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Real Estate and Academic Leaders to Examine the Commercial Real Estate Workplace and Workforce in 2025

October 31, 2011


The BOMA Foundation and Georgetown University Present “2025: A Vision for Commercial Real Estate

(WASHINGTON—Oct. 31, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Foundation will present its second annual Thought Leaders Symposium, 2025: A Vision for Commercial Real Estate, on November 10 in conjunction with the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies and its Masters of Professional Studies in Real Estate Program. The symposium brings together the best and brightest minds in commercial real estate in a forum with the academic and business communities to explore the future of commercial real estate in 2025. The program will explore workspace and design needs, and workforce dynamics in 2025.

“We are very excited to build on the success of last year’s symposium by bringing together thought leaders in academia and real estate to examine how global trends such as sustainability, shifting demographics and technology will shape our industry over the next fifteen years,” commented BOMA Foundation Chair Marilyn Wilbarger, director of property management, City of Key West, Fla.

“The partnership between Georgetown and BOMA enables us to offer rich, though-provoking programming for students considering careers in commercial real estate and for real estate professionals to envision the opportunities and challenges facing the industry in the next 15 years,” remarked Chuck Schilke, associate dean of Georgetown University’s Master’s Program in Real Estate. “The program will offer valuable takeaways for students and property professionals alike.”

The program includes:

Industry Overview

  • Katya Naman, CCIM, senior vice president, Lowe Enterprises, Inc.
  • Boyd Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. and chair, BOMA International

The Workspace: Commercial Real Estate in 2025

  • James B. King, AIA, LEED, AP, principal, AREA Advisor LLC
  • Martha A. O’Mara, PhD, CRE, managing director, Corporate Portfolio Analytics
  • Joan Blumenfeld, principal, Perkins & Will
  • Moderated by Katya Naman

The Workforce: Commercial Real Estate in 2025

  • Freddie Lewis Archer, principal, Lewis Real Estate Services
  • Mike Bush, president, The Minority Resource
  • Kristen Reese, director of Talent Acquisition, Bozzuto Group
  • •Moderated by Henry Chamberlain, CAE, APR, president and COO, BOMA International


The program, held Thursday, November 10 in Washington, D.C., will commence with a reception from 6-7 p.m. at the Faculty Club Restaurant Terrace of the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center followed by the Symposium, from 7-9 p.m. in the Hariri Building’s Lohrfink Auditorium. The program is free but registration is required.

For more details about the program and to register, visit


About the BOMA International Foundation
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt organization (501(c) 3) whose mission is to serve the commercial real estate industry by fostering a future vision, forward thinking research, innovative thought, and global best practices.  The Foundation is dedicated to sponsoring and encouraging innovative research and educational activities that advance the commercial real estate industry and profession.  In addition, the Foundation initiates programs that seek to enhance the public appreciation of real estate and its significance in society.  The Foundation is affiliated with the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the nation's oldest and largest commercial real estate organization.

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

About the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
The Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies offers master’s programs, professional certificates, and a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree in Liberal Studies. These programs offer an applied learning experience enabling professional and personal advancement. Improve yourself and positively impact the world, all while creating a network of valuable relationships. For more information, please visit,Twitter, and Facebook.

About the Georgetown University Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate
The Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate degree program at Georgetown is a fully-accredited comprehensive graduate real estate program in Washington, D.C., which teaches practical real estate skills at the highest academic level in a supportive social environment. All courses are taught by top real estate professionals from major real estate organizations who know their fields in depth, are strong communicators, and genuinely care about students. In classes averaging 20 students, students take five foundational real estate courses in ethics, law, finance, markets, and accounting, four upper level track courses in a choice of tracks in Real Estate Development, Real Estate Finance, Construction Management, and International Real Estate, followed by one capstone senior thesis course. The program emphasizes private sector real estate while also taking full advantage of the Washington location to emphasize public sector real estate, environmental and energy aspects, and corporate real estate.

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