Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

This last week, I made my annual pilgrimage to the ICSC Recon convention in Las Vegas in support of our retail group. At any convention, I have always found one gets as much out of riding in a taxi or a visit to coffee shop as one gets on the convention floor. This year was [Read More]

CRE Update in a New York Minute

CRE Update in a New York Minute

I just returned from the ICSC National show, the 2nd largest retail show in the country. Optimism was fairly decent, but then again it’s a retail conference. A few things I heard on the floor and in the taxi lines: If investors are willing to risk secondary equity at 12%, we may be closer to [Read More]

Leaving Las Vegas–RECON 2016

Leaving Las Vegas–RECON 2016

I spent this week at ICSC‘s RECON, the gold standard annual convention for the bricks and mortar component of the retail industry. This year marked the event’s 3oth anniversary in Las Vegas. Retail feels like an old friend to me. For a decade or two when we first started building, retail construction was our mainstay. During [Read More]

Takeaways from the C-Suite: ICSC Open Air

Takeaways from the C-Suite: ICSC Open Air

“If you dislike change, you’re going to dislike irrelevance even more,” General Eric Shinseki, former Chief of Staff of the Army. To me, this quote sums up my takeaways from the OAC conference I attended this week. The conference limits itself to 400 attendees, mainly from the C suites and upper management of the country’s [Read More]

At ICSC, Retail Shows Signs of Recovery

At ICSC, Retail Shows Signs of Recovery

It’s ICSC week, always a big indicator of what’s ahead with the retail portion of our work. As GlobeSt.com reported, research and panels throughout the RECon event see growth on the horizon. The industry is breathing a slow, tentative sigh of relief. I attended with 30,000 of “my closet friends” and felt the convention as a [Read More]

International Council of Shopping Centers 2010 Roundup

This week I attended the national convention of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a member-driven organization for the retail industry. This year there were about 25,000 attendees. I felt the mood of the conference was positive optimism with a sense of getting down to business. Here’s what I’m taking with me: Landlords and retailers [Read More]