In 2003, while still at Capstar, Blum identified a student housing shortage on the SDSU campus. Blum conceived a creative solution to convert two, three, and four-bedroom homes into six, seven, and eight-bedroom homes. Blum’s development strategy has now become a standard model for developing student housing in The College Area as well as other campuses around the country. Over the next few years, Blum converted approximately 125 homes around The College Area, quickly turning what was a side project for Blum into a new management company, SoCal Property Management Group, which became the largest single-family housing provider at SDSU, as well as one of the largest college housing redevelopments in the country.
In 2009, Blum returned to San Diego as he identified an opportunity in the midst of a massive foreclosure crisis. Blum created a flip fund to capitalize on the opportunity. While still managing his flip fund, in 2013, Blum merged Socal Property Management with Arkyon Properties, which then acquired West Rental management – an M&A deal that would become SBMI group. Over the next 6 years, SBMI Group acquired two more management companies, and (acquired & managed) over 600 (commercial, residential, and retail assets). In 2019, SBMI’s 3rd party management division was sold.
In 2021, SBMI was rebranded as the Gravis Group, which now houses both an advisory arm, as well as continuing to house a robust investment portfolio focused on multi-family housing, student housing, and independent living facilities.
Scott Meitus has over thirty years of relevant experience in the real estate industry. During his career, he has participated in virtually every aspect of the profession, including acquisitions/dispositions, syndications, development, construction/renovation, property and asset management, financial underwriting/analysis, and market analysis. Real estate sectors include residential, office, retail, industrial and recreational/entertainment.
Since 1998, Scott has owned and operated his own real estate investment/consulting company. Syndications included sixteen properties with a combined acquisition value of nearly $50 million. Across all deals, investors realized average returns on equity of over 29% annually. Scott has also underwritten/analyzed over 4,000 individual investment opportunities for himself and his clients, and has completed over 500 formal market analyses for real estate developments in all sectors nationwide.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his BBA in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics. Volunteer work includes Rotary International where he is a past president of the local chapter, Junior Achievement, and several environmental organizations, including the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited, and the Tomahawk Lake Association.
Scott currently resides in Minocqua, Wisconsin, a small resort/summer home community in the northern part of the state. In his spare time he enjoys fly fishing, waterfowl/upland bird hunting, golf and wood furniture restoration.
With over 17 years of experience in real estate, Julia has worked in project coordination of both ground up development and extensive rehabilitation projects, as well as negotiation of contracts for real estate investment acquisitions and sales, to include budgeting, due-diligence research and risk-assessment, compliance, and has also acted as a liaison between high-volume private lenders and real estate developers/investors in and around San Diego County.
Christine Siville has over 25 years’ experience providing multi-state tax preparation and accounting services to individuals and start-up businesses to medium sized corporations.
Christine’s background experience consists of 15 years in management overseeing Payroll, Stock Administration and HRIS departments for large multi-state corporations in Silicon Valley.
Christine stepped away from corporate management to obtain a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Master’s in Management from which, she started a consulting business targeted to assist start-up businesses to medium sized corporations in organizing their office structure and operational workflow, as well as, setting up or modifying an accounting system specific to their business needs.
While actively growing her tax and accounting business, Christine recently obtained the IRS Enrolled Agent certification to provide multi-state comprehensive support, in resolving any matter, including audits and appeals before the Internal Revenue Service.
Amanda oversees the firm’s operational accounting, and leads the production of financial reports, maintains the accounting system, and cash flow. As part of the corporate management and leadership team, Amanda develops and implements Gravis Group’s financial strategic planning decisions. She is responsible for developing the annual budget and prepares financial forecasts, ensuring the fiscal welfare of the firm.
Amanda also assists with contracting and subcontracting on projects and performs the role of Project Accountant, providing financial analysis and reporting on projects. Her input and financial expertise are two key details that assure the high quality work that Gravisproduces.
Thais graduated in Business Administration and is passionate about communication, technology, logistics, and innovation. Before joining Gravis Group and Smarter Logistics, Thais worked for a major bank in Brazil — Itau Unibanco — where she had the opportunity to work with amazing clients and to improve her marketing and business development skills.