Appreciating Real Estate Podcast

 


Appreciating Real Estate is a podcast series where we interview industry icons and leaders to discuss the latest trends within this space.

Appreciating Real Estate

 

Episodes

  • Episode 29-- Robert Schottenstein, Chair & CEO, M/I Homes, and Brent Crawford, Principal & Founder, Crawford Hoying
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    Robert H. Schottenstein
    Chairman of the Board, CEO and President
    M/I Homes, Inc.

    Brent Crawford
    Principal & Founder
    Crawford Hoying

    Robert H. Schottenstein is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of M/I Homes, Inc., a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and one of the largest homebuilders in the United States.  Based in Columbus, Ohio, the company also has homebuilding operations in Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Tampa, Orlando and Sarasota, Florida; Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas; and in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs surrounding Washington, D.C.  Since its founding in 1976, M/I Homes has sold over 100,000 homes and has established an exemplary reputation based on a strong commitment to superior customer service, quality construction, premier locations and building a better home.

    For many years, Mr. Schottenstein has been active in a number of business and charitable organizations. He currently serves on the board of L Brands, one of the world’s leading specialty retailers focused on women’s intimate and other apparel, personal care, beauty and home fragrance categories; and currently serves on the board of Installed Building Products, Inc., one of the nation’s leading installers of insulation and complementary building products for the residential new construction market. He also serves on the Executive Committee of The Policy Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, is a member of the Pelotonia Board, a member of The Columbus Partnership, serves on the Columbus 2020 Board and serves on The Ohio State University Foundation Board.  

    From 2005-2014, Mr. Schottenstein served as a trustee of The Ohio State University and was Chairman of the Ohio State University Board from 2012-2014.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of Huntington Bancshares, Inc., a large regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, from 1995-2006.  In addition, he previously served on the boards of The Columbus Jewish Federation (served as board chair from 2002-2004), Ohio Dominican University, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Torah Academy (served as board chair from 1985 to 1989), Ballet Met of Columbus, and was a member of the United Jewish Appeal National Young Leadership Cabinet.  In 2002, he received the Central Ohio Building Industry Association “Builder of the Year Award”.  In 2008, Mr. Schottenstein was named national “Executive of The Year” for the homebuilding industry by Builder Magazine.  In 2009, Mr. Schottenstein received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Ohio Dominican University; and in 2011, Mr. Schottenstein received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from Capital University Law School.

    Mr. Schottenstein has an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a law degree from Capital University Law School.  He is married to Jeri Block, has four children, five grandchildren and resides in Jefferson Township, Ohio.

    Brent Crawford has guided the vision of Crawford Hoying since 1994, in which he has grown a single investment property into one of the largest real estate firms in Columbus, Ohio. He personally oversees many aspects of the business, including raising private equity for specific investment into income producing properties, securing debt financing, managing relationships with equity investors, monitoring new acquisitions, ground-up development and debt placement for all projects, and guiding all new developments for the company.

    Brent has spoken at many events as a guest speaker covering topics such as current real estate trends, multi-family markets and development growth in central Ohio. In addition, he taught property management and real estate trends at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and regularly returns as a guest speaker. He serves on the boards of Sophisticated Systems and The Ohio State Sports Medicine Center, and is the current President of the Center for Real Estate at The Ohio State University. He also is a current member of the Columbus Partnership. He is a 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University holding a bachelor's degree in communications, and resides in Dublin, Ohio with his wife, Liz, and their two children.

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  • Episode 28-- Kyle Waldrep, Founder and CEO, Dottid
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    Kyle Waldrep is the Founder and CEO of Dottid, a commercial real estate (CRE) SAAS technology platform that provides a single location for brokers, landlords and tenants to share information, work seamlessly throughout the leasing process and ultimately, close deals faster and with greater efficiency. Kyle founded Dottid soon after graduating from Southern Methodist University, when he realized that the CRE leasing process was highly antiquated and mired in administrative tasks that could be easily solved with the right technology.

    In just three years, Kyle has built a team of world class software developers, technologists and industry experts, all determined to develop the most effective way for the commercial real estate industry to conduct business. Dottid a venture backed startup has raised almost $4MM from some of the most prominent leaders and advisors with unmatched CRE experience. In many ways this team symbolizes the shift from the traditional CRE transactional model to the future of where the industry is headed.

    Kyle currently sits on the boards for Council for Life, serves as a Young Life Leader and considers giving back to his community as one of his greatest passions. Besides working to revolutionize the CRE industry, Kyle enjoys tennis, golf, politics, cooking and attending Watermark Community Church.

  • Episode 27-- Peter Cummings, CEO & Executive Chairman, The Platform
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    Peter has been active in real estate development and management since 1975. He is the founder of RAM, a leader in real estate investment, management and development, based in Palm Beach County and active throughout the Southeast. In 2015, he stepped down as chairman of RAM to create The Platform and dedicated the next chapter of his career to helping rebuild the city through creating new housing and retail developments. He was educated at Yale University and the University of Toronto with a Master of English Literature. He has also completed the Owner & President Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

  • Episode 26-- Webinar: Real Estate Investing Today- Risks and Opportunities

    We were joined by a panel of global private equity investors and institutional advisors for a wide ranging discussion on the current outlook for the US and Global Real Estate markets.

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    Our panel included:

    Moderator
    Jennifer Stevens, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Alliance Global Advisors

    Panelists
    Chris Merrill, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Harrison Street

    Sean Harris, SVP of Acquisitions, Starwood Capital Group

    Christian Nye, Associate, The Townsend Group

     

  • Episode 25-- Mark Wagenbrenner, President & Principal, Thrive Companies
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    Mark was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Finance. Mark worked for The Equity Group in Chicago, a national development company owned by Sam Zell, before returning to Columbus in 1991 where he worked with his family business, Wagenbrenner Company. He began by heading the redevelopment of Grandview Avenue, and has since served as the lead developer of several mixed use infill redevelopments. In 2003 Wagenbrenner Company created a subsidiary, the Wagenbrenner Development Company. Mark serves as President of the entity that specializes in brownfield development. Wagenbrenner Development has done several large-scale, in-fill projects in Central Ohio. Residential projects include; Harrison Park on the former AC Humko site, The Former Columbus Coated Fabric Site and surrounding Weinland Park Revitalization, and The Jeffrey Manufacturing Site. These former brownfields are being redeveloped with over 2,000 planned units. Commercial redevelopments include: Gowdy Field an office development totaling more than 450,000 square feet, the Former Timken Site a 31-acre site at Fifth and Cleveland Avenue, and the Kaplan property a 36-acre site at Grandview Avenue and Dublin Rd both planned for predominantly large scale retail development.

    Charitable Boards – Past & Present
    Childhood League, Columbus Apartment Association, Urban Land Institute, Greater Ohio Policy Center, BIA, Short North Special Improvement District, The Cancer Support Center, Columbus Landmarks.

  • Episode 24-- Jeff Witherell, Chairman & CEO, Plymouth Industrial REIT
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    Jeffrey E. Witherell is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board and has held these positions since the formation of the company. Mr. Witherell oversees all aspects of our business activities, including the acquisition, management and disposition of assets. Mr. Witherell has been involved in real estate investment, development and banking activities for over 25 years. He, along with Mr. White, formed Plymouth Industrial REIT in 2011. From April 2008 through 2011, Mr. Witherell was engaged in the formation and operation of Plymouth Group Real Estate and Plymouth Real Estate Capital LLC, a FINRA registered broker/dealer. From April 2000 to March 2008, Mr. Witherell was employed as an investment executive with Franklin Street Properties Corp., a publicly traded REIT, and its subsidiary, FSP Investments LLC. During that time, Mr. Witherell was involved in the acquisition and syndication of 34 separate property investments, structured as single asset REITs, in 12 states, which raised in the aggregate approximately $1.2 billion. From 1999 to 2000, he was affiliated with IndyMac Bank where he was responsible for closed-loan acquisitions. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Witherell was COO for GAP LP, a real estate investment firm where he was responsible for the acquisition and subsequent development of several real estate investments in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Wyoming and Nova Scotia, Canada. From 1994 to 1996, he founded and served as president of Devonshire Development, Inc., a Massachusetts based real estate development firm, where he was responsible for the acquisition and subsequent development of several real estate ventures. From 1990 to 1994, he was vice president of property management at New Boston Management, Inc., a Boston based real estate management firm. His responsibilities included property management and property disposition services. From 1987 to 1990, he was vice president of development for Kirkwood Development, an Oklahoma City based real estate development firm. His responsibilities included the development and construction of twelve development projects throughout New England. From 1982 to 1987, Mr. Witherell was employed at Dewsnap Engineering, a Boston based civil engineering and land surveying firm, where he was responsible for performing land surveying, permitting, design, and construction management services. Mr. Witherell graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a Bachelor of Science degree in business, earned his MBA from Endicott College and is a member of several real estate organizations. He is a board member of AdventCare Inc., a Massachusetts based nonprofit organization that owns and operates skilled nursing facilities. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Board at the Ohio State University Center for Real Estate. Mr. Witherell was selected as a director because of his ability to lead our company and his detailed knowledge of our strategic opportunities, challenges, competition, financial position and business.

  • Episode 23-- Beatrice Sibblies, Managing Partner, BOS Development
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    Beatrice Sibblies is the managing partner of BOS Development, a community-focused real estate development and brokerage firm based in Harlem. BOS Development creates the spectrum of projects necessary for a vibrant community. BOS Development’s debut project, 88 Morningside, is an 80,000 sf residential co-op and community facility building structured on a 99-year ground lease from a Presbyterian church. With the building’s sleek interior and exterior design, the project received numerous accolades for its design quality. The project also resulted in the successful renovation and expansion of the church facilities and created an annuity for ongoing operations.

    Based on the success of the 88 Morningside transaction, BOS has built a practice working with faith-based institutions to optimize their real estate portfolio. Current projects include development of a charter middle school in the Sugar Hill Historic District, creation of a new furnished rental platform in core Central Harlem as well as other hospitality, culinary and education projects. BOS Development has also formed an Opportunity Zone fund focused on real estate for education uses.

    In her leadership of BOS Development Ms. Sibblies brings to bear a track record of financial innovation as a former investment banker and a deep commitment to building communities. Prior to forming BOS Development, Ms. Sibblies worked at J.P. Morgan Chase, acting as first a Vice President of Emerging Markets Research and then Vice President of Structured Finance. Ms. Sibblies graduated from Yale University with a major in Economics and Political Science. She also gained a Master’s in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Sibblies serves on a number of non-profit boards including Harlem Park to Park, a Central Harlem merchant and community development organization; Higher Heights for America, a women’s leadership development organization; and the Urban Design Forum, a convening organization for thought leaders on urban design and development.

  • Episode 22-- Marcel Verbaas, Chairman and CEO, Xenia Hotels & Resorts
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    Marcel Verbaas is our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Previous to this role, Mr. Verbaas served as President and Chief Executive Officer with Xenia or its affiliated entities from 2007 until November 2017. Mr. Verbaas has also served as a director of Xenia since August 2014 and was elected Chairman in November 2017. From December 2004 to the successful sale of the company in April 2007, Mr. Verbaas was Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for CNL Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a real estate investment trust. In that capacity, he was responsible for the company’s investment activities, acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Verbaas served as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for CNL Retirement Corporation from June 2003 to December 2004, during which time he oversaw more than $2.5 billion in acquisitions in the seniors housing and medical office segments. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Verbaas held the positions of Vice President of Real Estate Finance and Senior Vice President of Project Finance with CNL Hospitality Corporation, the former advisor to CNL Hotel and Resorts, Inc. Prior to joining CNL in 2000, Mr. Verbaas served as Director of Corporate Finance for Stormont Trice Development Corporation, a private hotel development company. Mr. Verbaas also held positions in real estate finance with GE Capital Corporation and Ocwen Financial Corporation where he primarily focused on the financing of lodging properties. Mr. Verbaas received his Master’s Degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  • Episode 21-- David Hodes, is a Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Hodes Weill & Associates, a global real estate advisory boutique with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.
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    David Hodes is a Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Hodes Weill & Associates, a global real estate advisory boutique with offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. He is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee and sits on the Investment Committee for Tunbridge Partners, an affiliate focused on investing in asset and fund management businesses. Previously, David co-headed the Real Estate Investments Group at Credit Suisse, where he and Doug Weill oversaw global real estate investment businesses that comprised over$40 billion of AUM on behalf of institutional and HNW party investors. He has also managed business units at other companies including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Morgan Stanley and The Yarmouth Group. David is a prior Board member of the Pension Real Estate Association. He is a regular guest lecturer at Columbia University as well as at his alma mater, Brandeis University, where he co-chairs the Board of Overseers for the Brandeis International Business School.

  • Episode 20-- Gloria Gil, retired as Senior Managing Director of Real Estate, The Regents of the University of California
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    Gloria Gil, recently retired as Senior Managing Director, Real Estate from The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA). As Senior Managing Director of Real Estate, Gloria Gil was responsible for conducting due diligence, selecting, hiring, and providing ongoing review and oversight of external investment managers.  She also provided detailed evaluations and selection criteria of specific external investment strategies and works with the University of California Regents' real-estate consultant to implement and monitor the program currently valued at over $5.1 billion.  Before joining the Office of the Chief Investment Officer in 2006, Ms. Gil worked as a Senior Investment Officer for the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association; a Portfolio Manager with Insignia Commercial Group; and served as Vice President of TCW Realty Advisors.  Ms. Gil received her BS Commerce degree, with an Accounting major at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She also received her MBA degree at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

  • Episode 19-- Leland Speed, Chairman Emeritus of the Board, EastGroup Properties
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    Mr. Speed is Chairman Emeritus of the Board, a position he has held since January 2016. He served as the Chairman of the Board from 1983 to December 2015 and a director since 1978. He brings extensive knowledge of the Company, experience in commercial real estate and real estate development as well as his current experience as an active member of public and charitable boards. He served as Chief Executive Officer of both the Company and Parkway Properties, Inc. until 1997, as Chairman of the Board of Parkway from 1980 until 2011 and as Chairman Emeritus of Parkway until 2012. From 2004 to 2006 and from March 2011 to January 2012, Mr. Speed served as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority, the State of Mississippi’s lead economic development agency. He has served in various capacities at Nareit, including the Board of Governors and was the recipient of the 2008 Industry Leadership Award. He received his BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

  • Episode 18-- Greg Stype, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
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    Gregory has served as counsel to state government entities, including the Ohio Public Facilities Commission, the Ohio Office of Budget and Management, and the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, as well as counties, municipalities and other local entities, new community authorities and other special districts. He has served as lead bond counsel on financings totaling billions of dollars for Ohio infrastructure projects, including the full range of toll and other project revenue, subject to appropriation and lease-purchase, and general obligation and other tax supported financings for transportation and other state and local infrastructure.

    Gregory also counsels clients on public-private partnerships for residential and commercial development and redevelopment projects. His experience covers the full range of economic development tax increment financing programs and related tax incentives. Gregory is familiar with both the public and private sector client perspectives, as well as legal sensitivities of the financial markets.

    Gregory also advises on state constitutional and statutory issues relating to infrastructure financing and economic development, including debt, appropriation and lending of aid and credit restrictions, and the exceptions to each. He combines his experience working on public and infrastructure finance transactions and economic development with his two years of service at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission to draft constitutional amendments and public finance and economic development legislation.

    He served as general and bond counsel to Ohio's first 'new community authority' created as a public/private partnership to support major new real estate development project; since then, he has been engaged to create and counsel more than a dozen new community authorities to support the development and redevelopment of more than 10,000 acres.

    Gregory is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) and has been named a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been named on the Ohio Super Lawyers list since 2010, The Best Lawyers in America list since 2006, and was named on the Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year list in 2016 for his work in corporate law. Gregory is also a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

    In 1982, Gregory received his J.D., cum laude, from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, after graduating with a B.A. in Urban Studies from The College of Wooster in 1977.

    Gregory is admitted to practice in the state of Ohio.

  • Episode 17-- Keith Myers, Vice President, Planning, Architecture and Real Estate, The Ohio State University
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    Keith joined Ohio State in 2013, after a 30-year career in private practice, to lead Planning, Architecture and Real Estate (PARE).  This office of talented professionals manages the real estate assets of the university and several university affiliates, and is responsible for campus planning and design.

    In 1984, he founded the landscape architecture and urban planning firm MKSK and led its successful growth into the largest landscape architecture and planning firm in the Midwest.  His work included leading planning and design projects worldwide.  In Central Ohio, some of his most notable projects include leading the master planning of the Nationwide Arena District and the design of the Scioto Mile and the Scioto Greenways.  He also served as the planning consultant to the Village of New Albany for more than 22 years.

    Throughout his career, Keith has served on many community boards and commissions, including the Center for Architecture and Design, the Neighborhood Design Center, and the Brewery District Commission.  In 2013, Keith was elected a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects for works in landscape architecture.

    Keith received a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State and remains involved in the Knowlton School of Architecture as an adjunct faculty member, serving on the KSA Development Committee.

  • Episode 16-- Brett Hatcher, Senior Managing Director of Investments, Marcus & Millichap
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    Mr. Hatcher has been with Marcus & Millichap since 2006 and was promoted to an Associate in August of 2008, then to a Senior Associate in July of 2009. He has been a Vice President Investments since July of 2014 and a First Vice President Investments since January of 2017. In his time with Marcus & Millichap, Brett has successfully brokered over 140 transactions totaling over $870 Million in real estate.  An expert from the ground up to lease up, Brett is up-to-date in all aspects of a self-storage investments:  management, operations, market conditions, capital market and economic trends affecting the self-storage industry. Brett’s knowledge of the self-storage market is unparalleled in the industry and has consistently ranked in the top 10 within the National Self-Storage Group.  Additionally, he received the National Achievement Award in 2015.

  • Episode 15-- Mike Menzer, Founder & CEO, White Oak Partners
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     Founder and President of Paramount Financial Group, a real estate investment and management company that developed and acquired new and existing multifamily properties. Paramount managed a housing portfolio of 750 properties and offered a range of services, including real estate acquisition, housing tax credits, multifamily and commercial asset management, tax credit compliance consulting, property development, and investment banking services. Under Mike’s direction, Paramount acquired properties across the United States located in 47 different states with a market value of over $10 Billion, including approximately 100,000 apartment units. Mike and his Paramount team funded these acquisitions with over $4.2 Billion raised from institutional investors combined with over $6 Billion in long-term financing through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD, and Wall Street securitized financing markets.

  • Episode 14-- Grant Fitzgerald, Associate Regional Manager, Marcus & Millichap
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    Grant Fitzgerald is the Associate Regional Manager of the Cleveland and Columbus Offices of Marcus & Millichap, which specializes in brokering the acquisition and disposition of investment grade commercial real estate in the Midwest. Previously he was a multifamily broker in Washington, D.C., as well as Sales Manager in the firm's D.C., Baltimore, and Tampa offices. Grant holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from Furman University in Greenville, SC. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in Ohio, Florida and the District of Columbia.

  • Episode 13-- Tim Gallagher, Head of the Commercial Real Estate Group, Annaly Capital Management, Inc.
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    Timothy Gallagher is Head of Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc.  Mr. Gallagher has over 20 years of industry experience at leading real estate finance and investment firms with an extensive background in commercial real estate lending and capital markets.  Prior to joining Annaly in 2018, Mr. Gallagher spent time in senior roles at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Prima Capital. Mr. Gallagher is a past Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Real Estate at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at the Fisher College of Business. Mr. Gallagher holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University.

  • Episode 12-- Erica Wagner, Vice President of PepsiCo Global Real Estate
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    Érica joined PepsiCo in 2019 to serve as the Global Head of Real Estate. In this role she is charged with inspiring the PepsiCo people experience, engagement, and productivity through the delivery of creative, innovative, and collaborative workplace, supply chain, and manufacturing solutions.

    At Akamai, in her role as Vice President of GREWP (Global Real Estate + Workplace Productivity), Erica's charter was to drive a comprehensive, holistic, & differentiated strategy that enabled Akamaites to deliver on the promise of a hyper-connected world through hyper-connected work environments. Erica’s leadership & breadth of responsibilities extended to every aspect of Real Estate, Workplace, Administrative Services, & Security globally.

    In her previous role, Erica served as the Head of Real Estate (Americas) for OSRAM. In this position, she lead & ordained the strategic direction of real estate activities across OSRAM's markets, including operational tools & processes, business unit & 3rd party real estate & facilities resources, & working in conjunction with the CEO, CFO, and General Counsel to establish & deliver global initiatives. In developing & maintaining a partnership with senior leadership & interdependent cross-functional teams, Erica provided a single point of accountability for all real estate holdings, employing innovative thought leadership to continually seek opportunities and realize cost savings.

    Prior to her position with OSRAM, Erica was the Vice President of Global Real Estate for inVentiv Health. In this role she architected the internal corporate function; developing the governance model & tools, the internal & external team, & establishing general principles deployed globally. Erica worked closely with Corporate Development & Finance in the identification of synergies, realizing $15M (18%) of economic value in year-over-year savings.

    Erica has held additional positions as the Director of Corporate Real Estate for adidas Group and Senior Manager of Global Accounts and Workplace Strategy with Cresa.

    Erica is a licensed Attorney & serves on the New England Board of Directors for CoreNet Global. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Corporate Real Estate Journal. 

  • Episode 11-- Jennifer Stevens, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Alliance Global Advisors
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    Jennifer Stevens is an executive-level professional with real asset expertise and extensive knowledge of the General Partner and Limited Partner universe.

    With over 16 years in the consulting industry, Jennifer has experience advising investors with cumulative total plan assets of over $300 Billion and approximately $20 Billion in Real Estate allocations. Named one of the world’s most influential investment consultants and a designated “Knowledge Broker” by Chief Investment Officer in 2019, she has extensive experience leading institutional portfolio management, strategic planning and real asset underwriting initiatives. Jennifer is recognized for her research and expertise in the area of environmental, social and governance (ESG) in real assets, which elevated her prior firm, The Townsend Group, to a position of international leadership.

    As her experience evolved, Jennifer found that general partners prioritized fundraising initiatives, but often failed to recognize the evolving needs of the investor base. In 2020, Jennifer co-founded Alliance Global Advisors with Heather Border. The Alliance model is an innovative alternative for investment managers seeking to launch or improve product lines in order to attract institutional capital. It fills a void between strategic development and more expensive capital raising initiatives. Their team focuses on collaborative relationships, providing an independent and informed perspective so executives can focus on what matters most: diligently managing client capital, creating value and delivering exceptional returns.

    Today, she draws on her deep knowledge of the industry and investor needs to lead Alliance’s partners through strategy and product development that meet and exceed the evolving needs of the LP base. Jennifer believes that “everybody deserves access,” which is a guiding principle in the Alliance model by way of “Alliance Gives Back.” This is a program which accelerates the professional development of “rising stars” and emerging talent identified by Alliance clients.

    Jennifer is dedicated to her family and health. She enjoys sailing with her husband and spending time together with their daughter. On rare days off, you might find her in the Florida Keys or skiing with her nieces and nephews. She sits on the Executive Alumni Board of her alma mater, Ohio University, and is a Board Member for Ohio State University’s Center for Real Estate. She actively participates in a number of industry organizations.

  • Episode 10-- Yaromir Steiner, Founder, CEO at Steiner + Associates
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    Mr. Steiner formed Steiner + Associates in 1993 with a vision of creating welcoming, sustainable, pedestrian-friendly, Town Center destinations—environments for people to not only shop, but also to live, work and play. Over the past 24 years, the company has turned that vision into reality by developing more than 7.4 million square feet of mixed-use space including retail, restaurant, residential, entertainment, hospitality and office uses.

    Mr. Steiner oversees all operations, development, leasing and management efforts for the Steiner + Associates and its portfolio. He travels extensively to meet with community leaders and tenant partners and maintains a “hands-on” approach to development and property management. He is frequently invited to address community, civic and professional organizations in the U.S. and abroad to share his unique insights and perspectives into the retail real estate development world.

    An eager student and ardent admirer of urban form who speaks four languages, Mr. Steiner’s design and development approach emphasizes proper scale, connectivity and inviting and engaging spaces. Parks, fountains and public spaces as anchors are featured prominently in every Steiner + Associates project. The projects are designed and sustained by employing the same fundamental principles of town planning that have created and maintained vibrant urban city centers for more than a century. By seamlessly integrating dining and leisure-time elements into inviting open-air mixed-use environments and public spaces that encourage interaction and exploration, Steiner + Associates has recreated the energy and vitality of those urban centers, while expanding traditional definitions of mixed-use design along the way.

    Mr. Steiner has held a variety of positions in civic and professional organizations. He served as a past board member of the Richard M. Ross Hospital, a past Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a past Director of the International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation, and a past Board of Trustee member of the New Albany Community Foundation, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Foundation. He has also served as President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Houston, President of the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, Director of Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a past President of the Simon Kenton Boy Scout Council of Central Ohio.

  • Episode 9-- Amy Klaben, Principal at Strategic Opportunities
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    Ms. Klaben has had a lifelong commitment and passion for advocating for women, families and improving the community in which she lives. In 2016, Amy became the principal of her independent consulting firm, Strategic Opportunities. From 2000 to 2015, as President/CEO of Homeport, also known as Columbus Housing Partnership, Inc., Ms. Klaben led all aspects of this large, multi-faceted non-profit organization that provides service enriched rental housing, revitalizes neighborhoods, and helps people to become and remain successful homeowners. She helped establish the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, a local coalition of nonprofit organizations, and has actively participated with Housing Partnership Network, NeighborWorks America, and Enterprise Community Partners, national organizations pursuing policy changes and funding for affordable housing. Prior to her work at Homeport, Ms. Klaben was a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP.

  • Episode 8-- William Murdock, Executive Director, MORPC

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    William Murdock serves as executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). MORPC is Central Ohio’s regional council for local governments that provides tools and resources to nearly 70 members comprised of counties, cities,

     

    villages, townships, and regional agencies. As Executive Director, William oversees innovative planning, services, and policies in transportation, energy, housing, land use, sustainability, and data.

    Murdock has reorganized MORPC’s committees and staffing team to sharpen its focus on collaborative partnerships and local government services. He is responsible for the development of MORPC’s long-range transportation plan that coordinates over $20 billion of transportation improvements across the region through 2040. Murdock spearheaded the launch of insight2050 – a public/private initiative to prepare for Central Ohio’s significant growth and development – and innovative efforts such as the Smart Region Task Force and Midwest Connect Hyperloop effort.

    He also directed the creation of Central Ohio’s first regional sustainability and data agendas, and strengthened MORPC’s advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining MORPC, Murdock worked for over 15 years in state and local government in planning and economic development.

    Murdock is actively involved in a number of local, state, and national organizations. He is secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Association of Regional Councils, a governor’s appointee to the DriveOhio Government Advisory Board, past president of The Ohio State University Knowlton School Alumni Society, and current member and past chair of the National Association of Regional Councils’ (NARC) Executive Directors Council (EDC).

    Murdock is a longtime resident of Central Ohio and proud “Buckeye” with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of City & Regional Planning, and Master of Science in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Administration from The Ohio State University.

  • Episode 7-- Marjorie Tsang, Board Member at USAA Real Estate Company
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    Marjorie Tsang has been with the New York Common Retirement Fund since 1993 and served as assistant comptroller for real estate investments from 1999 to 2011. From September 2011 until August 2012, Ms. Tsang acted as interim chief investment officer for the pension fund. Currently, she serves as director of strategic research and solutions for capital markets, long-term and tactical investment strategies, and the development of new asset classes. With over 25 years of real estate experience focused on pension fund investments, joint ventures and structured investment vehicles, Ms. Tsang has worked in partnership with some of the most prominent names in real estate, including Boston Properties, Hines and Taconic Investment Partners. Previously, Ms. Tsang was named by PERE as one of the 10 most influential women in private real estate investing. She is the WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate Woman of the Year.

  • Episode 6-- Robert Schottenstein, Chairman/President/CEO at M/I Homes Inc.
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    Robert H. Schottenstein is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of M/I Homes, Inc., a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and one of the largest homebuilders in the United States.  Based in Columbus, Ohio, the company also has homebuilding operations in Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Tampa, Orlando and Sarasota, Florida; Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas; and in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs surrounding Washington, D.C.  Since its founding in 1976, M/I Homes has sold over 100,000 homes and has established an exemplary reputation based on a strong commitment to superior customer service, quality construction, premier locations and building a better home.

    For many years, Mr. Schottenstein has been active in a number of business and charitable organizations. He currently serves on the board of L Brands, one of the world’s leading specialty retailers focused on women’s intimate and other apparel, personal care, beauty and home fragrance categories; and currently serves on the board of Installed Building Products, Inc., one of the nation’s leading installers of insulation and complementary building products for the residential new construction market. He also serves on the Executive Committee of The Policy Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, is a member of the Pelotonia Board, a member of The Columbus Partnership, serves on the Columbus 2020 Board and serves on The Ohio State University Foundation Board.  

    From 2005-2014, Mr. Schottenstein served as a trustee of The Ohio State University and was Chairman of the Ohio State University Board from 2012-2014.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of Huntington Bancshares, Inc., a large regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, from 1995-2006.  In addition, he previously served on the boards of The Columbus Jewish Federation (served as board chair from 2002-2004), Ohio Dominican University, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Torah Academy (served as board chair from 1985 to 1989), Ballet Met of Columbus, and was a member of the United Jewish Appeal National Young Leadership Cabinet.  In 2002, he received the Central Ohio Building Industry Association “Builder of the Year Award”.  In 2008, Mr. Schottenstein was named national “Executive of The Year” for the homebuilding industry by Builder Magazine.  In 2009, Mr. Schottenstein received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Ohio Dominican University; and in 2011, Mr. Schottenstein received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from Capital University Law School.

    Mr. Schottenstein has an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a law degree from Capital University Law School.  He is married to Jeri Block, has four children, five grandchildren and resides in Jefferson Township, Ohio.

  • Episode 5-- Skip Weiler, Jr., President of The Robert Weiler Company
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    Robert J. “Skip” Weiler, Jr. is the third generation to serve as President of The Robert Weiler Company. Since 1985, he has specialized in the brokerage and development of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional properties. He has served as President of the Columbus Realtors, has received numerous accolades, including Broker of the Year; and he is the youngest recipient of the $25 Million Sales Award. Skip has also served as President and Board of Trustees member for the CI Committee and is a past President and current member of the Counselors of Real Estate. In addition to teaching commercial real estate courses, Skip has obtained the Certified Real Estate designation.

    Active in professional and community organizations, Skip lectured on real estate matters including selling and leasing real property. Skip presided as President of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Ohio for two terms and served as President of the following; The Suburban East YMCA, the Columbus/Franklin County Joint Housing Commission, the Community Housing Resource Board, the Columbus Cancer Community, and member of the City of Columbus Land Banks Committee. Skip is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Ohio Dominican University and the Community Foundation of Delaware County.

  • Episode 4-- Bryan Cho, Executive Vice President and Managing Partner of Related Companies
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    Bryan N. Cho is Executive Vice President of Related Companies and a managing partner of the firm’s New York and California development divisions. Since joining Related in 2000, Mr. Cho has led over $7.0 billion of development ventures creating close to 6,000 new residences and over 6.0 million square feet of commercial and institutional non-profit space across the New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco metropolitan areas.

  • Episode 3-- Matt Wersel, Managing Partner of Mohr Partners, Inc.
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    Matt represents some of the largest and most valuable corporations in the world. He is tasked regularly with extremely complicated and significant HQ/Regional Hub transactions, portfolio oversight, and relationship management. Key assignments in 2019 alone had an aggregate value of roughly $1 Billion.

    He spent his first 14 years at CBRE Group, Inc. the largest publicly traded commercial real estate services firm in the world. He was based in Silicon Valley, considered by many as the most influential marketplace in the world. In 2018, he transitioned to the industry’s leading privately held tenant representation firm, Mohr Partners, where he earned the prestigious title of Managing Partner, a title only held by a very select group within the organization. He is a significant contributor to the Western United States brokerage landscape, citing a non-traditional technological approach by industry standards.

    Throughout the course of his career, Matt has developed concrete relationships with major institutions, private ownerships, vendors and significant market-makers throughout the world. Having also spent his first several years within Capital Markets teams at CBRE Group, Inc. he also possesses a very unique view of each transaction and negotiation.

  • Episode 2-- Roy March, CEO of Eastdil Secured
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    Roy March is the chief executive officer of Eastdil Secured, L.L.C., the leading real estate investment banking company in the United States. He has more than 37 years of real estate experience at Eastdil Secured across financing, sales, acquisition, and capital markets activities in the United States, Europe, and East Asia. Founded in 1967, Eastdil was the first real estate investment banking firm in the United States. Eastdil Secured is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, one of the largest financial service companies in the world and the largest commercial real estate lender in the U.S. In 2009, as a result of the Wells Wachovia merger, the real estate investment banking division of Wachovia was moved to Eastdil Secured forming the first comprehensive end to end real estate banking investment platform in the industry. The New York based firm was involved in over $920 billion in transactions from 2007 through 2014. Roy serves on various industry, corporate and community boards, is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, the Board of Directors of Real Estate Roundtable and is on the Board of Directors for PREA. He is also a member of NAREIT – the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He was the president of the Friends of Malibu Urgent Care, is on the board of The Painted Turtle and is co-founder of March to the Top-Africa.

  • Episode 1-- Brent Crawford, Principal and Founder of Crawford Hoying
    Brent Crawforf

     

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    Brent Crawford has guided the vision of Crawford Hoying since 1994, in which he has grown a single investment property into one of the largest real estate firms in Columbus, Ohio. He personally oversees many aspects of the business, including raising private equity for specific investment into income producing properties, securing debt financing, managing relationships with equity investors, monitoring new acquisitions, ground-up development and debt placement for all projects, and guiding all new developments for the company.

    Brent has spoken at many events as a guest speaker covering topics such as current real estate trends, multi-family markets and development growth in central Ohio. In addition, he taught property management and real estate trends at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and regularly returns as a guest speaker. He serves on the boards of Sophisticated Systems and The Ohio State Sports Medicine Center, and is the current President of the Center for Real Estate at The Ohio State University. He also is a current member of the Columbus Partnership. He is a 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University holding a bachelor's degree in communications, and resides in Dublin, Ohio with his wife, Liz, and their two children.