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Our events bridge academia to industry and are designed for a wide variety of stakeholders.

  • Upcoming Events

    February 21, 2024
    Brutus Luminaries Series

    An event for young professionals and students interested in real estate. 

    Attire:
    Business casual to business professional

    Location:
    Mason Hall Rotunda

    Time:
    6:15 - 7:30 p.m. ET Panel Discussion
    7:45 - 8:30 p.m. ET Networking Reception

    Join the Center for Real Estate for an installment in its new Brutus Luminaries Series at Mason Hall Rotunda to meet peers interested in real estate, attend an interactive discussion, and network at the Varsity Club over refreshments. The Center welcomes the next generation of industry leaders, students, and young alumni to express interest in joining this limited-capacity event. Attendees will hear from Anchor Retail, Pizzuti Companies, and MDH Partners.

    This event will be co-moderated by 
         Prof. Donald D. Sheets, Executive Director for the Center for Real Estate and
          Dr. Jason Reece , Vice Provost for Urban Research and Community Engagement, Office of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning, Knowlton School, College of Engineering

    Joining the Center will be special guests 
         Arun Singh and Maylene Renninger, MDH Partners
         Arthur Kaplan, Anchor Retail; and
         Kristin Randall, Pizzuti Companies.  

     

    Submit your interest here


    February 22, 2024
    When All Else Fails

    Resilience and relevance in leadership through an interdisciplinary lens. 

    Attire:
    Business casual to business professional

    Location:
    The Ohio State University Faculty Club

    Time:
    3:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET Fireside Chat
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET Networking Cocktail Reception

    Join us for an installment in the Center for Real Estate Fireside Chat series in partnership with Women in Real Estate (WIRE) at the Ohio State Faculty Club for an interactive discussion bridging academia and industry. WIRE is a student-led organization founded in 2023 with the mission to empower women in the real estate industry at The Ohio State University. 

    This event will be co-moderated by 
         Prof. Donald D. Sheets, Executive Director for the Center for Real Estate and
          Prof. Sharon Shaffer, Faculty Advisor for WIRE

    Joining the Center and WIRE will be special guests 
         Marilyn Lucas, Principal for Lucas Advisory
         Elizabeth Mack, Partner and Chair, Environmental Section–Real Estate and Corporate for Locke Lord LLP
         Tracy Passarella, Senior Project Manager for Gilbane Building Company; and 
         Grace Donaldson, Student President for WIRE.  

    The Center welcomes students, alumni, and industry professionals to this event. 

    Submit your interest here

  • 2023 Past Events

    November 30, 2023
    Never Let a Good Crisis go to Waste. 

    Career prospects within compromised capital markets. 

    Attire:
    Business casual to business professional

    Location:
    Classroom TBD—location disclosed to admitted participants 

    Time:
    8:30 - 10:00 a.m. ET Morning Fireside Chat Session with donuts and coffee

    Attendees joined the Center in the classroom for a morning Fireside Chat session at Ohio State University for an interactive discussion bridging academia and industry. Spencer Levy - an established thought leader - engaged in a conversation over coffee and donuts with Prof. Donald D. Sheets about capital markets and careers in real estate. 

    The Center welcomed students, alumni, and industry professionals to this event. Attendees were expected to wear business casual to business professional for Center for Real Estate events. 


    October 26, 2023
    Can this Time be Different?

    Special situations call for special solutions.

    Location:
    The Ohio State University Faculty Club

    Time:
    3:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET Fireside Chat
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET Networking Cocktail Reception

    Transactions and fundraising volumes within the commercial real estate industry are both at multi-decade lows. Blue-chip sponsors are voluntarily surrendering billions of dollars of institutional-grade assets that are situated in core markets. Can old dogs learn new tricks? 

    This interactive program included a discussion with academic and industry experts, a Q&A session, and a networking cocktail reception. This installment within our Fireside Chat Series will provide an interdisciplinary lens to unearthing novel solutions for a complicated time. 


    October 23, 2023
    Center for Real Estate Career X-Change

    A Two-Part, Time-Efficient Recruiting Forum

    Location:
    The Ohio State University Faculty Club

    Time:
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET "Day in the Life" panel discussion
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET "Meet and Greet" resume and business card exchange reception

    The Center invited participants to our inaugural, targeted recruitment event hosted on campus at The Ohio State University. Students and firms first attended a moderated “Day in the Life” panel discussion to hear about a day in the life of a variety of industry participants including lenders, developers, investment managers, brokers, advisors, lawyers, non-profit professionals, and other constituents within the commercial real estate ecosystem.

    Following the “Day in the Life” panel discussion, undergraduate- and graduate-level students from multiple Ohio State colleges with an interest in pursuing careers in real estate joined dozens of employers for a resume and business card exchange reception. 


    September 28, 2023
    To Re-Insure, Or Not to Re-Insure?

    Commercial Property Insurance Landscape, Outlook, and Risks

    Location:
    The Ohio State University Faculty Club

    Time:
    3:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET Fireside Chat
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET Networking Cocktail Reception

    The dramatic increase in property insurance costs in recent years has had a meaningful impact on commercial and corporate real estate, and how investors think about property. But why have these costs skyrocketed? Complicating factors include the economy, high interest rates, lending standards, and—especially—geographically-specific issues related to natural disasters and weather events. These obstacles make it more difficult for individuals, owners, and organizations to grasp the rapidly evolving situation and plan for the future.

    The Center explored the landscape of commercial real estate re-insurance: the causes, effects, and risks involved, and what the next few years might hold for commercial property coverage and its cost. This interactive program included discussions with academic and industry experts, a Q&A session, and a networking cocktail reception. 


    September 22, 2023
    Will You Be in South Bend on September 22?

    Join The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate at the Notre Dame Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate

    Location:
    Notre Dame Stadium 

    Time:
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Fireside Chat with Michael O'Malley & Donald D. Sheets
    3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Market Observations with Mark Gibson
    4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion in Formation
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Cocktail Reception

    Did you attending The Ohio State University versus Notre Dame football game in South Bend? Football and real estate fans alike joined The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate the evening prior to engage with Notre Dame colleagues within the real estate ecosystem. The Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate hosted its Fall Gathering and Networking Reception on Notre Dame’s campus in the afternoon/evening prior to the football game. The Center was invited to assemble a cohort of our Buckeyes in real estate to join this unique opportunity to liaise with a deep cross-section of Fighting Irish real estate peers.


    September 6, 2023
    Attend a Center for Real Estate Information Session

    Students are Invited to Attend a Center Information Session

    Times and Locations:
    10:30 - 11:00 a.m. ET Session One: Mason Hall Rotunda
    11:00 - 11:30 a.m. ET Session Two: Mason Hall Rotunda
    5:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET Session Three: Gerlach Hall 315

    Those who are interested in commercial real estate attended an Ohio State University Center for Real Estate Information Session. Attendees met the Center to learn about recruiting, scholarships, professional networking, and hands-on experiential learning opportunities. The Center offered coffee and donuts during the morning sessions and pizza during the afternoon session. 


    September 6, 2023
    Meet The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate

    Faculty and Student Organization Meet and Greet Breakfast

    Location:
    Mason Hall Rotunda

    Time:
    8:45 - 9:45 a.m. ET Faculty and Student Organization Meet and Greet 

    The Center invited faculty, student organizations, and advisors, to attend a breakfast meet and greet among the Center’s team, professors, and other university student organizations across multiple disciplines that interface within the commercial real estate industry.

    During this meeting, we shared details about our exciting calendar of events for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Of particular interest was the debut of a real estate-focused career and networking exchange, a first-of-its-kind experiential learning trek, our annual symposium, and a series of interactive programs hosted at The Ohio State Faculty Club. We look forward to bridging colleges, disciplines, and real estate-oriented student organizations across Ohio State University. 


    May 17, 2023 | Navigating Choppy Waters within Capital Markets

    Location: The Ohio State University Faculty Club

    Time: 4 - 5:15 p.m. Fireside Conversation | 5:15 - 6 p.m. ET Networking Cocktail Reception

    During this event, the Center for Real Estate hosted a fireside conversation that discussed ways to navigate the rapidly-deteriorating capital markets environment. Throughout the conversation, we conducted a deep-dive analysis of the recent failures within the global banking system and a data-centric perspective of loan defaults within the commercial real estate industry. The intent was to deepen the discussion beyond anecdotes of the financial press and instead explore unique findings within the capital markets that might influence near- and medium-term catalysts for a variety of stakeholders within the commercial real estate ecosystem. We were delighted to host Brian Olasov for this interactive discussion.

    Meet our speakers:

    Brian Olasov headshot

    Brian Olasov is an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Capital Markets at New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate and serves as Executive Director of Financial Services Consulting at Carlton Fields. Brian provides expert witness testimony to other law firms in disputes involving residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities (MBS), mortgage loan servicing and mortgage loan origination. Brian received his MBA from Emory University and BA in International Relations from Yale University.

    Donald Sheets headshot

    Donald D. Sheets serves a dual appointment as a Senior Lecturer of Finance at the Fisher College of Business and as Executive Director of The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate. Prior to joining Ohio State, he served as Managing Director and member of the Management Committee at Broadshore Capital Partners. Donald has two dozen years of leadership experience on Wall Street across several investment management firms, one of which he founded nearly a decade ago and recently sold. Donald received a BBA magna cum laude from The George Washington University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.


    March 14, 2023 | Center Rebuilding Forum

    Location: The Ohio State University Faculty Club

    Time: 5 - 7:30 p.m.

    During this special event, center Advisory Board and Executive Committee members were invited to learn more about the center’s relaunch under Donald Sheets’ leadership.

    The Forum included:

    • Welcome remarks by Joseph Alutto | Distinguished Professor, Former Dean of Fisher College of Business, Former Interim President and Provost of The Ohio State University
    • A preview of strategic visioning for the center from Donald Sheets
    • A fireside chat with a luminary in the geopolitical/macroeconomic landscape from McKinsey & Company
    • A networking cocktail reception to meet and mingle with other members of the advisory board

    February 28, 2023 | Student Information Session with Donald Sheets

    Location: The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business; Mason Hall Rotunda (2nd Floor)

    Time: 2 - 2:45 p.m.

    This event was designed for Ohio State University undergraduate students majoring or minoring in real estate. Throughout the session, the center's new Executive Director, Donald Sheets, 1) gave an overview of the center and how it will be evolving in the future, 2) shared his professional background and how he got into real estate, and 3) discussed how students can become more involved with the Center for Real Estate through mentorship programs, experiential learning, case competitions, events and more. 


    February 28, 2023 | Top Down or Bottom Up? Macro and Microeconomic Perspectives for 2023

    Location: The Ohio State University Faculty Club

    Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m. | Fireside conversation     6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Networking cocktail reception

    During this fireside conversation with two leading researchers, each with a unique vantage point, we charted an uncertain path in 2023. Throughout the conversation — moderated by the center’s newly-appointed Executive Director, Donald Sheets — we debated considerations from both a top-down macroeconomic and a bottom-up microeconomic perspective. The intent wasto deepen the discussion beyond anecdotes of the financial press and instead explore unique findings within capital markets, consumer and business sentiment, and other key factors affecting the near-term prognosis of commercial real estate. We were delighted to host two luminaries from Heitman and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

    More about our panelists:

    Emi Adachi headshotEmi Adachi-Fox

    Emi Adachi is the Director of North American Research and Co-Head of Global Research Operations at Heitman. She is an equity owner of the firm. Emi researches property market, macroeconomic, and capital market trends and oversees strategy development and underwriting for all North American private equity and debt investments. Emi received a BA with honors in Urban Studies from Stanford University.

     

    Lara Loewenstein headshotLara Loewenstein

    Lara Loewenstein is a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She is an applied microeconomist whose current research focuses on residential and commercial real estate and mortgage markets. Prior to joining the Cleveland Fed, Dr. Loewenstein was a research associate in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She received her PhD from Brandeis University.

     

    Donald Sheets headshotDonald Sheets | Moderator

    Donald serves a dual appointment as a Senior Lecturer of Finance at the Fisher College of Business and as Executive Director of The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate. Prior to joining Ohio State, he served as Managing Director and member of the Management Committee at Broadshore Capital Partners. Donald has two dozen years of leadership experience on Wall Street across several investment management firms, one of which he founded nearly a decade ago and recently sold. Donald received a BBA magna cum laude from The George Washington University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.


    February 9, 2023 | Fisher Real Estate Society (FRES) Young Alumni Networking Event

    Sponsored by Crawford Hoying

    Location: Moxy Bar | 800 N. High St. Columbus, 2nd Floor

    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

    Are you a Fisher College of Business real estate alum, having graduated in 2012 or after? Fisher Real Estate Society is hosted a networking event, sponsored by Crawford Hoying, where young alumni had the opportunity to network with each other and current real estate students. The event served as an opportunity to expand professional networks, share experiences with students looking to break into the real estate industry post-graduation, and meet Donald Sheets, the center's new executive director


    January 18, 2023 | Breakfast Series: Real Estate - Is it an Inflation Hedge?

    Location: Mason Hall Rotunda

    Time: 8 - 9 a.m.

    Historically, real estate has been seen as a hedge on inflation. The U.S. has not seen an extended period of high inflation for more than 40 years. Are real estate sectors truly holding up in this macroeconomic environment?

    Our panel of industry experts discussed how each of the real estate sectors - industrial, office, multifamily, retail and hotel - are performing in what is a new environment for most real estate investors today. 

    In addition, attendees had the chance to meet the center's new Executive Director, Donald Sheets, who shared an update on the center reboot and his vision for the future. 

    Panelists included:

    Grant Chaney | Executive Vice President, Retail Services Group, Colliers

    Paul Ghidotti | Principal and Member Management, Daimler

    Adrian Hamilton (Moderator) | White Oak Revenue Management Team, White Oak Partners

    Spencer Jordan | Senior Vice President, Retail Real Estate, Steiner & Associates

    Melanie Mayo | Partner and Chief of Development and Diligence, White Oak Partners

    Ben Pierson | Managing Director of Investment & Development Group, Rockbridge

    Raif Webster | Vie President of Development Services, Columbus office of VanTrust


    To see a full list of past events offered by the Ohio State Center for Real Estate, check out our events archive page. 

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