David J. Adelman

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David J. Adelman
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Education Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Alma mater Ohio State University
Occupation Business executive
Title CEO and president of Campus Apartments
Spouse(s) Hallee Adelman
Children Sage Adelman
Jade Adelman

David J. Adelman is an American businessman. He is currently the president and CEO of Campus Apartments LLC, based in Philadelphia, and co-founder and chairman of FS Investments (formerly Franklin Square Capital Partners).[1]

Early career and education

Born to a Jewish family,[2] Adelman invested in his first building as a teenager, using $2,000 of the money he received from his bar mitzvah to do so. Adelman spent much of his young adulthood working during the summers for Alan Horwitz, founder of Campus Apartments, a company specializing in developing and managing university housing starting. At the age of seventeen he purchased his first solely-owned investment property. He graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1994, having also studied Finance there, and deferred his admission to the Temple University Beasley School of Law in order to continue working as a property manager at Campus Apartments.[3][4][5][6][7]

Business career

Adelman joined Campus Apartments, and eventually became the majority owner of the company after buying out the minority stakes of the senior management team.[8] He told The New York Times that, "While in college, I worked in accounting and was a leasing agent, and after graduation I became a property manager. When I was 25, after I paid my dues, Alan moved up to chairman and I took over as C.E.O."[9] Adelman became the company's president and CEO in 1997. In his early tenure, Adelman helped the University of Pennsylvania reduce the crime-rate in the neighborhood of its student housing, by entering a private-public partnership with the university to improve living standards. Adelman also founded the Campus Apartments subsidiary Campus Technologies, Inc, a telecommunications provider to Campus Apartments tenants that grew out of his personal 1999 purchase of Skyway Partners.[6][7] Between 2005 and 2010, Campus Apartments grew from $200 million in owned or managed assets to $1.8 billion.[10][11][12]

In 2008, Adelman partnered with Michael Forman to found Franklin Square Capital Partners, "a specialty finance company that intends to provide debt and equity financing to small- and middle-market private U.S. companies", according to Jeff Blumenthal.[13] Adelman currently serves as the firm's Chairman. In 2008 he also became a Director of FS Investment Corporation, and in 2011 he became a Vice Chairman for the firm.[6] In 2010 Adelman joined the Board of Trustees of FS Energy and Power Fund.[14] Adelman is also a Director of ICG Group, Vice Chair of the University City District Board of Directors, Chairman of the National Multi Housing Council’s Student Housing Council,[6] and chair of the Jewish Federation Real Estate of Philadelphia.[15]

He is currently on the Board of Directors for FlockU.com.


In 2009 Adelman received the Multifamily Executive Magazine Executive of the Year award.[7] In 2010 he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the real estate category for the Greater Philadelphia area.[16] In 2011 he was the recipient of The Power Shift award for leadership.[17] He was also the 2012 Homewood Suites Developer of the Year for Hilton Worldwide.[18]

Personal life

Adelman is married to Hallee; they have two children: Sage and Jade.[2] His wife is a schoolteacher with a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Learning Technologies from Drexel University who has been active in various organizations including the Simon’s Fund, the Philadelphia School Partnership, the Please Touch Museum, and the Young Presidents’ Organization.[19] The couple are members of the Conservative Judaism Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania.[20]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Jewish Exponent: "Federation Celebrates Young Leadership" November 6, 2013
  3. "David Adelman Bumps University Housing Up a Grade". Buildings Magazine. April 1, 2004. http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/1824/title/david-adelman-bumps-university-housing-up-a-grade.aspx. 
  4. Glenn Shrum (November 26, 2012). "Campus Apartments looks back on West Philadelphia roots". The Daily Pennsylvanian. http://www.thedp.com/article/2012/11/campus-apartments-looks-back-on-west-philadelphia-roots. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  5. Amy Strauss. "Business: Big Man at Campus". Boston Magazine. http://www.bostonmagazine.com/scripts/print/article.php?asset_idx=225975. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "David J. Adelman". Businessweek. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=25229429&privcapId=41597859&previousCapId=21161&previousTitle=ICG%20GROUP%20INC. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Les Shaver (October 19, 2009). "Head of the Class". Multifamily Executive Magazine. http://www.multifamilyexecutive.com/student-housing/head-of-the-class.aspx. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  8. Adam Stone (August 25, 2008). "He steered Campus Apartments with a bold strategy". Philadelphia Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2008/08/25/smallb1.html?page=all. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  9. Patricia R. Olsen (September 11, 2010). "The Bar Mitzvah Investment". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/12/jobs/12boss.html?_r=0. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  10. MAURA WEBBER SADOVI (December 15, 2010). "Philly Wins After a Fight". The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703734204576019622346744858. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  11. David J. Adelman (July 1, 2004). "New Course of Direction for Student Housing". National Real Estate Investor. http://nreionline.com/mag/real_estate_new_course_direction. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  12. Poonkulali Thangavelu (September 23, 2008). "Is Student Housing Overheated?". National Real Estate Investor. http://nreionline.com/property/multifamily/student_housing_overheated_0923. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  13. Jeff Blumenthal (March 24, 2008). "Specialty finance firm Franklin Square Capital created". Philadelphia Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2008/03/24/story9.html?page=all. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  14. "Profile: David Adelman". Forbes Magazine. https://www.forbes.com/profile/david-adelman/. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  15. Jewish Exponent: "Roll With the Real Estate Group at Sugar House Casino" by Lynn B. Edelman July 15, 2010
  16. Natalie Kostelni (June 15, 2010). "Adelman of Campus Apartments Entrepreneur of the Year". Philadelphia Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/blogs/real_estate/2010/06/adelman_of_campus_apartments_entrepreneur_of_the_year.html. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  17. "Power Shift Gala". Philadelphia Style Magazine. November 22, 2011. http://phillystylemag.com/galleries/the-power-shift-gala. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  18. "Campus Apartments’ CEO Named Homewood Suites Developer of the Year". Multi-Housing News. May 17, 2013. http://www.multihousingnews.com/news/campus-apartments-ceo-named-homewood-suites-developer-of-the-year/1004080428.html. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  19. Jill Corcoran Literary Agency: "Hallee Adelman" retrieved July 25, 2015
  20. Jewish Exponent: "Real Estate Mahoffs: A Developing Story" by Barbara S. Rothschild March 31, 2015