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Future of Retail: What's in Store for the Downtown Experience?

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Future of Retail:
What's in Store for the Downtown Experience?

You’re invited to the September Downtown Talks featuring a panel of retail experts who’ll discuss new customer behaviors and demands, commercial leasing trends, and what it takes to attract retail activity in the current market. Secure your spot to hear about the future of Downtown’s retail scene, enjoy a plated breakfast, and network with stakeholders.

Ticket Prices:

BDA Member (Individual): $50
Non-BDA Member (Individual): $65
BDA Member Corporate Table (Seats 8): $380
Non-Member Corporate Table (Seats 8): $500



Robert Arron
Senior Director of Real Estate Marketing and Leasing, Vulcan

Arron’s major leases negotiated include lease transactions totaling over 6 million square feet with companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Costco.

Katie Perkins
Senior Director of Leasing and Retail, The Shops at the Bravern

Perkins’ portfolio includes The Shops at the Bravern which is only one of Brookfield’s 653 properties across the world.

Jesse Canedo
Economic Development Strategist, the City of Bellevue

Canedo has built diversity-forward startup support programs, developed collaborative multi-city services, worked with the Brookings Institution’s Global Cities Initiative, and managed foreign trade zones.

Alesha Shemwell
Director of Retail, Kemper Development Company

Shemwell has devoted her career to serving the Shopping Center Industry. Currently, she is responsible for the Retail Management Team that oversees all retail and restaurant tenant relations at The Bellevue Collection.


Monica Wallace
Senior Vice President, Kidder Mathews
Wallace joined Kidder Mathews in 2021 and has been actively involved in retail leasing in Downtown Bellevue for over 20 years.