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CREW Chicago hosts luncheon discussin how retail isn't dead, boring retail is

The event’s speakers were (from left to right): Rick Filler, president and COO at The Harlem Irving Companies; Michelle Panovich, senior partner at Mid America Asset Management; Samantha Schnell, director of leasing at IRC Retail Centers and Jaime Bertsche, vice president, leasing at MidAmerica Asset Management. The event’s speakers were (from left to right): Rick Filler, president and COO at The Harlem Irving Companies; Michelle Panovich, senior partner at Mid America Asset Management; Samantha Schnell, director of leasing at IRC Retail Centers and Jaime Bertsche, vice president, leasing at MidAmerica Asset Management.
From left to right: Katie Mulrenin, International Contracts, Inc.; Luke Clarkson, ABM and Sue Myers, Assurance Agency. From left to right: Katie Mulrenin, International Contracts, Inc.; Luke Clarkson, ABM and Sue Myers, Assurance Agency.
From left to right: Robin Rieck, Norcon, Inc.; Helen Kessler, HJKessler Associates; Charlotte Du, Prologis and Taylor Corbin, Manhard Consulting. From left to right: Robin Rieck, Norcon, Inc.; Helen Kessler, HJKessler Associates; Charlotte Du, Prologis and Taylor Corbin, Manhard Consulting.
The “Retail Isn't Dead, Boring Retail Is” luncheon was held at the East Bank Club on June 27. The “Retail Isn't Dead, Boring Retail Is” luncheon was held at the East Bank Club on June 27.
From left to right: Lauren Barnhard, Sarah Withrow and Brooke Cullen, all of Wintrust. From left to right: Lauren Barnhard, Sarah Withrow and Brooke Cullen, all of Wintrust.

Reports of retail’s demise are great clickbait, but the market is still very strong for many retailers. CREW Chicago hosted a luncheon on June 27 at the East Bank Club that looked into the questions around retail such as “How do I reinvent my marketplace?” “How can I use technology to get shoppers into my marketplace?” “How do I get a visitor to the center into my store?” “How do I deliver an integrated online and brick and mortar experience?”

Michelle Panovich, senior partner with Mid-America Real Estate Group, moderated a panel discussion and Q&A session. Speakers included Jaime Bertsche, vice president, leasing at MidAmerica Asset Management; Rick Filler, president and COO at The Harlem Irving Companies and Samantha Schnell, director of leasing at IRC Retail Centers.