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.


Yaromir Steiner, President of Steiner + Associates and ULI Hines Local Competition

Yaromir Steiner, the CEO and President of Steiner Associates (developers of Easton), will be giving a keynote during the local ULI Hines competition. He will be talking about their newest large-scale project, Liberty Center in Cincinnati, OH, and provide his perspective on the future of such developments. In addition to Mr. Steiner, five OSU teams will present their final proposals for developing a large area of Midtown Atlanta. Open to the public, please RSVP to Jana Hrdinova at

To find out more about what the competition entails, please visit our competition page.

When: February 10, 2016
Where: Knowlton School of Architecture, Main Space

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. This event is open to public and all are welcome to join.

When: February 23, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Where: Mason Hall, 2nd floor Rotunda

John Harper, President of Real Estate, Construction and Store Operations, and Carl Goertemoeller, Senior Vice President 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. Harper and Mr. Goertemoeller will be discussing the real estate strategy of Macy’s, one of the most storied retailers in United States. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to

When: March 10, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Mason Hall, 2nd floor Rotunda

2015 In Numbers

2015 in numbers2015 was an exciting year for the Center - it was our first complete year since the Center's relaunch in June 2014. We have been working at building up the Center's programming, renewing the Center's research mission and enriching the educational experience of our students. We hope you enjoy reading the 2015 highlights.

2015-2016 Real Estate Scholarship Awards Announced

Every year, the Ohio State Center for Real Estate awards a number of scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students that range from $1000 - $4000. This year, with the help of our generous donors, we were able to give away 20 scholarships totalling approximately $35,000 on annual bases. Congratulations to all our outstanding students and thank you to the Ohio Association of Realtors' Scholarship Selection Committee and to our donors who make the scholarships possible.

2015-2016 Research Grants Announced

We are pleased to announce the award of our first round of research grants to Ohio State graduate students and faculty who are exploring real estate related topics in their research. The Center recieved 17 strong applications and has selected five proposals for funding. The projects represent five different departments across Ohio State campus and range in topics from the impact of brownfield redevelopment on surrounding neighborhoods to a case study of Campus Partners as the development arm of Ohio State. The funded projects will be producing an academic or a white paper, as well as a short summary of their results. For more details about the proposals funded, please visit our research page.

2016 Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio

The Center for Real Estate and Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute unveiled its Real Estate Trends in Central Ohio 2016, an 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 Joint Center on Housing Studies at Harvard University.

Read the report

Conversation with Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman, Americas, JLL

Herman BullsHerman 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 was pleased to welcome Mr. Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman, Americas for Jones Lang LaSalle. Mr. Bulls 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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Alumni networking event in New York City

On October 23 the Ohio State Center for Real Estate organized a small pre-game networking event and wine tasting for Buckeye alumni who work in the real estate industry in the New York City and New Jersey region. The event took place at City Winery in New York and the group enjoyed wine tasting from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Klatskin of Forsgate Industrial Partners. The purpose of the alumni networking events is to create closer connections between our alumni and the Center to create opportunities for our students who wish to pursue careers in real estate outside of central Ohio.

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

2015 Real Estate Career Foundation Seminar

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.  

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