Saturday, December 21, 2013

RCA Holiday Party / MIPIM / Rolf's

RCA Holiday Party

This week, RCA (Real Capital Analytics) held their joyous holiday celebration at the Chelsea Arts Tower, a 20-story commercial condominium located on 25th street between 10th and 11th Avenue in NYC.  Designed for galleries and art-related business it is Manhattan’s first art gallery condominium.  Everyone was ‘gaga’ over the most incredible Manhattan views.

The entertainment at RCA’s party was provided by Elliot Zimet, a master illusionist.  It was difficult to comprehend anything Elliot did.  I just shook my head and said, ‘That’s impossible!’  He is definitely someone to keep in mind when thinking about distinctive entertainment for your next event.

As many of you may know, I have had a close affiliation with RCA since shortly after their launch in 2000.  Attending this event is special for me – having watched them evolve, from a three-person start-up to becoming the leading provider of investment sales data and capital market trends in the commercial real estate business.  RCA has had a major impact on how real estate investment decisions are made. They continue to be on the leading edge of creating products and services that will take the industry to the next level. It’s a great story!

This week I spoke with my long-time industry friend, Patric Dolan, who heads business development for MIPIM in North America.  MIPIM is the premier global commercial real estate event to be held March 11 -14, 2014 in Cannes, France. 
Being fortunate to have attended numerous times I can personally attest:  The MIPIM experience is exhilarating.  It will get your creative juices flowing and give you the opportunity to network and begin building relationships that, in time, may result in truly unexpected possibilities.  
You will leave having met commercial real estate professionals from all over the globe; been exposed to some of the world’s most inspired real estate developments and have your finger on the pulse of the commercial real estate industry worldwide.
I encourage you to consider allocating the time and making the investment to attend, as it truly is an investment more than an expense.
But if you’re looking to have expenses as well, I’ve known a few US colleagues to enjoy a post-MIPIM weekend in the south of France – not a bad place to debrief and unwind!


Imagine that you are in the middle of a Christmas tree…a large one at that.  What do you think it would look like?  What would it feel like?  Well, this week I had the opportunity to experience just that. 

I met some friends at Rolf’s German Restaurant (Third Avenue and 22nd St.) in Manhattan.  It was my first time there and won’t be my last.  On the walk over I was given the following disclaimer: “It’s going to be crazy busy.  We probably won’t even be able to make it to the bar and, if we get close, we won’t get a seat.  But the decorations are incredible.”  And, that they were!  While these photos give you a taste, this is really something you need to see to believe. 

Using the power of positive thinking, we managed to secure two seats at the bar before the rest of our group arrived. The friendliness of those around us was true to the season (perhaps it’s always that way at Rolfs…I’ll need to go back again to confirm!).  And, sitting in the midst of the spectacular decorations, I felt like part of the tree.

The decor at Rolf’s changes with the season…a good reason to return periodically. If you are in NYC for the holidays and want a very special experience, go to Rolf’s… I recommend the eggnog.  It’s a wonderful way to become one with the holiday spirit.  

On The Road...

Jan. 7 – 9:  Emerging Managers Conference, Austin, TX
Jan. 15 – 16:  New business development meetings, Washington, DC
Jan. 22 - 24, 2014:  IMN (Information Management Network) Winter Forum on Opportunity and Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, CA
Mar. 11 - 14: MIPIM, Cannes, France
May 4 - 7:  CRE (Counselors of Real Estate) Mid-year meetings, Austin, TX
May 16:  Annual meeting of The Hoyt Fellows, North Palm Beach, FL

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