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The Sterling Group Hires Sr. Vice President General Counsel

January 11, 2018

Mishawaka, Ind. – The Sterling Group is pleased to announce Joseph M. Scimia has joined the company as Senior Vice President General Counsel. Scimia is moving from the Real Estate Group at Ice Miller, Indianapolis, where he was a Partner representing developers, contractors, lenders, landlords, tenants and property owners in a variety of real estate transactions.

“Joe’s background spans a broad spectrum of Real Estate law and successful transactions. He understands how to provide the kind of client service and counsel on which The Sterling Group has built its reputation,” said Lance Swank, president, The Sterling Group. “He’s a seasoned leader with outstanding judgment and the ability to overcome complex transactional challenges. Throughout his career he has demonstrated a commitment to the values we at Sterling believe in and we look forward to having him on board.”

Scimia’s areas of focus includes construction and permanent financing of commercial and residential real estate and the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of office, retail, commercial, industrial and residential properties. His practice also includes securing necessary land use approvals from local units of government for commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use projects.

As a principal in Sterling’s real estate activities, Scimia will be responsible for the companies legal affairs and will be involved in the acquisition, development and construction of Sterling’s growing portfolio. He will serve on Sterling’s Board of Directors and as well as other executive committees.

Scimia’s awards and recognitions include: o Best Lawyers® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Land Use and Zoning Law in Indianapolis o The Best Lawyers in America, Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law, 2005-2018 o Indiana Super Lawyers — Real Estate, 2004-2017 o Beta Gamma Sigma o Who's Who in American Law o Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers — Real Estate, 2016-2017 o Indiana State Bar Association Membership o Arizona State Bar Association Membership

Scimia earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and a law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

About The Sterling Group The Sterling Group, founded in 1976, is a family-owned and vertically-integrated real estate investment firm specializing in multifamily housing and self-storage properties. Sterling companies include development, construction, property management, and investment management. Sterling owns and manages approximately 8,000 units of apartments and self-storage properties across the United States with a concentration within the Midwest and Southeast. For more information, please visit or contact Lance Swank, president, at 574-247-3214.