Charlie Podell


Charlie is the Executive Chairman of Podell Partners. Additionally, Charlie is a Partner at Formation Properties, a real estate partnership involved with the ownership and development of Hobbs Station, a vibrant $300 million mixed-use community in Plainfield, Indiana.

Professional Summary

Charlie previously served as the Indiana and Ohio Region SVP for Duke Realty, a $26 billion pure-play, logistics property REIT. Charlie was responsible for new development, marketing, leasing and management of Duke Realty’s industrial and office portfolios in Indiana and Ohio, comprising more than 45 million square feet located in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus. He also identified acquisition and disposition opportunities, along with new land positions and prospects for build-to-suit development. Charlie began his employment with Duke Realty in 1989 as an Industrial Leasing Representative. His various roles included Director of Leasing, Assistant VP, VP for Duke Realty’s Indiana Industrial Team, and SVP of all of Duke Realty’s Indiana operations. Beginning in 2006, Charlie began overseeing Duke Realty’s portion of the Browning/Duke joint venture, encompassing 1,500 acres supporting 20 million square feet of industrial buildings. Charlie’s extensive leadership roles provided training of individuals who went on to become top-ranked Duke Realty employees. His 30-year tenure includes Duke Realty accolades such as 1995 Dealmaker of the Year, the esteemed Salesperson of the Year in 1996, Masters Club inclusion for 13 consecutive years, 2001 Deal of the Year, three-time Industrial Team of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2013, and 2010 CEO Award for Diversity.


Charlie received a B.S. in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Community Involvement

Charlie has served on the board of both the Arthur Jordan YMCA and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and chaired the 2010 Strong Kids Campaign. He served on the Economic Growth Council of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and as an executive member of Indy Partnership. Charlie was an associate member of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. He served on the Affiliate Membership Committee of the Indianapolis Commercial Board of Realtors and was an executive member of Conexus Indiana Logistics Council. In both 2009 and 2012, his team was awarded as NAIOP’s Developer of the Year. In 2012, he was on the receiving team for NAIOP’s Best Industrial Deal of the Year award, as well. Charlie was a 2015 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame inductee of Midwest Real Estate News and a 2011 Who’s Who of CRE by Indianapolis Business Journal.