20. November 2012 08:55
CenterBuild. The conference, put on by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), will be held November 28 – 30, 2012 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. If attendance is an indicator of a positive up-tick in our economy, then 2013 will be a great year as our conference attendance is approaching 1,300 professionals, up substantially over 2011.
Ahhh, the holidays are upon us! It truly is a great time to be with friends and family. And if you are in the retail construction industry, it is time to get to the premier retail design and construction conference –
This is the 30th anniversary of the CenterBuild Conference. Architects, retailers, developers and construction experts look forward to attending each year and the opportunities to stay current on retail development trends, expand their networks and share ideas on how to improve the projects they deliver. This year’s conference promises to once again provide a great agenda for learning. There will be more than 275 roundtable discussion topics offered (nearly all with AIA CEU approval), 12 dynamic educational workshops, as well as interactive case studies of great projects and their development. And don’t forget about the great networking at the conference! Networking receptions are held each evening and the format of the conference allows for plenty of connecting with friends and colleagues throughout the day.
With the larger attendance, we have once again brought back our Friday morning sessions. This year you may choose between two great concurrent sessions featuring leaders from top companies in the retail development world. The first will feature Walmart, Limited Brands and Target in a panel discussion regarding the use of in-house design staff versus hiring consultants. If you are more interested in how the major retailers roll-out their projects, you can attend the other session which is being presented by six national developers, retailers and contractors.
As co-chair of this year’s conference, I encourage you to attend if you have not made the decision to already. The R.A. Smith National team will be in attendance for the entire conference and we look forward to connecting with other professionals in this dynamic industry. Send me a note if you want to meet with one of us at the conference in Phoenix.