• Public

    January 11: 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. Join us for a discussion about what this means for supply chain logistics and distribution facilities. Our panel of experts in industrial real estate investing, logistics, and distribution brings a unique perspective to the issue.


    When: January 11, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    Where: Mason Hall Rotunda

  • Student

    January 18: Young Alumni Panel

    This is the first FRES event of the year! Please join FRES as we welcome a panel of five young alumni from various sectors of the real estate industry. The alumni will talk a bit about how they got started in their careers and will answer any questions you might have about strategies for networking, how to go about finding an internship or a job in the real estate industry, or the various career paths available. The panel includes 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. Please register here.

    When: January 18, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Where: Schoenbaum Hall 305

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

    Please join the graduate chapter of FRES as they host 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. Please register here or on The Hub.

    When: January 25, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Where: Gerlach Hall 305

  • Past

    November 30: Role of Tax Incentives in Real Estate Development, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., 315 Schoenbaum Hall

    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 16: 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 2: 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 27: 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 23: 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 18: 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 11: 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 11: Business headshots

    October 6: 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 5: 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 29 - 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 21 - 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 15: 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 14: 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 6: 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 5: 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 29: 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 August 29 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 mentors over the period of two weeks on formulating their proposals.