Chris Howard

Retail and Investment Services

605 S Front Street, Suite 200 | Columbus, Ohio 43215

Columbus, Ohio 43215

614-629-5232 office | 614-264-6801 mobile

614-264-6801 mobile

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Landlord and Seller Representation
Tenant and Buyer Representation
Investment Sales
Sale Leasebacks


Ruth Fallert
(614) 629-5294

Since joining NAI Ohio Equities in 2012, Chris has focused on the retail and investment segment of commercial real estate. He prides himself on his strong market knowledge and ability to do extensive research and analysis for his Clients' needs. He is known for his tenacity in pursuing deals when representing either the Landlord or Tenant. This depth of knowledge and experience allows him to deliver success to each of his Clients. Chris began his sales career at a boutique investment banking and brokerage firm where he sold stocks and bonds. He then advanced his knowledge of small to mid-size businesses by specializing in commercial property and casualty insurance sales. With finely honed sales skills and understanding of commercial properties, Chris leased approximately 1.8 million square feet of retail space at his first brokerage firm.

Why did you decide to get into Commercial Real Estate?

I have always had in an interest in real estate and have bought and flipped homes in the past. When I made the decision to pursue real estate full time I wanted to work on the commercial side since I had a background in commercial insurance. I knew I enjoyed working with business owners and wanted to continue with that path. I have always had a career in sales and enjoy the hunt and negotiation that comes with working for either the Landlord or Tenant. Over the years I have also learned that to be successful in this business, you need to be very educated in your markets. I pride myself on my market knowledge, new and existing tenants looking in the market, as well as staying in contact with landlords and developers to learn of new projects or upcoming available space.

Why did you decide to make Columbus your home?

After moving here to attend and graduate from OSU, I went to work in NYC for two years. Although the experience was wonderful and I felt like I learned a great deal, I dreamed of moving back to Columbus. The job opportunities, friendships and general feel of the city in 1996, was that the city was on the cusp of really becoming a vibrant and important location that was moving into the 21st century. Since returning, my thoughts have been justified with the incredible growth of the suburbs and now downtown area. I cannot wait to see what the next 20 years have in store.

What is a favorite pastime you enjoy?

My pastimes have become following my children in their academic and athletic pursuits. Club sports has taken us all over the Midwest, east coast and as far away as Seattle. Watching them play at the top level for their age groups has been an incredible experience for me as a parent.

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  • Sportsman's Warehouse | Six-Property Portfolio | Sale
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BA, Criminology
The Ohio State University, 1992


International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
Ohio Association of REALTORS® (OAR)
Columbus REALTORS® (CR)
NAI Global Retail Council Member
NAI Global Investment Council Member
NAI Global Investment Services Group
Xceligent Retail Advisory Board

Community Involvement

Served in the US Marine Corps Reserve
Veteran of The Persian Gulf War

Honors and Awards

NAI Elite Top Producer (2013)

Transaction Volume

95 Transactions
4,340,143 SF
$118,773,375 Total Dollar Value