David and I attended the annual ICSC RECon Las Vegas Convention, to display QuantumListing in front of many commercial real estate minds. From the ICSC website, “The ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 60,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.” In early March, David and I were able to visit the ICSC headquarters in New York City. During our visit, we were fortunate enough to sit down with Sarah Malcolm – Director of Digital Strategy – for the ICSC. We discussed the ICSC’s vision, in addition to the RECon event, which is the largest event they hold each year.
The ICSC RECon event, was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which encompasses nearly 3.2 million square feet. With approximately 36,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors, the opportunity for outreach and exposition is virtually endless. In the three-day stretch, QuantumListing was able to add over 120+ users from all over the world. Many individuals seemed fascinated by our product, and we expect that many of said users will become a consistent source of listings all over the country.
Outside the event, we were able to connect and finally meet those who have been advocating for QuantumListing since the launch. One of QuantumListing’s key supporters, Linda Day Harrison, joined us for dinner one night. Linda is the
Founder at theBrokerList, a virtual commercial real estate network that connects brokers with potential suitors. Linda contributes more than 25 years of professional commercial real estate experience gained in suburban and central business district office and mixed-use buildings, condominium conversion and management, commercial and residential leasing, commercial and residential management, repositioning and marketing for the disposition of commercial properties. Linda discussed with us, her experience of starting a new CRE tech company and certain tips that will benefit QuantumListing as we proceed to expand.
In addition to meeting Linda, we were also fortunate enough to spend time with Howard Kline, founder of CRE Radio & TV. Kline’s goal is to “Serve as an independent source of original content, exploring issues confronting the commercial real estate industry”. Kline has interviewed a countless number of educated professionals in the CRE field, and is well respected within the community. Like Linda Harrison, Kline was able to give David and I, some great tips on succeeding in the field of CRE tech. Kline, has impressively run CRE Radio & TV with little help, and it is truly a testament to his passion and dedication to the CRE community.
Overall, the ICSC RECon event was extremely successful, as we were able to expand our user base and also meet new supporters of QuantumListing. The opportunity to stretch past the Northeast, into different parts of the country, is what made the trip worthwhile. Hopefully we will be able to use this momentum to continue to branch out and find new users all across the country.
Jack Grossman is an intern at QuantumListing. He’ll be attending Tulane University in the Fall.