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Northern California Chapter – Any Upside Left in the Economy? and… How to Navigate a Changing Retail Market
An inverted yield curve in the first quarter set off much speculation about the timing of the next economic cycle, although labor markets remain tight and spending growth remains positive. Despite thriving ecommerce, new retail projects are going up. What makes some successful and others a target for more vacancy? Join us for an engaging conversation with two industry experts to discuss current economic events and what they mean for the real estate industry, particularly the retail sector.
Andrew Nelson, CRE is Chief U.S. Economist for Colliers International where he develops the firm’s economic and market perspectives and provides strategic advice to the firm’s clients. Prior to Colliers, Andrew spent eight years at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, most recently as Director, Research & Strategy in the Americas, where he managed the U.S. Research team and was the retail sector and sustainability specialist. Previously he held a variety of leadership positions in both the public and private sectors including Vice President of HOK Advance Strategies. He also managed a construction-lending program for the World Bank in Russia, held a two-year “Community Builder” fellowship with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and managed the regional real estate consulting practice at Deloitte & Touche in San Francisco. He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.
David Greensfelder, founder and Managing Principal of Bay Area-based Greensfelder Real Estate Strategy, has expertise in retail resiliency, understanding retail opportunities by differentiating between commodity and specialty retail, and analyzing the impacts of competing retail channels on bricks-and-mortar storefronts. Significant assignments include updating San Jose’s Citywide and Downtown Retail Strategies and crafting the Vallco Fashion Mall redevelopment in Cupertino. He has driven more than 350 projects spanning over 7 msf with a finish market value estimated at over $1.25 billion. David has managed the corporate real estate function for Fortune 500 companies such as Longs Drugs, and start-up and emerging companies such as solar firm Sungevity and Community Foods Market, and has implemented preferred development programs for Fortune 10 companies such as CVS/health as well as multichannel start-ups. He is a Director of Satellite Affordable Housing Associates and the Center for Creative Land Recycling.