Retail Event

CARW and ICSC are proud to present the State’s largest annual retail conference. Join us for an afternoon of featured speakers, industry roundtables, a project showcase, retail runway and the best networking with retail and commercial real estate professionals.  More than 400 attended the event last year from across the State and region.  This event is not to be missed!


When: Wednesday April 18, 2017 8:30a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Pfister Hotel | 424 E. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Tickets: $125 Member | $200 Non-member

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8:30-9:30AM: Registration & Networking
9:30 –10:30AM:
Welcome and Morning Keynote, Garrick Brown
Roundtables Session (3, 20 minute sessions)
Lunch & Keynote, Jay Schauer, CFO of Allen-Edmonds
Roundtables Session (2, 20 minute sessions)
2:30-3:45PM: “Expanding Retailers” – A Panel Presentation
 Presentation: Kyle Cherek, Host of Wisconsin Foodie
4:30-6:30PM: Networking Happy Hour – Sponsored by CPA, Inc.

Jay Schauer, CFO,
Allen-Edmonds Corporation

JaySchauer_Headshot_Cropped_FinalJay Schauer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administration Officer of Allen-Edmonds Corporation will join us for the ICSC/CARW Retail Conference. Allen-Edmonds, a Port Washington based company, announced that it will open its first store in downtown Milwaukee at the Pfister Hotel.  The company now operates 69 stores in the country and its closest locations to Milwaukee are in Port Washington, Brookfield and Mequon.  Over the past few years, Allen Edmonds has expanded its retail store footprint, opening between nine and 11 locations on an annual basis. The Wisconsin business in 2017 also plans to extend its presence to Seattle and Miami.  In December, Allen Edmonds Corp. changed hands when Missouri-based Calares Inc. purchased the Wisconsin company for $255 million from the Los Angeles-based private equity firm Brentwood Associates.

Jay Schauer has been CFO for Allen-Edmonds since December 2004 and serves as its Treasurer. Mr. Schauer joined Allen-Edmonds Corporation and served as its controller since January of 2000, Mr. Schauer has established himself as a valuable member of the management team. In all, he has more than 20 years of financial management experience. Mr. Schauer holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette University and is a member of the WICPA.

Garrick Brown, Cushman & Wakefield


Garrick Brown is Cushman & Wakefield’s Director of Retail Research for the Americas, a role he was assigned shortly after the merger of DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield in September 2015. He had previously served as DTZ’s Vice President of Research for the Western United States and National Retail Research Director upon the merger of that firm with Cassidy Turley in January 2015—he had joined Cassidy Turley in 2010.

Garrick manages Cushman & Wakefield’s staff of retail researchers and is responsible for producing the firm’s retail analyses and forecasts for the United States, Canada and Latin America. He also produces a number of Cushman & Wakefield’s national publications focusing on the retail and investment markets and frequently authors white papers on prescient commercial real estate topics. He is also the editor of the Cushman & Wakefield Retail Newsline, a popular publication that reaches approximately 30,000 real estate professionals weekly.

Presentation Speaker:
Kyle Cherek, Host of Wisconsin Foodie


Kyle Cherek is host of the Emmy-winning television show Wisconsin Foodie, currently in its 9th season on PBS and broadcast primetime to millions of households. His widely-acclaimed video web series, Chef Talk with Kyle Cherek, features candid, forthright and often amusing conversations with some of America’s most engaging chefs. As a culinary historian, food enthusiast, and storyteller, Kyle explores where our food comes from and how it shapes who we are. Kyle has appeared a food judge on The Travel Channel, a commentator pundit on The Cooking Channel, and is a regular media contributor and essayist on NPR. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, and in 2016 presented a TEDx Talk called “We Eat What We Are,” about the powerful science and emotion behind food memories.

In an effort to raise people’s consciousness about their food choices, he frequently hosts cooking demonstrations, and is a regular presenter and panelist on issues of food, sustainability and culinary trends. At home, Kyle can often be found geeking out over food history books, cooking with his wife and children, and googling the pronunciation of awkward French culinary terms



Presenting Sponsor:
Landmark CU white

Keynote Sponsor:
Husch Blackwell

Networking Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsors:

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Gold Sponsors:


Silver Sponsors:

CBRE, Inc.
RA Smith

Sign Sponsor:

InnovativeSigns - New 2012

Roundtable Sponsor:

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“Expanding Retailers” – A Panel Presentation 2:30-3:45

 Which retailers and restaurants are expanding? Best practices for presenting sites to tenants and their brokers. What will become of older shopping centers and large vacant box space? Hurdles for the retail development and leasing processes. How do retailers evaluate new markets? Challenges and solutions associated with leasing to local-credit tenants. What matters to a retailer? Retail outlot development and active tenants for smaller spaces.

Panelists include:
Dan Cohen
, Mid-America Real Estate
Peter Glaser, CBRE
Brian Vanevenhoven, NAI MLG Commercial
Tom Treder, Commercial Property Associates
Andrew Prater, Mid-America Real Estate
John Holborow, EVO Development
Patrick Carins, Kohl’s Department Stores

Moderator: Kevin Schmoldt, NAI MLG Commercial

Confirmed Retailers
Retailer Block 1

Confirmed Roundtable Topics

1031 Tax Deffered Exchanges: Jeannie Burke, First American Exchange Co.
Construction Costs: 
Eamon Ryan, Concord Group and Dave Schwartz, Innovative Construction Solutions, Inc
Challenges of a TIF with Public/Private Interest: Doug Buck, Foley & Larnder and Ron Henshue, Forward Development Group
Eau Claire/Lacrosse (Western Wisconsin) Market Update: Stuart Schaefer and Jamie Radabaugh, Commonweal Development Corporation
Financing Deals today: Michael Van Someren, Davis & Kuelthau, s.c.
Green Bay/Fox River Valley Market Update: Garritt Bader, GB Real Estate Investments
Hotel Development: Doug Nysse, Arrival Partners
Hotel Valuation Trends in Milwaukee and Midwest: Leah Dauer Murphy, Cushman & Wakefield
Lessons Learned From Mixed Use Development: Mark Lake, Wangard Partners
Madison/Dane County Update: Max Jacobson, Mid-America Real Estate
Management (Optimizing returns on shop centers): Steve Pollock, M|RED Management, Inc.
Milwaukee Buck’s Entertainment District: Blair Williams, Milwaukee Bucks
Net Lease Sales – Where it was, Where it is, Where it’s Going: Tom Fritz, Stan Johnson Company
New Market Tax Credits: Hal Karas and Rebecca Mitich, Husch Blackwell LLP
Permanent Financing Update: Jeff Schmidt & Tim Cotter, Walker & Dunlop
Property Assemblage for Development: Scott Yauck, Cobalt Partners
Racine and Kenosha… What’s Driving These Markets: Dan Rosenfeld and Teresa Shemitis, Mid-America Real Estate
Retail and Restaurant Site Selection: Harold van Ommeren, Caleres and Patrick Cairns, Kohl’s
Sheboygan County Housing & Retail Development: Dane Checolinski, Sheboygan County Development Corporation
Shopping Center Investment Sales: Patrick Gallagher, CBRE, Inc. and Carly Gallagher, Mid-Am-WI
Suburban Milwaukee Market Update: Ben Weiland & CJ Goldberg, CBRE, Inc.
Supermarkets: David Livingston, DJL Research
Strategies for Modern Retail Developments: Brenton Schrader, HSA Commercial Real Estate
Stormwater Management – Design Challenges & Case Studies: Justin Johnson, JSD Professional Services, Inc.
Structuring Debt and Equity in Today’s Competitive Environment: Andy Margolis, Draper and Kramer
Tax Assessors Attack Retailers : Don Millis, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. and Kendall Lees, Kohl’s

Retail Conference Planning Committee

Patrick Cairns, Kohl’s
Brad Dallet, Husch Blackwell
Adam Drier, Mid-America Real Estate
Bob Duffy, City of Oconomowoc
CJ Goldberg, CBRE, Inc.
Matthew Jahnke, Jahnke Property, Inc.

Tracy Johnson, CARW
Joe Kleiman, Mid-America Real Estate
Ross Koepsel, Commercial Property Associates
Mark  Lake
, Wangard Partners
Mark Lee, Berengaria Development
Russ Sagmoen, Colliers International


 Scott  Satula, Mid-America Real Estate
Kevin Schmoldt, NAI MLG Commercial
Cory Sovine, Colliers International
Harold van Ommeren, Caleres
Brian Vanevenhoven, NAI MLG Commercial

About ICSC

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials.

About CARW

CARW is the voice of commercial real estate brokerage and related professionals in Wisconsin.  Founded in 1993, CARW is dedicated to the success of our members by providing invaluable educational opportunities, countless networking experiences, data exchange, and public policy advocacy.

CARW is a trade association representing more than 600 members from 200 Wisconsin businesses including REALTORS®, accountants, appraisers, architects, attorneys, bankers, builders, contractors, developers, environmental specialists, title insurance companies and other industry related businesses.  CARW REALTOR® members are part of the REALTOR® network, the world’s largest professional association with over 1.1 million members worldwide and over 15,000 just in the State of Wisconsin.

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