The Ohio State Center for Real Estate at Fisher College of Business is dedicated to fostering excellence in real estate education, applied and academic research, and outreach through community and university partnerships. The Center’s main goal is to serve as a link between our students, faculty, alumni, and the various parts of the real estate industry, creating a vibrant community touching all aspects of real estate.


  • September 2018 Newsletter
  • October 5th Breakfast Panel: Brownfields

    Development of brownfield sites offers both risk and reward. How do you evaluate each? When do the rewards outweigh the risks? Are the best opportunities already taken? Join us with a panel of experts to examine this topic. 

    October 5th, 2018 | 7:30 am - 9:00 am, networking hour to follow until 10 am

    Ballroom, Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center

    Light breakfast to be provided. 


    CRE Wagenbrenner 

    Mark Wagenbrenner

    Born and raised in columbus, Mark graduated from Bishop Hartley High School and later from Miami University with a B.S. in Finance. Mark worked three years for The Equity Group in Chicago, a national retail development company owned by Sam Zell, then returned to Columbus in 1991 to work with his family business. In Columbus, Mark began by heading the redevelopment of Grandview Avenue, and has since served as the lead developer of several retail, residential and office infill redevelopments in Central Ohio. 

    CRE Goebel

    Alison Goebel

    Alison Goebel is the Executive Director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) and has been with GOPC since 2010. Goebel is responsible for charting GOPC's strategic direction, directing the research, advocacy, and outreach teams, and securing resources for this work. She is the author of a number of research reports and policy briefs related to the revitalization of weak-market, legacy cities, transportation funding, and local governance structures in Ohio. Goebel is a graduate of Leadership Ohio and was elected by her class for the 2014 "Leaders Among Leaders" award. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of Urbana-Champaign and received her B.A. from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). 

    CRE Kessler

    Mayor Ben Kessler

    Mayor Ben Kessler is a third-generation Bexley resident who lives with his family on Bryden Road. Ben has held the office of Mayor since 2012, and his current term extends through the end of 2019.

    Mayor Kessler is the immediate past chair fo the Central Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association, and is a board member with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the Franklin County Energy Efficiency Special Improvement District. Additionally, he has served as the chair of the Bexley Land Use Strategy Commission; a member of the Bexley Historical Society Board of Trustees; a committee member of the Alum Creek Corridor Committee and the Main Street Guidelines Committee; and a member of the Heritage Ohio Advisory Panel. 

    Prior to his election as Mayor, Ben was a member of City council from 2008 through early 2012. He has served in Bexley City council as chair of the Zoning and Development Committee, chair of the Finance Committee, and briefly as President of Council in early 2012. 

    Prior to taking office as the Mayor of Bexley, Mayor Kessler was employed as a commercial real estate appraiser, with a practice that specialized in property tax valuations of large format office and retail properties and expert testimony. 

    Mayor Kessler's goals include continuing to build on the success of the City's police and infrastructure services; focusing on redevelopment in the North Cassady and Livingston Avenue Areas of the City; and continuing to push for sound fiscal policy that focuses on the long-term impacts of budgetary decisions. 

    CRE Kristin Watt

    Kristin L. Watt

    Kristin is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and chair of the environmental group.  Her practice focuses on environmental compliance and counseling, enforcement defense, environmental audits and permitting issues.  She also assists with due diligence in business and commercial real estate transactions and the contracting provisions related to each.  Kristin has worked extensively in the areas of solid and hazardous wastes, petroleum underground storage tanks, NPDES permits, wetlands, environmental investigation/remediation and green labeling.

    Kristin is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law National Council.

    Kristin has spoken on many topics, including multimedia audits, environmental audit privileges, environmental issues related to real estate transactions, storm water regulations, underground storage tanks and environmental issues related to Ohio shale fracing.

    Kristin received her J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and her B.S.B.A. cum laude from The Ohio State University.

  • Real Estate Career Fair

    The Center for Real Estate at Fisher College of Business would like to invite you to join us for the inaugural Real Estate Career Fair


    Note: Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your table as soon as possible (first come, first in). 


    When: Friday, November 9th, 2018 | 2-4 pm

    Where: Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center

    Registration Fee: $100




    For more information, contact Program Manager, Supaphen Niroula at



  • 2018 Fall Members Dinner

    CRE fall invitation

  • Announcing New Advisory Board Members

    The Ohio State Center for Real Estate is pleased to welcome Matt Kaplan and Matt Von Bargen  to our Advisory Board. 

      Matt Kaplan

    Mr. Kaplan joined Almanac in 1992 and is currently responsible for overseeing the activities of Almanac and is the Portfolio Manager of the ARS Fund Series. Prior to joining Almanac, he served in the Corporate Finance Department of Rothschild Inc. He currently serves on the boards of PREP Property Group, ReNew Senior Living and Westcore Properties. He has also served on the boards of Allegro Holdings, Ambassador Apartments Inc., CNL Financial Services, CNL Hospitality Properties, Encore Hospitality, Hallmark Holdings, National RV Communities, Parkway Properties, RXR Realty, Vanta Commercial Properties, Winter Properties, and WNY Group. He is a member of NAREIT’s Real Estate Investment Advisory Council, a Research Sponsor at the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center of the Wharton School and an Associate Member of the Pension Research Council of the Wharton School. From 1988 to 1990, he was a management consultant at Touche Ross & Co. Mr. Kaplan graduated cum laude from Washington University in 1984 and received an MBA from The Wharton School in 1988.

    Matt Van Bargen

    Matt is currently an Investment Banking Associate at Morgan Stanley on the real estate, gaming and lodging team in New York. In this capacity he works with his team to advise public and private companies across the office, multifamily, storage, lodging, industrial and services verticals on both mergers & acquisitions and capital raising in both the equity and debt capital markets. Most notably Matt recently worked on the initial public offering of Cushman & Wakefield.

    Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Matt spent two years working for Express in their Columbus office where he was part of the financial planning & analysis team and helped in launching the Express Factory Outlet division. He previously spent two years at Abercrombie & Fitch as a member of the inventory management team helping grown the Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister brands internationally.


    Matt received an M.B.A. from Duke University in 2017 and a B.S.B.A. with a specialization in Finance from The Ohio State University in 2010.




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