CRE Execs on Vacation
One of the best parts about Houston in the summer is leaving it. We asked some of CRE’s bigwigs where their jetsetting took them.
CBRE executive managing director John Holland and his wife Laura visited Sun Valley for a destination wedding but managed to ditch the coattails for some outdoors time. They hunted and went fly fishing for wild cutthroat trout in the Lost River in Idaho.
Boxer Property prez Justin Segal and his family couldn’t pick just one spot to visit. Here he’s with his wife Jennifer at La Maison Blanche in Paris—the family also visited London and Tokyo. Their sons Ezra and Nathan particularly enjoyed the Eiffel tower: Justin tells us Nathan managed the squirt gun cannon, ready to fend off attackers, terrorists, and pickpockets. Ezra pretended to be emperor, sure he was ready to take over the city and become master of all he surveyed. (Ah, there’s a kid who’s destined to be a developer.)
Cushman & Wakefield executive director Chris Oliver and his wife Jill went Mediterranean—the duo visited Istanbul, Turkey, and Greece. Here they are on Patmos Island; while in Greece, they also stopped by Athens and Santorini.
CBRE managing director Trevor Hightower had quite the adventure in Barcelona. He attended the CBRE Global Industrial conference and brought his wife Tyler along to parlay the trip into a much-needed vacation. They hit up all the hotspots: El Born, La Gotic, La Cathedral, and the Segrada Familia. Unfortunately, Trevor also got pickpocketed. The good news: He managed to chase down the robber and got his wallet back with nothing missing. The bad news: He pulled a hamstring. (Looks like he's got a good shoulder to lean on until he heals.)
ICO Commercial CEO Larry Indermuehle (second from left) and other Fort Bend County pros visited China to discuss doing business in real estate. In Foshan, the sister city of Fort Bend County, they discussed how the use of Foreign Trade Zones creates opportunities for development and investment in Texas. Larry tells us Foshan is three hours outside of Hong Kong and has six million people. Its main industries are ceramics and furniture production/sales, so the group visited many production and showroom facilities as well as government officials and business owners.
From right to left, here’s Larry with Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert, Patricia Hebert, Judge Hebert’s assistant Beth Wolf, Chancheng District Foshan City’s Zhou Haihua, and Safari Texas owner Allison Wen (who chairs global initiatives for Fort Bend). It wasn’t all business—Larry says the delegation ended the trip by spending two days in Hong Kong taking in the sights and some excellent dinners, including Jumbo’s floating Chinese Restaurant and Wooloo Mooloo Steakhouse.
Bisnow Southwest regional manager Mike Jax was amazed to see that some parts of the country aren't flat—he hiked up a mountain to see a glacier near Idaho Springs, Colo. (For those of you not up on your frontier geography, that’s just west of Denver, where we recently hosted another big multifamily event!)