NewMark Merrill Minute

May 2024

Convention-al Wisdom The list of things I know now that I wish I knew before my first ICSC Las Vegas conference. My first shopping center and proud to say my very first tenant, Choony’s Donuts, is still in business in the same location in Sylmar, California. The annual ICSC spring …

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April 2024

The More You Give NewMark Merrill’s philosophical and operational pillars are built on a foundation of giving back. Leading from the heart means building real and meaningful connections, meeting people on their own terms, and recognizing that there is a lot more that goes into the bottom line than …

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March 2024

People Power Culture, connections, and the not-so-subtle art of translating good intentions into meaningful and sustainable professional currency. Building and maintaining a team of connected and committed professionals isn’t easy, especially when your business model is built on an org chart capable of managing a large portfolio of shopping …

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February 2024

Why the Mouse Clicks An iconic place and an iconic brand had some valuable lessons to teach us about what matters. I recently had the opportunity to take my granddaughter to Disney World. As any grandparent knows, the kids might be the ones who get excited about trips to …

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January 2024

Milestone Moments Taking stock of 2023, looking ahead to 2024 and recognizing moments that matter. While few of us have paper calendars anymore, and our digital scheduling apps won’t let us literally turn the page, wrapping up one year and heading into a new one always feels satisfying. That’s …

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December 2023

The Gift of Community Bringing the spirit of the season to a local school district. Pulling off an ambitious community event always takes a village. But sometimes, it also takes a little magic from Santa himself! On Thursday, December 7th, the NewMark Merrill team spent an afternoon at Inglewood High …

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October 2023

All Dressed Up NewMark Merrill President & CEO Sandy Sigal compares trick-or-treating to the corporate interviewing and recruiting experience. Creativity abounds during NewMark Merrill’s annual employee costume contest. Walking around in an ill-fitting costume and knocking on strangers’ doors is not a bad description of job interviews. No matter what …

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October 2023

Classic Westerns Fond memories, firsthand previews and personal perspectives on an upcoming conference highlight. For commercial real estate professionals, ICSC annual conferences are the kind of events that are not to be missed—and are not soon forgotten. The upcoming ICSC@WESTERN conference—which will be held Wednesday, October 25th through Friday, …

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September 2023

Summit Talk Lessons in Leadership from Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. One of the seven highest peaks in the world, it rises an awe-inspiring 19,341 feet above sea level. When I attempted to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro 10 years ago, I didn’t summit. I made it to …

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