Where everyone is a VIP

February 3, 2014 admin

Last week (January 28–30) was our annual Visions, Insights & Perspectives conference, held in Carlsbad, Calif., at the La Costa Resort and Spa. This year we celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Institutional Real Estate Letter – Americas, and let me tell you, IREI went all out.

Below, you’ll be able to take a look at a few highlights of the three-day conference.


1 (Mike C and Philip Riordan
Conference co-chairs Mike Consol, editor of The Institutional Real Estate Letter – Americas, and Philip Riordan, senior managing director and head of real estate at GE Asset Management, welcome attendees and go over the schedule for the next few days.

2 (Jim Woidat)
Jim Woidat, principal at Kingsley Associates, reviews the annual investor survey findings with attendees.

3 (Tom Morris)
Tom Morris, philosopher and author of many books, gave an informative and enjoyable keynote on the topic of The Essential Jobs at Your Office: The Success and Leadership Secrets of Steve Jobs.

4 (Mike C Tom M)
Mike Consol and Tom Morris after a short video interview

5 (JL Keynote)
Jonathan Last, senior writer at The Weekly Standard, gave an informative and eye-opening keynote on the topic of what to expect when no one’s expecting, blending demographic findings and what we should expect in the future.

6 Jonathan Last
Jonathan Last, after a short video interview (for more of IREI’s videos, click here)

7 JL and MC
Mike Consol and Jonathan Last

8 Peer to peer. Winding down
As one of many informative sessions at VIP, peer group discussions are held to discuss the main topics that are on everyone’s minds.

9 Suzanne Newsfeed
Suzanne Chaix, data associate at IREI, was helping attendees sign up for our free newsfeeds. If you aren’t yet signed up, click here and find out how!

10 Night 1
Night one welcome reception

11 Night1 (1)
Night one welcome reception

12 Day 2
The start of day two in the lovely Costa del Sol Foyer

13 Blended sessions peer group findings!
After investor-only and manager-only breakout sessions, investors and managers come together for a blended session to discuss what they have found.

14 Neil Irwin Keynote
Neil Irwin, author and columnist for the Washington Post, gives an insightful keynote on the topic of Highlights of Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire.

15 Neil Irwin
Neil Irwin

16 Niel and Mike C
Mike Consol and Neil Irwin

17 Attendees
After morning sessions and a quick sack lunch, attendees head out to relax or participate in one of our many activities (hiking, biking, golf or tennis).

18 Golf
One of the golf courses at the La Costa

19 Golf2
Getting ready to golf!

20 Biking
One of the biking groups (there was a choice of a coastal bike ride or mountain bike ride) getting ready to head out!

21 Biking2
Enjoying the view!

22 Tennis
A few of our tennis participants playing

23 Tennis
A few more tennis participants

24 Tennis Break
Break time!

25 Band
On the second night, the conference department went all out and did a 1980s-themed night and had everything from look-a-likes (Boy George, Tina Turner and Madonna), a photo booth, an iron-on t-shirt station, air hockey and arcade games and even an 80s cover band! Needless to say, Neon Nation kept the house jumping!

26 Night2Dancing
Attendees on night two dancing the night away!

27 Day 3 debt panel
After a final morning breakfast, attendees attend a panel on the subject of debt and equity, moderated by William Lindsey, partner at PCCP.

28 Peer Group
As a final session, peer group leaders share their group’s findings with attendees after their discuss on financing real estate.

If you’d like to attend one our events, click here for more info!

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DenisefinalwebDenise DeChaine is special projects editor at Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

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