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The NRP Group and Cleveland State University Establish ‘Moments That Matter’ Virtual Interview Series on Mentorship


President Harlan Sands on a Zoom call
Click here to watch replay of CSU and NRP Group's Mentorship Virtual Chat.

Series of Virtual Fireside Chats Will Kick Off Thursday, Oct. 15 With CSU President Harlan Sands and NRP Founder and CEO Discussing ‘New Model of Mentoring to Drive Personal Growth in Changing Times’

​​​​​​​CLEVELAND (October 6, 2020) - The NRP Group and Cleveland State University (CSU) today announced a partnership to present Moments That Matter, a series of virtual interviews on the subject of mentorship.

The first installment of the Moments That Matter series will be a fireside chat hosted on Zoom between CSU President Harlan Sands and NRP Founder and CEO J. David Heller, with an introduction by Kenneth Kahn, Ph.D., Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business. Entitled “The New Model of Mentoring to Drive Personal Growth in Changing Times,” the discussion will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Moments That Matter is designed to inspire students, NRP employees and other stakeholders to reimagine mentorship as an active, high-engagement process in which we look for inspiring people all around us and actively seek their advice – from a single conversation or inspiration to an ongoing dialogue,” Heller said. “This forum will explore how the act of seeking mentors and offering mentorship can lead to a lifetime of personal and professional learning and enrichment."

Moments That Matter builds on an existing collaboration between The NRP Group and Cleveland State University. In August 2019, NRP and Millennia Companies joined forces to make a $1.2 million gift to create The NRP & Millennia Center for Property Management within CSU’s Monte Ahuja College of Business. The program already has begun offering classes and will also include an internship program and an applied research initiative, all designed to meet the considerable human capital needs of real estate and property management firms. There will also be a scholarship program for prospective students.

“Mentoring is a powerful tool for personal improvement and growth,” Sands said. “We want to expand the concept of mentorship. We envision creating a safe place where people are seeking and giving input in areas of their unique expertise, all in the service of improving performance and trajectory in our personal and professional lives. We are excited to partner tightly with industry in this way and to create more opportunities for engaged learning as we help The NRP Group launch this exciting program.”

“We continually seek to attract, retain and grow A-plus talent at The NRP Group in order to expand our business and pursue our mission,” Heller said. “Through major programs such as The NRP & Millennia Center for Property Management, and ongoing educational opportunities such as the Moments That Matter mentorship series, our goal is to provide people in Northeast Ohio and throughout the NRP footprint with new opportunities for growth and development. We’re thrilled to be working with President Sands on this exciting initiative which is yet another excellent example of our growing collaboration.”

The second Moments That Matter fireside chat will take place in Spring 2021.

About The NRP Group
The NRP Group is a vertically integrated developer, owner, builder, and manager of best-in-class multifamily housing. Since its founding in 1994, NRP has developed more than 43,000 apartment homes, and currently manages over 23,000 residential units. The company utilizes the entire breadth of its in-house capabilities to fulfill its mission: creating exceptional rental housing opportunities for individuals and families, regardless of income. As a three-time recipient of the National Association of Builders Multifamily Development Firm of the Year and recognized Top 10 Developer by National Multifamily Housing Council, NRP is leveraging its decades of practice by also providing construction and property management services to outside owners and developers. For additional information, visit


About Cleveland State University

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With nearly 16,000 students, ten colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2020 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report. Find more information at