Jeff Lenz is President and Chief Development Officer for the North Central Group. He is responsible for the overall development, construction and renovation of all new hotels within the North Central Group portfolio. His duties include conducting site selections, contract negotiations, land entitlement and franchise selection, in addition to acting as the owner’s representative for hotel design and construction. With regard to asset management, Jeff is also a principal participant in long and short-term planning, evaluating asset acquisitions, dispositions, coordinating real estate and financing transactions and maintaining lender relations.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Jeff went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He began his career at North Central Group as a Real Estate Analyst in 1995, and before moving into his current position, he also worked as an Associate for the mortgage banking firm Eberhardt Company in Denver, Colorado and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jeff is currently serving as a board member of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and a member of Hilton Hotel’s Product Advisory Council. He is also very active in real estate and the local community as a member of the Urban Land Institute and the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association in addition to being a Key Club Member of the United Way of Dane County. Jeff enjoys spending spare time with his wife Susan and three sons, Drew, Aidan and Dylan, and coaching their many athletic endeavors. He is also a licensed pilot and acts as co-pilot for North Central Group’s corporate aircraft.