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Corvue Leadership

John Clifford

Founder and Principal

Mr. Clifford founded Corvue in 2014 as a real estate investment and development company with a keen focus on co-living within student/multi-housing communities. Since Corvue’s inception, the firm has developed over 6,000 beds in critical locations across the country. Mr. Clifford is a former Vice Chairman of CBRE’s Capital Markets Group, building his national practice from the ground up over a 25-year span. He has originated and closed more than 500 separate transactions totaling in excess of $20 billion across all major and niche product types in numerous North American markets, as well as, Europe and Asia. His clients have included well known institutional funds, investment managers, public and private REITS, and top tier developers. Previously, Mr Clifford worked with Balcor/American Express and Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company. Mr. Clifford received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University.

Robbie Robinson

Director of Development/Construction

Mr. Robinson is responsible for project design, preconstruction supervision, and construction management. Prior to joining Corvue, Mr. Robinson was Vice President of Design for Campus Crest Construction, the construction platform for Campus Crest Communities (NYSE: CCG). During his tenure with Campus Crest Construction, Mr. Robinson was directly involved in twenty-six student housing properties with a construction contract value in excess of $560 million. A twenty-four year veteran of the construction industry, Mr. Robinson has worked on student housing, multifamily, mixed use, and commercial projects across the country. He received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management from Clemson University and is LEED AP certified.

Tom Bade

Director of Finance/Investments

As Director, Mr. Bade is responsible for financial modeling, monitoring and reporting. Prior to joining Corvue, Mr. Bade was a Project Manager with Linesight Consulting Group where he was the Owner’s Representative for Microsoft on a $300M+ Data Center. Previously, Mr. Bade was a Project Manager with Turner Construction, a North America-based, international construction services company and leading builder in diverse market segments. He was responsible for building baseball stadiums and data centers with such clients as the Chicago Cubs, University of Illinois in Chicago, Digital Realty Trust, and Microsoft. Mr. Bade received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Michael Tassi, CPA


Mr. Tassi is responsible for overseeing all of the day-to-day accounting functions including financial reporting and budgeting. Prior to joining Corvue, Mr. Tassi had served over 20 years in the private sector in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer and Controller in real estate and a variety of other industries including transportation, automotive retail, waste removal and design architecture. Mr. Tassi also currently serves as president of MJT Accounting & Business Solutions, Inc., a public accounting firm which he started in 2005. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University in Chicago and obtained his CPA certification in the state of Illinois.

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