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At the invitation of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Barbara D’Amato, CEO of Trilogy Brands Group participated in the 2017 ICSC China Retail Summit as a Speaker in the Panel Discussion Session on “F&B Expansion in China”, and participated in a private C-level discussion at the “Asia Pacific CEO Forum”. From a number of heavyweight speakers from home and abroad to share new ideas, new online and new channel integration, new technology innovation applications, shopping center transformation and upgrading of the industry hot topics, while the attention of the roundtable forum guests from different angles around brand value, to expand the challenges and opportunities in the Chinese market, retail brand tenants and owners of the win-win cooperation, and shopping center successful business model and other key topics in-depth discussion. Speakers included: Jack Rennes, Executive Director of Hang Yung Real Estate Co., Ltd. Chen Wenbo, Co-President of Metro Holdings Group Co., Ltd., Barbara D'amato, CEO of Trilogy Brands Group, Chief Executive Officer of Burger King China Investment Co., Ltd. James Hawkey, Senior Director, Jones Lang LaSalle & China Retail Director Lin Jirui, Vice President of Baodong Real Estate Holdings Limited and General Manager of Baolong Commercial Real Estate Pan Lijun Tom McGee, President and Chief Executive Officer, ICSC International Shopping Center, Wal-Mart, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development, Wal-Mart, Chairman of Wanda Network Technology Group Qu Dijun, Vice Chairman of Chia Tai Group Luo Jia-shun, Nan Fung Group Zhongnan Joint Asset Management Limited Wang Yuansheng, Managing Director of Wanda Business Management Group Shanghai Region Wang Qingsheng, Executive Director of Dingshi Business Group Wang Wei, President of Shanghai Miaojiaofang Food Co., Ltd. Wang Zhigang, Assistant President of Zhongliang Holding Group and Commercial Real Estate Wu Di group president, deputy general manager of the theater group Seohyun earth and long. The summit took place in Shanghai, the most vibrant and growing retail economy in China and the city with highest population growth in Asia Pacific. As technology and demographic shifts occur at an accelerated pace, the Asia Pacific retail landscape is rapidly evolving. Consumers, particularly the growing millennial population which is shaping the future consumption market, are placing a high priority on experiences and convenience. Behaviors and expectations are not as easily predicted as was the case in the past. The leading shopping center owner/developers, retailers and industry leaders in the Asia Pacific region gathered at this event to address the numerous issues critical to the industry: Innovative retail concepts, effective customer-engagement strategies, seamless customer experiences, the strength of brands, and the increasing role of food and beverage in retail; and to network, discuss opportunities, and recognize industry’s best practices and innovation. “The world is obsessed with American brands, and the Chinese consumer is ready to experience something new” according to Barbara D’Amato, CEO of Trilogy Brands. “But not just any brand…you must understand the fundamentals that are driving demand, growth and trends in the US today in order to know what brand to invest in and be sure to bet on the next retail success”. Key drivers include: Brand strategy with customer centricity; a fluid retail strategy; a marketing strategy that incorporates full digital integration, customer centricity, big data, and social media; collaboration, information, speed, adaptability, and opportunity”. D’Amato continues, “Today brands are on steroids and something new will turn up that nobody can forecast. That’s a fact. If you are connected, focused, deliver with precision, are willing to adapt to acceleration and galvanize the organization into change to best serve consumers, while leveraging from the power of global partnerships, you can perform very well in most any global market and be the next retail success brand. This is how you protect your investment in brands and grow brand value globally”.


Randall Stauffer has been named Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, reporting to university President David Steele-Figueredo --(http://woodbury.edu/)"Randy has performed extremely well since his interim appointment in January 2016," Steele said.  "His knowledge of our institution will be crucial during the upcoming Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Review and the implementation of the three-year Strategic Enrollment Plan. It's clear from his service that Randy is an effective consensus builder and a thoughtful, even-handed and knowledgeable professional."Stauffer serves on the Deans' Council and acts in a liaison role with faculty governance on issues of curriculum and academic policy development.  Among his various duties, he coordinates the program-review process, addresses student issues as needed, coordinates planning and maintaining of centers and institutes, supports the development and implementation of the strategic plan, and serves as liaison to academic and non-academic units in planning of facilities and allocation of space.  Stauffer also oversees the WASC accreditation process and assists in managing personnel processes and in developing instructional plans and budgets.Stauffer joined Woodbury University as a full-time faculty member and chair of Interior Architecture in 2001.  He served as Dean of Faculty from 2005-07 and became Associate Dean of the School of Architecture in 2012.  Stauffer earned his Master of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University.  His 14 years of experience in the industry has included work as a designer, senior designer and project manager for multiple firms in Philadelphia and greater Los Angeles.Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California.  The university ranks 15th among the nation's "25 Colleges That Add the Most Value," according toand is a 2016-17 College of Distinction. Woodbury is a finalist for the General Community Service Award, a part of the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognition program. With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Liberal Arts, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture.  The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as a Master of Science in Architecture, Real Estate Development.  Visit woodbury.edu for more information.


F&B Expansion in China: Trilogy Brands Speaker at the ICSC China Retail Summit in Shanghai, China Trilogy Brands bets China has an appetite for American brands. Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2017 --( From a number of heavyweight speakers from home and abroad to share new ideas, new online and new channel integration, new technology innovation applications, shopping center transformation and upgrading of the industry hot topics, while the attention of the roundtable forum guests from different angles around brand value, to expand the challenges and opportunities in the Chinese market, retail brand tenants and owners of the win-win cooperation, and shopping center successful business model and other key topics in-depth discussion. Speakers included: Jack Rennes, Executive Director of Hang Yung Real Estate Co., Ltd. Chen Wenbo, Co-President of Metro Holdings Group Co., Ltd., Barbara D'amato, CEO of Trilogy Brands Group, Chief Executive Officer of Burger King China Investment Co., Ltd. James Hawkey, Senior Director, Jones Lang LaSalle & China Retail Director Lin Jirui, Vice President of Baodong Real Estate Holdings Limited and General Manager of Baolong Commercial Real Estate Pan Lijun Tom McGee, President and Chief Executive Officer, ICSC International Shopping Center, Wal-Mart, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development, Wal-Mart, Chairman of Wanda Network Technology Group Qu Dijun, Vice Chairman of Chia Tai Group Luo Jia-shun, Nan Fung Group Zhongnan Joint Asset Management Limited Wang Yuansheng, Managing Director of Wanda Business Management Group Shanghai Region Wang Qingsheng, Executive Director of Dingshi Business Group Wang Wei, President of Shanghai Miaojiaofang Food Co., Ltd. Wang Zhigang, Assistant President of Zhongliang Holding Group and Commercial Real Estate Wu Di group president, deputy general manager of the theater group Seohyun earth and long. The summit took place in Shanghai, the most vibrant and growing retail economy in China and the city with highest population growth in Asia Pacific. As technology and demographic shifts occur at an accelerated pace, the Asia Pacific retail landscape is rapidly evolving. Consumers, particularly the growing millennial population which is shaping the future consumption market, are placing a high priority on experiences and convenience. Behaviors and expectations are not as easily predicted as was the case in the past. The leading shopping center owner/developers, retailers and industry leaders in the Asia Pacific region gathered at this event to address the numerous issues critical to the industry: Innovative retail concepts, effective customer-engagement strategies, seamless customer experiences, the strength of brands, and the increasing role of food and beverage in retail; and to network, discuss opportunities, and recognize industry’s best practices and innovation. “The world is obsessed with American brands, and the Chinese consumer is ready to experience something new,” according to Barbara D’Amato, CEO of Trilogy Brands. “But not just any brand...you must understand the fundamentals that are driving demand, growth and trends in the US today in order to know what brand to invest in and be sure to bet on the next retail success.” Key drivers include: Brand strategy with customer centricity; a fluid retail strategy; a marketing strategy that incorporates full digital integration, customer centricity, big data, and social media; collaboration, information, speed, adaptability, and opportunity.” D’Amato continues, “Today brands are on steroids and something new will turn up that nobody can forecast. That’s a fact. If you are connected, focused, deliver with precision, are willing to adapt to acceleration and galvanize the organization into change to best serve consumers, while leveraging from the power of global partnerships, you can perform very well in most any global market and be the next retail success brand. This is how you protect your investment in brands and grow brand value globally.” Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2017 --( PR.com )-- At the invitation of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Barbara D’Amato, CEO of Trilogy Brands Group participated in the 2017 ICSC China Retail Summit as a Speaker in the Panel Discussion Session on “F&B Expansion in China,” and participated in a private C-level discussion at the “Asia Pacific CEO Forum.”From a number of heavyweight speakers from home and abroad to share new ideas, new online and new channel integration, new technology innovation applications, shopping center transformation and upgrading of the industry hot topics, while the attention of the roundtable forum guests from different angles around brand value, to expand the challenges and opportunities in the Chinese market, retail brand tenants and owners of the win-win cooperation, and shopping center successful business model and other key topics in-depth discussion.Speakers included: Jack Rennes, Executive Director of Hang Yung Real Estate Co., Ltd. Chen Wenbo, Co-President of Metro Holdings Group Co., Ltd., Barbara D'amato, CEO of Trilogy Brands Group, Chief Executive Officer of Burger King China Investment Co., Ltd. James Hawkey, Senior Director, Jones Lang LaSalle & China Retail Director Lin Jirui, Vice President of Baodong Real Estate Holdings Limited and General Manager of Baolong Commercial Real Estate Pan Lijun Tom McGee, President and Chief Executive Officer, ICSC International Shopping Center, Wal-Mart, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development, Wal-Mart, Chairman of Wanda Network Technology Group Qu Dijun, Vice Chairman of Chia Tai Group Luo Jia-shun, Nan Fung Group Zhongnan Joint Asset Management Limited Wang Yuansheng, Managing Director of Wanda Business Management Group Shanghai Region Wang Qingsheng, Executive Director of Dingshi Business Group Wang Wei, President of Shanghai Miaojiaofang Food Co., Ltd. Wang Zhigang, Assistant President of Zhongliang Holding Group and Commercial Real Estate Wu Di group president, deputy general manager of the theater group Seohyun earth and long.The summit took place in Shanghai, the most vibrant and growing retail economy in China and the city with highest population growth in Asia Pacific. As technology and demographic shifts occur at an accelerated pace, the Asia Pacific retail landscape is rapidly evolving. Consumers, particularly the growing millennial population which is shaping the future consumption market, are placing a high priority on experiences and convenience. Behaviors and expectations are not as easily predicted as was the case in the past. The leading shopping center owner/developers, retailers and industry leaders in the Asia Pacific region gathered at this event to address the numerous issues critical to the industry: Innovative retail concepts, effective customer-engagement strategies, seamless customer experiences, the strength of brands, and the increasing role of food and beverage in retail; and to network, discuss opportunities, and recognize industry’s best practices and innovation.“The world is obsessed with American brands, and the Chinese consumer is ready to experience something new,” according to Barbara D’Amato, CEO of Trilogy Brands. “But not just any brand...you must understand the fundamentals that are driving demand, growth and trends in the US today in order to know what brand to invest in and be sure to bet on the next retail success.” Key drivers include: Brand strategy with customer centricity; a fluid retail strategy; a marketing strategy that incorporates full digital integration, customer centricity, big data, and social media; collaboration, information, speed, adaptability, and opportunity.” D’Amato continues, “Today brands are on steroids and something new will turn up that nobody can forecast. That’s a fact. If you are connected, focused, deliver with precision, are willing to adapt to acceleration and galvanize the organization into change to best serve consumers, while leveraging from the power of global partnerships, you can perform very well in most any global market and be the next retail success brand. This is how you protect your investment in brands and grow brand value globally.” Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Trilogy Brands Group


--(http://woodbury.edu/)(http://contests.gdusa.com/competitions/package-design/2017-american-package-design-awards-winner?eid=1601727)Woodbury Graphic Design professor Dan Hoy and his Packaging Design students won the latest run of the Awards, which are organized by, one of the leading publications in the field, and sponsored by Neenah Packaging.counts a readership roughly 100,000 across its print edition, digital edition and popular website.Among Woodbury's winners and projects:• Czarah Castro, Designer: Castor & Pollux Wine Packaging• Patricia Hajjar, Designer: Canine Quest Dog Pack Packaging• Darwin Huanca, Designer: Oh Sh!t Wilderness Survival Kit• Andy Lim, Designer and Illustrator:Soul Juice Beverage Packaging• Josh Ovalle, Designer: Golden Seed Company Display & Packaging"Makers, sellers and marketers are challenged as never before to convey the message, promote the brand, close the deal,"noted. "Think fragmented audiences, information overload, media clutter, global competition, economic dislocation, changing practices and preferences. Package design and related disciplines are increasingly the difference makers in advancing the brand and influencing the purchasing decision. The outstanding work showcased here – from 200 elite design firms, design departments and production companies – is testimony to this phenomenon. Our annual competition celebrates attractive graphics, of course, but more importantly the power of design to forge an emotional link with the buyer at the moment of truth.""Once again, Woodbury's Graphic Design students have distinguished themselves among a significant field, across a broad range industry sectors and design disciplines,"saidBehnoush McKay, M.F.A., Graphic Design chair in Woodbury's School of Media, Culture and Design. "We are immensely proud of Czarah, Patricia, Darwin, Andy and Josh, whose creativity and dedication to mastering their craft bring recognition to themselves and to Woodbury."Whether zeroing in on brand identity, story/narrative, creative presentation or any other facet of package design, the American Package Design Awardscompetition celebrates the power and importance of blending technique and talent in the service of real-world requirements,"McKay said. "This high-level recognition provides further evidence of the caliber of students who are attracted to our Graphic Design program."The Graphic Design program grants a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which is included in the university's accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  The BFA is a professional degree, which translates to a top education resulting in strong, competitive student portfolios that stand out in the graphic design industry. Woodbury students consistently win international and national design awards, and have achieved recognition in entertainment design, web design, advertising design, package design, photography, identity design and environmental graphics.Small class size allows individual attention from the professional faculty and educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom, which provides students with the ability to create effective and engaging visual communication solutions.  The program has gained a reputation for graduating top quality designers ready to take their place in the profession.Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California.  The university ranks 15th among the nation's "25 Colleges That Add the Most Value," according toand is a 2016-17 College of Distinction. Woodbury is a finalist for the General Community Service Award, a part of the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognition program. With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Liberal Arts, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture.  The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as a Master of Science in Architecture, Real Estate Development.  Visit woodbury.edu for more information.


LOS ANGELES, CA, May 07, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Aiming at backpackers, dog fanciers and wine connoisseurs, among other consumer segments, packaging projects from five Woodbury University Graphic Design students have taken top honors in Graphic Design USA's 2017 American Package Design Awards. Woodbury Graphic Design professor Dan Hoy and his Packaging Design students won the latest run of the Awards, which are organized by Graphic Design USA, one of the leading publications in the field, and sponsored by Neenah Packaging. GDUSA counts a readership roughly 100,000 across its print edition, digital edition and popular website. Among Woodbury's winners and projects: o Czarah Castro, Designer: Castor & Pollux Wine Packaging o Patricia Hajjar, Designer: Canine Quest Dog Pack Packaging o Darwin Huanca, Designer: Oh Sh!t Wilderness Survival Kit o Andy Lim, Designer and Illustrator: Soul Juice Beverage Packaging o Josh Ovalle, Designer: Golden Seed Company Display & Packaging "Makers, sellers and marketers are challenged as never before to convey the message, promote the brand, close the deal," GDUSA noted. "Think fragmented audiences, information overload, media clutter, global competition, economic dislocation, changing practices and preferences. Package design and related disciplines are increasingly the difference makers in advancing the brand and influencing the purchasing decision. The outstanding work showcased here - from 200 elite design firms, design departments and production companies - is testimony to this phenomenon. Our annual competition celebrates attractive graphics, of course, but more importantly the power of design to forge an emotional link with the buyer at the moment of truth." "Once again, Woodbury's Graphic Design students have distinguished themselves among a significant field, across a broad range industry sectors and design disciplines," said Behnoush McKay, M.F.A., Graphic Design chair in Woodbury's School of Media, Culture and Design. "We are immensely proud of Czarah, Patricia, Darwin, Andy and Josh, whose creativity and dedication to mastering their craft bring recognition to themselves and to Woodbury. "Whether zeroing in on brand identity, story/narrative, creative presentation or any other facet of package design, the American Package Design Awards competition celebrates the power and importance of blending technique and talent in the service of real-world requirements," McKay said. "This high-level recognition provides further evidence of the caliber of students who are attracted to our Graphic Design program." The Graphic Design program grants a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which is included in the university's accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The BFA is a professional degree, which translates to a top education resulting in strong, competitive student portfolios that stand out in the graphic design industry. Woodbury students consistently win international and national design awards, and have achieved recognition in entertainment design, web design, advertising design, package design, photography, identity design and environmental graphics. Small class size allows individual attention from the professional faculty and educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom, which provides students with the ability to create effective and engaging visual communication solutions. The program has gained a reputation for graduating top quality designers ready to take their place in the profession. About Woodbury University Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. The university ranks 15th among the nation's "25 Colleges That Add the Most Value," according to Money Magazine, and is a 2016-17 College of Distinction. Woodbury is a finalist for the General Community Service Award, a part of the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognition program. With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Liberal Arts, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture. The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as a Master of Science in Architecture, Real Estate Development. Visit woodbury.edu for more information. MEDIA CONTACT Ken Greenberg | Edge Communications, Inc. | 323-469-3397 ken@edgecommunicationsinc.com


LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / April 18, 2017 / Active Wall St. blog coverage looks at the headline from Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) as the Company announced on April 13, 2017 that affiliates of private investment firm Starwood Capital Group will acquire all the outstanding common stock of Forestar in an all-cash transaction. The deal is valued at approximately $605 million. Register with us now for your free membership and blog access at: http://www.activewallst.com/register/. One of Forestar Group's competitors within the Real Estate Development space, The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC), announced on April 10, 2017, that it will release Q1 2017 earnings on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 after the market closes and will hold its Q1 conference call on Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 10:00 am ET. The Company's earnings release will be posted to its website prior to the conference call in the Investor section. AWS will be initiating a research report on Howard Hughes in the coming days. Today, AWS is promoting its blog coverage on FOR; touching on HHC. Get all of our free blog coverage and more by clicking on the link below: http://www.activewallst.com/register/. Commenting on the deal, James A. Rubright, Chairman of Forestar Group's Board said: "Over the past 18 months Forestar has significantly reduced costs and outstanding debt, exited non-core assets and focused on its core community development business. While executing these key initiatives, the Board and management have been evaluating longer term strategic alternatives. After conducting a thorough review assisted by highly experienced financial and legal advisors, the Board believes that engaging in the transaction with Starwood is the best option to maximize stockholder value." Starwood would be paying $14.25 per share in cash for each share of Forestar. The offer price represents a premium of 8.2% of the 90-day volume weighted average price of the Forestar's stock. Forestar's Board of Directors has already approved the deal. The deal is expected to close in Q3 2017 subject to shareholders' approval and fulfillment of certain closing conditions. However, the transaction is not subject to any financing conditions. For this deal, Forestar's financial advisor was JMP Securities LLC and the legal advisor was Skadden, Arps, Slate, and Meagher & Flom LLP while Starwood's legal advisors were Kirkland & Ellis LLP. As a result of this deal, Forestar has announced that it will not be sharing its Q1 2017 earnings results or hold a conference call for the same. AUSTIN, Texas based Forestar is a residential and mixed-use real estate development Company. Forestar directly or through its affiliates owns stake in 55 residential and mixed-use projects which include approximately 7,000 acres of real estate located in 11 states and 15 markets. It also owns natural resources such as timber tracts, oil and gas properties, and groundwater resources. In recent times, Forestar has been taking steps for revamping its organization and capital structure and reduce costs so that it could reduce its debt and operating costs. To this end, the Company has been selling off non-core assets so that it can focus on its real estate business. Greenwich, Connecticut based Starwood Capital Group is a private investment firm that primarily focuses on global real estate. Starwood Capital has 25 years of experience covering virtually every real estate asset class including offices, apartments/ condos, retail, hotels, residential, and industrial properties etc. The firm was launched in 1991 and currently has approximately $52 billion of assets under management. It has over 2,000 employees across nine offices globally plus approximately 15,000 additional employees involved with a dozen portfolio operating Companies. On March 30, 2017, Starwood and its affiliates sold off their entire holdings in TRI Pointe Group. The reason given for the sale was that Starwood was disappointed in the performance of the Company in recent years, including lack of strategic direction and disagreement over ways of unlocking shareholder value. On March 29, 2017, Starwood joined hands with Chinese property developer and operator Shimao Property Holdings Limited to form a new hotel joint venture based in China to take advantage of the market opportunities in the region. At the closing bell, on Monday, April 17, 2017, Forestar Group's stock rose slightly by 0.35%, ending the trading session at $14.20. A total volume of 3.00 million shares were traded at the end of the day, which was higher than the 3-month average volume of 325.66 thousand shares. In the last month and previous six months, shares of the Company have surged 9.23% and 26.79%, respectively. Moreover, the stock gained 6.77% since the start of the year. Shares of the company have a PE ratio of 9.24. 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If you're a company we are covering and wish to no longer feature on our coverage list contact us via email and/or phone between 09:30 EDT to 16:00 EDT from Monday to Friday at: CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute. LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / April 18, 2017 / Active Wall St. blog coverage looks at the headline from Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) as the Company announced on April 13, 2017 that affiliates of private investment firm Starwood Capital Group will acquire all the outstanding common stock of Forestar in an all-cash transaction. The deal is valued at approximately $605 million. Register with us now for your free membership and blog access at: http://www.activewallst.com/register/. One of Forestar Group's competitors within the Real Estate Development space, The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC), announced on April 10, 2017, that it will release Q1 2017 earnings on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 after the market closes and will hold its Q1 conference call on Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 10:00 am ET. The Company's earnings release will be posted to its website prior to the conference call in the Investor section. AWS will be initiating a research report on Howard Hughes in the coming days. Today, AWS is promoting its blog coverage on FOR; touching on HHC. Get all of our free blog coverage and more by clicking on the link below: http://www.activewallst.com/register/. Commenting on the deal, James A. Rubright, Chairman of Forestar Group's Board said: "Over the past 18 months Forestar has significantly reduced costs and outstanding debt, exited non-core assets and focused on its core community development business. While executing these key initiatives, the Board and management have been evaluating longer term strategic alternatives. After conducting a thorough review assisted by highly experienced financial and legal advisors, the Board believes that engaging in the transaction with Starwood is the best option to maximize stockholder value." Starwood would be paying $14.25 per share in cash for each share of Forestar. The offer price represents a premium of 8.2% of the 90-day volume weighted average price of the Forestar's stock. Forestar's Board of Directors has already approved the deal. The deal is expected to close in Q3 2017 subject to shareholders' approval and fulfillment of certain closing conditions. However, the transaction is not subject to any financing conditions. For this deal, Forestar's financial advisor was JMP Securities LLC and the legal advisor was Skadden, Arps, Slate, and Meagher & Flom LLP while Starwood's legal advisors were Kirkland & Ellis LLP. As a result of this deal, Forestar has announced that it will not be sharing its Q1 2017 earnings results or hold a conference call for the same. AUSTIN, Texas based Forestar is a residential and mixed-use real estate development Company. Forestar directly or through its affiliates owns stake in 55 residential and mixed-use projects which include approximately 7,000 acres of real estate located in 11 states and 15 markets. It also owns natural resources such as timber tracts, oil and gas properties, and groundwater resources. In recent times, Forestar has been taking steps for revamping its organization and capital structure and reduce costs so that it could reduce its debt and operating costs. To this end, the Company has been selling off non-core assets so that it can focus on its real estate business. Greenwich, Connecticut based Starwood Capital Group is a private investment firm that primarily focuses on global real estate. Starwood Capital has 25 years of experience covering virtually every real estate asset class including offices, apartments/ condos, retail, hotels, residential, and industrial properties etc. The firm was launched in 1991 and currently has approximately $52 billion of assets under management. It has over 2,000 employees across nine offices globally plus approximately 15,000 additional employees involved with a dozen portfolio operating Companies. On March 30, 2017, Starwood and its affiliates sold off their entire holdings in TRI Pointe Group. The reason given for the sale was that Starwood was disappointed in the performance of the Company in recent years, including lack of strategic direction and disagreement over ways of unlocking shareholder value. On March 29, 2017, Starwood joined hands with Chinese property developer and operator Shimao Property Holdings Limited to form a new hotel joint venture based in China to take advantage of the market opportunities in the region. At the closing bell, on Monday, April 17, 2017, Forestar Group's stock rose slightly by 0.35%, ending the trading session at $14.20. A total volume of 3.00 million shares were traded at the end of the day, which was higher than the 3-month average volume of 325.66 thousand shares. In the last month and previous six months, shares of the Company have surged 9.23% and 26.79%, respectively. Moreover, the stock gained 6.77% since the start of the year. Shares of the company have a PE ratio of 9.24. Active Wall Street (AWS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. AWS has two distinct and independent departments. 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Welcoming guests for nearly six decades, Loews Hotels & Co.'s core brand, Loews Hotels, has become a leader in distinctive hotels that cater to meetings and groups, business, leisure, and family travelers in key urban and resort destinations throughout the United States and Canada. The Cordish Companies' Live! brand, one of the premier entertainment brands in the country, welcomes over 50 million annual visitors to its Live! Districts which are among the highest profile dining, entertainment and hospitality destinations in the country.  Together, these two powerhouses will provide a one-of-a-kind upscale destination for the City of Arlington and the Dallas Fort-Worth metroplex. "Loews Hotels & Co. brings a first-class level of hospitality that is unmatched," stated Blake Cordish, Vice President of The Cordish Companies. "Live! by Loews will debut on one of the highest and most exciting platforms of sports and entertainment in the entire country. Live! by Loews is a major step forward in cementing Arlington as the premier entertainment destination in the State of Texas." "An upscale hotel in the Entertainment District has long been a dream for Arlington and we couldn't be more excited to see that dream become a reality with the addition of a Loews branded hotel," said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. "With this announcement, we have just combined three world-class businesses with a world-class destination. This is a home run for Arlington and its residents and visitors." Designed by internationally-acclaimed HKS Architects, the 14-story tall contemporary glass tower will feature 302 luxury guestrooms, including 26 suites, with floor to ceiling glass windows that show off incredible, expansive views of the entertainment district from each room. The iconic tower will feature several unique resort-style spaces and amenities for guests to enjoy both day and night including: "Live! by Loews will anchor Texas Live! as one of the premier entertainment, hospitality and event destinations in the country," stated Rob Matwick, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Texas Rangers. "We are very excited to announce our partnership with Loews Hotels and to unveil our vision for Texas Live! together with our development partners, The Cordish Companies." Texas Live! is expected to create approximately 3,025 new jobs for the City of Arlington and Tarrant County, including 2,000 construction jobs and 1,025 permanent jobs, along with numerous vendor opportunities for local, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. The dining and entertainment space in the district will open in 2018, with Live! by Loews scheduled to open in 2019. For more information, please visitwww.texas-live.com. About Loews Hotels & Co.  Established 1960 Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Co. hospitality company is rooted in deep heritage in the hotel industry and excellence in service. The hospitality group encompasses branded independent Loews Hotels, and a solid mix of partner-brand hotels. Loews Hotels & Co. owns and/or operates 24 hotels and resorts across the U.S. and Canada, including Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle and the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, the fifth hotel in partnership with Comcast NBC Universal. Located in major city centers and resort destinations from coast to coast, the Loews Hotels portfolio features properties grounded in family heritage and dedicated delivering unscripted guest moments all with a handcrafted approach. For reservations or more information about Loews Hotels, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or visit: www.loewshotels.com. About The Cordish Companies The Cordish Companies' origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Real Estate Development, Gaming & Hospitality, Entertainment Management and International Urban Planning & Development. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies' prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore's world famous Inner Harbor;  Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family's core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit www.cordish.com or follow us on Twitter (@cordishco). "The Cordish Companies," "The Cordish Company" and "Cordish" are trademarks used under license by independent corporations, legal liability companies and partnerships ("Cordish Entities"). Each Cordish Entity is a separate, single-purpose legal entity that is solely responsible for its obligations and liabilities. No common operations or financial interdependency, and no intermingling of assets or liabilities of the Cordish Entities exists, or should be deemed to exist, as a result of the potential common reference to multiple independent entities operating under the names "Cordish," "The Cordish Companies" or "The Cordish Company" here or elsewhere. About the Texas Rangers Entering their 46th season in Arlington, the Texas Rangers play in Major League Baseball's American League West Division. The Rangers own seven A.L. West Division titles (1996; 1998; 1999; 2010; 2011; 2015; 2016) and have advanced to postseason play in five of the last seven seasons. Texas has won at least 87 games in seven of the last eight years beginning 2009, the only Major League team to make that claim. A community leader, the Rangers, through the work of their Baseball Foundation, are dedicated to improving the lives of children in need and providing funding for youth in crisis, youth health initiatives, youth baseball programs, and youth education. Celebrating its 26th year, the Foundation has given back more than $15 million to help children in need. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/loews-hotels--co-the-cordish-companies-and-the-texas-rangers-unveil-vision-for-150-million-flagship-hotel-at-texas-live-300451450.html


BURBANK, CA, May 05, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- With the accent on supporting the next generation of local architects, Woodbury University School of Architecture will host a May 10 fundraising reception for the AIA SFV Scholarship Endowment, complete with an exhibition of current student work and presentations by prominent Southern California architects with ties to the School. WHO: Ted Smith, Principal of The RED Office The RED Office is a fully integrated real estate investment, development and design company focused on the acquisition and development of real estate. The firm's unique position lies in the investment of intellectual capital using innovative design solutions to improve the built environment, creating value both for partners and neighborhoods. Joining Smith and fellow Principal Kathleen McCormick are graduates of Woodbury University's masters in Real Estate development program (Mred), experienced San Diego practitioners, and fellow Woodbury faculty. The team has accomplished a wide range of unusual housing projects acting as developer, architect, and contractors. Ignacio Rodriguez (Woodbury School of Architecture - BArch '07), AIA, Principal of IR Architects Rodriguez, AIA, is a visionary architect who, at the age of 31, has designed more than 500,000 square feet of luxury real estate throughout Southern California. Growing up in the area, he developed a deep appreciation and understanding of what designing in Los Angeles can be. Rodriguez received a full scholarship to study architecture at Woodbury, where he received the prestigious Degree Project of the Year Award. IR Architects, the firm he founded in 2012 at age 28, is an integrated team, collaborating together to generate superior designs. The firm's experience, combined with its talents and creativity, contributes to the development of unique luxury homes. Since its inception, IR Architects has expanded rapidly and now averages 30 projects per year. Rodriguez has designed a slate of high-end luxury homes ranging from 5,000 square-foot contemporary new-builds to 70,000 square-foot estates. His projects consistently garner $2,000+ per square foot, placing him squarely among the elite in his field. Emily Cheng (Woodbury School of Architecture - BArch '09), Designer, Gensler Cheng is Director for the Asian American Architects & Engineers (AAa/e) Foundation Board and recipient of the 2009 AIASFV Foundation Scholarship. At Gensler, Cheng has been engaged in space planning, schematic design, design development, and construction document services for a corporate tech company campus space of more than 1 million square feet. She was previously Design Director at SEVEN13 Design and Designer/Job Captain at Gruen Associates. WHAT: AIA SFV Scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate and graduate students based on their architecture program portfolios. The awards are funded through an endowment created by the San Fernando Valley chapter of AIA (AIA|SFV), a professional association whose members are comprised of licensed architects and dedicated to furthering the architecture profession in local communities. Since 2001, AIA|SFV has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to approximately 120 Woodbury School of Architecture students. The AIA SFV Fund Award recipients are selected by AIA SFV jury members through the review of submitted architectural portfolios by students. WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. WHERE: Architecture Courtyard, Woodbury University 7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank 91510 RSVP: The event is free, with a suggested donation of $25 to the WU AIASFV Scholarship Endowment. AIA/Continuing Education credits offered. Food and drinks will be served. About Woodbury University Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. The university ranks 15th among the nation's "25 Colleges That Add the Most Value," according to Money Magazine, and is a 2016-17 College of Distinction. Woodbury is a finalist for the General Community Service Award, a part of the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognition program. With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Liberal Arts, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture. The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as a Master of Science in Architecture, Real Estate Development. Visit woodbury.edu for more information. MEDIA CONTACT Ken Greenberg | Edge Communications, Inc. | 323-469-3397 ken@edgecommunicationsinc.com


By amending the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to clarify capital requirements for certain acquisition, development, or construction loans (ADC), the legislation would address concerns regarding the HVCRE Rule. As currently written, the Rule is overly broad and is applied to many stabilized loans without construction risk, unduly burdening stabilized loans with capital charges after the construction risk has passed. Many banks, including small community financial institutions, have been deterred from making this type of loan – which can represent up to 50 percent of a small bank loan portfolio. Since introduction of the HVCRE rules in January 2015, necessary clarification for key elements of the rule have not been provided by regulators despite ongoing requests.  Without modifications, the consequences of the HVCRE rule could have an adverse economic impact on commercial real estate lending, local economies and job creation. Without a response from the regulatory community, the proposed legislation is intended to address the problem. Among the clarifications in the legislation are the following: As the House Financial Services Committee considers legislation in the 115th Congress to address the HVCRE rule, The Roundtable and its industry partners will continue to encourage policies that permits stable capital formation and balanced lending in a sensible financial regulatory framework. [1] Building Owners and Managers Association International, CCIM Institute, Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, Institute of Real Estate Management, International Council of Shopping Centers, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Apartment Association, National Association of Home Builders, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, National Association of Realtors, and National Multifamily Housing Council To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/real-estate-roundtable-supports-bipartisan-legislation-to-clarify-the-basel-rule-and-aid-economic-growth-300446493.html


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— Chris Kamberis, Founder of CTK Group, shares a few of the trends that experts look at when investing in commercial property. Locally, the Kansas City, MO, unemployment rates continue to lower from 2009 levels of 10.9% to its current 6.3%. Kamberis feels that the drop in unemployment and strong fundamental trends are helping support the robust Kansas City real estate market and driving property prices upward. The success of CTK Group has been based on its process of examining and analyzing all aspects of the potential property development projects, from local vacancy availability and its proximity to amenities, to trends in rental yields. Vacancy rates provide an overall view of the supply and demand for commercial real estate in a given location. However, investors also require knowledge for which projects are currently underway and will increase the supply of property and the relative appeal of each building. Chris Kamberis highlights pedestrian traffic as providing a boost in the attractiveness of commercial properties. CTK Group uses its detailed knowledge of the market in Kansas City, which allows them to interpret trends and identify the next successful project. “The reinvigoration of the downtown districts has kept commercial properties leaving the rental books in those areas, and vacancy rates continue to be low for properties around the Plaza and other downtown areas,” says the CTK Group founder. Trends in rental yields are also an important indicator of the overall direction of the property market and help support the initial investment into the project. However, the necessary knowledge comes from the details in each property, including the proximity to the amenities that can be useful such as transport routes, parking, recreational spaces, and other facilities. Equally, the quality of the property can be a factor, with new and attractive buildings often getting a premium above the market average for properties of a similar size. CTK Group possesses a premium of experience in the commercial market, allowing it to target well-positioned properties for developments. Chris Kamberis has examined the underlying trends in rental yields and has found strong growth for new commercial properties with modern amenities, noting that high premiums are made for modern foyers and meeting rooms, as well as staff break areas and bathrooms. These can help attract businesses towards more property as they are more likely to invest in facilities that boost customer confidence and staff morale. The strongest property trends actually sit outside the direct property market data and include the overall population growth, employment statistics, and business performance. All three of these factors show the willingness of new businesses to decide on a location and the willingness of existing business to expand their operations. Kansas City has continued to show extremely good fundamentals with declining unemployment, increasing population growth at the rate of 3.1%, and business confidence, which has continued to rise across the Midwest. Chris Kamberis is the Founder and President of the CTK Group, a top commercial Real Estate Development Company based in Kansas City. He oversees projects on behalf of each of his clients, and has a solid track record for accurately recognizing movements in the real estate market and for optimizing potential for everyone he works with, including Starbucks, Bank of America, and other Fortune 500 companies. New Westport player flips one of his properties for Opus' redevelopment: http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2017/03/07/ctk-group-developer-chris-kamberis.html For more information, please visit http://www.chriskamberisnews.com

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