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BOMA International Recognizes Advocacy Excellence

January 31, 2013


Five BOMA State and Local Associations Honored with “Govies”

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 31, 2013) During its annual Winter Business Meeting earlier this month, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International honored five local and state associations for excellence in grassroots and issues advocacy through the Government Affairs Awards of Recognition Program (the “Govies”).  Each year, BOMA International’s State Government Affairs Committee acknowledges the outstanding work of BOMA state and local association volunteers in advocacy and education through the awards program.  Govies are bestowed in three categories: Outstanding Government Affairs Committee, Single Government Affairs Issue and Single Government Affairs Program or Seminar.

In the category of Outstanding Government Affairs Committee, two Govies were awarded.  Receiving the award for best small association was BOMA Utah for its impressive growth during the past year as it fully embraced the opportunity to lead the local commercial real estate industry by increasing advocacy activity.  In particular, various members of the Government Affairs Committee attended state hearings and met with state legislators to defend the rights of property owners and managers against proposed changes to the commercial real estate industry.

Receiving the award for best large association was BOMA/Houston for its Legislative Advocacy Committee, which has enabled BOMA/Houston to take an active and leading role in both the government and the politics of its city.  Described as a fundamental pillar of BOMA/Houston, the Legislative Advocacy Committee allowed the association to have a very influential voice in how issues important to the local commercial real estate industry were addressed and resolved.

Due to the abundance of outstanding entries among large BOMA locals, an Honorable Mention in this category was bestowed upon BOMA/Chicago for its Codes Committee, which has helped to ensure that tenants, employees and visitors to commercial office buildings in Chicago enjoy safe, modern and efficient buildings in a rapidly evolving and politically charged environment.

In the category of Outstanding Single Government Affairs Issue, the winner of the Govie was BOMA California, which was recognized for its work in leading a successful effort to defeat Assembly Bill 350, a far-reaching, anti-business proposal that would have removed an employer’s right to hire, requiring service providers to instead hire a previous contractor’s employees each time a new contract was generated.  BOMA California mounted an aggressive “No on AB 350” campaign and stopped the passage of the onerous legislation.

The final category, Outstanding Government Affairs Program or Seminar, honors the best program or seminar designed to educate, inform or involve members in the political process.  The winner of this Govie, BOMA Florida, was recognized for its successful internship program.  Not only did the student participants supplement the efforts of BOMA Florida volunteers in tracking key advocacy issues, but the program itself promoted future BOMA membership to the students involved.

“This year’s Govie recipients illustrate the creative initiatives and grassroots efforts that strengthen the voice of commercial real estate at the state and local levels,” commented BOMA International Chair Joe Markling, managing director of Strategic Accounts with CBRE.  “The successes of these BOMA local associations serve as great examples for all who wish to affect positive change in the areas of policy and regulations.”


About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates.  Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types, including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP.  Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.  Find BOMA online at

Courtney C. McKay
Manager of Communications & Marketing
BOMA International
(202) 326-6352