June 29 - Breakfast Panel: Repurposing Retail: Risks and Opportunities

The retail environment has undergone tremendous changes over the last decade. The decline of enclosed regional malls presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities to both businesses and municipalities. Our panel will discuss how are businesses and cities adapting to this changing environment and what challenges still lie ahead.

  • Carrie Barclay, President, Asset Strategies Group
  • Michael Coleman, former Mayor of City of Columbus
  • Renee Csuhran, Executive Managing Director CRE & Community Development Lending
    Huntington Bank
  • John Meder, Head of Risk Advisory Practice, Wells Fargo Insurance
  • Amy Taylor, COO, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation

April 19 - 2017 Real Estate Conference

The term Smart Cities has become a familiar term in Columbus after its success in winning the US DOT Smart Cities Challenge in 2016. While Columbus’ proposal was centered around the idea of smart transportation, the global smart cities movement sees transportation as only one aspect of a broader effort of cities to develop an integrated approach to improving efficiency of city operations, improving the quality of life of its residents, and growing local economy.

The purpose of our 2017 Real Estate Conference was twofold – provide meaningful and up-to-date information about the progress of Columbus toward completing the projects detailed in its grant application; and provide a more global vision of what Smart Cities encompass, what other cities are doing, and the connection to real estate industry and business in general.

To find out more, please visit the conference website.

April 18 - 2017 Real Estate and Housing Doctoral Student Conference

The Center for Real Estate has partnered with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Knowlton School of Architecture to hold our first annual doctoral student conference on April 18 at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The conference is designed to bring together doctoral students from various disciplines to foster a multidisciplinary understanding of real estate and housing related research. This year features 6 presentations from students from The Ohio State University, Indiana University and and University of North Carolina.

April 6 - Breakfast Panel: Restoring Legacy: Story of the LeVeque Tower

The beauty and character of historical buildings has long been recognized by people all over the world.  But so has the effort and cost required to bring back their past luster, while updating them to accommodate modern lifestyle. The iconic LeVeque Tower, once the tallest building between New York City and Chicago, has undergone a complete transformation over the past five years. Our panelists  discussed this major undertaking from their various viewpoints,  what made this unique collaborative effort possible and what were the challenges of restoring a historical landmark.

  • Brett Kaufman, President, Kaufman Development - panelist
  • Robert Loversidge, President and CEO, Schooley Caldwell - panelist
  • Michael Schiff, Principal, Schiff Capital Group - panelist
  • Kyle Katz, President, Katz Development - moderator


March 30 - Private equity and real estate acquisitions

The undergraduate chapter of FRES is hosting speakers from White Oak Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on multi-family properties. The guests discussed the role of private equity in the real estate industry and the acquisition process.

March 8 - Joel Steiner, US Bank

The Fisher Real Estate Society hosted a lunch with Joel Steiner, Commercial Real Estate RM at US Bank and a 2008 MBA graduate of Fisher. Mr. Steiner discussed the role of banks and other funders in the commercial real estate industry.

March 3 - Site Visit: Steiner + Associates

The Fisher Real Estate Society visited Steiner +Associates known for its development of lifestyle retails centers, such as Easton in Columbus or Liberty Center in Cincinnati. Company's executives discussed retails trends and their strategy for addressing the sweeping changes in the retail business.

February 23 - Lunch with Robert White, Jr.

The graduate chapter of the Fisher Real Estate Society hosted a lunch with Mr. Robert White, Jr. The President and CEO of the Daimler Group, one of the top real estate development and construction management companies in the region. Mr. White discussed the development process, with special emphasis on the site selection process and what differentiates Daimler in the sphere of commercial real estate development. 

February 16 - Commercial Brokerage

The Fisher Real Estate Society welcomed Michael Mullady, Executive Vice President at CBRE. Mr. Mullady is a member of the CBRE Special Properties Group and the Global Supply Chain Group who specializes in industrial advisory services worldwide. His primary focus is working as a tenant advisor in the site selection and lease negotiation process. With the firm since 1998, Michael’s primary responsibilities include the acquisition and disposition of major industrial facilities throughout North America and tenant representation assignments.

February 15 - ULI Hines and Former Mayor Michael Coleman

Every year, the Center partners with ULI Columbus and the Knowlton School of Architecure to organize a local ULI Hines competition for teams of graduate students from various departments across Ohio State. This year, the teams of five students were tasked with proposing a plan for sustainable development of a large parcel in the city of Chicago. This year's keynote speaker was the former mayor of city of Columbus, Mr. Michael Coleman.

February 3 - Site Visit: M/I Homes

The Fisher Real Estate Society visited M/I Homes where they met with Robert Schottenstein, the CEO of M/I Homes, one of America's premier home builders. Mr. Schottenstein discussed the single-family home market and future trends, M/I Homes strategy as well as lessons learned from the 2008 recession.

January 25 - Celebrating Our Legacy and Our Future: Honoring our alumni, Dr. Bob Weiler, Sr. and our 2016 Scholarship Recipients

On January 25, 2017, the Center for Real Estate held an invitation-only event celebrating the life-long achievements of Robert J. Weiler, Sr., and to hear from Steve Schoeny and Jay Kasey about the future development plans of Columbus and The Ohio State University. In addition, we also recognized our 2016 scholarship recipients.

January 19 - Breakfast Series: Developing Columbus: Tax Incentives and Their Impact

Over the past few decades, the city of Columbus has used its considerable toolkit of financial incentives to help spur development in select parts around the city, helping to usher an era of overall growth and prosperity. Our panel of experts discussed real estate tax incentives available in Columbus and the surrounding communities, their impact on our city and what, if anything, should be changed to allow for greater impact of these investments. The panel was moderated by Mr. Marvin Larger, Executive Vice President for Real Estate, Americas for DHL Supply Chain, and included Kenny McDonald, CEO of Columbus 2020, Yaromir Steiner, CEO of Steiner+Associates; Kelly Saunders, Director for Economic Development, DHL Supply Chain and Scott Ziance, Partner with Vory's LLP. Panelists bios.

January 12 - Young Alumni Panel

The undergraduate chapter of the Fisher Real Estate Society hosted Rebecca Caprini ('15) of Capitol Equities, Grant Chaney ('12) of CBRE, Scott Hartley ('14) of Nationwide and Patrick Lynch ('14) of White Oak Partners for a panel discussion about the various career path available in the real estate industry, strategies for networking and employment search, and advice on how to best take advantage of opportunities offered at Fisher.  

December 7 - Tax Increment Financing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Many urban real estate development projects take advantage of tax increment financing options and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. In this session, Bonnie Harbage, Vice President at Wallick Communities, discussed the role of TIFs and LIHTCs and how companies can use them to help with financing of their development projects. 

November 30 - Site Visit: Nationwide Realty Investors

The Fisher Real Estate Society met with Brian Ellis, the President of Nationwide Realty Investors, who led the award-winning large scale redevelopment of the Arena district and Grandview Yards. Brian  discussed large scale urban developments, NRI's plans for downtown Columbus and other areas of our city, and his outlook on the real estate industry in central Ohio and beyond.

November 16 - Institutional Investments and Real Estate

Graduate and undergraduate students had an opportunity to have lunch with Russ Nicholson, Director of Real Estate Investments South Region for STRS Ohio. STRS Ohio (State Teacher Retirement System) is one of the largest pension funds in the United States with assets totalling $76.2 billion as of June 2015. Russ spoke about STRS investment strategy in real estate, which totals roughly 10% of STRS assets.

November 10 - NAIOP Case Competition Final Presentations

The Center for Real Estate partnered with NAIOP Central Ohio chapter to organize its first annual undergraduate student case competition. The case competition aimed to give students a taste of what a career in real estate development might look like by asking teams to create a development proposal for a specific land parcel. This year's competition asked students to come up with a proposal for developing the intersection of 15th and High Street. Five teams comprised of 20 students competed for cash prizes worth of $4000, as well as a chance to present their projects in front of Campus Partners.  For more information, please visit the case competition site.

October 31 - Private Equity and Real Estate

Students of both undergraduate and graduate chapters of the Fisher Real Estate Society had an opportunity to have lunch with Justin Hakimian, Partner at Almanac Realty Investors, a private equity investment firm specializing in investments into private and public real estate operating companies through a series of funds known as Almanac Realty Securities. To date, Almanac Realty Securities has committed more than $3.4 billion into more than 36 companies. Justin discussed the role of private equitu in the real estate industry and his company's investment strategy.

October 27 - Site Visit: ProLogis Industrial

Students of both undergraduate and graduate chapters of the Fisher Real Estate Society visited an industrial property owned by ProLogis, a global leader in industrial logistics real estate with an operating portfolio of over 3,300 properties in 20 countries. The students got an opportunity to talk to the Central Ohio ProLogis leadership about what makes industrial real estate an exciting field and how it differs from other real estate sectors such as retail or multi-family. Students also got to ask questions about career opportunities in industrial real estate.

October 20 - Site Visit: Wagenbrenner Development

The graduate chapter of Fisher Real Estate Society visited the Jeffrey Park development with Mark Wagenbrenner, the President and CEO of Wagenbrenner Development. The focus of this site visit was on infill development of urban areas as well as brownfield redevelopment. Mark 

October 6 & 13 - Learning Sessions - Market Analysis and Financial Modeling

The Center, NAIOP and the Fisher Real Estate Society organized two learning sessions aimed at Market Analysis and Financial Modeling for real estate development. The learning session were opened to any student interested in real estate, but they were specially aimed at students who are either currently competing in the DDR or NAIOP case competitions or who are interested in competing in the future. Students learned about how to construct a ProFormas model for mixed development as well as the basic elements of conducting market analysis.

September 29 - NAIOP Case Competition Kick-Off

The Center and the Central Ohio chapter of NAIOP collaborated on the first annual student case competition for Ohio State undergraduate students. The kick off event introduced the case students will be working, highlighted the history of the 4-acre property at the intersection of High Street and 15th Avenue and introduced the team mentors who have generously agreed to help the students with their proposals. For more information about the competition, please visit our case competition site.

September 22 - NYC Real Estate Alumni Event: Capital Allocation in the Current Market Environment

As part of our outreach to our alumni in the NYC region, the Center organized a panel  discussion about the recent trends in capital allocation in the current low-interest market environment. The panelists included Adam Davis, Head of Structured Real Estate, Wells Fargo, Timothy Gallagher, Managing Director at Prima Capital Advisors, and Peter Morral, Managing Director at Pine River Capital Management. The panel and its moderator, Professor Zahi Ben-David, discussed the considerations faced by different types of investors and their decisions in regards to investments based on asset type, geography and product type.

September 22 - Wendy's Corporate Real Estate

The Center and the Fisher Real Estate Society hosted Mr. Greg Alexander, Director of Real Estate for Wendy's. Mr. Alexander spoke about Wendy's real estate strategy, how their strategies differ from other corporations and the key components that go into development decision.

September 15 - Breakfast Series: The Future of REITs

The Center for Real Estate kicked off its new Breakfast Series program with a panel discussion about the future of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry with representatives from some of the largest REITs in the state of Ohio, including Matthew A. Lougee, Senior Vice President of Finance, DDR, Shankh Mitra, SVP of Finance and Investment, Welltower, Inc. and Robert Myers, Chief Operating Officer, Phillips Edison. The panel and its moderator, Michael Glimcher, former President and CEO of WP Glimcher,  discussed recent trends and changes in the $1.1 trillion industry, as well as its future outlook. Presenters' bios.

September 9: Real Estate Career Roundtable

The Center for Real Estate, in conjunction with the  Fisher Real Estate Society, hosted a Real Estate Career Roundtable on September 9, 2016. 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.

Presenter's bios