How the IPA can be a resource in a sea of change
November 1, 2016 | Liz Hester | Smart Brief
Collaboration in dealing with complex challenges was a key theme of the “Fireside Chat with the IPA Chairmen” panel featuring Tom Sittema, CEO of CNL Financial Group and Mitchell Sabshon, president and CEO of Inland Real Estate Investment Corporation; and moderated by Thayer Gallison, AVP, Director of Alternative Investments, AIG Advisor Group.
While coming to consensus as an association takes time and deep collaboration on the issues, the end result of having a unified voice makes the IPA an effective industry advocate. A major initiative next year for the IPA will be changing some of the negative perceptions of the alternatives industry, which continues to come under increased regulations.
“The IPA is the best collaborative organization in the industry,” Sabshon said. “The real issue is that our industry is materially different today. We’re delivering better products, better sponsors and more consistent returns, but we refer to the industry the same way as we did 10 years ago.”