LAS VEGAS—We are in a season of major change marked by an election year, fluctuating interest rates, multi-polar global concerns, and major changes in the retail landscape. Those thoughts are according to Daniel Ortega, principal at Edge Realty Partners.

As the much anticipated ICSC Las Vegas event approaches, we caught up with Ortega and other industry insiders to learn about their expectations for the upcoming event. "We are seeing shifting positions in the C-suites of so many companies right now as we enter this new era," Ortega tells "I'm excited to see which brands make major shifts to operations and real estate needs."

Reflecting on the pandemic, Ortega highlights how many brands shifted to order ahead and drive thru models. Now that the pandemic concerns have passed, some brands realize that drive-thru operations are often too expensive to develop and to operate relative to the return on investment. "I'm excited to see fresh ideas and excitement with the dynamic world of retail and restaurant real estate."

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Natalie Dolce

Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel,, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including and Museums New York magazine.