Yesterday was a big day for me. A box with 300 copies of our new CD, "Felix...Wait for Me" was delivered. Some of you know about this second CD of original music that I've recorded with my sons, Brian and Kevin and some great Chicago musicians. It's been three years in the making and we are all very excited about it. It's available today on this site and will be up on iTunes next week. I'll also be walking around with a bunch of them wherever I go. You can get a free taste of the tunes here. We believe that there are three songs that could be of interest to TV or movie people. Let me know what you think. Thanks for your support.
I've been working on a plan to create a series of events unlike anything anyone in our industry has ever done. Yesterday, I met with my "Event Consultant" and we talked through the plan. She loved the it. I can't tell you much about it now as, believe it or not, there are people out there that might take the idea and run with it themselves. But, then again, maybe not as this particular series of events will not be the biggest in the industry or the ones that make the most money but rather ones that mirror how I live my life: doing things that can help people learn, grow and connect. It'll probably take me until the fall to launch this but I'll keep you posted and may ask for your help too.
Bob Stewart died this week. He wasn't a household name in television although his name came into millions of homes every day. He was the creator of some of the most culture-defining game shows in TV history. Mr. Stewart’s long-running hit shows, which also included “Password” and "The Price is Right" relied on his belief that simplicity could fascinate viewers. “Bob had a talent for tapping into Americana, meaning real people: a pricing game, a game of occupations, trying to get you to say one word,” said the Fred Wostbrock of "The Encyclopedia of Game Show". As Mr. Stewart himself put it, in an interview for the Archive of American Television: “Once you cause somebody at home to talk to the set aloud, even by himself or herself, then you’ve got a good game show. You want them to say, ‘It’s number 2! It’s number 2! It’s number 2!’ before the moment of truth comes out.” Simple. But brilliant.
- Real Capital Analytics (RCA) as the first recipient of the ICSC's (International Council of Shopping Centers) Distinguished Research Partner Award. "The research award was established to recognize companies or organizations which have demonstrated a significant commitment to ICSC’s research initiates and provided consistent support to the shopping-center industry", said the press release.
- Mark Petersen who was promoted to the role of President of Beringer Securities.
- The guys at the consulting firm, Robert Harrell who this week announced the launch of PERview, an online inventory and reporting application designed to help pension plans to better organize information on their real estate portfolio. PERview was developed for Dallas Police & Fire Pension System and is now available to everyone. Having been connected to these guys through a mutual friend, I got an early glimpse of it and gave them some ideas which they incorporated into the final product. It's pretty cool. You can check it out here: http://www.perview.emaproducts.com
- Developer Todd Zapolski who closed his deal to buy the Napa (CA) Town Center. If you represent a retailer or restauranteur or know someone who does you may want to look into this project; it is going to become the showplace of a rejuvenated downtown Napa.
Thanks for the great suggestions on how to improve the Solutions by Steve Felix website. I have implemented some of them already. It's much easier making suggestions to others about their websites than working on your own!
On the road:
May 14 (this coming Monday): San Francisco to celebrate the launch of my new consulting business, Solutions by Steve Felix. Please join me and a bunch of our industry friends at the Blanc et Rouge Wine Bar on the first floor of Two Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. I'll be there starting at 5:30 and will stay with the last person standing! Dutch treat. Feel free to pass this along and invite your industry friends. The more the merrier.
May 16-19: North Palm Beach, Florida to attend the annual meeting of The Hoyt Fellows.
May 28-June 8: New York for some client meetings and to attend both the IMN Real Estate Opportunity & Private Funds Investing Forum (May 30/31) and ULI's Capital Markets Conference (June 6/7). Btw, I'll be moderating panels at both.
June 26-29: New York for client meetings.
Sept. 11-12: Paris to attend the GRI Europe Summit