Building  Owners  and  Managers  Association  International

Building Owners and Managers Association International

BOMA International Makes Staff Changes to Support Growing Programs and Initiatives

December 2, 2011


(WASHINGTON – December 2, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has announced several staff changes that will take effect January 1, 2012. BOMA’s Advocacy division and its Codes, Standards and Regulatory Affairs division will merge into one division under the direction of Karen Penafiel, CAE, who currently leads the Advocacy division. Ron Burton, currently Vice President of Codes, Standards and Regulatory Affairs, will continue to support BOMA’s codes efforts as an independent contractor, forming the consultancy PTW Advisors, LLC. Consolidation of these two critical divisions will enhance collaboration and operating efficiencies to cover a broad range of legislative, regulatory and code challenges in 2012.

Penafiel is an expert in commercial real estate policy and regulatory issues, having spent more than 20 years at BOMA International. She has been instrumental in the development of BOMA’s energy and environmental policy, including the creation and adoption of BOMA’s 7-Point Challenge, which asks members to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2012. To date, organizations representing three billion square feet of office space have signed onto the Challenge. She has also spearheaded the creation of the BOMA Green Lease Guide, authored BOMA’s guidance books on utility deregulation and has helped make energy consumption data more accessible to property managers in commercial office buildings, among other accomplishments. 

Joel Corley, currently BOMA’s Advocacy Assistant, will be promoted to Manager of the BOMA 360 Performance Program, a program that recognizes commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in building management and operations. The program evaluates properties in six major areas: building operations and management; life safety/security/risk management; training and education; energy; environment/sustainability; and tenant relations/community involvement. To date, more than 325 buildings have earned the designation and the momentum continues to grow.


About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’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

Lindsay Tiffany
Manager of Media Relations
(202) 326-6365