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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Renowned Experts Gergen, Zell and Linneman Headline 2011 BOMA International Conference

October 12, 2010


(WASHINGTON—Oct. 12, 2010) The 2011 BOMA International Conference, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International’s annual conference, June 26-28 in Washington, D.C., will feature world-renowned experts David Gergen, Sam Zell and Peter Linneman. Gergen, revered journalist and White House advisor, will present the Sunday keynote address, sponsored by Constellation Energy and AOBA Alliance, Inc. Real estate icon Sam Zell and world-class economist Dr. Peter Linneman will debate the state of commercial real estate in the U.S. and around the globe in a lively dialogue during the Monday General Session, sponsored by Yardi.

“David Gergen, Sam Zell and Dr. Peter Linneman together provide an unmatched level of talent, experience and insight, and perfectly embody this year’s conference theme, Leading the Future,” noted BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P.  “Whether speaking about cap rates, the next presidential election, the debt markets or globalization, these experts will provide BOMA conference attendees an insider look at the forces shaping commercial real estate and the economy, both now and in the future.”

A White House adviser, journalist and teacher over the past 40 years, David Gergen worked in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford and was director of communications for President Reagan. He also served as counselor to President Clinton on both foreign policy and domestic affairs. He is a senior political analyst for CNN, a professor of public service at the Harvard Kennedy School and the director of its Center for Public Leadership.

Gergen began a career in journalism in 1985. He was the moderator of World @ Large, a 13-part PBS discussion series for two seasons and for five years teamed up with Mark Shields on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour for widely acclaimed Friday night political discussions. Today, he contributes to CNN as a senior political analyst, Parade Magazine and the U.S. News & World Report as editor-at-large. He holds 19 honorary degrees and sits on many boards, including Teach for America, the Aspen Institute and Duke University.

Sam Zell is chairman of Equity Group Investments LLC, the private, entrepreneurial investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. Zell’s investments span industries and continents, and include interests in real estate, energy, logistics, transportation, media and health care. He is recognized as a founding father of today’s public real estate industry after creating three of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in history. Previously, he served as chairman for Equity Office Properties Trust (EOP), which was sold in February 2007 to The Blackstone Group for $39 billion in the largest private equity transaction in history at the time.

Zell serves on the JPMorgan National Advisory Board; the President’s Advisory Board at the University of Michigan; the Visitor’s Committee at the University of Michigan Law School; and with the combined efforts of the University of Michigan Business School, established the Zell-Lurie Entrepreneurial Center. He is a long-standing supporter of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Real Estate Center, and has endowed the Samuel Zell-Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at Wharton. He has also endowed the Northwestern University Center for Risk Management.

Dr. Peter Linneman is the principal of Linneman Associates and also serves as the Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania. A member of Wharton's faculty since 1979, he served as the founding chairman of Wharton's Real Estate Department and was the Director of Wharton's Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center for 13 years. He is the founding co-editor of The Wharton Real Estate Review. His teaching and research focuses on real estate and investment strategies. He has published over 80 articles during his career.

Linneman is widely recognized as one of the leading strategic thinkers in the real estate industry. He was cited as one of the 25 most influential people in real estate by Realtor Magazine and was named one of the 100 most powerful people in New York real estate by the New York Observer. He is also a co-coordinator/sponsor/moderator, with Sam Zell, of the prestigious industry roundtable, The Marshall Bennett Classic.

The BOMA International Conference and The Every Building Show® is the premier meeting and tradeshow for commercial real estate professionals to learn strategies and build relationships that are vital for achieving operational excellence and sustaining their business through this challenging market cycle. For more information, visit


About BOMA International:
Founded in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. The 16,500-plus members of BOMA International own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties in North America and abroad. BOMA’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at

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