The Ohio State Center for Real Estate

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate at Fisher College of Business is dedicated to fostering excellence in real estate education, applied and academic research, and outreach through community and university partnerships. The Center’s main goal is to serve as a link between our students, faculty, alumni, and the various parts of the real estate industry, creating a vibrant community touching all aspects of real estate.

Conversation with Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman, Americas, JLL

Herman E. Bulls
Vice Chairman, Americas, JLL

BA, United States Military Academy at West Point
MBA, Harvard Business School

The Ohio State Center for Real Estate is 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. Refreshments will be provided.

When: October 28th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Mason Hall Rotunda - 2nd floor

To RSVP please email Jana Hrdinova at

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

NAIOP logoThe 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.  

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.

Announcing 2015-2016 Research Grant Program

The Ohio State University Center for Real Estate is initiating an annual research stipend program for Ohio State faculty and graduate students who are interested in writing academic or white research papers on topics related to the field of real estate such as real estate finance and economics, urban and regional economics, public policy, urban planning, housing affordability or real estate law. The awards will typically range between $2000-$5000. The deadline for research proposals is October 18, 2015.

For more information, please visit Request for Proposals.

2015 Inaugural Real Estate Conference

Les Wexner at the inaugural Real Estate Conference

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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Mark Beliczky, Consultant and Advisor to Carlyle Group

The Center for Real Estate was thrilled to welcome Mr. Mark Beliczky, a Consultant & Advisor to The Carlyle Group, who visited campus on April 10. During his visit, Mr. Beliczky met with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and administration of the college. In his work Mark focuses on three key sectors nationwide: seniors housing, manufactured housing and condominiums and offices out of Washington, DC and New York City.

Breakfast with Arun Singh, Associate Director, MetLife

Mr. Arun Singh, an Associate Director in MetLife’s Southeast Regional Office, visited campus and met with graduate and undergraduate students on April 9. Mr. Singh, a Fisher alumn, focuses on the origination, underwriting, and asset management of commercial mortgages and has extensive experience in real estate investments and portfolio management.

Thomas DeRosa, CEO and Director of Healthcare REIT

Thomas DeRosaThe 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.

Building Healthy Columbus

Bicyclists in ColumbusThe Center for Real Estate is proud to partner with ULI Columbus Young Leaders, Columbus Public Health and the Knowlton School of Architecture on the Building Healthy Columbus initiative. The project focuses on building greater awareness of the connection between design and health, and producing a set of recommendations for the city on how to improve health of its community. The Building Healthy Columbus initiative consisted of two workshops generously sponsored by a $6,900 grant from Create Columbus Commission. The first workshop took place in October 2014, and the second workshop took place in May 2015. The workshops were 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 Center in partnership with ULI Columbus will be producing a report summarizing the results.

2015 ULI Hines Competition - Final presentations and keynote by Brian Ellis, President of Nationwide Realty Investors

ULI Hines competition logoEvery 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. 

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. On February 12 the teams presented their proposals to a panel of judges and an audience of 60 people comprised of students, professors and industry professionals. The teams presentations were evaluated by four judges representing different aspects of the real estate industry including finance, architecture and city planning. Congratulations to team Ensemble for their first place finish and good luck to all teams in the national competition. 

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.

Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation: Urban regeneration and the impact of private-public partnerships

3CDC logoThe Ohio State Center for Real Estate was thrilled to welcome Mr. Stephen Leeper, the CEO of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, a nonprofit public-private partnership that has successfully worked on revitalizing core downtown areas of Cincinnati, including 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.

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