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Sunday, May 20th

7:30 am – 6:30 pm


12:00 noon – 5:00 pm Marketplace Mall@RECON Logo

Marketplace Mall@RECon Open

Visit with over 300 product suppliers and service companies or stop by our Technology & Social Media Pavilion for a "crash course" on new media technologies.
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Marketplace Mall@RECon Café

Tired and hungry from your flight? Want to grab something to eat before your meetings? Come to the Marketplace Mall Café in the center of the Marketplace Mall and grab a quick bite to eat if you're on the go, or, sit, relax and check your email at the only free Wi-Fi station at RECon.
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Volunteer Leadership Logo

Volunteer Leadership Brunch

(By invitation only)
1:00 – 1:15 pm Volunteer Leadership Logo

Presentation of the 2012 VIVA Best-of-the-Best and Albert Sussman Award Winner

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Blockbuster Opening Session

As author of the wildly popular books What the Dog Saw, Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell has an incomparable gift for interpret ing new ideas in the social sciences and making them understandable, practical and valuable to business.

In Outliers, Gladwell suggests an exciting new approach to helping people succeed by using the factors that really foster success, while in Blink he analyzes first impressions – the snap judgments that we all make unconsciously and instinctively – and he explores how we can master this important aspect of successful decision-making. How can these lessons be applied to shopping centers? Find out as Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People of 2005" sets his laser-like focus on retailing and the shopping center industry, and offers his unique perspective on what it will take to tip the balance in your favor and succeed in business today and in the future.

Keynote Speaker:
Malcolm Gladwell
Best Selling Author
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Student Panel

A Conversation with Industry Icons
This program, part of RECon's kick off activities, will feature an interactive discussion with several industry icons who will discuss the current landscape of the retail real estate fi eld, overall assessments and projections about the economy, political prognostications on state and national policies impacting retail real estate, and future trends in the sector, along with suggestions for RECon "first-timers." This unusual gathering of prominent members of the industry has been organized as part of RECon's enhanced offerings to the hundreds of undergraduate and graduate student members attending the convention, although all are welcome to attend. Don't miss this unique opportunity to pose your questions to outstanding industry leaders. RSVP to Michael Nealon, or 646-728-3665.

Rebecca Maccardini, SCMD
ICSC Past Chairman and Trustee
RMR Resources
Ann Arbor, MI

Holly Cohen
ICSC Trustee
Senior Vice President, Real Estate Planning & Construction
J. Crew
New York, NY

Sandeep L. Mathrani
ICSC Trustee
Chief Executive Officer
General Growth Properties, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Glenn Rufrano
ICSC Past Trustee
President & CEO
Cushman Wakefield, Inc.
New York, NY
2:30 – 4:00 pm SIG Logo

Special Industry Groups (SIGs)

Special Industry Groups (SIGs) are interactive and participatory discussion groups that focus on a specific discipline or facet of the industry and allow you to share common interests and best practices. Interact in small professional groups that connect to a global network; network with your colleagues; produce solutions; build knowledge and skills; expand your professional expertise; and become a voice in the industry.

SIGs are a benefit of ICSC membership. You must be a member of ICSC, and/or a full program attendee to qualify to participate in a SIG. If you are not an ICSC member, and/or are not a full paid registrant of RECon, there is a $50 fee to attend which must be paid by April 6, 2012. Deadline for RSVPs and registration is April 13, 2012. To RSVP complete the events RSVP form at


Serves a global community of financial professionals working at the forefront of fi nance in both the shopping center and retail industry. The Finance SIG is dedicated to promoting best practices in financing development and risk management. Although most ICSC members are shopping center owners, CFOs, controllers and lenders, all who are involved in fi nance are welcome to join.
Finance SIG Brochure (pdf)

Lee Norman
Managing Director
The Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group LLC
New York, NY


An open discussion forum focused on all issues related to franchising. Whether you're a franchisee looking to negotiate leases, a franchisor interested in connecting with developers and leasing agents on locations, or an agent interested in learning how to find more franchise deals, this forum is for you. This SIG is hosted by the International Franchise Association representing the top brands from many industries including restaurants, retail, business services, automotive, hotels and more. Franchise SIG Brochure (pdf)

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Hispanic Markets

The Hispanic population accounts for almost 40% in the U.S. becoming a driving force in economic development and creating interesting opportunities for Hispanic-themed retail center development. These centers feature design elements and retail offerings that appeal to the Hispanic community; often they are repositioned urban retail centers. Demographics are shifting in many neighborhoods throughout the nation, reflecting the need to better understand how to tap these new exciting opportunities. This SIG will help you learn about retail opportunities in Hispanic communities, both from a developer, a retailer and investor point of view.

Jorge Lizan
Vice President, Business Development
New York, NY

Arturo Sneider, SCLS
Hispanic Markets Advisory Board Chair
Primestor Development Inc.
Los Angeles, CA


Leasing is people to people negotiations and it often involves options and alternatives. The Leasing SIG is designed to do just that; put leasing agents, brokers, and retailers together in forums at ICSC meetings so that they may foster lasting relationships.
Leasing SIG Brochure (pdf)


Provides a forum for lawyers and non-lawyers interested in meeting with others to exchange views and experiences, methods and development; to share best practices and learn from and network with people interested in shopping center law.
Legal SIG Brochure (pdf)

Oscar Rivera, ESQ.
Shareholder and Chair – Real Property Practice Group
Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner De La Torre & Sobel, P.A.
Fort Lauderdale, FL


Shopping center managers continually strive to promote the many aspects of their centers to prospective customers. The Operations/Management SIG addresses core concerns, offers insight, and provides practical guidance from guest speakers and fellow management executives.
Operations/Management SIG Brochure (pdf)

Outlets SIG

The Outlets SIG focuses on the outlet retail/outlet development industry. Outlet retailing is a niche business based on relationships and common goals. Industry professionals will benefit from the opportunity to share ideas, discuss challenges and plan for the future with people who precisely understand the outlet sector. This SIG will start with a 45 minute panel discussion and will then provide you an opportunity to meet with your peers about "outlet only" challenges and opportunities, and what lies ahead for outlet retailing and development. Attendees must be involved in outlet retailing/outlet development to attend the Outlets SIG meeting.

David Ober
Lancaster, PA

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Public/Private Partnerships

Strives to foster and promote relationships between public officials and shopping center developers. Public and private partnerships are an important component of the shopping center industry and can be utilized in times of economic uncertainty and in periods of prosperity. There is a nexus between the public sector's needs and the private sector's goals and the Public/Private Partnerships SIG attempts to bridge that nexus by providing forums for the exchange of dialogue.
Public/Private Partnerships SIG Brochure (pdf)

Retailers Only

Retailers are the life and blood of the shopping center industry and every owner, developer, broker and manager wants to meet new, innovative, and, above all else, expanding retail companies. The Retailers SIG has been established by retailers and is for retailers only (brokers representing retailers do not qualify). Representing virtually every type of retailer, this SIG offers a wealth of information, publications and activities on the local to global scale, providing unlimited opportunities for sharing technical expertise and first-hand knowledge on retailing.
Retailers Only SIG Brochure (pdf)

Note: You must work for a retail company to be eligible. You cannot be a broker representing retailers.

Risk Management/Insurance

Understanding the vast array of potential risks that affect developers, retailers and merchants, and how to handle those risks appropriately and most cost effectively is the focus of the Risk Management/Insurance SIG. This SIG is for financial executives responsible for insurance and risk management. Discussion topics will focus on strategic planning and insurance purchasing based on current events, financial market conditions, safety, loss control, claims management and certificate monitoring which impact a company's operations and financials. Non-traditional risk such as international, environmental and cyber liability will also be discussed in addition to the more familiar property and liability/casualty lines of worker's compensation, auto and general liability.
Risk Management/Insurance SIG Brochure (pdf)

Mary Pipino DeMaiolo
Donald P. Pipino Company, Ltd.
Boardman, OH

Specialty Retail

As a $12 billion industry, specialty retail continues to exceed expectations in terms of growth and success globally. In addition to carts and kiosks, new innovative concepts of specialty retail have evolved to include seasonal concepts, temporary in-line stores and non-traditional initiatives. Specialty retail has many nuances specific to this sector of the industry whether it be in leasing, marketing or operations. Join your colleagues to interact and discuss common issues specific to specialty retail.
Specialty Retail SIG Brochure (pdf)

Women in Real Estate

Foster professional enrichment and career growth for women in retail real estate through education, mentoring, networking and support. The Women's SIG will prove to be informative, inspirational and incredible. You won't want to miss this participatory and interactive event with the top retailers in our business.
Women in Real Estate SIG Brochure (pdf)

Faith Hope Consolo
Chairman, The Retail Group
Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate
New York, NY

2:00 – 5:00 pm Professional Development Logo

RECon Academy

(Separate registration is required.)

Critical Components of a Successful Leasing Strategy

This course is designed for leasing representatives as well as asset managers and property managers who have leasing responsibilities and less than four years of industry experience. Participants will examine options to effectively create a successful leasing strategy, learn how to deal with today's pressures to identify a well thought out leasing program that increases rental income, and identify methods to create an optimum tenant mix while increasing occupancy. Participants will learn how one can improve effectiveness by identifying the proper tenant mix to accelerate the leasing process and achieve shopping center stability while maximizing income. Visit for registration information.

Frederick Collings, SCLS, SCSM
Senior Vice President, Leasing
Irvine Company Retail Properties
Irvine, CA
3:00 – 3:30 pm

Student Marketplace Mall Tour

Students will enjoy a personalized tour of ICSC's Marketplace Mall, led by a member of the ICSC Trade Exposition Department. The Marketplace Mall, a new concept at RECon, is a unifi ed gathering of shopping center products and services, as well as the Technology & Social Media Pavilion, Green Zone and Specialty Leasing Showcase. Ongoing product demos will be highlighted in the Marketplace Mall. The tour will commence outside of Marketplace Mall. RSVP to Michael Nealon, or 646-728-3665.
3:00 – 5:30 pm

Fortune Tellers Gathering and Researcher Award Ceremony

(Open to all with an interest in industry research)
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Speed Networking

Back by popular demand, this fast-paced structured networking session will allow participants to create new connections through numerous casual face-to-face networking opportunities. The session will help to maximize and encourage participant involvement, and give new and seasoned industry professionals the opportunity to speak directly with their peers, while making long-lasting business contacts. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to broaden your network, knowledge and horizons.

Rene Daniels, SCLS, SCSM, SCDP, SCMD
Director of Leasing
Gilad Development, Inc.
South Jordan, UT

Michael T. Greeby, SCDP
Executive Vice President
The Greeby Companies, Inc.
Lake Bluff, IL

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Opening Reception and Entertainment

6:00 – 9:30 pm

ICSC Foundation Gala

The ICSC Foundation's Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner is the one 'must attend' event at RECon for networking, entertaining and giving back to the retail real estate industry. Join us at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, for a fun filled evening - while you're at it take advantage of the opportunity to meet senior industry decision-makers. This private event includes a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment by stand up comedian and political commentator, Dennis Miller. An additional fee applies. Register at or with your RECon registration.

Featured Guest:
Dennis Miller
Comedian and Political Commentator