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    December 1, 2020-- Economic Outlook

    Professor Itzhak (“Zahi”) Ben-David, the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, was joined by Dr. Gene Amromin, Vice President and Director of Financial Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for a discussion on the post-election economy.

    The audio will be available on the Appreciating Real Estate Podcast soon!

    November 17, 2020-- Housing and Healthcare

    The intersection of Healthcare and Housing is an exciting and growing space in both the healthcare sector and the multifamily housing industry. Healthcare institutions across the country have come to understand that housing is a critical social determinant of health and that a growing body of research shows that access to safe, quality, and affordable housing can have significant positive impacts on a person’s health. Further, as place-based anchor institutions, healthcare systems have a direct interest in the both the physical and economic health of the communities that they serve. In turn, housing developers across the country are increasingly partnering with healthcare providers and healthcare insurers to develop mixed-use and mixed-income housing projects that that create a positive impact for entire neighborhoods. The NRP Group’s Aaron Pechota has developed more than 3,500 housing units over 15 years and has spearheaded NRP’s partnerships with multiple large healthcare institutions; Amy Riegel leads CareSource’s efforts to create innovative and sustainable approaches to integrating health and housing and focuses on building collaborative partnerships to address social determinants of health, Angela Mingo is the Community Relations Director at Nationwide Children’s and has been instrumental in Nationwide’s approach to neighborhood revitalization efforts on the south side of Columbus; and Sheldon Johnson is both the Vice President of Community Development at Community Building Partners and was selected to participate in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders – an initiative to for young leaders who want to make their communities more healthy and equitable. This panel will discuss how health and housing are connected and share how their organizations are developing, financing, and working with communities to develop housing that can help make communities healthier, both in Columbus and across Ohio.

    Listen to the discussion here!

    October 29, 2020-- View from the C-Suite with David Adelman

    For this iteration of the Center's View From the C-Suite series, Mary Beth was joined by David Adelman, CEO of Campus Apartments.

    Mary Beth and David discuss topics including: his history in the real estate field, how he was able to grow Campus Apartments to its current size, and how he developed a strong company culture. David also discusses how COVID-19 has affected the student housing market and the most difficult aspects of being a CEO. David finishes by giving his best advice to students and graduates wanting to succeed in the world of real estate.

    Listen to the audio here!

    October 6, 2020-- Webinar: Returning to Work in the Times of COVID-19

    The Center for Real Estate and The Risk Institute invite you to join us for a wide ranging discussion on what companies are doing to keep employers and employees safe as they return to the office. In addition, we will discuss how COVID-19 is impacting real estate needs, working from home, and other business disruptions. As companies work through the global COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the expansion of digital commerce, and the increase in work from home model proving to be successful; how much longer will large office spaces be needed and what does a company do with one they no longer need. This webinar will feature experts in the real estate field that are helping companies develop new tools, processes and alternative approaches to adjust. Now more than ever, it is critical to have a plan in place to prevent any economic uncertainty. 

    Speakers include:

    Norman Bertke
    National Director of Operations for CBRE’s
    Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) Local business
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    Tim Spencer 
    Chief Financial Officer

    John Mark Tichar
    Vice President, Sales Leader
    Oswald Companies

    Click here to watch Webinar recording!

    September 24, 2020-- Virtual Real Estate Career Fair

    September 15, 2020-- "Breakfast Series" Webinar: Real Estate Investing Today- Risks and Opportunities

    We were joined by a panel of global private equity investors and institutional advisors for a wide ranging discussion on the current outlook for the US and Global Real Estate markets.

    Our panel included:

    Jennifer Stevens, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Alliance Global Advisors

    Chris Merrill, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Harrison Street

    Sean Harris, SVP of Acquisitions, Starwood Capital Group

    Christian Nye, Associate, The Townsend Group

    Click HERE to listen to the webinar!

    February 25, 2020 -- View from the C-Suite with Roy March

    We were joined by Roy March, CEO of Eastdil Secured, the leading real estate investment banking company in the United States. Roy discussed his career path, certain aspects of his job and company, and gave advice to the many students in attendance.

    January 23, 2020 -- Breakfast Panel: Affordable Housing

    We were joined by panelists Catherine Cawthon, President of Fifth Third Community Development Corporation, David Cooper, Director and an Officer of Woda Cooper Companies, Inc., Jack Kukura, Chief Investment Officer at Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, and Matt Rhule, Senior Vice President of Housing Development at National Church Residences. 

    They were led in discussions of Affordable Housing by Kerstin Carr, Director of Planning & Sustainability at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

    November 21, 2019 -- Breakfast Panel: Economic Forecast

    We were joined by Spencer Levy, Chairman of Americas Research for CBRE and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, for a lively discussion on the topic of economic forecast.

    November 21, 2019 -- Fall Members Dinner

    Advisory board members gathered to honor Friedl Bohm and his life of accomplishments. 

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    October 24, 2019 -- View From the C-Suite

    We were joined by Friedl Bohm and Jack Kessler for discussions of their times leading their respective fields.

    Friedl Bohm was chairman of NBBJ until 2006, and since retiring, has served on the Board of Directors of many companies.

    Jack Kessler is owner of the John W. Kessler Company and founder and chairman of The New Albany Company.

    September 11, 2019 -- Career Fair

    Companies and organizations joined us at OSU to promote any available positions, while also meeting with our talented students who will soon be joining the workforce or looking to gain more experience through an internship.

    September 10, 2019 -- Breakfast Panel- Sustainability

    This past April, The Center for Real Estate Annual Conference highlighted the issue of Sustainability. In this Breakfast Series, our expert panelists, Madeline Wick, Marjorie Tsang, and Mary Ludgin, dove into the topic of sustainability. They discussed questions such as: How are investors adapting to the inherent uncertainty? How are tenants responding? and Where are the opportunities, risks and possible solutions?

    September 9, 2019 -- Women in Real Estate Dinner

    Like minded women in the field of real estate, professionals and OSU students, gathered to expand their network and to be part of a greater community.

    June 6, 2019-- Breakfast Panel: Urban Redevelopment

    William Murdock, executive Director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), Erin Prosser, director of Community Development for both Ohio State and its real estate affiliate Campus Partners, Brett Kaufman, founder and CEO of Kaufman Development, and Jeffrey Beam, Director of Development for The Community Builders, discussed recent opportunistic redevelopment in Central Ohio, and give their forecast for the future.

    May 16-17, 2019-- Ph.D. Conference on Real Estate and Housing

    Our annual PhD Conference on Real Estate and Housing brings together doctoral students from various disciplines to foster a multidisciplinary understanding of real estate and housing related research. The conference is a result of partnership between the Ohio State Center for Real Estate, the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, the Knowlton School of Architecture and Fisher College of Business and it is a selective, refereed conference of research papers in all areas of real estate and housing.

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    April 9, 2019-- Annual Real Estate Conference

    We were joined by Dr. Rachel Kleit, Aaron Gruen, David Gilford, Dr. Elena Irwin, and our keynote speaker, Andres Duany to discuss The City of the Future.

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    March 28, 2019 -- View From the c-Suite

    We were joined by Eric Bolton:

    Eric Bolton is the Chairman and CEO of Mid-America Apartment Communities (“MAA”), a publicly-traded real estate investment trust and S&P 500 Company with a total market enterprise valuation of approximately $16 billion. MAA is the largest owner-operator of multifamily housing in the U.S. with a portfolio of over 300 apartment properties, representing over 100,000 apartment homes.

    During his tenure as CEO of MAA, Mr. Bolton has led the company through significant growth, including two large public M&A transactions, while delivering long-term shareholder investment returns that rate in the top-tier of apartment REIT sector performances.

    Mr. Bolton serves as a Director for East Group Properties (NYSE: EGP) and is on the Advisory Board of Governors of the National Association of REITs.

    January 25, 2019 -- Breakfast Panel: Capital Markets

    Where will the economy be headed next? Is smart money sitting on the sidelines, or in the game? What are the risks and where are the opportunities? How do the events on the global stage affect us in the Midwest. These were the topics discussed by our panel of experts:

    Edward Schwartz, Principal - ORG Portfolio Management LLC

    George Tietjen, Managing Director - Sentinel Real Estate Corporation

    Timothy Gallagher, Managing Director - Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc.

    DJ Effler, Senior Vice President - Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital LLC

    November 9, 2018 Career fair

    The Fisher College of Business, Center for Real Estate's Career Fair at The Blackwell Inn & Pfahl Conference Center on 11/9/2018.

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    October 23, 2018 Fall Dinner

    The Center for Real Estate's 2018 Fall Dinner honoree was Mr. Jack Kessler. The event was held at the Franklin Park Conservatory, Wells Barn on 10/23/2018. The event was a great success and we would like to thank the speakers who included Mr. Les Wexner and Mr. Bobby Schottenstein.

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    October 5th, 2018 Breakfast Panel: Brownfield Development

    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.


    Mark Wagenbrenner, Wagenbrenner Development

    Mayor Ben Kessler, City of Bexley

    Aaron Clapper, Greater Ohio Policy Center

    Kristin L. Watt, Vorys, Sater Seymour and Pease, LLP

    June 7th, 2018 Breakfast Panel: The Global Financial Crisis: Ten Years Later

    Join us for a conversation with industry leaders as we look back at the Global Financial Crisis that began in 2008. What has changed, and what has not? How have their companies and strategies adapted since the Crisis? What enduring lessons remain?


    • Robert Schottenstein, CEO of M/I Homes
    • Brad Sturm, Lead Portfolio Manager for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
    • Brent Crawford, Principal and Founder, Crawford Hoying

    May 17-18, 2018 - PhD Conference on Real Estate and Housing

    The Center for Real Estate partners with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Knowlton School of Architecture to hold annual PhD Conference on Real Estate and Housing. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for doctoral students from various disciplines to showcase and develop their real estate and housing-related research through high quality discussant and audience feedback.

    For more information and to register, please visit the conference site.

    April 25th, 2018: Annual Real Estate Conference 

    What does the City of the Future look like? And what do cities have to do to prepare themselves for the future? The answers to these questions are not simple. They are complex, multidimensional and unique to every city as they work to address challenges connected to growth, changes in our climate, aging infrastructure, technological advancements and many others. Arriving at the right answers is crucial as cities compete on global stage to attract talent, companies and resources.

    The 2018 Real Estate Conference will contribute to this conversation by bringing together experts who will discuss principles for planning and building resilient cities, the future of transportation infrastructure and the utilization of technology in the real estate industry.

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    April 5th, 2018: View from the C-Suite: Walt Rakowich, former CEO, Prologis

    We sat down with Walt Rakowich to discuss his experience in leading the turnaround of an S&P 500 company at the height of the 2008 recession. Walt had stepped in as CEO of Prologis after the stock had fallen over 96 percent within ten months, and ultimately restored the company to its position as an industry leader through transparent leadership methods that aligned with a core set of values: humility, honesty and heart. Walt shared his lessons learned from this and other experiences in our inaugural View from the C-Suite forum, Lessons in Leadership.

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    March 22nd, 2018 Breakfast Panel: Capital Markets Outlook: Risks and Opportunities for Real Estate

    Where is the economy going next? What inning are we in? Has the game turned into a double header? What will rising interest rates mean for real estate? And what does all this mean for my business? Our panel of experts attempted to answer these questions and more. We heard about opportunities and risks from the perspective of lenders, institutional investors and investment managers.


    • Renee Csuhran, EVP and Managing Director of Commercial Real Estate, Community Development Lending and Investments, Huntington Bank
    • Mary Ludgin, Managing Director and Head of Global Research, Heitman
    • Jennifer Young Stevens, Principal, The Townsend Group

    February 22nd, 2018 – Market Analysis

    FRES welcomed Rob Vogt, the Managing Partner of Vogt Strategic Insights (VSI). VSI provides market analyses and market feasibility studies for a range of real estate alternatives, including affordable and market-rate apartments, condominiums, single-family developments, senior living alternatives, commercial space and mixed-use developments.

    February 19th, 2018 – Executive lunch: REITs – Phillips Edison

    The graduate FRES hosted a lunch and conversation with executives fromPhillips Edison & Company (PECO), a Cincinnati-based Real Estate Investment Trust. PECO is one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of market-leading, grocery-anchored shopping centers. PECO manages more than $1.7 billion of gross real estate investments on behalf of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II, Inc., a non-traded, publicly-registered shopping center REIT, as well as other companies. The executives discussed the REITs landscape in general, as well as full time and internship opportunities with their company.

    February 15th, 2018: ULI Hines Local Competition

    Eevery year ULI Columbus, the Center for Real Estate at the Ohio State University, and Knowlton School of Architecture organize a ULI Hines Student Urban Design Competition Local Review. All four graduate teams consisting of students from Fisher and Knowlton School presented their final projects that were submitted for the national ULI Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The event was attended by 70+ local real estate professionals. The keynote speakers, Michael Schiff, Owner and Founder, Schiff Capital Group, and Robert Loversidge, President & Chief Executive Officer, Schooley Caldwell, discussed their plans for Columbus' North Market site.

    February 8th, 2018: Commercial Brokerage

    Matt Bobst, an associate broker at Colliers International specializing in commercial office, came to talk to FRES about the inner workings of commercial brokerage and why students might want to consider a career in this segment of the real estate industry.

    February 2nd, 2018 Site visit: CASTO

    A small group of students had an opportunity to visit CASTO, one of the oldest real estate companies in central Ohio. The president of CASTO Communities, Brent Sobczak and his development team was on hand to discuss the company, its developments and answer questions. The site visit started with a visit to their offices to get an overview of the company and then went to see one of their new developments, The Jilian.

    January 25th, 2018 Executive lunch: Brian Yeager, President and CEO, Champion Companies

    The graduate chapter of FRES hosted an Executive Lunch with Brian Yeager, the President and CEO of the Champion Companies. Brian and his sister, Michelle Yeager-Thornton, built their company from ground up in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Brian has led Champion to becoming a top fifty fastest-growing private company in Central Ohio for six consecutive years (2012-2017). In 2014, he was honored by Columbus Business First as a 40 Under 40 award recipient. Serving in the Ohio Army National Guard from 1999-2007, Brian is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. Currently, Champion owns and manages nearly 5,000 market-rate apartments throughout the growing suburbs of Central Ohio.

    January 18th, 2018: Young Alumni Panel

    FRES was pleased to welcome a panel of five young alumni from various sectors of the real estate industry. The alumni talked a bit about how they got started in their careers and answered questions about strategies for networking, how to go about finding an internship or a job in the real estate industry, and many more. The panel included Scott Hartley ('14), Real Estate Investments with Nationwide, Jennifer Kochan ('11), development Manager with Lifestyle Communities, Patrick Lynch ('14), Financial Analyst with White Oak Partners, Tom Vetter ('10), CEO of Vetter Companies and Austin Zachem ('17), Investment Analyst with Rockbridge.

    January 11th, 2018: Breakfast Panel - Impact of E-Commerce on Industrial Real Estate

    With the rapid evolution of e-commerce and related distribution requirements, industrial space is in great demand and landlords must adapt to keep pace. Our panel of experts in industrial real estate investing, logistics, and distribution brought a unique perspective to the issue as they discussed what this means for supply chain logistics and distribution facilities.


    • THOMAS GOLDSBY, Professor of Logistics, Chair, Department of Marketing & Logistics
    • ADRIAN KUMAR, Vice President, Solutions Design Group, DHL Supply Chain
    • JONATHAN RUDERSDORF, Vice President, Prologis
    • JOSEPH VERSAGGI, Senior Vice President, Washington Capital Management

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    November 30th, 2017: Role of Tax Incentives in Real Estate Development

    Chris Clements, JD, and Chris J. Knezevic, JD, of Vorys gave a presentation about the ways various tax incentives can be used to help finance development projects. They covered the major types of tax incentives available to real estate developers, how they work and how they can be used to make projects financially feasible.

    November 16th, 2017 Specialized Real Estate: Healthcare and Senior Housing, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., 315 Schoenbaum Hall

    Joel Mendes, Senior Vice President, JLL and Michael Kudla, Chief Operating Officer, Hplex Solutions, came to Fisher College of Business to discuss a growing niche of the real estate market, senior housing and assisted living. They discussed some of the deals they have been involved in, what makes health care and senior housing different from other sectors of the market, and why this field offers a number of opportunities.

    November 2nd, 2017 NAIOP Case Competition Final Presentations, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Mason Hall 2nd floor rotunda

    On November 2, five teams presented their final projects in front of a group of judges for the 2nd annual NAIOP Case Competition. Congratulations to all students who competed and to those who won. Thank you to NAIOP Central Ohio for their generous support as well as awarding our students $4000 in monetary prizes.

    October 27th, 2017 Site Visit - Columbus Downtown Development Corporation

    Students can join the Center and the Fisher Real Estate Society on a site visit to the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation as they discuss their plans for the Scioto Peninsula and their impact on downtown Columbus. CDDC's work on Scioto Mile has been recognized by numerous awards, including the 2017 ACEC Ohio Engineering Excellence Award and 2016 American Planning Association National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation.

    October 23rd, 2017: Executive Lunch: Rob Bilse, Head of Capital Markets, North America, PATRIZIA Immobilien AG

    Please join us for lunch with one of our alumni, Mr. Rob Bilse, the Head of Capital Markets, North America, PATRIZIA Immobilien AG. Mr. Bilse has 18 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining PATRIZIA, he has worked in various capacities including new product development and fundraising for Brookfield Asset Management and PGIM Real Estate. He started his career at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. This is a great networking opportunity for any student who is interested in pursuing a real estate career on the East coast.

    October 18th, 2017 Information Session - US Bank Commercial Real Estate

    Please come learn about US Bank Credit Analyst program on October 18 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Recruiters from US Bank will be on hand to give you more details about the program and answer your questions. This program is designed for finance and accounting majors, who are, at heart, real estate people. USBank is one of the dominant players in commercial real estate banking. Our team focuses on large regional and national scale clients in development, construction, realty management, REIT’s, institutional investors among others. The analysts will be working with some of the most experienced and highest caliber lenders in the industry today and working on the underwriting of “live” deals from the beginning of their training. If you are interested in applying for an on campus interview on October 19, please go to Fisher Connect and look for posting number 442425. They are recruiting primarily for their main hub office in Minneapolis. But, also have opportunities in Dallas, Denver, DC, L.A. and Atlanta.

    October 11th, 2017: Getting a Job in Private Equity: Real Estate Industry Insights

    A discussion with recent hires and managers from Rockbridge, a private equity firm specializing in the hospitality sector, about the hiring process, what questions to expect in interviews, what to prep for, lessons learned, etc. This was an informal and an open forum for students to ask questions they might have about how to best go about getting a job in this segment of the real estate industry.

    October 6th, 2017: Lunch with Jamie Gorski, Chief Marketing Officer at The Bozzuto Group

    Lunch with Ms. Jamie Gorski, an OSU alum and Chief Marketing Officer at The Bozzuto Group, where she provides strategic marketing direction for the entire company, overseeing all marketing and public relations efforts for Bozzuto’s homebuilding, multifamily development, construction and property management divisions. Jamie’s expertise includes strategic brand development, standards implementation, market analysis and online marketing. She has extensive experience overseeing major digital marketing campaigns and is an expert in advancing both online and offline marketing initiatives. In 2013, the Journal of Property Management named her as one of the women changing the world of real estate management, and in 2012 she was named as one of the most influential multifamily executives to watch by Multi-Housing News. She serves as the current chair of the ULI Washington Communications Committee, on the Zillow Advisory Board and on the Apartment List Leadership Council.

    October 5th, 2017: Corporate Real Estate

    The undergraduate chapter of the Fisher Real Estate Society hosted an event on Corporate Real Estate. , Kevin Day, the Vice President of Real Estate for Big Lots, and Matt McQuade, Managing Director of Business Development at Columbus 2020, talked about corporate real estate, site selection and business development from the city perspective.

    September 29th, 2017 - Site Visit: Campus Partners

    FRES and the Center for Real Estate visited with Campus Partners, an organization established by The Ohio State University in 1996 to spearhead the revitalization of the urban neighborhoods around its Columbus campus. Campus Partners was incorporated as a non-profit organization to work with the city, community agencies, neighborhood civic associations and the university itself. They spoke about the university development plans and the partnerships that make it possible.

    September 21st, 2017 Breakfast Panel: Looking Ahead: Future of Multifamily Housing

    The future of the multifamily market continues to be a frequent topic of conversations in central Ohio and beyond. While the demographic projections for central Ohio seem to point toward continuing growth, other indicators suggest a near future slow down. Our panelists discussed trends in the different segments of the multifamily market and what we might expect to see in 2017 and beyond.

    • Kerstin Carr, Director of Planning and Environment, MORPC
    • James Croft, Chairmand and CEO, RED Capital
    • Tre Giller, CEO, DRK & Company
    • Edmond Joseph, Vice President, CBRE
    • Guy Worley, CEO, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation

    September 15th, 2017: Real Estate Career Roundtable

    The Center for Real Estate, in conjunction with the Fisher Real Estate Society, hosted a annual Real Estate Career Roundtable on September 15, 2017. This annual event is designed to highlight opportunities that exist in the real estate industry and features multiple speakers representing different segments of the real estate industry. This years' speakers discussed careers in private equity and institutional real estate investments, development, consulting and corporate real estate.

    September 14th, 2017: Crash Course in Real Estate Terms

    This session was designed for any graduate or undergradaute student interested in learning more about the real estate industry, but is a bit unsure about the variour terms being used. We covered the basics to make sure you can get the most from the various events organized by FRES and the Center and can ask meaningful questions.

    September 6th, 2017: Harrison Street Information Session

    On September 6, Alex Kozak ('17), joined us to hold an informational session on Harrison Street, a Chicago-based real estate investment management firm that offers investment products for access to well-defined private and public real estate segments.

    September 5th, 2017: Fisher Real Estate Society Kick Off Session

    The Fisher Real Estate Society is an undergradute student club for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the many sectors of the real estate industry. On September 5, FRES kicked off the 2017-2018 academic year with a session where we talked about the year ahead, the planned events, case competitions, scholarships, travel grants and other things.

    August 29th, 2017: ULI Hines Case Competition Info Session

    The ULI D. Hines Competition is one of the most prestigious real estate case competitions in the world. The Center partners with ULI Columbus and the Knowlton School of Architecture to provide our teams with professional mentors as well as opportunities to learn and receive feedback on their work. The info session provided interested students information about the competition and give them a chance to meet current MBA students who have competed last year. The teams are composed of 5 students representing at least three disciplines, including business, urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public policy and others. The teams work with their industry mentor over the period of two weeks on formulating their proposals.