The Champion Companies

A market-leading multi-family investment, development and management firm.

Who We Are

Founded in 2010, The Champion Companies is a market-leading multi-family investment, development and management firm. Champion currently owns and manages 5,000 Class A and B+ multi-family units in Central Ohio’s fast-growing suburbs.

Our Mission

To deliver the best investment, career and living experience ever– yes, ever!

  • Property Management

    Creating communities and making people feel at home through extraordinary customer service and efficient operations.

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  • Investment Management

    Delivering attractive, risk-adjusted returns through the buying, selling, and refinancing of well-located, high-quality apartment communities.

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  • Real Estate Advisory

    Champion Asset Advisors is a commercial real estate brokerage. CAA represents all Champion led investments during acquisitions and dispositions.

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  • Construction & Development

    Adding value for our residents, investors, and the surrounding community through our best-in-class renovation program & experienced development management team.

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Champion News

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  • 30 Nov 2018 News

    Champion buys 272 Units in the Westerville/New Albany submarket

  • 07 Nov 2018 News

    The Champion Companies a No. 1 Best Place to Work in Central Ohio

  • 13 Aug 2018 News

    Champion Cares Golf Invitational Marks 15th Year with a Record-Breaking $150,000 Raised

  • 03 Jul 2018 News

    Brian Yeager and Michelle Yeager-Thornton of The Champion Companies win Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • 25 Jun 2018 News

    The Champion Companies Recognized for Corporate Citizenship

  • 06 Jan 2018 News

    Champion Companies Building Mixed Use Site in Powell, Ohio

  • 19 Dec 2017 News

    The Champion Companies Brings IOTAS Smart Home Tech to Central Ohio

  • 10 Nov 2017 News

    Survey Says: The Champion Companies a Best Place to Work for 2nd Year in a Row

  • 11 Sep 2017 News

    The Champion Companies Extends Fast 50 Streak to a Sixth Year

  • 14 Aug 2017 News

    2017 Champion Cares Golf Invitational Sets Event Record for Charitable Giving

Team Member Spotlight

Meet our Leadership Team

Michelle Yeager-Thornton Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

As the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for The Champion Companies, Michelle Yeager-Thornton leads Champion’s operational efforts and oversees the day-to-day actions of the company’s portfolio of communities, which includes nearly 5,000 apartment homes with assets totaling more than $400 million.

Michelle has overall responsibility for setting the operational strategy, driving execution and creating best practices for Champion. She oversees the company’s marketing and communications efforts, sales and leasing operations, maintenance systems and our customers’ satisfaction.

Michelle also ensures that monthly goals are met at each Champion community, including occupancy goals and property appearance standards, while keeping the community budgets balanced.

Michelle prides herself on leading Champion’s philanthropic initiatives, including the creation of the Champion Cares Foundation in 2014. She has a passion for helping others and continually supports local organizations that allow her to give back to those in need, including the YWCA Family Center, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.

Michelle has been honored with a Columbus Business First 40 Under 40 Award. She also has guided Champion to becoming a Columbus Business First Fast 50 company for seven consecutive years. Most recently, Michelle was inducted into the 2018 class of YWCA Women of Achievement, as well as named a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the East Central Region.

In addition to her work at Champion, Michelle is a member of the Reeb Center Advisory Board, as well as a former board member for Children’s Hunger Alliance.

What can Champion do for you?

The Champion team has decades of experience in the multi-family industry and is constantly seeking opportunities to help and partner with multi-family owners and investors.

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