Join NAIOP for our 2nd Joint Event with Montrose Group.

Topic – Battling the Doom Loop: Strategies for Addressing Office Reuse

Location: Fueled Collective Rookwood

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Format – Panel Discussion with David Robinson (Montrose Group), Brian Bernstein (Realm) & Alan Schlossberg  (Design Group).

Moderator:  Miller Valentine

4:00 p.m. – Networking/Registration
4:15 p.m. – Speaking presentation form Montrose Panel
5:00 p.m. – Event conclusion with networking/drinks

Tuesday March 19th, 2024
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Fueled Collective Rookwood
3825 Edwards Road, Suite 103
Cincinnati, OH 45209


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An office vacancy rate of 19.6% illustrates the need for companies, developers, and communities to consider how struggling office buildings can be reused.  Skyrocketing office vacancies can drive down rents and values leading to a loss of tax revenue and a loss of government services- a scenario known as the Doom Loop.  Moderated by Miller Valentine, The Montrose Group, Design Group, and Realm Collaborative will provide an insightful presentation for the NAIOP of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky membership on how to reuse struggling office buildings.  This presentation will be a panel discussion with a focus on a three-part strategy for building owners, developers, and communities seeking to develop office reuse strategies that define the office market challenge from a building structure, neighborhood, and parking standpoint, benchmark successful reuse strategies, and recommend action steps tied to developing new office building industry targets, financing building retrofits for new uses, developing cost studies for redevelopment strategies and engagement in placemaking to build neighborhoods that support office reuse.

Moderator:  Miller Valentine Group


Dave Robinson, Principal, and Founder of Montrose Group, LLC started the Montrose Group fifteen years ago and serves clients based on 30 years of experience as an economic development executive, lobbyist, lawyer, and public relations executive before the federal, state, and local governments. Mr. Robinson is an economic development and public policy thought leader producing annually the Montrose Group Top 10 Corporate Site Location Trends and Corporate Government Relations Trends White Papers and has written and spoken extensively on addressing office reuse, preparing industrial sites, and addressing the housing crisis.  Mr. Robinson authored two public policy textbooks- The Energy Economy and Economic Development from the State & Local Perspective by Palgrave-MacMillan and served as an adjunct professor at Ohio State University.

Brian Bernstein, Founder and Partner of REALM, brings a wealth of knowledge to the development of complex sites. Passionate about urban design, he has worked with both private developers and institutional entities, leading clients to maximize their investment while creating an enriching public realm. Leading multidisciplinary teams, Brian has established an expertise in setting bold visions for clients where his work is driven by the belief that public space can do more to shape our experiences and bring greater value to owners. Brian’s work includes mixed-used commercial, institutional, hospitality and resort design, and geographically spans the US, Mexico, Russia, and India. Brian has engaged in speaking events at nearby colleges and universities, including CCAD and Kent State University, and has been published by World Landscape Architecture for his work on the nuCLEus mixed-use development in Cleveland, Ohio.

Alan Schlossberg, Regional Practice Leader, Design Group is a devoted enthusiast of the arts, Alan holds dual degrees—a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Design and a Master of Architecture—from Carnegie Mellon University. Renowned as a skilled designer and a leader in mixed-use, multi-family projects, he advocates for a thoughtful place-making approach that seamlessly integrates art and architecture within a regional context. Alan possesses extensive experience in designing and implementing public-private partnerships that connect private sector equity and development with educational and medical institutions. His portfolio includes collaborations with esteemed developers such as Toll Brothers, RBH Development, Graystar, Balfour Beatty, Faros Properties, WeWork-WeLive, and Fairmount Properties, as well as notable public institutions like the University of Arkansas, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, and Marshall University.

Steven Dragon, P.E. joined Vandercar in 2005 and currently serves as its Chief Development Officer.   Mr. Dragon leads Vandercar’s development efforts, bringing 30 years of project management and development experience to a varied portfolio of large, complex real estate projects.  He is involved in all areas of the development process at Vandercar, from site selection through planning, design, construction and financing.  Prior to joining Vandercar, Mr. Dragon spent eleven years as an Associate and Senior Project Manager in the land development group of CDS Associates, Inc., an engineering and architectural firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mr. Dragon is a registered Professional Engineer with degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.

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