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Episode 39: How Malls Are Being Used for More Than Just Shopping



In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer speaks with Lou Conforti, CEO of Washington Prime Group (WPG). WPG is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition, and development of retail properties. Lou talks about what he and the WPG team are doing to help their tenants continue operating their retail businesses during COVID-19.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Washington Prime Group is assisting their tenants during COVID-19
  • Ways that Lou is helping tenants strike a delicate balance between physical space and e-commerce
  • How WPG differentiates itself from other open-air retail centers
  • Creative ways that WPG is using open-air spaces in their assets
  • And more!

Tune in to hear how WPG is collaborating with retail tenants to pivot during the pandemic. 

Resources:   NREI Newsletter | National Real Estate Investor | Washington Prime Group


Episode 38: Real Estate Management and Diversity



In this episode of Common Area Podcast, David Bodamer is joined by IREM President Cheryl Gray. They examine how the commercial real estate industry has been having conversations about underrepresented groups for some time now, but in today’s atmosphere, people want to stop talking and start doing.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How the recent rise in protests against racism is leading to to a renewed push in industries to improve diversity and inclusion efforts
  • The obstacles that have faced members of oppressed communities in the past
  • The benefits of having diverse teams
  • How IREM is working to make property management a career of choice
  • And more!

Tune in now to hear how IREM is working to broaden their pool of future employees, find new ways of recruitment, and cultivate from within.

Resources:  National Real Estate Investor | IREM