PHILDELPHIA: Campus Apartments
As a boy, David Adelman worked summers for family friend (and Campus Apartments co-founder) Alan Horwitz and invested in his first property before entering high school. From there, a rise to the top was inevitable. As CEO of Campus Apartments, David oversees development and management of 34,000 beds across 75 college campuses in 25 states, but he says it's still "very much a pro-Philly company" invested in the city's growth. Its HQ is in the student enclave of West Philly, where as a University City District board member, David partnered with UPenn and Drexel leadership to improve neighborhood quality of life. He also served on the City Planning Commission in the early aughts and is an investor in the proposed MARKET8 casino.