Schiff Capital Group is a privately held real estate and investment firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Schiff Capital specializes in buying, selling, and developing properties, obtaining and providing financing, and using its extensive experience to structure complex real estate deals and business transactions.
Our services range from planning and structuring real estate projects to investing in many other unique business opportunities.
We are experienced in dealing with entitlements, tax credits and other forms of public and private incentives. Our experience includes mixed-use projects, multi-family residential, office, and medical office. This experience, combined with our ability to locate opportunities and complete transactions, makes Schiff Capital uniquely positioned to structure and close intricate business and real estate deals.
Michael S. Schiff, Esq.
President and CEO
Mr. Schiff is from the Columbus area and obtained his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1986. Following law school, he worked directly for the late Jerome Schottenstein and then for Jay Schottenstein. Advancing very quickly to be Executive Vice President of Schottenstein Property Group and Managing Director of Schottenstein Stores Corp, he handled numerous transactions across the United States and spent a significant amount of time in the Columbus and New York City real estate markets executing deals and building relationships for nearly all of the Schottenstein divisions.
Armed with advanced knowledge and experience of over 25 years, Mr. Schiff founded Schiff Capital Group. Schiff Capital Group is a privately held real estate and investment firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Schiff Capital specializes in buying, selling, and developing properties, obtaining and providing financing, and using its extensive experience to structure complex real estate deals and business transactions.
Schiff Capital is experienced in dealing with entitlements, tax credits and other forms of public and private incentives in addition to developing and/or raising equity for mixed-use projects, multi-family residential, retail, office, and medical office. This experience, combined with the ability to locate opportunities and complete transactions, makes Mike and Schiff Capital uniquely positioned to structure and close intricate business and real estate deals.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer of Schiff Capital Group, Todd brings 25 years of Real Estate experience to the position. He is a member of both the National Association of Realtors, as well as the Ohio Association of Realtors. He is a past board member for Columbus Commercial Investment Industrial Realtors (CCIIR) and has been a member of The International Council of Shopping Centers since 2008.
Todd is also the Managing Broker of Tucker Schiff Realty (TSR). Todd was Vice President of Sales and Leasing for The Robert Weiler Company prior to joining the Schiff Capital team.
His experience also includes 12 years with the Showcase Division of M/I Homes. In 1999 The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Central Ohio named Todd “Rookie of the Year” for his outstanding performance in both Sales and Marketing during his first year in the business.
Upon graduation from Franklin University, Todd became a Financial Planner with I. David Cohen, CFP initially, and ultimately worked with The Hansch Financial Group in Los Angeles. Gus Hansch was the “Father of Financial Planning” and was the architect of the CFP (Certified Financial Planning) designation back in the late 1970’s. Todd was the Director of Sales and Marketing Education and was responsible for recruiting, training, and growing the agency from 21 members to over 70 under his leadership.
During college Todd was an Accountant Executive for The Richard Neustadt Advertising Agency. Among others, he was fortunate to have Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the Mr. Olympia event as their client. This event is now known as The Arnold Classic.
Todd has three sons, two of whom are married, and he recently became a Grandfather for the first time with the birth of Maddison Sage Schiff, his pride and joy.
Exec. VP of Development & Finance
Jim Haring is the Executive VP of Development & Finance for Schiff Capital Group and a consultant. He oversees new project development and analysis as well as the financial and administrative activities of the company, including capital formation, banking and treasury functions
Mr. Haring began his career at Coopers & Lybrand working primarily with real estate clients. He also worked for real estate syndication company, asset management group, partner in a local accounting firm, and technology companies. Most recently, he was the COO/CFO of Equity Inc., a Columbus based full service commercial real estate company. Its operating divisions include brokerage services, property management, asset management, construction, and development.
Mr. Haring works with companies with new business initiatives, helping them convert business strategy narrative into financial models which provide analytics and metrics for decision making and execution. His expertise includes providing strategic planning, capital formation, financial management and reporting, and financial management teaming with operating divisions for real estate companies and other service organizations.
Mr. Haring graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Business Administration and Accounting and was licensed as a CPA by the State of Ohio.
Vice President of Real Estate
As Vice President of Real Estate, Alec’s primary focus is on the frontend of the development process specializing in site identification, acquisition, and preliminary project due diligence.
Prior to joining Schiff Capital Group, Alec co-founded the Miller|Zofan Retail Team at Colliers International Columbus where he specialized in retail brokerage with a primary focus on food & beverage tenant site selection and development.
Alec is a member of the Ohio Association of Realtors and The National Association of Realtors and is a native of central Ohio. He grew up in Bexley where he attended Bexley High School and went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer and Family Financial Services.
Vice President of Construction
Jamie joined Schiff Capital in November 2019 as Vice President of Construction. He is involved in all aspects of development and construction including acquisitions, due diligence, planning and design, government negotiations, managing design consultants and building contractors, budget management, schedule management and contract negotiations. Jamie oversees the construction process to assure that the projects are delivered on time and on budget.
Prior to joining Schiff Capital Group, Jamie successfully launched the project management service line for Colliers International Columbus. At Colliers, his focus was on providing strategic leadership to clients, and supporting tenant improvements, renovations, and ground up construction projects. Prior to Colliers International, he gained valuable development experience working with Olshan properties where he managed development, construction and tenant projects in Ohio, Georgia, Florida and New York. It was here he gained extensive knowledge in managing all facets of the development, design, and construction process as the Owner’s Construction Project Manager.
Jamie began his career in architecture and spent several years working with Columbus based architecture firms, Ford & Associates Architects and M+A Architects. Jamie graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and is also a certified LEED AP.
Melanie Strassel graduated from The Ohio State University / Fisher College of Business with a degree in Finance: Real Estate and Urban Analysis. She has worked 10 years as a residential real estate appraiser before making the switch to multi-family, tax credit property management. Additional skills include experience in housing grants, construction accounting and property marketing. Melanie is excited to be a part of this development team.