Meet our Team

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Carl Goertemoeller

Executive Director, UC Real Estate Center


Carl L. Goertemoeller is the Executive Director of the UC Real Estate Center.

Mr. Goertemoeller currently serves as Principal and Founder of CLG Real Estate Advisory, advising numerous clients including Alliance Bernstein, Hines, The Irvine Companies, Kemper Development Company and multiple hedge funds on a variety of strategic retail real estate matters including valuation analysis, asset redevelopment and location strategies.

Mr. Goertemoeller currently serves on the Asset Committee of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) in addition to serving on the boards for the local chapters of NAIOP and Urban Land Institute (ULI). 

From May of 2016 to July of 2019, Mr. Goertemoeller was Chief Business Development Officer at Viking Partners, a private equity real estate investment firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio, focused on the acquisition and value maximization of retail, office and flex real estate throughout the Midwest and Southeast United States.

In March of 2016, Mr. Goertemoeller retired after a sixteen-year career at Macy’s, Inc., most recently serving for seven years as Senior Vice President of Real Estate, where he was responsible for leading the development and implementation of both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s corporate-wide real estate program, including retail assets, offices and warehouse/distribution center facilities.

Prior to joining Macy’s, Mr. Goertemoeller was Vice President of Development at Simon Property Group, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development. Mr. Goertemoeller spent fifteen years with the company, holding numerous development positions within both the regional mall and open-air center divisions. Before joining Simon Property Group, Mr. Goertemoeller held Research and Financial Analyst positions at both Federated Department Stores and General Electric Corporation.

Mr. Goertemoeller was elected to the Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers in 2010 and served on its Executive Board from 2013 to 2016. He previously served on the Board of Executive Advisors in Real Estate for the University of Cincinnati, the Board of Directors of the Downtown Cincinnati Improvement District and Board of Directors of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc.

Mr. Goertemoeller graduated from the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business and received his Masters of Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

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Michael Eriksen

Academic Director, UC Real Estate Center, Associate Professor of Real Estate


Michael Eriksen is Academic Director of the UC Real Estate Center and Associate Professor of Real Estate at the University of Cincinnati. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Biology from Gonzaga University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Syracuse University. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Georgia and Texas Tech University. 

Dr. Eriksen’s research focuses on low-income housing markets, and he has worked on projects concerning the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, housing vouchers, home safety modifications, and homeownership assistance grants.  That research has appeared in the Journal of Public Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Urban Economics, and Real Estate Economics. His work on fall prevention among the elderly won the 2014 Best Paper on Senior Housing Award sponsored by the National Investment Center for Senior Housing. 

Michael is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) and Co-Chair of the Association’s 2019 and 2010 National Conference. He has also received financial support for his research from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. His research has also been featured or referenced in the Wall Street Journal, Frontline, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Money Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Moneywatch. He has also presented his research at the Congressional Budget Office, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Government Accountability Office, Urban Institute, American Enterprise Institute, AARP Foundation, and Fannie Mae.  

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Edward L. Hudson

Adjunct Instructor

Edward Hudson is Manager, Alternative Profit and Partnerships at the Kroger Co.

Ed currently works in a Team creating alternate sources of revenue out of the Company’s real estate holdings as well as new lines of business particularly in customer transportation. Between 2013 and 2019 Ed served as Senior Director of Corporate Research with offices in Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, Ohio. He supervised a staff engaged in market research and analytics. Prior to Corporate Research, he served as a Senior Director of Loyalty and Insights for Kroger until 2013.  

Ed joined Kroger in 1979 as a Real Estate Attorney. Since 1984 he’s held Real Estate positions, including Senior Real Estate Manager, for Kroger’s Nashville, Columbus and Michigan divisions, and Director of Real Estate for Ralphs and Food 4 Less in Los Angeles, California. Ed joined the Corporate Real Estate Office in 2008 before being transferred to the Loyalty Department in 2010.

Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Cincinnati. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Lindner College of Business at the University teaching Real Estate Development and Real Estate Law.

Ed is currently a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the UC Economics Center and a Board Member for the ICSC’s North American Research Task Force and received the BH Kroger Award for Community Service. Last Fall he appeared at the LA Auto Show as a featured panelist.

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Melissa S. Johnson

Adjunct Instructor

Melissa Johnson is Executive Vice President at The Port–Cincinnati.

Melissa serves as an economic development and urban real estate specialist with a 22-year track record of public-sector leadership in improving land assets for redevelopment and the attraction of private investment. She is responsible for defining and executing The Port’s Industrial Revitalization Strategy, a key component of its board-driven Strategic Vision 2022. Under this strategy, The Port is working to acquire and facilitate the redevelopment of 500-acres of urban industrial property that will attract advanced manufacturing operations and create jobs. With a focus on brownfield redevelopment and environmental stewardship of strategic real estate, Melissa works with manufacturing companies and regional economic development partners to ready sites for development including assemblage, demolition, remediation, and site certification.

She is responsible for driving large-scale regeneration of industrial sites to attract next-generation manufacturing to Hamilton County, coordinating incentive packages with regional partners, and managing The Port’s Patient Capital Note program, a site reclamation fund seeded by private social impact investment. Melissa coordinates the promotion of assets for targeted industry clusters, including aerospace, polymers, automotive, and food processing.

Melissa has worked as a member of The Port’s development finance team, where she marketed The Port’s public finance programs and technical assistance services to real estate developers, brokers, accounting firms, incentives consultants, municipalities and other key economic development corporations to identify and vet suitable projects. Melissa serves as program director for the Greater Cincinnati Foreign Trade Zone (GCFTZ), the federal grantee of Zones 46 & 47 in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Melissa is a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class 42, the Urban Land Institute, CREW Greater Cincinnati, the UC Real Estate Roundtable, and is a member of the Business Courier’s 2015 Forty Under 40 class. She serves on the boards of NAIOP Cincinnati, the European American Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Ohio Workforce Investment Board, and is an adjunct professor at University of Cincinnati teaching real estate.

Melissa holds a BA in Urban and Regional Planning and a BA in Geography from Miami University. She has also earned certification as a project manager through Xavier’s Leadership Center and is an adjunct instructor of Real Estate Principles at the University of Cincinnati.

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Megan Roberts

Program Coordinator


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Jeanne Harmeyer

Executive Staff Assistant