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November Luncheon: Retail and Mixed-Use Development Forecast

Wed November 13 · 11:30 AM - 01:15 PM · East Bank Club

East Bank Club
500 N Kingsbury
Chicago, IL 60654

November Retail and Mixed UseJoin our accomplished panel of experts for a lively discussion about retail and mixed-use developments in the pipeline from a local, regional, and international perspective. Attendees will walk away with first hand information from decision makers and senior leadership that are at the forefront of retail and mixed-use developments.


Ted Strand, AIA, Principal, Solomon Cordwell Buenz
As a Principal at Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Ted Strand is actively involved in the early design phases of projects and maintains continuing project oversight. Before joining SCB in 2001, he was an Associate Partner with Skidmore Owings & Merrill and was the firm’s Director of Far East Operations in Hong Kong from 1995-1999. Previously, Ted worked in Boston with The Architects Collaborative and then went on to become a founding member of Elkus Manfredi Architects. His extensive design experience on large-scale, mixed-use projects stretches from the United States and Europe to Asia and the Middle East.

John Bucksbaum, founder of Bucksbaum Retail Properties, LLC.
Bucksbaum previously served as chairman and CEO of General Growth Properties, Inc., a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which had ownership and management interest in over 200 regional and super regional shopping malls in 44 states. The company portfolio totaled approximately 200 million square feet of space.

Bucksbaum received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado in 1978. Professional affiliations include the following: past worldwide Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of ICSC; past Chairman of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School; Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In addition Bucksbaum serves on the boards of the University of Chicago Hospitals, The Field Museum, the Chicago Sports Commission, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, USA Cycling, the Paralympics Advisory Committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Young Presidents Organization and the Advisory Board of the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

Bruce Armstrong, SVP, Golub & Co
Responsible for overseeing all phases of major design and construction programs for GOLUB buildings in the U.S., Bruce Armstrong also evaluates prospective acquisitions from a physical and structural perspective. His ground-up construction and property renovation experience includes a variety of major mixed-use, office, hotel/convention center, residential, retail and governmental projects. He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Bruce joined the firm in 1996.

John Russell President, W.E. O’Neil

Mr. Russell joined W.E. O’Neil in 1982 as a Project Engineer and has since served in every position of the O’Neil project management team. He was named Vice President in 2001, Executive Vice President in 2005, and President in 2008.  John’s extensive retail expertise includes work with Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Crate and Barrel, Trader Joe’s and Room and Board, among others. John is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Engineering at Urbana-Champaign as well as the Northwestern University Kellogg Management Institute. He currently participates on the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) CenterBuild Conference Program Committee and is a recipient of the ICSC CDP (Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional) certification. John is also the former Chairman of the Chicago Builders Association.


Cost: $50 members | $95 non-members

Walk-ins will be charged an additional $25 for day of registration. Walk-ins are anyone desiring to register after the registration close at 5:00 pm the Monday prior to the program.


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