Brokers and dealmakers said they felt a greater intensity at this year’s International Council of Shopping Centers annual New York National Conference, held yesterday and today at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel and the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. They’re right.
Attendance is up sharply this year to about 7,500 from about 6,500 last year, ICSC told The Real Deal. While that’s a much lower number than the global convention RECon held each year in Las Vegas, which attracted 32,707 this past May, this show brings in a national audience, brokers said.
Retail professionals from Jeff Sutton, president of Wharton Properties, to Robert Futterman, CEO of RKF, walked the floors and popped into meetings throughout the day. TRD snapped pictures of the players (not Sutton, who was camera shy) but others including Futterman, restaurateur Danny Meyer, Albert Laboz of United American Land, Joanne Podell of Cushman & Wakefield and dozens more.