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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Robert Gates to Keynote BOMA 2012 in Seattle, June 24-26

April 13, 2012

​(WASHINGTON- April 13, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International announced that Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2012 Every Building Conference and Expo during the General Session on June 24 in Seattle, Washington. Gates will share his perspective on global politics, world affairs, U.S intelligence and defense strategies of the 21st century. The Sunday General Session is being sponsored by Yardi.

One of the most respected leaders in recent U.S. history, Robert Gates served as a trusted advisor to eight U.S. presidents, driving U.S. intelligence and defense policies over the past four and a half decades from the Cold War to today’s ongoing war on terrorism. He served as Secretary of Defense under two presidents—Barack Obama and George W. Bush—and through two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan. Considered “The Soldier’s Secretary” for his commitment to placing the men and women in uniform as his top priority, Gates made significant advances in soldier safety including replacing vehicles in the field with heavily armored vehicles, which reduced roadside bomb attacks and fatalities by almost ninety percent.

“BOMA International is honored to welcome Robert Gates as the Keynote Speaker of the 2012 Every Building Conference and Expo,” said Boyd R. Zoccola, BOMA International Chair and executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “Commercial real estate professionals will benefit from his insight on leadership and global politics. He is among the best examples of how far hard work, dedication and talent can take you, and we are thrilled he will be joining us in Seattle in June.” 

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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