Debunking E-Commerce Myths

We’ve recently heard of fake news stories, hoaxes, and fabricated plots that have permeated headlines lately—and, unfortunately, the negative consequences that some have caused. One such fictitious headline that’s running rampant is “the death of the shopping mall” and countless more tales of online sales putting brick-and-mortar stores out of business. But the reality is …

Amazon Leads the Way in E-fairness!

Alabama becomes 29th state to collect sales taxes from online giant For decades, brick-and-mortar stores have been fighting for a level playing field with their on-line rivals who are not required to charge sales tax. To enact a little e-fairness, the state of Alabama passed the Alabama Simplified Use Tax Remittance Program, which allows online …

Louisiana Continues to be Recognized in National Rankings

As the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC’s) State Director for Louisiana, I recently contributed an article for our Quarterly Membership Newsletter that I’d like to share: Louisiana State Director’s Message – Summer 2015 I have written many times in recent newsletters about Louisiana’s economic development growth and I can’t help myself but to continue …

Jimmy Maurin and Roger Ogden, Founders of Stirling Properties, Give Back to LSU

Five Louisiana State Univeristy (LSU) business students – David Harms, Raju Marasani, Sawyer Chauvin, Saban Sellers, and James Guinn – received the 2015 ICSC Foundation Maurin Ogden LSU Scholarship Award. Funded by Jimmy Maurin and Roger Ogden, founders of Stirling Properties, this annual scholarship is awarded to a select handful of EJ Ourso College of …

President’s Message: Alibaba and the Sales Tax Thieves

Over the last year and a half, I have written several messages about the pressing need for passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act. In those messages, I have cited numerous reasons including: To level the playing field. The government shouldn’t be choosing winners and losers by providing unfair tax advantages to some. The taxes are owed …

Survey Finds Louisianans Strongly Support Marketplace Fairness

As a follow-up to my previous posts about the Marketplace Fairness Act, I wanted to share the results of a recent Louisiana-specific poll. Results released by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) indicate an overwhelming majority of Louisianans (78 percent!) support federal legislation that requires online-only sellers to collect sales tax at the time …

LSU Students attend ICSC RECon on Scholarship

Jimmy Maurin and Roger Ogden, founders of Stirling Properties, have both always believed strongly in mentoring students interested in pursuing careers in real estate.  This year, Jimmy and Roger started the 2014 Maurin Ogden LSU Real Estate Award, putting funds in a foundation with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) that will be used …

Stirling Properties’ Donna Taylor Earns ICSC Designation

Stirling Properties is pleased to announce that Donna Taylor, Senior Vice President of Asset Management & New Business, has earned the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX) designation. ICSC estimates that less than 10% of industry professionals have achieved this important status, setting Ms. Taylor, as well as Stirling Properties, …

Stirling Properties’ Ryan Juneau Earns ICSC Designation

Stirling Properties is pleased to announce that Ryan Juneau, Project Manager, is now an International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Certified professional. Mr. Juneau is now an ICSC Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional (CDP). ICSC estimates that less than 10% of industry professionals have achieved this important status, setting Mr. Juneau, as well as …