What an active session at RECon 2015, with over 35,000 attendees! – and DDG’s Brandon Diamond and Gabriel Romero stayed busy connecting with existing and potential clients throughout the shopping center industry. There was much enthusiasm in the air for new development with better capital markets; and acquisitions and repositioning of retail properties has been a constant. DDG set the tone many years ago at ICSC for bringing dynamic physical models to the show floor; which help introduce and lease complex projects; and our impact is seen to this day in so many exhibitor booths.
It was also a pleasure to see some DDG clients get elected to the ICSC Board of Trustees. Newly elected chairman Stephen D. Lebovitz of CBL & Associates spoke energetically about their mission; and you can see little fear from him of the internet threatening the shopping center business these days. In fact, retailers, restaurants and others are utilizing people’s mobile devices to extend their presence, and attract customers with various offers and on-site coupons.
DDG has enjoyed the opportunity to assist owners re-imagine and re-invent their properties; so as to contribute something new to the industry and offer leadership through design.