West Texas Commercial Real Estate Expo

Highlighting the commercial real estate market in El Paso and the Southwest region through education, marketing and networking opportunities.  


Meet our speakers!

Robin Lewis


The Robin Report

Phil Colicchio

Managing Partner

Colicchio Consulting

Dr. Heather Wilson


The University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Richard Lange



Garrick H. Brown

Commercial Real Estate Economist

Brown Consulting

Robin Lewis

Westcom Speaker

Robin Lewis is the founderand CEO of The Robin Report. He is an author, speaker, and consultant for the retail and consumer products industries.

Previously, he was Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he developed and launched a global retail consulting practice. Prior to Goldman Sachs, as Vice President and Executive Editor of Women’s Wear Daily. Earlier in his career he held executive positions in strategic planning, business development, and brand and marketing management at DuPont, VF Corporation and Grey Advertising.

He is frequently requested by C-level management for advice, consultation and strategic presentations: among them are Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, VF Corp., Kohl’s,Charming Shoppes, Estee Lauder, Iconix, Footlocker, and Ralph Lauren, as well as financial firms such as The Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs and others.

He is the co-author of The New Rules of Retail,and Retail’s Seismic Shift, and is often quoted in various trade and consumer publications such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Brand Week, and Advertising Age, as well as appearing on CNBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News.

He served on the Board of Directors for the Fashion Group International, and on the Advisory Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and has served on the Board of Governors for the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parson’s School of Design. He has also been an adjunct Professor for FIT’s Global Fashion Management Program

Phil Colicchio

Executive Managing Director,
Specialty F&B, Entertainment & Hospitality Consulting
Americas Retail Services

Phil Colicchio occupies a unique space in the intersecting worlds of Food & Beverage, mixed use and
office real estate development, law and education. As a New York based attorney, Phil represented
more than fifty James Beard Foundation Award‐ winning Chefs, Restaurateurs, Beverage and Service
Professionals, Restaurant Designers and Authors. As the Las Vegas mega‐restaurant era evolved, both
the renowned chefs and elite hotels turned to Phil to assist in crafting, structuring and negotiating longterm
restaurant management and licensing contracts.
Over the last several years, Phil turned his experience and deep relationships toward the interests of the
mixed use, office and hotel development sectors, where he consults on strategic hospitality planning
and the keys to identification, selection, negotiation and engagement of culturally relevant food and
beverage operations.
Founded in 2008, Colicchio Consulting has been one of the nation’s preeminent food & beverage
advisory groups. Since 2015, Phil and his business partner Trip Schneck have been at the forefront of
“The Food Hall Movement”’, advising property owners on the critical need for intelligently programming
communal spaces to include authentic food and beverage offerings, markets, programming, and
thoughtfully curated Food Halls. In 2017, Colicchio Consulting expanded to include providing services
required in the development of intimate venues to meet the demand for experiencing live performance
in familiar retail, hotel and Food Hall environments. In 2018, Colicchio Consulting was acquired by
Cushman & Wakefield, which provided the Company with a new ability to assist the real estate
community with vital hospitality amenitization at the highest levels.
Phil is also a professor of business, real estate and capitalization strategies in the Master of Professional
Studies program at the Culinary Institute of America’s School of Business and Management Studies, of
which he is a founding member. He is both a Fellow of the Institute and a member it’s School of Business
and Management Studies’ Advisory Council, and he presented the commencement address to the Class
of 2021 in Hyde Park, NY.


Dr. Heather Wilson

President, The University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Heather Wilson became the 11th President of The University of Texas at El Paso in 2019 after serving as Secretary of the United States Air Force. She is the former
president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and she represented New Mexico in the United States Congress for 10 years. Dr. Wilson has also worked in the private sector, serving as a senior adviser to defense and scientific industry.

Active in community and national affairs, Dr. Wilson is a member of the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, and she chairs the Women in Aviation Advisory Board of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Dr. Wilson is the granddaughter of immigrants and was the first person in her family to go to college. She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in the third class to admit women and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar.

UTEP is located on the U.S.-Mexico border – in the fifth largest manufacturing region in North America – and serves more than 24,000 students with 169 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools. In the top 5% of public universities in the United States for research and designated
a community-engaged university by the Carnegie Foundation, UTEP is America’s leading Hispanic-serving university. It is the fourth largest research university in Texas and serves a student body that is 84% Hispanic.

President Wilson is an instrument rated private pilot. She and her husband, Jay Hone, have three adult children and one granddaughter.


Dr. Richard Lange,

M.D. is president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso and dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Lange obtained his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of North Texas, and, his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his internship and residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and then returned to UT Southwestern for fellowship training in cardiology. He joined their faculty, where he became director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, served for many years as the Fellowship Program director and directed the Rapoport Center for Cardiovascular Research. In 2004, he returned to the Johns Hopkins Hospital to serve as Chief of Clinical Cardiology and, while there, obtained his M.B.A. from John Hopkins University. Before coming to TTUHSC El Paso in 2014, Dr. Lange served as Vice Chairman of Medicine and Director of Educational Programs at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. He has been president of the American Heart Association Texas Affiliate and an active clinical investigator publishing more than 400 journal articles, book chapters and books dealing with heart disease. He serves on the editorial board of numerous journals, is on the boards of University Medical Center, El Paso Children’s Hospital,the Hospitals of Providence Transmountain and the El Paso County Medical Society. He is the immediate past chair of the FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel. He is credited with the first medical podcast worldwide (now TT Healthwatch) which has been produced weekly in collaboration with Johns Hopkins for the past nineteen years.

Garrick H. Brown

Commercial Real Estate Economist

Garrick Brown is one of the leading retail real estate analysts in the United States; he speaks frequently at industry events and is regularly quoted on retail matters by the Wall Street Journal, the CBS Evening News, NBC News, CNBC, National Public Radio, Women’s Wear Daily and dozens of Business Journals and other industry publications.

Prior to starting his own consultancy practice, Garrick served as Vice President, Retail Intelligence for Cushman & Wakefield throughout the Americas. There he managed Cushman & Wakefield’s staff of retail researchers and was responsible for producing the firm’s retail analyses, publications and forecasts in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

He is a veteran real estate economist, with more than twenty years of experience with all commercial real estate product types and serving in an advisory capacity, shaping successful real estate strategies with data-driven intelligence. In 2019 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Research Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

He is an accomplished public speaker, known for his informative and entertaining approach. He has served as a keynote speaker at symposiums, conferences and market forecasting events for groups like the Appraisal Institute, BOMA, ICSC, Lambda Alpha International, NAIOP, ConnexFM, SIOR and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He serves on the Board of Directors for ConnexFM, North America’s largest facilities management trade organization.