ICSC Elects New Chairman, Trustees


521icscThis week, ICSC held its annual meeting of members at RECon. Stephen D. Lebovitz, president and CEO of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. was elected to be ICSC’s chairman for the 2015-2016 term.

As announced by ICSC,

“Stephen Lebovitz is the son of Charles B. Lebovitz, CBL’s chairman, who served a term as ICSC chairman himself in 1996–’97. Lebovitz the son, ICSC’s 56th chairman, has been active in the organization since the very beginning of his career. Shortly after graduating from Harvard Business School and setting up CBL’s Northeast office, in Boston, he was invited to get involved and become the organization’s state director for Massachusetts, by ICSC Past Chairman Stephen Karp, now chairman and CEO of New England Development. Lebovitz was subsequently named ICSC’s Eastern divisional vice president and has also served as an ICSC state operations chairman, an ICSC trustee and a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, Lebovitz has been an active ICSC faculty member.”

“CBL has really grown under Stephen’s leadership, despite some pretty challenging economic times,” said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC’s president and CEO. “ICSC has similarly benefited from his insights and extraordinary energy. I am excited at the prospect of him leading our organization in the coming year.”

New and returning Trustees were also elected to the board at the meeting. For a full list, visit ICSC.

The ICSC Board of Trustees appointed Elise Jaffe, CRX, senior vice president, real estate, Dressbarn, Mahwah, N.J., as chairman of the ICSC Foundation. She previously served as Vice-Chairman on the Foundation’s board. Jaffe also serves on the ICSC CRX Committee. Her personal affiliations include serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Thirteen/WNET, on the Trustee Committee of Architecture & Design at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, as vice president of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, and as a director of the Jaffe Family Foundation.


Written by Nissa on May 20, 2015 – 6:21 pm -
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It’s Almost RECon Time


After months of anticipation, it’s finally here: RECon 2015 begins on Sunday.

If you’re not planning to attend, there’s good news: you can watch along from the office as some of the biggest names in the industry are interviewed for RECon Live, a stream broadcast straight from the show floor to ICSC’s YouTube channel. It will air all day Monday and Tuesday, starting at 10:30 a.m. PT.

Check out the full schedule of interviews.

If you are attending, make sure to stay on top of this year’s highlights. If you arrive on Sunday you can take part in RECon’s Professional Development Day (included for attendees with a full pass, and available for an upgrade fee for everyone else). Along with insightful sessions like Driving Revenue from Social Campaigns, it’s also the day of the VIVA “Best of the Best” Awards and Peyton Manning’s Keynote.

That evening, enjoy the glitz and glamour of the U.S. MAXI Awards Ceremony. Keep an eye out for awards coverage from our sister publication, Tactics Magazine. Sunday evening also features the ICSC Foundation Gala Dinner, a not-to-be-missed event.

As we mentioned previously, this year marks the first SPREE RECon—a fixture of the specialty retail industry. That kicks off on Monday, along with the Marketplace Mall and Leasing Mall. From there on out, it’s time for business: educational sessions, networking events, receptions and lot’s more.


Written by Nissa on May 13, 2015 – 6:55 pm -
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John Coyne Joins BCSC as Chief Executive


505coyneThe British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) has announced a major new appointment, with John Coyne joining the organization as Chief Executive.

Coyne comes from a background outside the shopping center industry. He is interim managing director of Improving Health Limited, and has also been commercial director for Action for Children, a national children’s charity, and also managing director of the Association of Plumbing, Heating and Mechanical Contractors. It’s a breadth of experience that will undoubtedly lend itself well to his new role.

BCSC president, David Atkins, said, “John brings a wealth of commercial and political experience gained across the public, private and charity sectors. Throughout his career, he has shown strong leadership and has significant change management expertise which will benefit the strategic review which he will continue to push forward.

“His experience of representative bodies combined with his clear skills in driving strategic vision, innovation and demonstrable commercial nous, make John a fantastic candidate to lead BCSC and drive our membership organisation forward meeting the challenges our industry faces.”

Coyne takes up his role on June 1st. He said, “I am honoured to take on the role of Chief Executive at BCSC. The organisation has a strong reputation and significant support from leaders in the sector. I now have a great opportunity to lead the organisation at this exciting stage in its evolution. My focus will be to engage with the membership on what colleagues need from their industry body, and to promote to external stakeholders the valuable economic and social contribution of BCSC members to retail places across the UK.”


Written by Nissa on May 6, 2015 – 6:20 pm -
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NRF Foundation Takes Nominations for The List


430thelistLast year, the NRF Foundation put together The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future, or “The List” to its friends. It honored 25 individuals whose ideas, leadership and influence changed the face of retail. If that sounds like anyone you know, now’s the time to make yourself heard: the organization is accepting nominations for The List 2016 until Friday, May 22.

The foundation is looking for people throughout the American retail industry. It wants the Disruptors, who bring the wildest ideas to the table; the Dreamers, who inspire everyone with their ideas, dreams and goals; the Givers, who find ways to use their resources to make a real difference; the Influencers, who give retail a voice; and the Power Players, who use their elite status to move the industry forward.

All you need to nominate someone is their name, job, and a few short lines about their contributions. You can also nominate yourself if you fit the bill. Honorees will be recognized early next year at the NRF Foundation Gala in New York.

You can find out more from the NRF Foundation, or submit your nomination here.


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Don’t Miss SPREE RECon 2015


423spreeHeading to Vegas for RECon next month? Don’t forget to schedule some time to visit SPREE RECon 2015, dedicated to the cart, kisok and temporary retail industry.

It’s a first for SPREE, which joined ICSC early last year, and it allows RECon to expand its scope to highlight the $8 billion specialty retail industry. If specialty leasing is an area of interest, you won’t want to miss it—and you may also want to consider attending RECon’s Professional Development Day on Sunday, May 17. The program is designed to help attendees enhance their career progression, develop new industry skills, keep abreast of new technology and best practices, earn credit towards professional certification, and grow the specialty leasing program’s bottom line.

“We are excited to incorporate SPREE as integral part of RECon for 2015. The integration will extend the show’s reach and will help grow the specialty retail market,” said Patricia Norins, ICSC vice president of specialty programs. “This collaborative effort will provide a leveraged
opportunity to benefit all sectors of the retail real estate industry under one roof.”

Not only does SPREE RECon include a trade show with nearly 200 booths—there are also more than 14 hours of educational sessions to enjoy. Interested in Innovative Ideas to Generate Ancillary Revenue for Shopping Center Developers or 10 Hot Food Concepts for 2015? Those are just a couple of the sessions available.

Best of all, since it’s part of RECon, you don’t need to register separately. Just show up and explore the world of specialty leasing.


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