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Helping shape its own backyard

July 30th, 2006
Megan Brody, Midwest Real Estate News

Columbus, Ohio officials have created a vision and plan; Nationwide Realty Investors has had a hand in making that plan tangible. The Columbus-based company, holding true to its name, has projects from coast to coast though much of its development is focused in Ohio, and its highest profile project is in the state’s capital city. Although it is the city officials who have called for a transformation of Columbus, Nationwide Realty Investors has moved the dirt, monitored project implementations and watched its successes unfold.

Nationwide Realty Investors is the real estate development affiliate of Nationwide Mutual Insurance co.-a Fortune 100 firm and one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world. The parent company has always served as a vehicle to own real estate and has been investing in the market since the 1950s. However, it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that company decision makers created a division solely responsible for the company’s real estate investments. Since Nationwide Realty Investors inception in 1997, Brian Ellis-a 16-year company veteran-has been at the helm as its president and COO, calling the shots affecting the more than $1.3 billion the company has poured into its various real estate ventures.

From Good to Great

In its home base, Nationwide Realty has been involved in several downtown redevelopment projects, effectively pumping life into the struggling city.


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