International Council of Shopping Centers' Trade Show Targeting Oklahoma
Davis, KirLee, THE JOURNAL RECORD
This year's Oklahoma focus could change the future of the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual trade shows.
Rather than highlight topics facing both Arkansas and Oklahoma, the Aug. 27-28 ICSC Idea Exchange gathering at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa will offer panel discussions and speakers targeting the home field crowd.
Program Planning Committee Co-Chairwoman Mendy L. Parish, who is also a CB Richard Ellis of Oklahoma senior associate, said the agenda features at least two high points:
* A rare public business discussion by Hobby Lobby founder David Green, delivered through a one-on-one talk with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.
"We're doing it interview style, so that he's not having to be a public speaker," Parish said.
* Katherine Field Boccaccio, senior editor and real estate category manager for Chain Store Age magazine, will present a personal survey of major retailers on doing business in Oklahoma.
The show also will focus on emerging concepts entering Oklahoma, and those blossoming within its borders, such as Sonic, QuikTrip, and offerings from two Tulsa retail entrepreneurs, Elliot Nelson and Blake Ewing.
If attendance proves strong, Parish said the annual show may stop bouncing between the two states and instead remain in Oklahoma, cycling each year among Tulsa and Oklahoma City. …