With more than five decades of leadership in the Southern California real estate sector, Bob Osbrink, the incoming director of the CSUF Mihaylo Real Estate and Land Use Institute (RELUI), seeks to expand the university’s outreach to the industry and its academic and applied opportunities for students to prepare for careers in the field.
Whether Bob Osbrink is at the shopping mall, in a downtown office park or at a medical appointment, real estate is always on his mind. “I’m in my business all the time. If I’m shopping, I look at who the tenants are and what the traffic count is. If I see some vacant floors in an office building, I wonder why it’s empty. If I’m at a medical center, I look at who owns the building and who the renters are,” he says.
For Osbrink, traveling through Orange County will often bring back memories of his earlier career. The veteran executive was pivotal in the 1980s South County developments, including the Irvine Spectrum, Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch and Rancho Santa Margarita.
Previous to his new role as CSUF Mihaylo College RELUI Director, Osbrink held leadership roles at Marcus & Millichap; Grubb & Ellis; The Irvine Company; and Cushman & Wakefield; as well as private consulting through his own company, the Osbrink Group, which he founded in 1985. Today, as he advises clients such as New York-based Newmark Knight Frank, Osbrink looks back at the “path of progress” in the Southern California economy and society, which he sees as largely based on real estate. Read More