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3rd Annual ICSC-Baruch Conference Where is Retail Real Estate Headed?

October 31, 2019 at 8:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

8 – 8:30 am

Registration, Networking & Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 am

Opening Remarks


Prof. Yildiray Yildirim, Ph.D.
Chair, William Newman Department of Real Estate
Director, Steven L. Newman Institute
Zicklin School of Business
Baruch College of the City University of New York
New York, NY

Industry Overview

Leslie M. Fox
Senior Vice President, Membership & Strategy
New York, NY

8:40 – 9:15 am

The World We Live/Shop In: An Interview with ICSC’s Worldwide Chairman  Daniel B. Hurwitz  

Mr. Hurwitz provides strategic, executive, and operational oversight for the portfolio companies owned by Raider Hill’s clients as well as acquisition and retail advisory services for all investment activity. Prior to Raider Hill, Mr. Hurwitz held a variety of positions in the retail and real estate sectors dating back to 1986. Most recently, during a 16-year tenure at DDR Corp, Mr. Hurwitz led numerous departments beginning with leasing and development in 1999 and culminating with the responsibility of reviving the company in the post-recession era as CEO commencing in 2010. Mr. Hurwitz also served as interim CEO of Brixmor Property Group from February through May 2016.

Professionally, Mr. Hurwitz is a member of the Board of Directors of Brixmor Property Group and retailer Diamonds Direct. Additionally, Mr. Hurwitz serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of EDENS and is currently Chairman of ICSC. Mr. Hurwitz also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of GGP, serving as Lead Director, NAREIT Executive Board of Governors, and Governance Committee, in addition to the Board of Directors of DDR Corp., CubeSmart, Sonae Sierra Brasil, SA, and Boscov’s Department Store, Inc. He is a frequent speaker at real estate industry functions and has repeatedly been a guest discussing retail and real estate trends on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business.

Mr. Hurwitz will be interviewed by Edmund Mander, Editor-in-Chief, Shopping Centers Today.

Daniel B. Hurwitz
ICSC Worldwide Chairman
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Raider Hill Advisors
New York, NY

9:15 – 10:15 am

Separating Fact from Fiction: Where is Retail Real Estate in the Cycle?

The media has it wrong; there is no retail apocalypse. Occupancy rates, profits, redevelopment remains high in the retail real estate sector. This distinguished panel will talk about how certain chains and certain brands have successfully reinvented themselves for the 2020’s and why other well-known retail assets have failed or are failing. Hear the truth from people who know what’s going on. The future remains bright – now hear why.

James M. Taylor Jr.
ICSC Trustee
Chief Executive Officer and President
Brixmor Property Group
New York, NY

Andrea Drasites
ICSC Trustee
Managing Director
The Blackstone Group
New York, NY

Conor Flynn
ICSC Trustee
Chief Executive Officer
Kimco Realty Corporation
New Hyde Park, NY

 Benjamin Schall
ICSC Trustee
President and Chief Executive Officer
Seritage Growth Properties
New York, NY

Joseph Tichar
President and Chief Operating Officer
Raider Hill Advisors
New York, NY

10:15 – 10:30 am

Coffee Break and Networking

10:30 – 11:30 am

A Powerhouse Panel Reacts to the Key Issues of the Day Affecting Retail Real Estate

This panel, selected especially for their expertise and insight, will sit down, “talk-show style”, and react to the key economic issues Wall Street and Main Street are facing. The panel consists of the points of view from key officers from firms that include JP Morgan Chase Bank, Citi, Goldman Sachs & Co., and Barclays Capital. 

Michael Graziano
ICSC Past Trustee
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs & Co.
New York, NY

Scott Eisen
Head of North American Real Estate
Citi Banking Capital Markets &Advisory
New York, NY

 Ofer Harduf
Executive Director, Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
New York, NY

Schecky Schechner
Managing Director
Barclays Capital
New York, NY

11:30 am

Closing Comments



About the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute housed in the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College serves the students and faculty of the College, New York City’s real estate community, and the broader public interest with a mission to provide an unparalleled source of continuing education (which includes an online graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance), applied real estate research, and timely and relevant industry conferences.


October 31, 2019
8:00 am - 11:30 am EDT


Baruch College – Library Building Room 750-760
151 East 25 Street
New York, NY 10010 United States


Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute