It's that time of year again and everyone is gearing up for the largest real estate conference in the country. Many attending are seasoned professionals who have either learned by mistake, or witnessed through success, ways to guarantee the best possible trip. For others, this will be a first time seeing any and everything that comes with RECon. Whether it's the business, the weather, or the amenities surrounding the event, we have gathered the best advice possible for all contingencies.
John Mehigan - Vice President, Investments:
"Don't waste the opportunity. Carefully craft your message, work on your elevator speech--better yet, work on several and use them when applicable. Say them so many times that you get sick of hearing them, but also notice how it gets better each time."
"It's great to see friends and catch up--and they need to hear your speech too--but get out there and work the room!"
Joanna Rotonde - Senior Manager, Transactions:
"Take every opportunity to look at those name tags, introduce yourself without hesitation. Sometimes those are the most worthwhile discussions."
"The Vegas parties are just as important as attending the show, make sure to attend as many as you can."
Jan Hanak - Senior Marketing Design Manager:
"That hotel you are trying to walk to might look like it's right across the street, but it's really probably about 38 miles away. Take a cab or Uber, trust me."
"Don't miss the greatest Vegas performer since Elvis. Britney's last show, forever, is May 20th. Yes, I said Britney."
Jessica Sheard - Senior Retail Specialist:
"Ladies, bring flat shoes for trekking between halls. Trying it in heels (even comfy ones) becomes a quickly regrettable decision."
"Two-words, ChapStick and moisturizer. It's so dry out there! If you forget something, there are four Walgreens and a CVS on the strip!"
Patrick Johnson - Vice President, Capital Markets
and JV Portfolio Management:
"Craftsteak in MGM is the best steak I have ever devoured--how about that!"
"Also, in blackjack, never split anything that starts with an "F." That includes Fours, fives, or friggin' tens!"
April Laney - Leasing Agent:
When heading to Vegas I always think of this song, it’s so true in both business and at the Black Jack Table.
“You've got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. And know when to run. You never count your money. When you're sittin' at the table. There'll be time enough for counting. When the dealin's done.” – Kenny Rogers