President’s Message: The intersection of retail and healthcare

It’s no secret that the retail real estate environment is evolving at lightning speed. E-commerce and technology are driving much of that transformation, as well as the shift in consumer shopping behaviors. You’ve heard me talk of today’s ‘high-maintenance’ consumer. Their expectations have changed. They want convenience, they want choices, and they want it now. …

President’s Message: The Death Knell of Retail Real Estate Is Exaggerated

I am sure you have all read attention-grabbing news headlines such as these and share the same concerns regarding the future of retail real estate. In this new era of constant access to millions of digital media streams, dramatic headlines cut through the clutter and generate more attention. Drama sells. But despite all the negativity …

President’s Message: The Year of Possibility!

Last year, around this time, I wrote a message about being prepared during times of uncertainty. Little did I know then how prophetic those words would really be during 2016. And now, as we cautiously welcome 2017, we face even greater uncertainty in our industry—and the country as a whole. So, being prepared is even …

British Airways to connect London & New Orleans with nonstop flights

This morning, British Airways announced it was initiating a direct flight between New Orleans and London. This is truly a “game changer” for our region and a confirmation about the outlook for the Gulf South economy. The effort to bring British Airways back was years long and required presenting a strong regional business support throughout …

President’s Message: Do Something.

Lately, there are days when it is extremely challenging for me not to get discouraged and disgusted by the barrage of tragic news continuously pouring in from around the world, our country, and most recently, our great state of Louisiana. Increasing violence, deafening angry voices, and escalating hatred are sadly becoming the new normal and …

President’s Message: Disrupt or be disrupted.

Recently, I attended a seminar at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week titled CEO Disrupt Breakfast featuring Steve Case, founder of AOL and one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and (New Orleans native) Walter Isaacson, president & CEO of the Aspen Institute and national writer and journalist. The rudimentary theme was that companies must disrupt …