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2014 Board of Governors Highlights

BOMA leaders got down to business during the Board of Governors meeting on June 22, 2014 during the Every Building Conference & Expo. Here are the highlights from that meeting.

BOMA Chair and Chief Elected Officer Rich Greninger, CPM, BOMA/Metropolitan Washington, presented Life Memberships to Gary C. Calliari, RPA, CPM, BOMA/Columbus and James C. Williams, RPA, BOMA/Greater Hartford.

International affiliates attend the Board of Governors

Affiliation agreements in Panama, Greece and Russia were approved for Asociación de Propietarios de Inmuebles de Panamá (API-Panama), the Greek Building Council and the Russian Guild of Property Managers and Developers.

Chair of the International Committee Peter Merrett welcomed the new international affiliates and reported that, with this addition, BOMA now has 17 total affiliated associations across the globe with delegates from 11 affiliates attending the conference.  Merrett also reported that the Jiaming Center in Beijing is the first TOBY regional award winner from China and that BOMA has recently executed a number of licensing agreements with affiliates to distribute best practice guidebooks and courses, most recently in China, Mexico and Russia with more to come.

BOMA Vice Chair Kent Gibson, CPM, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Utah, reported that the International Property Measurement Standards Coalition would soon be releasing the first global floor measurement standard and that Dubai had pledged to be one of the first countries to adopt it.

BOMA Chair Rich Greninger delivers the Report from the Chair

In his Report of the Chair, Greninger said it is critical that members at all levels can explain how their BOMA involvement produces a significant and tangible ROI and reinforce our relevancy to their leadership, and that putting the “O” back in BOMA is critical to our success in making the case to owners. Greninger noted that BOMA’s developing research and training joint ventures with commercial real estate associations and company partners is key to our remaining relevant both abroad and domestically, and that the high-performance brand BOMA has created has driven us to develop programs and services that define best practices and create asset value. Greninger said that the feedback from owners during the C-Suite outreach has been that they want us to grow our global platform, build a larger research capability and win legislative and regulatory fights locally, regionally and nationally to become an even stronger strategic partner in their success.

Greninger also announced that BOMA was honored to be the beneficiary of a grant from new Cornerstone Partner Yardi to pursue our efforts on energy efficiency. BOMA plans to put the grant money to good use by expanding energy education offerings at BOMA’s annual conference and via online webinars; updating a number of existing BOMA programs, publications and resources; creating new tools and training to help BOMA 360 participants and others optimize energy performance; and working with EPA and other partners to create best practices in working with tenants to conserve energy in tenant space.

BOMA also plans to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) to develop a model for commercial building re-tuning training. Guest speaker Lisa Shulock with CBEI reported on the details of the re-tuning program, which will help identify and correct building operational programs that lead to energy waste and will be deployed through BOMA’s network of local associations.

During the Financial Report, BOMA Secretary/Treasurer Dan Chancey, RPA, BOMA/Memphis, said that BOMA’s revenue projects are currently 2 percent higher than budgeted. Key strength areas include the annual MOB Conference that continues to grow and exceed revenue projections, continued strength with the Partnership Program and strong performance of BOMA’s Foundations of Real Estate Management program.

Rob Brierley presents BOMA Orlando with the 360 Local Participation Award

BOMA 360 Council Chair Rob Brierley, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Boston, reported on the BOMA 360 Performance Program. To date, more than 750 buildings have earned the BOMA 360 designation. So far in 2014, 87 buildings have been designated with a goal of 200 in total by year’s end. Brierley also recognized the winners of the BOMA 360 Local Participation Awards in the following categories:

  • More than 300 members – BOMA/Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) with 29 new buildings
  • 150 to 300 members – BOMA/Orlando with 10 new buildings
  • Less than 150 members – BOMA/Kentucky with 11 new buildings
  • Most Corporate Portfolio Submissions – BOMA/Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) with 16 buildings from Cassidy Turley

BOMA International CFO Brian Green, CPA, CAE, CGMA, reported that the 2014 Experience Exchange Report is now available and includes operating income and expense data from over 5,200 buildings across 250 markets with the largest pool of Canadian data ever with 10 new Canadian markets.

Government Affairs Committee Chair Lynn Vilmar, RPA, BOMA/Greater Tampa Bay, announced three new policy positions approved by the committee. The first position on Federal Rule Impacting Local Zoning requests that Federal Government agencies follow ordinary notice and comment procedures that apply to agency rulemaking and take into account comments, concerns and feedback from all stakeholders. The second position on Like-Kind Exchanges​ states that Section 1031 should be retained in its current form and that the policy does not free a taxpayer from any obligation to pay taxes but merely aligns the payment until the property is sold. The third position on Patent Trolls states that BOMA International supports meaningful reform to curtail patent trolls from filing unwarranted, vague and frivolous lawsuits.

Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee Bill Moebius, CCIM, CPM, RPA, BOMA/Dallas, announced the recent recipients of the Green Lease Leaders honor, presented by BOMA and the Better Buildings Alliance to companies that are incorporating green lease language into their portfolios. The companies honored are: Akridge, Brandywine Realty Trust, The Bullitt Foundation, Empire State Realty Trust, Government Properties Income Trust, Jamestown, L.P., Kilroy Realty Corporation, Kimco Realty Corporation, Liberty Property Trust, Oxford Properties, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC), Regency Centers, The Tower Companies and Unico Properties.

Moebius then announced the winners of the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign (LEEP). The 12 winners saved nearly 45 million kilowatt-hours and $4 million annually by upgrading high efficiency lighting in 500,000 parking spaces nationwide. The 2014 winners are: California Lighting Technology Center, Cox Enterprises, Inc., JBG Companies, Howard Hughes Corporation, Kimco Realty Corporation, Marine Corps Base Quantico, MC Realty Group LLC, MGM Resorts International, Regency Centers, Thedacare, University of Minnesota and Walmart Stores, Inc.

Cary Fronstin delivers the PAC report in BOMAPAC shades​

BOMAPAC Council Chair Cary Fronstin, LEED GA, RPA, BOMA/Ft. Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches, reported that $21,000 had been raised for BOMAPAC in 2014 before the convention with contributions to 28 candidates so far and more to come before the November elections. (Note, by the end of the conference, another $8,200 was raised).

Industry Defense Fund (IDF) Oversight Committee Chair Cary Brian Harnetiaux, BOMA/Orange County, announced that the Industry Defense Fund (IDF) has a current balance of $778,021 and that recently approved IDF projects for 2014 include $50,000 to BOMA/Kansas City for legal opposition to Mission, Kansas transportation utility fee; $40,00 to BOMA International to promote passage of the terrorism risk insurance program (TRIA) for another 7 to 10 years; and $10,000 to BOMA International to lobby for changes to Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA).

Building Codes & Voluntary Standards Committee Chair Don Erb, RPA, FMA, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Greater Buffalo, reported that BOMA’s efforts during the most recent three-year code cycle for the 2015 edition of the International Code Council saw direct savings and costs avoided for each existing commercial building in the U.S. of $3.50 per sq. ft. in 2012 and $2.50 per sq. ft. in 2013. That’s in addition to $30,000 to $70,000 annual savings in operating and maintenance cost for each building. Top issues for the first half of 2014 are the development of the next editions of the ICC’s green construction code, ASHRAE’s commercial building energy efficiency standard 90.1 and green construction standard 189.1 and the model standard for accessible design for persons with disabilities – A117.1.

BAE Council Chair Jeanie Merideth, BOMA/Greater Tucscon, reported that the BAE Council was a key component in the development of BOMA International’s recently launched new strategic plan and encouraged BAEs to attend the BAE Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in October.

Industrial Committee Co-Chairs Eileen Lewis, RPA, FMA, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Greater Tucson, and Shelby Christensen, BOMA/Philadelphia, reported that a survey for the new Industrial EER will open to a select group as a beta test this summer, with the first Industrial EER Report expected to be released in the fall. They highlighted the new industrial education track that debuted at this year’s conference, which included a tour of a TOBY-Award winning industrial property.

BOMA International Vice President of Education and Meetings Amy Chisholm, CAE, CMP, reported that the 2014 Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Conference held in Nashville in May was attended by nearly 1,000 people, another record attendance representing a 30 percent increase over last year’s attendance. The four main topic areas of the MOB Conference were Capital Markets, Compliance and Regulation, Leasing and Management, and Healthcare Provider’s Real Estate Strategies.​

National Associate Member Committee Chair Karen Sanchez reported that that the new Incoming Chair of the NAM Committee is Keri Taylor of Allegion and the incoming Vice Chair is Rick Jordan with Orkin.

New Executive Committee members are sworn in

Nominating Committee Vice Chair Murray S. Greene, BOMA Fellow, CPM, RPA, SMA, BOMA/Miami-Dade, gave the Report of the Nominating Committee, followed by the official swearing in of the 2014-2015 BOMA International Officers:

  • Chair and CEO: John G. Oliver, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Georgia
  • Chair-Elect: Kent C. Gibson, CPM, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Utah
  • Vice Chair: Brian Harnetiaux, BOMA/Orange County
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Daniel W. Chancey, RPA, BOMA/Memphis

The following individuals were sworn in as 2014-2016 Executive Committee members:

  • Shelby J. Christensen, BOMA/Philadelphia
  • Bruce J. Koehler, BOMA/Minneapolis
  • Keith Major, BOMA/Toronto (second term)
  • Coleen Spratt, BOMA/Seattle-King County
  • Lacy H.C. Willard, RPA, JD, MBA, BOMA/Greater Tampa Bay
  • Stephen L. Moore, Associate Member, Siemens

The 2014-2015 Nominating Committee members were approved and announced:

  • Pacific Southwest Region: Brenda Daigle, BOMA/Sacramento
  • Southern Region: Laura Ragans, RPA, BOMA/Orlando
  • Middle Atlantic Region: Angleo J. Grima, BOMA/Greater New York
  • Midwest Northern Region: Jerry Hersman, BOMA/St. Paul
  • North Central: Brian Cappelli, RPA, BOMA/Greater Cleveland
  • Pacific Northwest: Gordon Hester, BOMA/Spokane (Chair)
  • Southwest Region: Gregory Grainger, CCIM, CPM, RPA, BOMA/Dallas
  • Immediate Former Chair and CEO: Rich Greninger, BOMA/Metropolitan Washington