IBR Breakfast Series


April 11 Breakfast Series on Supporting the Workforce. Photo by Erika Sather-Smith.

April 11 Breakfast Series on Supporting the Workforce. Photo by Erika Sather-Smith.

Every other month the Idaho Business Review hosts a panel discussion featuring five or six industry-relevant panelists.

All 2017 Breakfast Series feature a continental breakfast and will be held at the Grove Hotel in Downtown Boise, 245 S. Capitol Boulevard.

Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed by a panel discussion from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

The panels are moderated by an attorney from Holland and Hart and are recorded for review and publication.

 NEXT UP: June 6, 2017

Bricks and mortar: Retail real estate

garden-city-loomThe last few years have been a wild ride for retail, in Idaho and elsewhere. Retail has been through some sharp ups and downs, with some traditional department stores such as Macy’s and Gordmans closing some stores, and other national chains, such as West Elm, CarMax, CVS Pharmacy, Westside Pizza and Tropical Smoothie, expanding into Idaho for the first time.

Large hospitals have stepped into the retail realm for the first time by opening freestanding clinics. Meanwhile, city planners seek to protect the sense of place in their communities by encouraging the growth of locally owned restaurants and stores. Some of the state’s traditional shopping malls have remained strong despite intense competition from new retailers.

At the Idaho Business Review’s June 6 breakfast series, a panel of retail experts will discuss these topics and more. The event begins with breakfast and networking at 8 amand ends promptly at 10 am.


Bricks and mortar: Retail real estate panelists


Andrea Nilson is a senior director and retail/investment specialist at Cushman and Wakefield Commercial Realty Advisors in Boise.

Nilson started her career as surplus real estate manager with, where she was responsible for real estate dispositions totaling more than 9 million square feet. Before that she was vice president of acquisitions for Heslin Becker Properties, a premier development company based in Southern California. Nilson was recently selected to serve on the Cushman & Wakefield Americas Retail Advisory Group . She holds a BA in international business from the College of Idaho.


Bryan C. Vaughn is a development partner at Hawkins Companies, a commercial real estate development company that has developed more than 255 retail projects in 23 states with more than 10.8 million square feet. The company owns and manages more than 3.4 million square feet of retained commercial property.

Vaughn has been responsible for the development of neighborhood shopping centers in Idaho, Texas and Oklahoma; has leased multiple power centers; has represented multiple national retailers as a broker, acquired and disposed of investment grade commercial real estate assets; and has entitled and provided project management for developments in several states.


Bruce Chatterton is director of Meridian’s community development department. He has more than 30 years’ experience as an urban planner, consultant and developer. He has worked in some of the highest growth communities in the U.S., including several Florida cities, Boise and Meridian. Over his career, he has been a part of the changing landscape of retail regulation, ranging from misguided attempts to restrict new retail based on market data, to more enlightened approaches which get regulators “out of the way” of innovative ideas.


Bob Mitchell is a partner in the Boise-based real estate firm Thornton Oliver Keller.  Mitchell joined Thornton Oliver Keller as a retail specialist in 1997. Along with his brokerage and development experience, he has also managed a wide variety of shopping malls and power centers and has been a partner in the firm since 2000. Mitchell received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1978. He has earned the Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) professional designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers.

randall-woodburyRandall Woodbury is president of Woodbury Corp., a Salt Lake City company that owns and manages more than 14 million square feet of retail, industrial, hotel, residential and office buildings in 14 states including the Magic Valley Mall in Twin Falls.

Before becoming president, Randall Woodbury had directed the company’s property management department since 1981. He earned the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, in 1987. In 2010, he represented as its international president. He has a BA in business finance from the University of Utah.


Moderator: Anna Eberlin is an associate at Holland and Hart, where she represents clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including the areas of commercial and real estate transactions, financing, and corporate work.

She is experienced in advising and assisting clients with real estate and development work (including closing acquisitions and sales, commercial leasing, solving title-related issues, due diligence work, and land use representation on zoning), use and permitting matters for shopping centers, industrial, medical, office, renewable energy projects, and other commercial development.

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