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J. David Heller is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of The NRP Group.Over the past 25 years, Mr. Heller has helped to create one of the largest multifamily development companies in the U.S., from the ground up. Since its founding in 1994, The NRP Group has delivered more than 35,000 apartment homes and currently manages 19,000 residential units across the nation.
Prior to founding The NRP Group, Mr. Heller worked as a consultant for The Townsend Group where he was responsible for more than $3.6 billion in real-estate investments over two years. The developments included office, industrial, retail, single-family and multi-family construction projects. Additionally, he was responsible for portfolio diversification, asset management, investment strategy and project underwriting. His clients included the State of Washington, the City of Milwaukee, United Mine Workers of America, Ohio Police and Fire, Los Angeles Police and Fire, the city of San Francisco and the County of San Francisco.
Mr. Heller then spent five years at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago as a manager in the real-estate consulting division. He performed feasibility studies and market analysis, created strategic plans, and audited real estate partnerships for clients, including La Salle Partners, VMS Realty, First Chicago, and RREEF Funds.
Mr. Heller holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Leadership in the Industry
A certified public accountant, Mr. Heller is a member of the AICPA. In addition, he serves on the executive committee and is past Chairman of the Housing Credit Group for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Mr. Heller serves on the Advisory Board for the Campaign for Affordable Housing and the Editorial Advisory Board for Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. Mr. Heller also serves as an officer of the Board for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Gordon Square Arts District, and The Housing Advisory Group.
Leadership in the Community
Mr. Heller is deeply committed to community service and holds several leadership positions across many civic organizations.In January 2009, the President of the United States appointed Mr. Heller as a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Mr. Heller also serves on the Advisory Board of the University Hospital Cardio Vascular Institute. He joined the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund Board in December 2008, and he continued to serve after the board reappointed him in December 2012 and 2016. Mr. Heller also serves on the Board of the Parkwood Corporation, the United Way Foundation.
In 2010, Ernst & Young Cleveland recognized Mr. Heller as the “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Mr. Heller also serves on the Board of the International Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
In 2017, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business honored Mr. Heller with the David D. Alger Alumni Achievement Award that recognizes alumni who have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the school, and benefit to their fellow citizens.
With a dedicated passion for education and higher learning, Mr. Heller also contributes to several university boards including the Board of Directors for the Northeast Ohio Medical University where he served as Chairman. Since 2016, Mr. Heller has also served on the Board of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and the Cleveland State University Center for Population Studies.
Mr. Heller is greatly devoted to serving the Jewish Community across Northeast Ohio. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Jewish Community Housing and Gross Schechter Day School. He was Board President of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, President of the Board of the Ohio Jewish Communities and he chaired the Government Relations Committee at the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. Following his role as Campaign Chair in 2013 and 2014, The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland named Mr. Heller Board Chair for the 2019-2022 term.
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