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Longtime Student Housing Stalwart Ted W. Rollins Passes at 58

Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Valeo Groupe, Ted W. Rollins passed away on August 15th after a 10-month battle with cancer. Rollins was 58.

Rollins had a hand in building up the multinational, vertically-integrated housing company with interests spanning the UK, Ireland, Spain, Scandinavia and the United States. Rollins and the team at Valeo built a student housing portfolio of more than 51,000 beds with 22,500,000 square feet in four brands over a 14-year period and have been involved in the development of over 800 beds with 650,000 square feet of senior housing over the last 3-years since entering the senior living space.

“Ted was a force of nature, someone who refused to accept no as an answer, someone who would give you the shirt off his back, someone who would frustrate you to no end and at the same time push you to incredible new heights you never imagined possible,” said Valeo Groupe in a statement. “He had vision, he had drive, and he had a world of people, experiences, and love that made his life meaningful and impactful beyond measure.”

Rollins was born in 1962 in Wilmington, DE. and is survived by his wife Holly Rollins and children Sarah Rollins, Emma Rollins and stepsons Eric Parrish, Zac Parrish and Ethan Matheson as well as grandson Samuel White.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship fund.  


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About David Cohen

David Cohen is Southeast Editorial Director at Connect Commercial Real Estate. David is a media veteran with more than 10 years of experience in journalism, copywriting and communications across a variety of roles. He is responsible for covering commercial real estate news and trends in the Southeast, Florida, Washington D.C. and Boston at Connect CRE as well as specializing in the Student Housing sector. Prior to joining Connect, David was the editor of Northeast Real Estate Business magazine and Student Housing Business magazine at France Media as well as spending time freelancing for ESPN and the Associated Press in the fast-paced field of live sports event production. He is also an owner and investor in multifamily real estate in Atlanta, GA. David currently resides in Atlanta and graduated from the College of Communication & Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

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