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Building Owners and Managers Association International

World-Class Speakers Gergen, Linneman and Fascitelli to Headline BOMA 2011

April 7, 2011


(WASHINGTON—April 7, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is pleased to announce its general session speakers for the BOMA International Conference and The Every Building Show®, June 26-28 in Washington, D.C. David Gergen, a distinguished journalist and advisor to four Presidents, will present the Sunday keynote address, sponsored by Constellation Energy and AOBA Alliance, Inc. Dr. Peter Linneman, a respected economist, and Michael Fascitelli, president and CEO of Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO), the third largest REIT in the country, will discuss the global state of commercial real estate at the Monday General Session, sponsored by Yardi.

“These experts are leaders in their respective industries and will provide BOMA conference attendees with unparalleled insight into what the future holds for politics, the economy and the commercial real estate market,” remarked BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P.  “Key insight from these experts, along with the industry’s best networking opportunities, first-class education sessions and a trade show full of innovative solutions, make the BOMA conference the event commercial real estate practitioners can’t afford to miss.”

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.

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 more than 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 of the prestigious industry roundtable, The Marshall Bennett Classic.

Michael Fascitelli is president and chief executive officer of Vornado Realty Trust, where he also serves as a Trustee of the Board. Prior to joining Vornado, he led the real estate investment banking business of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He joined the firm in 1985 in the Real Estate Department and became a partner in 1992. He also served on the firm's investment committee for the Whitehall Investment Committee. In December 1996 he became president of Vornado Realty Trust.

Mr. Fascitelli has been active over the years in the real estate industry and his community.  He is a trustee and member of the Urban Land Institute.  He is the chairman of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School.  He serves on the Boards of Child Mind Institute, The Rockefeller University and St. Bernard’s School.  From the Greater New York Councils Boy Scouts of America he received the Good Scout award and the James E. West Fellow award in 1997 and he received the Silver Beaver Award in 2003. 

The BOMA International Conference and The Every Building Show® is the premier educational conference 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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