April 6 - James Kress of the Red Capital Group

The Fisher Real Estate Society in collaboration with the Financial Modeling Association, hosted James Kress, Vice President at Red Capital Group. James talked about investments and banking, especially in real estate, and shared his career story. James has years of experience in private wealth management and mortgage banking. Before joining RedCapital, he was a credit analyst at JPMorgan Chase highly proficient in credit analysis, credit policy, customized statistical and financial reports, and risk identification/mitigation. In his present role, he provides preliminary loan analysis for potential clients and assists in the management of a multi-million dollar pipeline of potential clients and future projects. 

March 31 - Visit to Rockbridge

Rockbridge Capital hosted Ohio State for a presentation and Q&A session at their headquarters in Columbus. Rockbridge is a private equity firm with over 25 years of experience investing in the hotel/hospitality industry across the United States. Notable recent projects include boutique hotel developments in Savannah, Charleston, Nashville, and Minneapolis, the purchase of a resort on the coast of Maine, and the development of major 4-star brands in Hawaii and San Jose, California.  Rockbridge has raised 6 funds to date, the most recent reaching $438M. During the meeting, several individuals from different parts of the organization will share insights about the hospitality industry, the structure of the firm, and the ways the company creates value in this exciting industry. 

March 10 – Charles Digiovanna, Vice President of Real Estate and Lauren Kirk, Senior Manager of Real Estate, Macy’s

The future of brick and mortar retail has been a topic of discussion for a while given the swift development of online shopping. Mr. Digiovanna and Ms. Kirk discussed the changes to the department store landscape over the last 35 years as well as the different options for a real estate strategy for Macy’s, one of the most storied retailers in United States.

March 2 - Lunch and Conversation with James Croft, Chairman & CEO, RED Capital Markets, LLC

Mr. Croft is Chairman & CEO of RED’s investment banking unit, RED Capital Markets, LLC, and is a member of RED Capital Group's Board of Directors and its Executive Management Committee. As Chairman & CEO of RED Capital Markets, LLC, he oversees RED’s investment banking activities including tax-exempt and taxable bond underwriting and sales and trading. In addition, he is directly involved in RED’s Mortgage Banking Services business, partnering in various ways with other mortgage banking firms, providing alternate financing options and capital, as well as access to RED’s Capital Market’s sales and trading platform.

He served on the Board of Directors for the National Leased Housing Association based in Washington, D.C. and on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Housing Council and served as its president in 2003-2004. Mr. Croft graduated from The Ohio State University and is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant.

February 23 – Columbus Housing Dialogue

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate is hosting the February Columbus Housing Dialogue at which Cindy Flaherty will discuss the South Side development of Columbus.

February 12 – Real Estate Consulting Panel

For any student interested in careers in consulting or real estate, this panel is a great way to learn about how those two interests can be combined by entering real estate consulting field. The panel will consist of a Brian Dougherty from RealFoundations, Seth Balkanyi from Deloitte Consulting, and a representative from the Townsend Group. The panelists will talk about their experiences in real estate consulting, the various sides of real estate consulting and answer questions.

February 10 – Yaromir Steiner, the CEO of Steiner + Associates, and the ULI Hines Local Competition

 Yaromir Steiner, the CEO and President of Steiner Associates (developers of Easton), gave a keynote during the local ULI Hines competition. He talked  about their newest large-scale project, Liberty Center in Cincinnati, OH, and provided his perspective on the future of such developments. In addition to Mr. Steiner, five OSU teams presented their final proposals for developing a large area of Midtown Atlanta. 

February 3 – Villanova Real Estate Challenge and USC International Real Estate Competition Informational Session

Each year, Ohio State sends a team of undergraduate students to Philadelphia, to the Villanova Real Estate Challenge, and Los Angeles, for the USC International Real Estate Competition. Both of these competitions present an excellent learning opportunity for students who are tasked with designing a development proposal for a selected site. At the information session you will have a chance to learn more about both of these competition, what they entail and how you can get involved. Patrick Lynch, an Analyst with Lifestyle Communities and a former participant, joined us to tell students about his experience and the value he gained from his participation.

January 29 – Tour of The Joseph with Joel Pizzuti, the President of Pizzuti Companies

This is a unique opportunity to tour the recently developed The Joseph Hotel and office complex with Joel Pizzuti, the President of Pizzuti Companies, one of the most well-known real estate companies in Central Ohio. Mr. Pizzuti will be talking about the challenges associated with redevelopment projects in urban settings. The tour is limited to a small number of graduate students and it takes place at The Joseph in Short North.

January 27 – Carter Andrus, Senior Vice President and Greg Azar, Vice President, ProLogis

Prologis is the global leader in industrial logistics real estate across the Americas, Europe and Asia. They develop and manage a world-class portfolio of high-quality logistics and distribution facilities. ProLogis currently has a total of $57.3 billion in total assets under management. Mr. Andrus and Mr. Azar joined us to speak about what it takes to manage 50 million sq. feet of industrial real estate and career opporutnities in the field.

December 3 - 2016 Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio

The Center for Real Estate and Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute unveiled Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio 2016, its popular annual report offering in-depth insights and timely projections about trends influencing the local real estate market in the coming year. The program included an overview presentation  highlighting key findings from Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio 2016  and a keynote presentation by Christopher Herbert, the Director of the highly acclaimed Joint Center on Housing Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Herbert offered insights from the Center’s The State of the Nation’s Housing report. The report analyzes key indicators of the housing market such as the declining homeownership rates across all age groups and increases in rental households. 

November 18 - Lunch and conversation with Jordan Miller, the CEO and President of Fifth Third Bank, Central Ohio

Jordan Miller is the President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Central Ohio. In this role, he oversees the bank’s day-to-day activities related to serving our customers throughout central and southern Ohio, West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. The bank is an affiliate of Fifth Third Bancorp, and has $4.7 billion in assets, 90 retail banking offices, more than 800 employees serving nearly 350,000 consumer and business customers in 23 counties in three states.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Jordan has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial industry. He began his career at the Comptroller of the Currency, and then spent more than 14 years at Huntington National Bank.

November 17 - Real estate in corporate context: Edward Hudson, Senior Director of Corporate Research and Real Estate, Kroger Co.

As any other large retail corporation, Kroger Company has an extensive real estate department that is in charge of site selection, asset management and much more. Edward Hudson is the Senior Director of Corporate Research and Real Estate at the Kroger Company, where he is part of a team overseeing the execution of over 3,500 different locations and various types of commercial real estate properties throughout the nation.  Mr. Hudson talked about his line of work within the real estate industry, shedding light on the way a corporate real estate group operates within a publicly traded company whose annual sales are over $100 billion.

October 28 - Conversation with Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman, Americas, JLL

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate was pleased to welcome Mr. Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman, Americas for Jones Lang LaSalle. Mr. Bulls served on active duty for over 11 years and completed 30 years of Army service, retiring as a Colonel. After completing Harvard Business School, he served as an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Following his West Point assignment, Herman served in the Pentagon in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management, where he oversaw a $4 billion budget for selected Army commands.

Herman transitioned from the active Army into commercial real estate in 1989. As founder and CEO, Public Institutions, at Jones Lang LaSalle, he has been instrumental in the implementation of several major projects, including the Army and Air Force’s housing privatization programs and many major real estate developments on college campuses across the nation. Herman’s teams have privatized over 120,000 housing units. During over 26 years at Jones Lang LaSalle he has worked in the areas of development, investment management, asset management, facilities operations and business development/retention.

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October 22 - Visit with Brent Crawforf of Crawford Hoying - Dublin Bridge Street Project

A small group of select graduate students from Fisher College of Business, Moritz School of Law and Knowlton School of Architecture visited with Brent Crawford, CEO of Crawford Hoying to talk about his company's latest development - the Dublin Bridge Street Project.

October 20 - Financial modeling for real estate investment

William Avoli, Senior Vice President at Rockbridge, and Ben Pierson, Senior Associate at Rockbridge, joined us to demonstrate how their company uses financial modeling in their real estate investment decisions. Rockbridge is a private equity firm that invests in hotels. Over the past 20+ years, they have made more than 330 debt and equity hotel investments in 44 states in transactions worth more than $5 billion. Mr. Avoli coordinates all capital raising and fund formation efforts for existing and future investment platforms. He also plays a primary role in investor relations activities.

October 6 – Jon Willette, CEO of 4Points Development

Please join FRES and the OSU Center for Real Estate as we welcome Jon Willette, who will be talking about his company’s latest development plans for the corner of Lane Avenue and Tuttle Park Place. The format will be an open conversation over lunch with students focused on his company and their development plan for the property. This meeting served as an introduction to the project to all interested students. After this meeting, 6 students were selected to work with Jon's team to follow the entire development process and participate in meetings with the development team.

September 25 - 2015 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar - keynote by John Huguenard, International Director and Head of Industrial Capital Markets, JLL

The Center for Real Estate, in conjunction with the Fisher College of Business Career Management Office and the Fisher Real Estate Society, hosted the 2015 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar on September 25. This annual event highlights opportunities that exist in the real estate industry and features multiple prominent speakers throughout the day. The keynote speaker for 2015 was John Huguenard, International Director and Head of Industrial Capital Markets from Jones Lang LaSalle. John has consistently been one of the nation’s top investment sales producers, receiving a number of industry achievements including being named one of the top 30 brokers in the country.  

This event is designed for all graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in real estate or simply learning more about the industry. Other speakers included Arun Singh, Associate Director, MetLife Real Estate Investors; Jon Willette, CEO, 4Point Development; Christopher Ellis, Senior Director of Investments, WP Glimcher; Marv Larger, Executive Vice President, DHL Real Estate Americas and Asia Pacific; Daniel Kayne, Partner, Kayne Law Group.

September 15 - Investment and Commercial Brokerage 

The first undergraduate FRES meeting for the 2015-2016 academic year presented students with an opportunity to engage with high-level professiocnals from the real estate investment and commercial brokerage arm. Mr. Dan Merkle, Senior Investment Professional from Nationwide's Real Estate Investment and Mr. Russ Williamson, Investment Broker from Colliers International talked about their profession and why real estate is the 4th largest asset class in the world. 

September 8 - Lunch with Ryan Sullivan of Signet Capital

The Center was pleased to welcome Mr. Ryan Sullivan, Director at Signet Capital Metlife, who met with our real estate students to discuss debt and equity securities funded through the institutional private placement market.  Ryan is currently responsible for providing clients with financing solutions placed through a multitude of traditional and non-traditional institutional lending sources. The meeting took place on Wednesday, September 8.