Walking the Floor at the International Council of Shopping Centers conference

10:00 – Mall developer Joe Simone networks with guests outside the ballroom. “Meetings, meetings, meetings,” Mr. Simone responds when asked what he has on his agenda for the day. “We’re all here to get work done.

mg 4935 Walking the Floor at the International Council of Shopping Centers conference

The Retailer-In-Chief, giving his key note address. (Photo by Hannah Mattix)

10:20 – At Cushman & Wakefield’s boothe on the second floor’s north wing. Matt Winn, head of C&W’s U.S. retail operations said that he’s going to be in meetings at the company’s boothe and at its world headquarters at 1290 Sixth Avenue, which is conveniently just a few blocks from the New York Hilton, all day. Earlier that morning, Mr. Winn said that C&W hosted 90 retailers and clients for a breakfast at its offices.

10:40 - Gene Spiegelman calls out to Joan, an executive with the retailer Desigual, “Hey! The last time I saw you was in the streets of Caan!”

10:45 - Cory Zelnik, a retail broker who operates his own brokerage firm, feels upbeat about the show so far. “It’s a little more than last year.” Joanne Podell, a C&W broker at the nearby C&W boothe sits down with executives from TD Bank, one of her clients.

10:50 – Ben Fox, a retail broker from Massey Knakal Realty Services, joins Ms. Podell’s conversation with the TD executives.

11:00 – Morris Terzi, a broker with Crown Retail Services, an affiliate of the real estate investor Stanley Chera’s real estate company Crown Equities stands at the company’s booth. It’s noticeably less busy on this side of the floor. “It’s still early,” Mr. Terzi explains.

11:15 – Anthony Stapleton, an executive with the investment firm Cogswell Realty, is walking from booth to booth on the second floor. He’s interested in meeting tenants for a roughly 4,000 square foot retail space the company has at one of their properties 215 West 125th Street, which is being vacated by a McDonalds. “It’s important to meet people face to face.”