Retail Real Estate Forum 2013

The New Age of Retail’ Real Estate Forum 2013: Innovation is the keyword in retail

‘The New Age of Retail’ Real Estate Forum organized by GOVNET Conferences was held on October 23, at Intercontinental Hotel Bucharest and gathered representatives of major retailers, but also from complementary areas bringing to the fore the most pressing issues in this area.

Representatives of major shopping centers and top retailers participated in this year's edition of the "New Age of Retail" Real Estate Forum. With the ever changing financial climate and challenging market environment, shopping centers and retailers need to work creatively to make consumers to open their wallets.

The demand for goods and services are in a continuous evolution, keeping retailers alert for the latest trends and shopping habits.

Who attended:  

·   Management of shopping centers and retail developers 

·   Top representatives of the most important retailers active in Romania 

·   Architecture firms and project management companies

·   Representatives of banks and financial institutions 

·    Senior real estate consultants

·   Representatives of service providers for the retail real estate sector

Participants Testimonials:

I appreciate the good organization and the wide choice of the subjects of major interest for the current economic situation in Romania discussed. I believe and also appreciate that the data stated by the presentations helps us have a much clear overview on the status quo of modern Retail in Romania in the current context considering the projection in the near future. Thank you and I’m waiting with great interest the next edition.’
Cazimir Danciu Cristian Stefan - Director of Expansion Romania,  KAUFLAND

I wish to send my congratulations to the GOVNET team for the excellent organization of the event and for the complexity of the subjects approached on the retail sector.’

Irina Ivan - Architect, ETEM Systems Romania

I thank you for the good cooperation in the event and I congratulate you for its success. ROFMA members present here were extremely pleased with the quality of the topics discussed, as well as with the attendance.’

Cristian Vasiliu - General Director, ROFMA

We wish to thank you and congratulate you for the successful event today. I hope we’ll further collaborate as well.’

Anne Linek - Business Developer, ARCHIBUS Solution Center Romania

I want to send my thanks for the event and fruitful information gathered. The event had good speakers and interesting presentations.’

Anne-Marie Diaconu - Category Manager Real Estate, ING Bank Romania

Once again thank you and your team for a flawless organization.’

Razvan Gaita - General Manager, Anchor Grup

08:30 - 09:00
Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 - 11:00
First session
The future retail model - between innovation and dynamics  

- Radu Boitan, Chairman RICS Romania – The Romanian retail market – a stable market for investors?

- Anthony Willats, Managing Director Chapman Taylor  – Urban Regeneration

- Georgiana Andrei, Director Retail Agency Colliers – Romanian Shopping Centers Market - Where to?

- Lucian Anghel, Managing Partner Building Support Services – Innovative Facility Management services – supporting the shopping centers’ success”.

- Roxana Dudau, Associated Partner NOERR – Legal updates for the retail sector

- Ali Ergun Ergen, General Manager TBE Solutions – The importance of differentiation in retail that guarantees success

- Roxana Sunica, Marketing Manager Recolamp – Waste lamp management in retail buildings

11:00 - 11:15
Coffee break

11:15 - 13:00
Second session
New retail formats - vehicles to adapt to changing shopping habits

- Georgios Argentopoulos
, CEO Baneasa Developments
– Experience Marketing and Shopping Centers

- Catalin Pozdarie, General Manager Hervis Sports - Cross Channel Retail – Opportunities and Risks

- Brigitte Schmitt, Partner Oasis Shopping Center Services – Exploring The Value Of Centre Management

- Anne Linek, Business Developer ARCHIBUS Solution Center - Sexy and fit

- Alessandro Amato, Owner Sodo Migliori – Luxury retail challenges in the current market conditions

- Razvan Gaita, General Manager Anchor Grup - Selecting the right retailer

- Irina Ivan, Architect ETEM Systems - Architectural solutions for the retail sector

- Cristian Vasiliu, Managing Director ROFMA - Setting New Standards for the Romanian Facility Management Industry

13:00 - 14:00
Networking lunch

Radu Boitan
Chairman RICS Romania

Radu Boitan is an experienced property professional with over 15 years experience in Investment, Valuation& Property agency within the Romanian market. Recent work include Property Investment consultancy, valuation and strategic reporting instructions covering loan securities, asset management , projects acquisition & development.

Ali Ergun Ergen
General Manager TBE Solutions

Ali Ergun Ergen is one of the pioneers of the development of large-scale shopping centers in Romania. His previous experience include the position of CEO of Baneasa Developments and general manager of the Turkish Anchor Grup, where he coordinated the development of the first malls opened in Romania - Bucuresti Mall and Plaza Romania in Bucharest.

Brigitte Schmitt
Partner, Oasis Shopping Center Services

Brigitte Schmitt, coordinates the Shopping Center Services division and provides commercial and technical administration services for the retail sector, with a portfolio of over 25,000 sqm of retail projects developed by Oasis Development. She built her experience in real estate sector in Germany and Romania in the last 20 years. Oasis Development conducted projects totaling an area of ​​over 1.5 million sqm, the value of investment exceeding EUR 800 million.

Georgios Argentopoulos
CEO, Baneasa Developments
Georgios Argentopoulos is the director and CEO of the real estate business of Alltrom Group including Baneasa Developments SRL, Baneasa Investments SA, Baneasa Business and Technology Park SA, Metav SA, D239 SRL, Practic SA. His diversified professional background includes real estate, retail, telecommunications, textiles, plastics and consulting experience.

Anne Linek
Business Developer, ARCHIBUS Solution Center -Romania

Anna-Maria Linek, has 19 years experience in IT integrated systems and business management consulting (requirements evaluation, application architecture, process optimization, balance scorecards and project management). She is the coordinator of several projects of resources planning and optimisation, for Retail, Wholesale amd Real Estate Management.

Catalin Pozdarie
General Manager HERVIS SPORTS

Catalin Pozdarie is the General manager and Administrator of Hervis Sports and Fashion, member of Austrian Retailer SPAR. His extensive experience of almost twenty years in retail real estate makes him one of the most respected professionals on the market.

Anthony Willats
Managing Director, Chapman Taylor

Anthony Willats has a considerable experience in large retail and office projects. He was jointly responsible for setting up Chapman Taylor’s Prague office in 1997 and, since 2001, has developed Chapman Taylor's business in Romania, opening the Bucharest office in 2007 as Managing Director. His key projects in Romania are Baneasa Business & Technology Park, Baneasa Shopping City and Dambovita Centre.

Roxana Sunica
Marketing Manager RECOLAMP

Roxana Sunica is in charge of developing and implementing the strategy and the marketing plan for the first organization authorized for collecting and recycling waste lamps in Romania
. She also elaborated and implemented awareness campaigns - e.g.: “Marea Debarasare”, “Ziua Verde 2008”,,

Lucian Anghel
Managing Partner Building Support Services

Lucian Anghel has 15 years of experience in the local market of Facility & Property Management. In 2003 he co-founded BSS - Building Support Services, a company with 570 employees and a leading provider of Property & Facility Management services,  with a portfolio of over 200 commercial and office buildings, industrial and logistic parks and company network sites, totaling more about 2.5 million square meters.

Alessandro Amato
Owner Sodo Migliori

Alessandro Amato, is the co-founder and general manager of Sodo Migliori, the owner of Cellini jewlery stores and one of the most important luxury retail opperators in Romania. The company also owns the local representation of luxury fashion brands Gucci and Paul&Shark as well as jewlery brand Swarovski.

Roxana Dudau
Associated Partner NOERR

Roxana Dudau heads the Real Estate & Energy Department of the Noerr Bucharest office. She is specialized in advising major foreign investors active in the field of retail and construction, as well as banks and major investors predominantly in the automotive sector in their Greenfield investments in Romania. Mrs. Dudau has a large experience in construction and real estate, especially in retail transactions, advising the firm’s clients on their market entry and expansion in Romania.

Georgiana Andrei
Director Retail Agency, Colliers

Since 2009 Georgiana Andrei coordinates the activity of the Retail Agency within Colliers International Romania. In this role, she set the ground for a team of experts, starting with the development of the two existing divisions: High Street leasing and Shopping Centers. Afterwards, attempting to meet clients’ various needs, Georgiana span off a new division, specialized in offering consultancy for the development and leasing of Retail Parks.


Razvan Gaita
General Manager Anchor Grup

Razvan Gaita is the general manager of Anchor Grup. Gaita previously worked in the real estate arm of Volksbank, Rosegur Cash Services and also served as managing director of the German company ECE Projektmanagement Romania. Between 2004 and 2006, he was Director of Development at Kaufland Romania and previously held the same position at Billa Romania.

Irina Ivan
Architect ETEM Systems

Irina Ivan is architect consultant within Etem Systems SRL. Her previous work experience includes architecture consultancy services for companies such as GEZE Romania, KXL, DASA ARCH. Irina is a graduate of the Architecture and Urbanism University „Ion Mincu” in Bucharest.

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Hotel Intercontinental
4 Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu Bucharest 010051 ROMANIA
The Retail Real Estate Forum 2013 will be organized at the InterContinental Hotel in Bucharest, Fortuna Ballroom, at the 21st fllor.
The 21st floor Fortuna Ballroom is the newest and most modern ballroom in the city, with unique views.

InterContinental Bucharest is a five star hotel that provides a high class background for conferences, receptions and other types of events. Located right in the center of Bucharest, it is within walking distance from the Old City – Bucurestiul Vechi. The main subway station and the central bus station are just across the street. There are also taxi ranks directly in front of the hotel.

Special accommodation rates and hotel reservation

Retail Real Estate Forum 2013 participants benefit from special accommodation rates. Please send your accommodation requests directly to:
Mrs. Simona Sercan – Senior Convention Sales Manager
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