On April 22, 2015, The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate hosted its 2015 Inaugural Real Estate Conference, held at the Longaberger Alumni House. This invitation-only event brought together 120 leaders from all domains of the real estate industry to engage in thought provoking conversations about the state and the future of the real estate industry. The keynote was delivered by Mr. Les Wexner, the chairman and CEO of L Brands.

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2015 Summer Real Estate Symposium cosponsored by Ohio State Center for Real Estate

In June The Ohio State Center for Real Estate co-sponsored the 2015 Summer Real Estate Symposium, which took place in Seattle, WA, from June 16-17. The ten year old symposium focuses on academic research in real estate finance and includes both theoretical and empirical papers on a wide range of topics, including housing, mortgages, REITs, leasing, and investment. The symposium is by invitation only with attendance being limited to 50 academics and 6 research papers. Other top real estate programs co-sponor the symposium including Columbia, Cornell, National University of Singapore, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, UT-Austin, Wharton and Wisconsin.

Breakfast with Arun Singh, Associate Director, MetLife - April 9

The Center for Real Estate welcomed back Mr. Arun Singh, an Associate Director in MetLife’s Southeast Regional Office focused on the origination, underwriting, and asset management of commercial mortgages. Mr. Singh has extensive experience in real estate investments and portfolio management, and met with a select group of our graduate and undergraduate students on Thursday, April 9.

Mark Beliczky, Consultant and Advisor to Carlyle Group - April 10

The Center for Real Estate was pleased to welcome Mr. Mark Beliczky, a Consultant & Advisor to The Carlyle Group (a leading global private equity firm which has raised $63BN as of 2014 with $203BN in assets under management and 40 offices across the US, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Japan, Asia and Australia). Mark focuses on three key sectors nationwide: seniors housing, manufactured housing and condominiums and offices out of Washington, DC and New York City.

Mr. Beliczky was formerly the Founder, President & CEO of Salus Sciences, LLC, has held senior executive positions with Fortune 50 organizations such as PepsiCo, UBS and Citigroup and has over 25 years of domestic and international experience in operations, sales/marketing/merchandising, market expansion/ development, reengineering, and has been engaged in numerous business start-ups, turnarounds, transformations, and mergers/integrations.

February 25 - Thomas DeRosa, CEO and Director of Healthcare REIT

The Center for Real Estate welcomed Mr. Thomas DeRosa, the CEO and Director of Healthcare REIT, a Toledo-based real estate investment trust that invests across the full spectrum of seniors housing and health care real estate. The company employs 400 professionals in its core business functions, which include investment, development and asset management, and is the 4th largest company in the state of Ohio. Mr. DeRosa and his Vice President for Senior Housing, Joe Weisenburger, spoke to students and industry professionals about their company and the future of the health care real estate industry.

February 12 - Keynote by Brian Ellis, President of Nationwide Realty Investors, at the Final Presentation of 2015 ULI Hines Competition

Every year the Center for Real Estate in collaboration with the Knowlton School of Architecture and ULI Columbus, support 3-4 graduate teams from Ohio State as they compete in one of the most prestigious real estate competitions in the country for a grand prize of $50,000 as well as local prizes amounting to $5,000.  The ULI Hines Competition is designed for multi-disciplinary teams of graduate students who are challenged to devise a development program for a real site in a real city in the US, including drawings, site plans, and market-based financial data.

This year Ohio State fielded three graduate teams comprised of students from finance, architecture, city and regional plannig and law. The case was set in a neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the students are challenged to transform this space into a thriving neighborhood in a way that highlights its locational advantages, its proximity to the French Quarter and the new medical district, and its articulation through the Lafitte Greenway, while finding opportunities to connect the urban fabric along the I‐10
elevated highway on North Claiborne Avenue.

The three teams presented their complete projects to a panel of four judges and an audience of approximately 60 people comprised of students, faculty and industry professionals. The evening also included a keynote address by Brian Ellis, the President of Nationwide Realty Investors, who talked about the challenges faced by him and his team throughout the Arena District and Grandview Yards projects. 

February 5 - The Ohio State Center for Real Estate Open House

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate hosted an invitation only Open House for industry leaders and the University community.  The Open House was designed to introduce the Center, its mission and its leadership and to provide an opportunity for industry leaders to meet with members of the Executive Committee of the Center.


January 29 - FRES hosts Mr. Matt Mahaffey of Nationwide's Mezzanine/Equite Real Estate Investment

On January 29, 2015, the Fisher Real Estate Society hosted Matt Mahaffey of Nationwide's Mezzanine/Equity Real Estate Investment team. Mr. Mahaffey discussed his team's investment process and the role of insurance companies in the commercial real estate landscape.  He wasjoined by his analyst, Scott Hartley, a recent graduate of FRES.

November 19 - Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio 2015

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate has partnered with ULI Columbus to yet again expand the ULI Emerging Trends effort with a more in-depth measure of the Central Ohio real estate market. The resulting report, Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio 2015, offers insights into the state of real estate industry in Central Ohio and its outlook for 2015. The report was generated based on a survey that was sent to industry leaders across the Central Ohio region as well as a number of interviews with real estate professionals.

To view a report excerpt please go to our Resource page, to download a full report please visit ULI Columbus.

November 6, 2014 - Mr. Stephen Leeper, CEO of Cincinnati's 3CDC: The role of public-private partnerships in urban regeneration

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate was thrilled to welcome Mr. Stephen Leeper, the CEO of theCincinnati Center City Development Corporation. 3CDC is a non-profit, real estate development and finance organization focused on strategically revitalizing Cincinnati’s downtown urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community.  Their work is specifically focused on the central business district and the site of the 2001 Cincinnati riots, Over-the-Rhine. Under Mr. Leeper’s leadership, 3CDC, in partnership with public and private entities, successfully managed to turn Over-the-Rhine into a nationally heralded success story of neighborhood revitalization. Mr. Leeper spoke about the projects undertaken by his organization and the importance of public-private partnerships in revitalization efforts.

The keynote was preceded by Learn from the Best event, hosted by the ULI Columbus Young Leaders group. The Learn from the Best event is designed to provide an opportunity for young professionals and students to have engaging conversation with leaders in the industry.

Presentation slides are available in three parts on the right hand side of this page.

October 1, 2014 - Building Healthy Columbus workshop

The Center for Real Estate was proud to partner with the ULI Columbus chapter on the Building Healthy Columbus Workshop that took place on October 1. The workshop was designed to collect and distribute the opinions of Young Professionals on how our health is being impacted by the physical design of our community. The event highlighted the Ten Principles of Building Healthy Places, and then led participants in a discussion about how these principles are (or are not) being implemented locally and how Columbus built environment could be improved. Please check back periodically for a final report from the workshop.

September 24, 2014 - Center for Real Estate hosts the 2014 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar

The Center for Real Estate, in conjunction with the Fisher College of Business Career Management Office and the Fisher Real Estate Society, hosted the 2014 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar sponsored by Rockbridge. This annual event highlights opportunities that exist in the real estate industry and featured multiple prominent speakers throughout the day.  The keynote speaker was Jim Merkel, CEO of Rockbridge, who discussed the importance of tenacity, transparency and understanding of human nature to a successful career in the real estate industry. Mr. Merkel's keynote was followed by an industry panel of Brent Crawford, CEO of Crawford Hoying, Christopher Diffley, Managing Director at Rockbridge, Michael Mitro, SVP of Institutional Lending at Huntington, Craig Kegg, Senior Vice President at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital and Todd Harrop, Associate Vice President at Nationwide REI. 
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September 12, 2014 - Metlife Investment Luncheon

Mr. Arun Singh, Associate Director at Metlife, returned to the Ohio State University to meet with our real estate students to discuss general trends in commercial real estate and the market's outlook for the future.  Arun is currently responsible for the origination, underwriting and asset management of commercial mortgages in the Southeast and Caribbean.  He covers all property types over $20M and also assists with equity acquisitions. The meeting took place on Friday, September 12th, 2014 from 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

September 8, 2014 - Meeting with Walmart Real Estate Executives

The Center for Real Estate and the Fisher Real Estate Society was pleased to host a discussion with Mr. Michael McGhee, the Senior Director of Real Estate at Walmart Stores, Inc. Walmart Stores has identified Fisher College of Business as a target school of interest for their Real Estate programs and Mr. McGhee  discussed Walmart’s growth strategy, sustainability efforts and internship opportunities in their real estate division with both graduate and undergraduate students from the Fisher College of Business and the Moritz School of Law.