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As an advisory board member on the University of Notre Dame’s Fitzgerald Institute of Real Estate, Bob Mohr is actively shaping the future of commercial real estate.

Throughout three-and-a-half decades in the commercial real estate industry, Mohr Capital Chairman Bob Mohr has invested as much of his time mentoring young professionals as he has leasing, buying, and selling properties for corporate tenants.

Now, as an incoming member of the Advisory Board for the University of Notre Dame’s Fitzgerald Institute of Real Estate (FIRE, the Institute), Mohr is leveraging his time in the industry to provide direction to the Institute’s students and alumni.

“A lot of young people set their sights on commercial real estate because they’ve heard it’s a great profession to be in if you want to make good money. And while it can certainly be lucrative, what I try to impart to students and young professionals is that, more than anything else, this industry is about shaping the world we live in for the better.” said Mohr. “FIRE’s academic curriculum and research efforts align with that manner of thinking.”

In addition to Mohr, FIRE’s advisory board consists of prominent alumni, parents, and friends in the real estate industry from a range of backgrounds, sectors, and disciplines. Members include FIRE Advisory Board Chair and EQT Exeter Partner & Head Ward Fitzgerald, JLL International Director Stephen Collins, and Black Rock Managing Director Bob Karnes.

Mohr and the rest of the advisory board will serve as ambassadors for the university and provide strategic direction on the continued improvement and success of the Institute and Notre Dame's real estate academic initiatives.

“I’m honored to share this board appointment with so many esteemed individuals in this industry. Our combined experience and accomplishments will no doubt have a positive influence on the Institute, as well as the students and alumni of Notre Dame,” said Mohr.

Mohr’s appointment to the FIRE advisory board is the latest in a long history of involvement with Notre Dame. He and his wife, Leslie, generously established the Bob and Leslie Mohr Scholarship which previously endowed the football team’s quarterback coaching position, and served on the Advisory Council for the Student-Athlete and the College of Liberal Arts and Letters Advisory Council.

The Indiana-native’s children – Brooke, Trey and Molly – all graduated from Notre Dame. Furthermore, Brooke and Molly were both cheerleaders at Notre Dame and Mohr’s son-in-law, Bobby Renkes, who graduated in 2007, also played football for the Fighting Irish.

“Our relationship with Notre Dame is as personal as it is professional,” said Mohr. “The university has provided us with some of our favorite memories as a family, as well as a lot of beneficial connections. When an institution is that important to you, you look for every chance you can to give back as much as it has given you.”

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