Eric Larson -- JC Nichols Prize Jury
February 23, 2019
Larson Realty Group
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
In mid-2014, Mr. Larson took over the role of CEO of The Downtown Detroit Partnership; an organization whose board he has been a member of since 1995. The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) is a private/public partnership of corporate and civic leaders that supports, advocates and develops programs and initiatives that create a clean, safe, and inviting Downtown Detroit community. DDP is involved with a large number of enterprises within Downtown Detroit.
Eric is also the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Larson Realty Group (established in 1999), a privately owned, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan based company engaged in real estate investment, development, asset management and leasing. Mr. Larson has over 30 years of experience in real estate and prior to establishing Larson Realty Group, served as vice president of a global real estate company, Hines, and as a partner and senior vice president with Bruce S. Brickman and Associates in New York. During Mr. Larson’s career he has developed, financed, owned and managed over $3 billion of real estate including; General Motor’s purchase and redevelopment of the Renaissance Center (5.5 million square feet) and Millender Center, the development of One Detroit Center (1 million square feet) and The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education (1 million square feet) in downtown Detroit.
In addition to owning Larson Realty Group, Mr. Larson served as managing partner at Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC (Bedrock) between February 2013 and February 2014; he continues to provide consulting services on significant new developments.
A resident of Bloomfield Village, Michigan, Mr. Larson serves as chairman of The Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Detroit Governance Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Board for The Parade Company. In the past he served as chairman of Detroit Downtown, Inc., The ULI Detroit District Council, Detroit Downtown Partnership and The Detroit Business Improvement District. He is currently a trustee, governor and/or member of Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Hospital Oncology Campaign Committee, The Urban Land Institute, The Urban Land Institute’s Leadership Council, LOCUS, The Parade Company Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Grand Jester of The Distinguished Clown Corp, The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, M-1 Rail, The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Develop Michigan, Inc., Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, The Building Operators Management Association (BOMA), and The Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Larson is a past trustee and/or member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Junior Council, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Pewabic Pottery Board of Directors, Detroit Historical Society Board of Directors, The Detroit Eastern Market Advisory Services Panel, Harvard School of Design Advisory Panel, mentor at The University of Michigan School of Architecture, Marian High School Dad’s Club, University of Michigan – ULI Real Estate Forum Committee, The United States Green Building Council and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.