Post-Pandemic Retail: Road to recovery


2021-01-14T12:00:00 - 2021-01-14T13:00:00

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    COVID-19 dealt North American retail a serious blow — accelerating trends already in progress and initiating others. Who are the winners and losers and what are the myths and realities of retail in the "post-pandemic era"? What do industry experts see ahead? Join ULI for a webinar moderated by Richard Peiser, Professor at Harvard's GSD, on the state of retail in North America as we head into 2021. Our panel of experts will cover the impact of COVID-19, the role of omni-channel retailing, the repurposing of malls and the REIT and CMBS markets, among other topics.
    Richard Peiser, Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Author, Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business
    Nick Egelanian, President, SiteWorks and Retail Contributor, Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business
    Esther Fung, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
    Josh Thomson, Senior Vice President, Development, Cadillac Fairview
    12:00 – 12:05pm:
    12:05 – 12:15pm: Overview Presentation, Nick Egelanian
    12:15 – 12:45pm: Moderated Panel Discussion
    12:45 – 12:55pm: Audience Q&A
    12:55 – 1:00pm: Wrap Up



    Rick Peiser

    Professor of Real Estate Development, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

    Richard B. Peiser, Ph.D., was appointed the first Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. He joined Harvard in 1998 after being on the faculty at the University of Southern California since 1986, where he served as director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate Development, and Academic Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program, a program he founded in 1986. At Harvard, he founded and co-directs the Advanced Management Development Program, and coordinates the other executive education programs in real estate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). In addition, he founded the university-wide Real Estate Academic Initiative (now the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board). He is also co-Chair of the Master of Design Studies Program in Real Estate at GSD. He teaches real estate development and finance as well as field studies on complex urban development. His primary research has focused on developing an understanding of the response of real estate developers to the marketplace and to the institutional environment in which they operate, particularly in the areas of urban redevelopment, affordable housing, and suburban sprawl. The Urban Land Institute published the third edition of his book, Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business (2012). Professionally, he has developed affordable housing in Texas and California as well as land and industrial properties. From 2004-2007, he served as a founding partner of the China Real Estate Investment Company (CREI) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, Kailong REI Project Investment Shanghai, investing institutional capital in real estate projects in China’s major cities. Dr. Peiser was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Dallas. He received his BA from Yale University, his M.B.A from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Land Economy from Cambridge University. He is a past Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, past editor of the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, and serves on the boards of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Wallick Communities, Magellan Value Partners, Signal Capital Group, and The Axton Group.


    Nick Egelanian

    Founder and President, Siteworks, LLC

    Nick A. Egelanian President SiteWorks Annapolis, MD Nick Egelanian, President and Founder of SiteWorks, works at the forefront of specialty shopping center and mixed use development, providing services ranging from market and site selection to development consulting and leasing. Mr. Egelanian has working knowledge of retail in virtually all major markets in the United States and has led or participated in market research, consulting, and leasing projects throughout the Country. Mr. Egelanian, in partnership with Bayer Properties, participated in development of The Summit Sierra, in Reno, NV, and The Summit Front Range, in Ft. Collins, CO, and has worked on other proposed specialty centers Nationwide, including in Petaluma, CA; Lehigh Valley, PA; Gatlinburg,TN. Previously, Mr. Egelanian served as Sr. Vice President of Real Estate and New Store Development for FAO Schwartz/Zany Brainy and Crown Books and has led expansion programs at SiteWorks for a host of national retailers, including Stuart Weitzman Shoes, Balducci's Gourmet Food Market, and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. Mr Egelanian received his BS Degree in Finance from the University of Maryland and his JD Degree from the George Washington University School of Law.