For the last year or so, Faith Hope Consolo, Chair of the Retail Division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate has been promoting her increased involvement in the culture and real estate of Harlem. I finally get the opportunity to discuss her move to Harlem during an interview at the CREW Network Annual Convention in Bellevue, Washington. Faith long known in real estate circles as the Queen of Retail is best known for her representation of high end, luxury retail tenants. She and I discuss how she Read more
Faith is committed and tirelessly supports CREW Networks, ("CREW"), the largest commercial real estate organization in the world, dedicated to the advancement of women in commercial real estate. According to Faith, CREW is a "business integrated" organization. Every discipline is represented in CREW, including, legal, banking, brokerage. CREW is not just networking, although that is an important element, it helps promote business among its members and to support each other in an otherwise male dominated business. Faith also gives us an update on luxury retail real estate in New York City and the United States. Read more
Faith is excited about the growth of international retailers coming to the US. US continues to attract new retailers for Australia, South America and Canada. If anyone knows what's going on, Faith does. Read more
Luxury retail is going from an era of mass luxury—catching as many customers as possible—to true luxury. Read more
This show will be a “forum” discussion in which we will go into depth, the status and impact of women, or the lack thereof in leadership roles in commercial real estate. Listen as we discuss shifting societal attitudes and perspectives and how it may effect your real estate business and how you might benefit from the unique paradigm that woman may bring to the table, or do women really look at things from a different perspecitve? What is unique about my guests for this show is not that they are all woman. The uniqueness lies in their own personal traits, backgrounds and experience, each adding another layer of complexity to the discussion. The guests cover all age groups relavant to the discussion, covering a wide range of various disciplines that comprise the broad category of commercial real estate.
Men and women tend to earn my respect based upon their character, intelligence, ability to communicate well, experience, trustworthiness and good humor. None of these traits seem to be exclusive or predominate in either sex, as far as I am concerned. Read more