U.S. MAXI Awards Deadline is Coming Up


226maxisThe deadline for the 2015 U.S. MAXI Awards is just around the corner. Have you submitted your entry yet?

If not, you have until March 11, 2015 to finish getting your entry ready. This year’s competition is looking a little different, with submissions split into four categories:

  • Centers less than 500,000 sq. ft.
  • Centers greater than 500,000 sq. ft.
  • Joint center campaigns
  • Company

Eligible campaigns must have been implemented between June 1, 2013 and January 31, 2015. They’ll be judged on their objectives, implementation, innovation, and results. The goal of the awards program is to recognize innovative events, programs and technology that add value to shopping centers and companies across the U.S., and winners will get that recognition at RECon 2015 on May 17, 2015.

There’s still time to get your entry together, so visit the awards website for a full list of rules, information about preparing your entry, and the entry form itself.


Written by Nissa on February 25, 2015 – 5:44 pm -
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ICSC Focuses on Diversity and Innovation


219alisonThe International Council of Shopping Centres is championing innovation and diversity in the industry with two new specialist working groups in Europe.

The ICSC European Diversity Group is focused on how the industry can support an increasingly diverse workforce. Once of its earliest efforts was a meeting held in JLL’s London office discussing the opportunities and challenges that face women in retail real estate. It’s looking for ways ICSC member companies and other organizations to support women in the industry.

Alison Rehill-Erguven is Managing Director at Pradera. She chaired the first meeting of this initiative. “I am very enthusiastic about the discussions during our first meeting of the new ICSC European Diversity group,” she said. “Ensuring diversity in the retail industry workplace is extremely important and it is great to have this initiative supported by the ICSC.”

The European Innovation Group held its first meeting in the ICSC London office with the mission to foster and promote an innovation culture across ICSC, its member companies and its members. Stephan Jung, Director of Retail Investment at Savills Germany and Chair of the ICSC Innovation group said “The group is composed of very active and brilliant industry experts, I am confident that we will achieve great things together.”

The groups will both be taking part in the 2015 ICSC European Conference, which is coming up in London on 20-21 April.

Pictured: Alison Rehill-Erguven


Written by Nissa on February 18, 2015 – 5:47 pm -
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DDR Corp. Appoints David J. Oakes as CEO


212oakesDDR Corp. has a new CEO: David J. Oakes. The company’s Board of Directors has just announced that he’ll be taking on the role effective immediately.

He’s not new to the company. Oakes assumed the role of president and chief financial office in early 2013, and had served in roles that included senior executive vice president and chief investment officer since joining the company in 2007. Before joining DDR, Oakes served as senior vice president and portfolio manager at Cohen & Steers Capital Management, and as a research analyst at Goldman Sachs.

“After a thorough and robust search process, the Board is confident that David is the right person to lead DDR into the future,” said Chairman Terry Ahern. “I also want to thank the team for the terrific job that they have done while the Board conducted the search process,” he added.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be the CEO of DDR,” remarked Mr. Oakes. “With a focus on excellence in execution, our team looks forward to continued success for DDR and its stakeholders.”


Written by Nissa on February 11, 2015 – 6:08 pm -
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Last Chance for a 2015 Purple Apple


205applesIf you’ve been working on (or working towards) your entry for the British Council of Shopping Centres’ Purple Apple Marketing Awards, now’s the time to wrap them up. There’s less than a week left before the deadline, which is coming up on Wednesday.

If you’re doing the last-second scramble, you should know that this year’s categories are a little different. There are five new categories and one that’s been revised for this year.

Among the new are Cause Related Marketing, Tactical Marketing Communications, Strategic Marketing Campaign, Business to Business Marketing and Personal Achievement Awards for over and under 30. The Events category is still around, but it’s been altered to better reflect what shopping center marketers are doing today.

Another big change is in the judging: the entries will be judged by overall marketing budget. Since center size and marketing budget don’t always correlate perfectly, this will give the judges the chance to better understand the scale of your work and the available resources you had to work with.

Oh, and if you thought the Golden Apple was the pinnacle of recognition, that’s changed too. This year introduces the Judges Choice for Innovation Award. It will highlight the center whose entry the judges feel shows the highest level of creativity and innovation.

Registration is also open for the Awards dinner on 7 May, 2015. Get your entries in and register at the Awards website.


Written by Nissa on February 4, 2015 – 7:44 pm -
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CBL’s Stephen D. Lebovitz Nominated for ICSC Chair


129lebovitzIt won’t be confirmed until ICSC’s annual meeting at RECon in May, but it looks as though next ICSC chairman will be Stephen D. Lebovitz, president and CEO of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

Lebovitz follows in his father’s footsteps, as Charles B. Lebovitz served as ICSC chairman during the 1996-1997 term. Opting not to wait for a perfect 20 year gap, the Board of Trustees nominated the younger Lebovitz during its midwinter meeting.

Of course, as he points out, the industry was significantly different 19 years ago. “At the time my dad was chairman, there was still a wave of new development,” Lebovitz said. “I don’t think any of us had heard of Amazon then.”

“Under Stephen’s skillful leadership, we have watched CBL grow and prosper, even during some very challenging economic times,” said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC’s president and CEO. “ICSC has similarly benefited from his insights and extraordinary energy. I can’t think of anyone more suited to leading our organization in the coming year.”

As chairman, he would succeed Robert F. Welanetz, CRX, CSM, global retail real estate adviser to The Blackstone Group.

Want to know more about this would-be ICSC chairman? The organization has a full profile up for your perusal.


Written by Nissa on January 28, 2015 – 5:34 pm -
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