Paul J. Everson Center for the Study of Real Estate Agency/Brokerage and Markets

2011 Conference
The Future of Real Estate: Cleveland Area and Beyond

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Karl Case
Professor Emeritus of Economics at Wellesley CollegeDr. Karl Case

Karl E. Case is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Wellesley College where he taught for over 30 years.

He is also a founding partner in the real estate research firm of Fiserv Case Shiller Weiss, Inc. and serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund of Massachusetts. He is a member of the Standard and Poors Index Advisory Committee, the Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Board of Advisors of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University.

Professor Case received his B.A. from Miami University in 1968, spent three years on active duty in the Army and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1976. Professor Case's research has been in the areas of real estate, housing, and public finance. He is author or co author of five books including Principles of Economics, Economics and Tax Policy and Property Taxation: The Need for Reform and has published numerous articles in professional journals. Principles of Economics, a basic text coauthored with Ray C. Fair and Sharon Oster, is in its ninth edition.

Dr. Lawrence Yun
Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of Realtors®Dr. Lawrence Yun

Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of Realtors® . He directs research activity for the association and regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million Realtor® members. Dr. Yun creates NAR's forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, including Blue Chip and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council. He appears regularly on financial news outlets and is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States. In 2008, USA Today listed him among the top 10 economic forecasters in the country.

Dr. Yun has been with the Realtors® since the year 2000. Prior to that, he worked as an economic consultant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. From 1995 to 1998, while a research associate at the University of Maryland, he was based in the former Soviet Union where he developed economics programs at several universities to help in the transition from communism to a market based economy.

Dr. Yun received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Dr. Tom BierDr. Tom Bier
Executive-in-Residence, Center for Housing Research & Policy
Levin College Fellow

Dr . Tom Bier has conducted housing studies for 25 years and has investigated the influence of public policies on cities. He has worked with local governments and community organizations to implement strategies for housing improvement. Dr. Bier has been instrumental in the development of the “first suburbs,” or inner ring suburbs movement. His articles on urban topics frequently appear on the forum page of The Plain Dealer. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. His areas of expertise include housing markets, population movement, urban sprawl, urban development.

Linda Kane
President, Chief Accounting and Administrative Officer
Forest City Enterprises, Inc.

Linda KaneMs. Kane is the Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting and Administrative Officer of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. She joined Forest City in 1990 as financial manager for Forest City's Residential Group, became asset manager for Forest City's Commercial Group in 1992 and was Forest City’s corporate controller from 1995 to 2007. Ms. Kane is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree with an accounting major from Cleveland State University. She is a member of the Dean's Visiting Committee at the Monte Ahuja College of Business

Ms. Kane is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and Commercial Real Estate Women. As an active member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), Ms. Kane is the co-chairman of the organization’s Best Financial Practices Council. She has served as treasurer of the Great Lakes Theater Festival and St. Joseph Academy, a private girls' high school in Cleveland – of which Ms. Kane is an alumnae – and was a trustee of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, from whom she received the Women of Achievement Award.


Joseph A. Marinucci
President & CEO, Downtown Cleveland AllianceJoseph A. Marinucci

Mr. Marinucci currently serves as President & CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance. He has expertise in strategic planning, real estate development, business retention and attraction, commercial and retail investment, economic development financing, business development marketing, and regional and national policy development.

Prior to being named DCA's President in 2006, Mr. Marinucci served as President and Executive Vice President of Downtown Cleveland Partnership, DCA's predecessor organization, and managed the creation of the largest downtown special assessment district in the state of Ohio. Mr. Marinucci has also held senior economic development positions with the City of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Development. He has served as Vice President of Real Estate Development for Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare Foundation. Mr. Marinucci has served as Chairman of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest economic development practitioner organization in the world and also served as treasurer for the National Council for Urban Economic Development.

Douglas E. Price III
CEO, K&D Group

Douglas E. Price IIIDouglas E. Price III has been involved in all facets of the real estate industry for over 25 years, and in conjunction with his partner, Karen M. Paganini, has built the largest privately owned and managed portfolio of multi-family properties in Northeast Ohio.  As Chief Executive Officer of K&D, Mr. Price has strategically guided the growth of the company from its first 8-suiter to over 13,000 units in 40 properties located from Cleveland to Canton.  The portfolio also includes a number of mixed-use properties, with over 500,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, as well as 3 restaurants and an Embassy Suites Hotel.

In the midst of the worst economic crisis in recent times, Mr. Price announced that K&D would develop The Residences at 668, an historic renovation and adaptive reuse of the building formerly known as The William Taylor, Sons and Company Department Store. The Project includes 232 luxury apartments, 70,000 square feet of commercial space, and an attached parking garage.  This project came on the heels of the highly successful Stonebridge projects, which includes over 500 residential units developed in 4 buildings on the West Bank of the Flats. This Project also includes a commercial building providing space for a variety of businesses and public agencies.

Alan K. ReichertDr. Alan K. Reichert
Professor of Finance, Cleveland State University

Alan K. Reichert, Ph.D. is Professor of Finance. His academic interests are financial institutions and markets, and real estate valuation.  He holds a Masters and Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University.  He is a Fulbright Scholar, KeyBank Applied Business Scholar, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish School of Business and Economics in Finland. He has served as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and as a consultant on a number of property devaluation and bank fraud cases.  He has published in various finance and real estate journals on a wide range of topics.

Robert Sawitzke

Robert SawitzkeRobert Sawitzke joined National City Bank upon graduating from Wittenberg University in 1989.  While going through their Retail Management Training Program he completed his MBA at the Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management.  Upon completion of the training program, Robert worked as a branch manger and commercial lender for several years prior to commencing his career with National City’s Investment Real Estate Group in 1996 as a Relationship Manager.  In 2002, Mr. Sawitzke took a position with KeyBank to manage their Cleveland Investment Real Estate Office.  Over his fifteen year career in investment real estate finance, Mr. Sawitzke has completed in excess of $700,000M of project financings throughout the United States.  Mr. Sawitzke is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), NAIOP, Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Dr. Robert F. Scherer
Dean, Monte Ahuja College of Business, Cleveland State University

Robert F. SchererBob Scherer is dean and professor at the Monte Ahuja College of Business. His research portfolio includes more than 150 published scholarly and professional works. He serves the Journal of Social Psychology as an executive editor and was the lead editor for both editions of the book, A Field Guide to Internationalizing Business Education.

Dean Scherer served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Chile and received two additional Fulbright awards (Legacy and Senior Specialist programs). He has developed, managed, and taught in academic programs in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He has served as a consultant or board member for over 50 organizations in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors.
Dean Scherer holds a B.A. from Miami University, an M.A. in management from the University of Redlands, and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Mississippi.


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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Nance College of Business Administration
Department of Finance, BU 321
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
1860 East 18th Street, Rm. 321
Phone: 216.687.4716
Fax: 216.875.9725

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