Poll Results: Are You Optimistic About the Future of the Shopping Center Industry?

 30th May 2017    David_Perlmutter
Voting Machine

Are You Optimistic About the Future of the Shopping Center Industry?

Last week we conducted a poll, “Are you optimistic about the future of the shopping center industry?” Respondents voted by dropping their business cards into the voting machine at our booth at ICSC RECon at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The voting machine was on a coffee table located at the seating area at the front of our booth. It was the subject of much curiosity and a great conversation starter with booth visitors and passers by. Thanks to all of you that stopped by to participate. There were four possible answers, Yes, No, Maybe, and Ask me again next year.

There have been a lot of stories in the press recently about retail. Most of them, it seems, center around store closings or how internet retailers have been disrupting traditional retail. This is not “fake news,” but it does not tell the whole story. If your only exposure to this story were from the media, you might think that the shopping center industry was in a precipitous free fall. However, as a thirty year retail veteran, this is only one of many shocks our industry has undergone in that period. It is unlike the previous ones, but none of them have really resembled their predecessors. Each time, the industry has reemerged, and we have delivered a product that better meets the current needs and wants of our customers.

On the last day of RECon, Wednesday, we hosted the #LetsGetSmart Speaker Series at our booth. Our speakers led us on a deep dive that was a nuanced exploration of the state of the retail industry. Over the next several blog posts, we’ll take a close look at their presentations. If you can’t wait, and want to view their talks first, you can watch them by clicking HERE.



As for our poll, here are the results:

YES – 74

NO – 8

MAYBE – 12


With an almost 3 to 1 ratio of Yes votes to all other options combined, RECon participants appear to be optimistic about the future of the industry. Is it that we have blind spot? Do we see the glass as half full, rather than half empty? Or, is it that we don’t have scales on our eyes, we have the knowledge of past disruptions, and we are the engines of change?

Join us on this journey as we explore the contents of the #LetsGetSmart videos over the next couple of weeks.

We’d like to know what you think about the future of the shopping center industry. If you are willing to share your thoughts, fill out the form below:

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New Feature: Listing Flyers

 24th May 2017    David_Perlmutter

I am excited to announce that registered members can now create a flyer for any of their listings on QuantumListing! And it could not be any easier, either. Here’s how you do it:

  1. If you are not already signed in, click on the Sign In button at the upper right of any page. If you are not a member, click the REGISTER button
  2. Select the listing for which you want to create the flyer and go to its detail page by clicking on it.
  3. Click on the Create Flyer Button, it’s located below the listing image.
  4. Select which agent you want to appear on the flyer from the drop down menu.
  5. Click Create.

That’s it! You can now download or print it.

Here’s a short video that shows you how to do it:

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Are you optimistic about the future of the shopping center industry?

Are You Optimistic About the Future of the Shopping Center Industry?

 21st May 2017    David_Perlmutter

ICSC REConThe shopping center industry is gathering in Las Vegas this week for RECon, the International Council of Shopping Center’s large national convention. People attend not only from the United States, but from all over the world. It’s a dynamic mix of retailers, developers, owners, brokers, architects, engineers, lawyers, CRE tech, media and more. Over 32,000 have pre-registered, and thousands more will register at the door. It’s going to be BIG. How big? 1200 exhibitors filling up 853,000 square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center big. Plus dozens of parties, dinners and gatherings both in the Convention Center and throughout Las Vegas.

This is my 30th or 31st consecutive time attending this convention. In addition to being a great way to network, make new connections, and catch up with old friends, RECon is a fantastic opportunity to take the pulse of the industry. What better way to do that then to ask the simple, direct question, “Are you optimistic about the future of the shopping center industry?” We took our choice of answers from the old Magic 8 Ball. Your choices are Yes, No, Maybe, and Ask again tomorrow. You can take the poll one of three ways.

You can stop by our booth, S246 S Street in the South Hall and drop your card in our Voting Machine.  Otherwise, take the poll below. I’m telling you right now, my own answer is yes, and if you stop by my booth, I’ll tell you why, otherwise check back after Memorial Day for my reasons why I am optimistic.

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Meet the #LetsGetSmart Speaker Series Hosts

 12th May 2017    David_Perlmutter

Perlmutter Properties, Inc. was formed by David S. Perlmutter in 1989, as a New York licensed real estate brokerage firm. Perlmutter Properties specializes in shopping center leasing and consulting, with practices in office, industrial, land and multi-family sales and leasing. Over the years, because of its reputation for integrity and efficiency, the company has become the go to sub-agent for national brokerages with leasing assignments outside of their core areas. Perlmutter Properties maintains its office in Westchester County, enabling it to serve its clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Donovan Real Estate Services is one of Western New York’s fastest growing and most dedicated commercial real estate brokerage firms. Founded with years of industry experience and a well-established network of partners, Donovan RES is able to provide the highest level of service, dedication, and personalization to any client – tenant or landlord. This level of service is paralleled with offices in both Syracuse, NY and Rochester, NY; making Donovan RES readily available for local, regional, and national businesses.

QuantumListing is the mobile-first, mobile-friendly commercial real estate listing platform. Anyone can search all its users’ listings for free. Premium Membership allows users to add an unlimited number of listings, share them easily via social media and email. QuantumListing can also serve your listings to your website or blog, and you can customize them to match your site’s colors. At last, there’s a full featured commercial listing service that everyone can afford.

theBrokerList is a dynamic, interactive, collaborative community of commercial real estate Brokers and CRE Professionals. FREE for Broker Members and CRE Professionals, tBL is the first and only platform in the commercial real estate industry that carefully verifies the credentials of its Broker Members to insure that they are actually active in the commercial sectors and are not simply posing as commercial operators.

RealMassive – RealMassive is an Austin-based tech startup disrupting a $15 trillion industry by connecting every person and place in a modern, global commercial real estate (CRE) marketplace. We leverage big data to provide CRE pros with intuitive property list and search tools, digital marketing capabilities, and real-time performance analytics. Our digital marketplace is the nexus between tenants, investors, owners, properties, and brokers. We’re in fast-growth mode and seeking the most talented and ambitious candidates to help us scale our business quickly.

Benbrooke’s primary objective has been the opportunistic redevelopment and enlightened asset management of multi-tenanted commercial properties.  Many of our projects were properties affected by the various real estate recessions of the past quarter century.  Our current acquisition criteria includes stabilized properties that afford synergies with our current portfolio, as well as properties which meet the specific financial parameters of our investor partners.

Gladstone Development Corp. is a real estate investment company that specializes in the acquisition, management and redevelopment of commercial real estate. Our wealth of experience and hands-on, proactive approach to real estate challenges makes the company uniquely suited to add significant value to commercial properties.

The News Funnel has become the largest real estate news aggregator and content platform in the industry. For real estate professionals, The News Funnel saves time by eliminating the need to search for relevant news. We gather trade news and information from thousands of trusted media sources and real estate companies and distribute it to professionals in a free customized news feed. For real estate companies, The News Funnel offers an unparalleled news distribution platform that enables them to reach their target audiences for free. Companies on The News Funnel have the ability to upload and distribute their press releases, videos, blogs, events and market research reports directly to News Funnel subscribers and to dozens of 3rd party sites via our free content syndication network.

CRE Tech is committed to bring innovation and connectivity to the real estate and technology sectors. It provides casual, candid and fun ways for people to understand how technology is changing the business behind commercial real estate.

Thanks to all of you for helping put together this first ever Wednesday event!

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Speaker Roster Set for #LetsGetSmart17 at ICSC RECon

 8th May 2017    David_Perlmutter

The speaker roster for #LetsGetSmart17 at ICSC RECon has been set. #LetsGetSmart will take place on Wednesday, May 24th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at S246 S Street in the South Hall. Space is limited, so click here to register now!

Andrew Bermudez

Co-Founder and CEO, Digsy and Digsy AI

Andrew Bermudez, CEO & Co-Founder of both Digsy and Digsy AI — a sales productivity platform for commercial real estate & B2B professionals that helps convert more prospects into clients.

Prior to Digsy AI, Andrew was a former Senior Vice President of Lee & Associates and has over 15 years of hands-on experience in sales and commercial real estate brokerage.

Digsy AI, an online sales development platform, was born of Andrew’s expansive knowledge of sales, commercial real estate, and his over-the-top passion for all things sales and tech.


Doug Jerum

Managing Partner, Ferrara Jerum International

Doug Jerum

Doug has 24 years of experience in retail real estate, representing tenants throughout the eastern United States and Canada. He manages company operations at Ferrara Jerum International (FJI), as well as the Master Brokerage assignments for FJI, including Walmart Stores, Inc., Sam’s Club, Starbucks, and Pet Supplies Plus.


Pamela Flora

Director of Research – San Diego / Director of Research – Americas Retail Services – Cushman & Wakefield

As Director of Research for Cushman & Wakefield, Pamela Flora focuses primarily on the Retail industry across the United States. Serving within the Center of Excellence for Research, her role is to identify emerging national real estate, retailer and economic trends and produce leading-edge analysis and thought leadership. Pamela also leads initiatives related to data collection, analysis, and reporting methodologies throughout the local markets in support of the Retail Services platform.

Pamela brings 20+ years of experience in market research focused on the commercial and residential real estate industries. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2007, Pamela worked at CBRE where she managed the research operations for Orange County, California, and held a role within the corporate research department where she established global research information standards, data management tools and report templates. Pamela also worked with CoStar Group, Inc. as Research Manager for the Greater Los Angeles market, and spent two years working as a Research Director in the new-homebuilding industry.


Liz Holland

Chief Executive Officer, Abbell Associates LLC and Chairman, ICSC 2016-2017

Elizabeth I. Holland is the Chief Executive Officer of Abbell Associates, a seventy-year old private real estate investment, development and management company with an approximately 3.5 million/sf portfolio, comprised of shopping center, office, and enclosed mall properties. She is responsible for overseeing all business and legal matters, including development, financing, leasing, capital and construction projects, and investor and tenant relations. Ms. Holland is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers, serving as the Vice Chairman (2015-2016) and a member of the Executive Board and Board of Trustees. Ms. Holland is also a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a member of the Commercial & Retail Council – Blue. Prior to joining Abbell, Ms. Holland was a Senior Staff Attorney with the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, a Congressional commission charged with making recommendations to the Bankruptcy Code. Previously, Ms. Holland was a restructuring and business reorganization attorney with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Holland was a fixed income portfolio manager at Brown, Brothers Harriman & Co, in New York.


Daniel Taub

President, DLC Management Corp.

Daniel Taub joined DLC in 1996.  As President, he is responsible for the day-to-day operation of DLC’s portfolio including property management, construction management, collections, marketing, legal and information technology and all administrative aspects of the firm, and its regional offices in Atlanta, Bethesda, and Chicago.  In addition, he also oversees property level and corporate insurance and all environmental issues at each of the company’s properties.

Mr. Taub is also responsible for spearheading DLC’s acquisition and financing of real estate assets.  In this capacity, he sources new properties from property owners and investment sales brokers nationwide, manages third-party consultants during due diligence, negotiates the terms of acquisitions, and arranges debt financing in the capital markets.  At DLC, Mr. Taub has been directly involved in the acquisition of more than 60 shopping centers, representing approximately 15 million square feet with a value of approximately $1.5 billion.

Mr. Taub is also an active member of the ICSC, and serves as the ICSC Open Air Conference Committee Chair.


Neel Naicker

CEO and Co-Founder, Amp Technologies

Neel Naicker is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at AMP Technologies. He assumed the role in October 2009. Neel has over 20+ years of experience in Executive Management, Business Development and creating Transformational Value Propositions.

As Co-Founder and CEO, Neel leads AMP’s vision to change the way commercial real estate leverages technology and interacts as an industry. Under his guidance, AMP is providing innovative capabilities for clients to access key data that delivers high value insights. AMP has won numerous awards and is viewed as a thought leader in the technology and innovation space in commercial real estate, a multi-trillion dollar industry.

AMP’s Clients and Partners include the worlds largest and most successful companies. The power of AMP’s technology has gained momentum in the CRE space globally. AMP is focused on changing the CRE technology ecosystem by providing a simple to use product.


Chuck Dietz

Owner, The Dietz Partnership LLC

As Managing Partner of the company, Mr. Dietz handles new business development and planning as well as working with the client in programming, technical and economic feasibility and architectural design.

Mr. Dietz is experienced in the delivery of professional architectural services as a Principal since 1993. His background and experience includes many successful projects throughout the country in the areas of office, retail, restaurant, institutional and industrial.

The corporation has founded a successful business on retaining some of the most prominent office clients in the country such as: SJP Properties, Gale & Wentworth, Steiner Equities, MetLife, CB Richard Ellis, Grubb & Ellis, Vornado Realty Trust, ProLogis Trust, Equitable Real Estate Investment, The Commercial Realty Group and The Archon Group & Vonage.


Mike McClure

Senior Account Executive/Image Consultant, Ad Art Sign Company

Mike is an experienced sign professional with 31 years in the sign industry. Working with businesses and organizations to maximize their image with existing and prospective customers so they make a positive first impression and increase profits.

He has worked in all facets of the sign business including installation, service, project management, and sales with experience in design, manufacture, installation, maintenance, and service of all types of signs including Electronic Message Centers, Digital Signage, Custom Electric Signs, Exterior Signage, Pylon Signs, Monument Signs, and Channel Letters.


John Sherry

Director Of Client Services at AMP Technologies

John Sherry is a seasoned technology leader and strategist. He is expert in sales, relationship development, networking, problem solving and has a passion for the real estate industry.

As the Director Of Client Relations at AMP Technologies John’s direct focus is to lead a team to find solutions for Commercial Real estate companies to save time and money by providing Digital Asset Management products and services that can be viewed in real time anywhere in the world.

Thanks to the following for joining QuantumListing in hosting this event: Perlmutter Properties, Donovan Real Estate Services, theBrokerList, RealMassive, The News Funnel, CRE Tech, Benbrooke, and Gladstone Development.

Keep up with the latest information on #LetsGetSmart17 at

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