After receiving the SIOR Ohio scholarship, Kwapich graduated with a
degree in real estate from The Ohio
State University’s Fisher College of
Business—with zero debt.
“The scholarship immediately put me on
the road to success by allowing me to
buy an investment rental property when
I was a junior and grow to a larger portfolio by graduation,” he said. Among his
properties were two duplexes and a sin-gle-family home right outside campus.
Upon graduation, Kwapich worked as
real estate development manager for
Elford Development and as director of
real estate for the University of Toledo
Foundation, giving him experience in
development, brokerage, and property
In March, he joined Rudolph Libbe as a
real estate consultant to manage the
developer’s existing portfolio, seek new
opportunities for investment and development, and work with construction
clients on site selection, zoning, and
“I am so thankful to SIOR for the opportunity, as it really gave me a leg up and
helped with my trajectory in commercial real estate,” he said.
Although Lehr graduated with an engineering degree from Oregon State, he
felt a strong pull toward real estate and
launched his own consulting, research,
and analytics firm for investors and
owners. He received a scholarship from
the SIOR Oregon Chapter, which allowed
him to further his professional development by taking night classes toward his
real estate certification.
“Without the scholarship money, I
wouldn’t have been able to afford the
classes that would allow me to go to the
financial side of the business,” he said.
Soon after, he merged with client HFO
Investment Real Estate to build its
in-house research and analytics department. He then decided to pursue his
MBA at IESI Business School and Duke
University, followed by a Masters in Real
Estate at MIT in 2015.
Upon his graduation at MIT, Lehr accepted a role at CBRE Global Workplace
Solutions, part of the team responsible for the Iron Mountain and Verizon
accounts. Today, he solely focuses on
Verizon’s real estate strategy, which
includes a diversified domestic portfolio
comprising over 100,000 square feet.
When Reising was a sophomore at the
University of Cincinnati, he wanted to
be a business major. The school had a
class that allowed students to explore
different options, and that was his first
introduction to commercial real estate.
“It was 2006 and the market was on
fire,” he recalled. “ A real estate group
came in and gave a presentation, and I
was fascinated. I realized it was what I
wanted to do with my life.”
While in school, he enrolled in a cooperative education program, working for
Grubb & Ellis-West Shell Commercial.
Two of its brokers—John B. Gartner
III, SIOR, and Chuck Ackerman, SIOR,
CCIM—mentored Reising, encouraging
him to apply for the SIOR Ohio scholarship.
Reising graduated in 2010, beginning with the U.S. General Services
Administration as a realty specialist,
focusing on housing Federal agencies
in commercially leased office space. He
has moved up the ranks to area manager of the GSA’s San Francisco Federal
Branch. He received his certificate in
project management from UC Berkeley
and is working to get his California broker’s license, having purchased a rental
property on the side.
Paul Kwapich, CCIM
Real Estate Consultant, Rudolph
Libbe Inc., Toledo, OH
SIOR Ohio Chapter Scholarship,
Robert Joshua Lehr
Director, Global Workplace
Solutions, CBRE, New York, NY
SIOR Oregon Chapter Scholarship,
Area Manager, U.S. General
San Francisco, CA
SIOR Ohio Chapter Scholarship, 2008