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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Industry Leaders to Explore Real Estate 2020 at BOMA Conference

April 24, 2012


(WASHINGTON—April 24, 2012) Today’s workplace looks—and performs—very differently than even a decade ago, and on Monday, June 25 from 9:00am to 10:30am, five leaders in the real estate, architecture and technology fields will explore the continuing evolution of America’s “office” as part of the Every Building Conference & Expo, presented by BOMA International and BUILDINGS,  June 24-26 in Seattle, Wash.

During the highly anticipated Monday morning General Session, “Real Estate 2020: The Shape of Things to Come,” the panelists, moderated by award-winning editor John Salustri of and ALM, will discuss how the needs of corporate end-users are changing; how ongoing technological advancements impact—for better or worse—the interaction of people and places; what will define high-performance space; and in a post-terrorist world, what is the outlook for protection of our people and our places.

Panelists will include:

Ronald W. Cook, AVP, support and international real estate, AT&T, Dallas, Texas
Gordon Feller, director, Urban Innovations Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco, San Jose, Calif. Andrew R. Friedman, managing director, Capital Transactions, Shorenstein, San Francisco, Calif.
Karen H. Thomas, AIA, managing director, Gensler, Seattle, Wash.

Salustri has covered the commercial real estate industry for nearly 25 years and is a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Journalism award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

“The commercial real estate industry has long served as a mirror to our country’s general health, ” said Boyd R. Zoccola, BOMA International Chair and executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc.  “It is critical to understand workplace trends, recognize the current and future needs of tenants, and be able to proactively position our building portfolios to meet the demands of our tenants. This panel—with representatives from varying sectors and viewpoints of the industry—will provide an eye-opening look into how workforce needs are changing, how new technologies are changing the way we manage our properties and what tenants will need in our properties and how these factors will demand ever more sweeping changes to what many have long thought of as, simply, ‘the office.’”

Just prior to the headliner panel discussion, BOMA International President and Chief Operating Officer Henry Chamberlain, APR, FASAE, CAE, will present the 2012 State of the Industry address. His closely followed annual report will focus on how recent economic and industry trends have affected the commercial real estate industry, with a special emphasis on the industry’s recovery. With a look ahead, Chamberlain will also cover how trends in areas such as technology, energy efficiency and mobile workplaces are driving success in asset management.

The 2012 Every Building Conference and Expo,held June 24-26 in Seattle, is the commercial real estate industry’spremiere professional event. This collaborative meeting of the industry’s best minds includes nearly 50 sessions across five education tracks on everything from creating and sustaining high performance buildings to maximizing asset and portfolio performance to high performance leadership. More than 450 exhibits will help attendees find solutions to operational challenges and strategies to enhance asset performance.


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

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