The Real Estate Breakfast Series of the Ohio State Center for Real Estate was launched in September 2016. It is designed to strenghten linkages between real estate industry professionals and the university. The series features guest speakers and panels who discuss topics of interest and immediate concern to the real estate community. The roundtables are open to all students and public.

2017 - 2018 Schedule

  • September 21 - 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 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

  • January 11 - 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. Our panel of experts in industrial real estate investing, logistics, and distribution brought a unique perspective to the issue as they discussed what this means for supply chain logistics and distribution facilities.


    • THOMAS GOLDSBY, Professor of Logistics, Chair, Department of Marketing & Logistics
    • ADRIAN KUMAR, Vice President, Solutions Design Group, DHL Supply Chain
    • JONATHAN RUDERSDORF, Vice President, Prologis
    • JOSEPH VERSAGGI, Senior Vice President, Washington Capital Management

    Panelist bios

  • March 22 - Capital Markets Outlook: Risks and Opportunities for Real Estate

    Register HereWhere is the economy going next? What inning are we in? Has the game turned into a double header? What will rising interest rates mean for real estate? And what does all this mean for my business? Our panel of experts discussed these questions, as well as opportunities and risks from the perspective of lenders, institutional investors and investment managers.


    • Renee Csuhran, EVP and Managing Director of Commercial Real Estate, Community Development Lending and Investments, Huntington Bank
    • Mary Ludgin, Managing Director and Head of Global Research, Heitman
    • Jennifer Young Stevens, Principal, The Townsend Group


    Panelist bios


  • June 7 - The Global Financial Crisis: Ten Years Later

    Join us for a conversation with industry leaders as we look back at the Global Financial Crisis that began in 2008. What has changed, and what has not? How have their companies and strategies adapted since the Crisis? What enduring lessons remain?

    When: June 7, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
    Where: Mason Hall, 2nd floor rotunda


2018-2019 Schedule

  • October 5 - Brownfield Development

    Mark Wagenbrenner | Wagenbrenner Development
    Mayor Ben Kessler | City of Bexley
    Aaron Clapper | Greater Ohio Policy Center
    Kristin L. Watt | Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease

    Our panel of experts weighed in to discuss brownfield site development and to shed light on the risk, reward, opportunities and policy implications surrounding the topic.


  • November 29 - Economic Outlook

    Dr. Jacques Gordon is the Global Strategist for LaSalle Investment Management (LIM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of real estate services firm, Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL). Dr. Gordon is responsible for the macro strategy and micro research used to guide all investment decisions in 30 countries.

    Dr. Gordon received the Graaskamp Award from the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) for his contributions to real estate research and education. He originated the Jones Lang LaSalle Transparency Index in 1999, which has become the world standard for understanding international real estate. His articles appear regularly in the Financial Times, The Journal of Portfolio Management, Wharton Real Estate Review, PREA Quarterly, and other publications.

    Dr. Gordon received his PhD in Urban and Regional Economics from MIT, a master degree from the London School of Economics, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

    On November 29th, he joined us in the Mason Hall Rotunda to discuss the economic outlook on both a global and regional scale. 

  • January 25 - Capital Markets
  • June 6 - Urban Redevelopment

    Breakfast Series June 6

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    Murdock Headshot Moderator: William Murdock 

    William Murdock serves as Executive Director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), a voluntary association of more than 60 Central Ohio local governments and regional organizations serving the fastest growing region in Ohio. As Executive Director, William oversees innovative planning, services, and policies in transportation, energy, housing, land use, environment, and data. William is a longtime resident of Central Ohio and proud Buckeye with multiple degrees from the Ohio State University.


    Prosser HeadshotErin Prosser

    As Director of Community Development for both Ohio State and its real estate affiliate Campus Partners, Erin focuses on the planning, enabling and entitlement work for development projects throughout the central Ohio community with a primary focus on the neighborhoods surrounding the main campus. In addition, she leads the community engagement on these projects with residents and stakeholders as well as Ohio State students, faculty and staff, and news media. Erin joined Ohio State University in April 2010. Prior to OSU, Erin was an Urban Planner with MKSK Studios and a Long Range Planner for the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Bowling Green State University in 2000 and her Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University in 2004.


    Kaufman HeadshotBrett Kaufman

    Brett Kaufman, founder and CEO, has been working in real estate development through the investment, banking and development lens—for 20 years. During this time, he has developed, leased and/or sold over 10,000 homes and developed a variety of commercial, retail, land and office projects. Since founding the company, Kaufman Development has donated numerous resources to various philanthropic organizations, including Besa, KIPP Journey Academy, Community Shelter Board, Ohio State University Star House, Hunger Alliance, Ronald McDonald House, OSU James Cancer, Columbus Jewish Federation and many others. Brett personally has donated much of his professional life to many community organizations, and various committees, including Adjunct Professor Ohio State Fisher School of Business, Agudas Achim Synagogue, the Columbus Jewish Federation, and the Columbus Jewish Day School. Brett also serves as board member for The Columbus Partnership, Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.