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Building Owners and Managers Association International

2013 Winter Business Meeting

BOMA International
2013 Winter Business Meeting

January 18 – 21, 2013

Sheraton Waikiki
Honolulu, HI


Leadership and Growth Set the Tone for BOMA’s Winter Business Meeting

BOMA members gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 18-21 for BOMA International's annual Winter Business Meeting (WBM).  Attendees spent the week attending committee and task force meetings to develop strategies for BOMA programming and chart a course for industry growth.

Highlights from the WBM include:

Kirk Anderson Encourages Leadership Development

The Winter Business Meeting Opening Luncheon, sponsored by AlliedBarton Security Services, featured keynote speaker Kirk Anderson, managing principal of career and leadership development firm ActionPointe, LLC.  "It takes leadership to build and develop leadership," Anderson told attendees.  He called on those present to take the initiative to mine talent from within their organizations and encourage their peers and employees to teach others.  Anderson, who has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, also urged those present to embrace the industry changes of the future.  "The commercial real estate industry is always changing,” said Anderson.  “We grow as an industry by confronting these changes, not running from them.  If you stay with what you know, what's your future?  It's just your past repeated."

Recent BOMA 360 Performance Program designees were recognized during the luncheon by BOMA 360 Council Chair Rob Brierley, who reported on the growth of the program in the past year, highlighting the latest milestone—the 500th designated building.  To date, more than 530 buildings across 56 markets have earned the BOMA 360 designation.

Also recognized were the 7-Point Challenge participants.  John Scott, chairman of the Sustainability and Market Initiatives Task Force, recognized all the companies that participated in the challenge and also honored two companies with special awards:

Most Improved: Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. took their portfolio from an ENERGY STAR® score of 10 to a score of 63.  Their headquarters building is carbon neutral and they believe they can be carbon neutral portfolio-wide by 2015.

Most Innovative: The award was presented to Liberty Property Trust for the Liberty Energy Efficiency Partnership, or “LEEP” program.  The LEEP program is an internal program created to work with tenants who control their own energy bills.

Town Hall Discussions Create Blueprint for BOMA's Future

During the Town Hall Meeting, BOMA members gathered to discuss the organization's priorities for the upcoming year and beyond.  Attendees broke out into small groups to discuss strategies for membership growth and shared vision for BOMA.  During the discussion, facilitated by renowned management consultant Jean Frankel, groups shared ideas for refining education, mentorship programs and networking to better support the success of the individual member.  As encapsulated by BOMA International Chair Joe Markling’s theme of “Better by Association,” participants expressed a belief that a renewed focus on member success would also increase the success of BOMA as a whole.  

Board of Governors Highlights

After BOMA International Chair Joe Markling delivered his annual Chair's Report, BOMA Chair-Elect Rich Greninger and BOMA Vice Chair John Oliver presented the 2012 Year in Review.  They discussed the successes of the past year in advocacy, codes and standards, education, research and more, focusing on the value of BOMA membership.  “Looking back at 2012, it certainly was a busy year full of significant accomplishments,” said Greninger.  “Year after year, BOMA continues to prove we truly are ‘Better by Association.’”  Greninger also presented BOMA's return on investment (ROI) statistics, which included billions of dollars saved by BOMA’s codes victories—more than $3.50 per square foot for each existing building in the country.  The two BOMA leaders also highlighted the latest publications and reports; awards and achievements; events; legislative and regulatory victories; international outreach; and milestones of the past year. 

View a copy of BOMA’s 2012 Year in Review.

During his presentation on the BOMA Pulse survey, BOMA International President Henry Chamberlain identified work-life balance issues as the top concern of surveyed local association leadership, as job duties continue to expand and people struggle with a chronic lack of time to get everything done.  The second concern was vacancy rates, which in most markets are not showing much improvement as the economy slowly mends.  Rounding out the top five concerns were: identifying and recruiting a qualified workforce; stagnant real estate asset values; and increasing tax burdens with more expected on the way with federal tax reform looming on the horizon.

BOMA local association leaders see strength in committee involvement, attendance at events, and in building the business of BOMA in the coming year.  As they look to the future they have prioritized developing future leadership and bringing the next generations into prominence in BOMA.  There is a continued focus on the return on investment (ROI) members receive for their investment of time and money, and on diversifying association offerings to match up to emerging needs.  The BOMA Pulse is an annual survey of local association leadership.

Guest speakers included Kingsley Associates’ Phil Mobley, who reported on BOMA’s Membership Survey results; BOMA Canada President Peter MacHardy; and Jean Frankel with a report on the Town Hall Meeting and next steps in the planning process.

Rich Greninger then announced the winners of the 2012 Experience Exchange Report (EER) Participation Awards.  The honorees included:

Overall Winner
BOMA/Georgia – Gabriel Eckert

Local Winners: 300+ members
BOMA/Georgia – Gabriel Eckert
BOMA/Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) – Peggy Jeffers

Local Winners: 150 – 300 Members
BOMA/San Antonio – Teresa Tuma
BOMA/Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches – Melanie Schrul

Local Winners: <150 Members
BOMA/Kentucky – Chris Cieminski
BOMA/Greater Tucson – Jeanie Merideth

Also honored were five local and state associations for excellence in grassroots and issues advocacy through the Government Affairs Awards of Recognition Program (the “Govies”).  Each year, BOMA International’s State Government Affairs Committee acknowledges the outstanding work of BOMA state and local association volunteers in advocacy and education through the awards program.  The following state and local BOMA associations were honored:

Outstanding Government Affairs Committee – Small BOMA Local Association

Outstanding Government Affairs Committee – Large BOMA Local Association
Honorable Mention: BOMA/Chicago

Single Government Affairs Issue
BOMA California

Outstanding Government Affairs Program or Seminar
BOMA Florida

Read more about the Govie winners here.

Lastly, new policy positions on energy benchmarking and tax reform were passed and BOMA’s position in opposition of mandated luminous egress path markings was reaffirmed.

Read more about BOMA's new policy positions here.

Joe Markling closed the Board of Governors by declaring a continuation of Hawaiian business casual at the 2013 Every Building Conference and Expo June 23-25 in San Diego.

Mixing and Mingling

Despite its name, the Winter Business Meeting isn't all meetings!  Attendees first had a chance to network with old friends and industry peers poolside during the Welcome Reception, sponsored by Naylor, LLC.  In addition, attendees enjoyed well-deserved coffee breaks during the Saturday meetings, compliments of SIEMENS.  During the Sunday-night Closing Party, sponsored by ThyssenKrupp Elevator (who also sponsored the name badges and keycards), attendees mixed and mingled and reflected on another successful Winter Business Meeting.

Other Highlights

BOMA International said “Aloha” to O’ahu in perfect style with custom Hawaiian shirts and flip flops that literally “left an impression” on the beach with soles sporting the BOMA International logo.  These fashion statements helped raise more than $7,000 for BOMAPAC during the 2013 Winter Business Meeting.  BOMAPAC is an important element in BOMA’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill; supporting Members of Congress who support our industry is fundamental.