CEO: Frederick W. Pierce.

Revenue: $31.4 million in 2011; $19.5 million in 2010.

No. of local employees: 17.

Headquarters: San Diego (Mission Valley).

Year founded: 1995.

Company description: Owner, manager and developer of student housing and education-related real estate, with a national portfolio of $275 million.

Key factors for success: Company maintains geographically diverse portfolio, focusing on student apartments near large public universities.

Studying real estate and finance during his undergrad and grad-student days at San Diego State University, Frederick W...

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