a talented team. StarRez has a proven record of delivering innovative solutions that enhance the residential experience, and I am eager to share my experiences to help drive the company’s continued success,” said Britti.
Dr. Collado brings extensive administrative experience in the higher education sector, both at private and public institutions and through her leadership of related not-for-profit organizations. She is nationally recognized for her innovative approaches to improving student access and success in higher education. She currently serves as President and CEO of College Track, a comprehensive college completion program that supports first-generation college students from underserved communities confronting systemic barriers to earn a bachelor’s degree. Prior to College Track, Dr. Collado served as the President of Ithaca College, where she became the first person of color to serve as president and the first Dominican American in the United States to serve as president of a four-year institution. Dr. Collado has held several senior leadership positions at additional colleges and universities including Rutgers University–Newark, Middlebury College, and Lafayette College.
“A student’s sense of belonging is a critical component to the quality of their experience on a college or university campus—particularly for first-generation college students. A major part of my leadership in higher education has been fueled by this understanding, and an incredible passion for building vibrant, thriving residential communities,” said Dr. Collado. “I look forward to contributing to the board of StarRez in a way that helps enhance the creative, seamless, and inclusive work this organization is already doing.”
Britti and Dr. Collado’s appointments were sourced through the external board program operated by Vista Equity Partners, a global investment firm focused on enterprise software, data, and technology-enabled businesses and a majority investor in StarRez. Launched in 2017, the board program leverages Vista’s ecosystem and additional resources to identify, train, and appoint qualified board candidates for its portfolio companies. The program works to create a diverse pipeline of qualified board candidates through programs and partnerships that advance diversity for all boards and drive impact for the corporate world at large.
The appointments come as StarRez builds off significant momentum achieved over the course of 2022, including:
- The strategic growth investment from Vista Equity Partners;
- Over 60% growth in customer base;
- Geographic expansion into 5 new countries;
- Surpassed 3 million resident beds under management; and
- Strategic acquisitions of Adirondack Solutions and RMS, Inc.
With its commitment to innovation, security, and quality, StarRez is poised to continue its growth momentum and deliver best-in-class solutions that meet the evolving needs of its customer community. For more information about StarRez, visit www.starrez.com.
StarRez is the global market leader in student housing software and residential community management. Managing over 3 million beds, the platform positively impacts millions of users from around the world providing solutions to manage the resident experience, occupancy, revenue, allocations and more. We serve some of the most prestigious organizations in the world including Harvard University, Stanford University, National University of Singapore, University of London, Australian National University, Vail Ski Resorts (Staff Housing), iQ Student Accommodation (PBSA), Scape Living (PBSA) and 1,500+ more. For more information about StarRez and its offerings, visit starrez.com.