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August 18, 2016 FORWARD | ADVERTISE

NED: Outlets of Des Moines on Schedule

  The Des Moines region’s first outlet mall is now clearly visible from Interstate 80 and Highway 65, as construction crews erect steel at Outlets of Des Moines, a New England Development project.     “Despite some of the recent weeks of heavy rain and extremely high heat indexes, everything is on schedule and we are extremely pleased with how things are progressing,” said Mike Barelli, vice... more >>

Valle, Ramirez Join Sawgrass Mills

  Simon has named Chris Valle the director of marketing and business development, at Sawgrass Mills. Also, Marina Ramirez has joined the team as assistant director of marketing and business development.   Joellyn Fellmeth, regional vice president of marketing, continues to lead all marketing strategies and efforts for Sawgrass Mills.   In his new role, Valle will oversee business... more >>

Multi Turkey Names Kemal Kaya Chairman

  Multi Turkey announced its new management board following the successful integration of the operations of Qubicon Real Estate Investment.   Kemal Kaya has been appointed as chairman of the board of Multi Turkey, a subsidiary of Multi Corporation, a retail real estate operating company owned by funds managed by the Blackstone Group. Kaya previously served as CEO of Yapi Kredi Bank, and... more >>

Kern Promoted to COO at Poag

   Poag has promoted Scott Kern to chief operating officer. Previously, Kern was Poag’s senior vice president – development. As COO, Kern will work to foster effective communications throughout the organization and enhance corporate culture, the company said. He will also continue to lead the development department with construction projects from pre-development through grand opening... more >>

SmartREIT’s Forde Promoted

  Smart Real Estate Investment Trust has promoted Peter Forde to president of SmartREIT.    Forde will report to SmartREIT CEO Huw Thomas.   “Peter Forde, with 18 years' experience in senior roles at SmartCentres and SmartREIT, including over 10 years as COO, is an excellent fit for a growing array of management tasks, responsibilities and development opportunities,” Thomas said. “We... more >>

Retail Analyst Dana Telsey to Speak at VRN Convention

Dana Telsey, CEO and chief research officer of Telsey Advisory Group, will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 VRN National Outlet Convention. The event will be held Sept. 26-27 at the New York Hilton and Towers.   Well-known in retail circles, Telsey will speak to the world’s largest gathering of outlet executives on “Key Trends Impacting the Consumer, Retail and Outlet... more >>

VRN National Convention Information

The 2016 VRN National Outlet Convention, previously called the VRN Fall Outlet Convention, has a full program. This will include a pre-convention event on Sept. 25, as well as 13 hours of deal making, a networking cocktail reception, presentation of the Outlet Retail Chain Awards and the Outlet Hall of Fame at the seated luncheon, plus a half day of educational sessions targeting top... more >>


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