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BOMA Conference 2003


BOMA International Conference 2003

  • Over 4,500 Leave Their Hearts in San Francisco
    BOMA International Conference Attracts Record-Breaking Crowd

The largest crowd in seven years – 2,351 delegates and 4,502 total attendees – convened in San Francisco, CA, June 28-July 1, for BOMA International’s Annual Conference and The Office Building Show®. The all-new conference which featured a new schedule, more education, and a number of new attractions and events, opened with a Welcome Party on Saturday, June 28 on the San Francisco Belle.

This fabulous event, hosted by BOMA/San Francisco, featured exquisite cuisine and three bands on three ship levels playing music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. It was the perfect kick-off to what would be one of the best conferences in BOMA history. The conference closed on Tuesday night, July 1 with the annual TOBY and Earth Awards Banquet and the installation of John P. Kelly, RPA, BOMA/Minneapolis, as BOMA’s 2003-2004 Chairman and Chief Elected Officer.

Soehren Observes “Jobless Recovery” and Tough Rebound for Commercial Real Estate in State of the Industry Address

Citing the war on terrorism; continuing instability in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea; and stock market and consumer confidence aftershocks from the corporate accounting scandals, BOMA International’s outgoing Chairman and Chief Elected Officer Larry F. Soehren, BOMA/Spokane, predicted that “a lot has to transpire before the economy really kicks into a full recovery.”

In his State of the Industry Address to BOMA delegates on Monday, June 30, Soehren reported, “We are in a ‘jobless recovery’ with the national unemployment rate edging above 6% with little thought of much jobs creation until the middle of next year.” “Economic output is expanding,” Soehren added, “but not enough to encourage companies to hire.” Soehren also pointed out that with corporate profits up, consumer spending strong, and inflation tame, the economy appears to be recovering, although very slowly. Soehren noted that office leasing markets in Canada have not softened as much as many U.S. markets have, and that the Canadian economy has been stronger, although not without its challenges with falling rents and vacancy increases in some markets.

“Tenants are currently in the driver’s seat,” explained Soehren. Tenants want flexibility, shorter lease terms and options to extend or terminate early. Landlords are offering increasingly generous concessions, including free rent, tenant improvement allowances, moving allowances and lease buyouts.

In addition to economic challenges, Soehren predicted that security; environmental issues, such as mold; and terrorism insurance costs would continue to command our attention. He praised BOMA local associations for their role in coordinating security

planning with emergency management teams in several cities and noted BOMA International’s involvement with nine other real estate organizations to create an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) with the Department of Homeland Security.

Keynote Speakers Address World Events, Security, and The Office Building of

the Future

Immediately following Larry Soehren’s State of the Industry Address on Monday, political analyst and Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria captivated the BOMA audience with his observations and predictions regarding the rebuilding of Iraq and other world events, global trends, and the role and responsibility of the United States as a world power and leader. This session was sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield and Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Charles A. Moose, Ph.D., former Chief of Police for Montgomery County, MD, who gained national recognition for his involvement in the investigation of the sniper killings last fall in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, addressed the BOMA audience in a special session on Sunday morning, June 29. Moose’s appearance was sponsored by Allied Security. Drawing upon his years of experience in police work and his role in the sniper investigation that made him an overnight celebrity, Moose advised BOMA delegates on preparing for and responding to security and emergency situations.

Later on Sunday, an Opening Luncheon presentation by business strategist Peter Schwartz took delegates on an entertaining ride into the future. Schwartz, who recently advised Steven Spielberg on the film Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, weaved clips of the film into a fascinating presentation on what the office building of the future might look like, and how it might “interact with” and support its tenants through advanced technologies and other “smart” systems. The luncheon, sponsored by the BOMI Institute, also honored graduates of the RPA, FMA, SMA and SMT programs, and bid farewell to outgoing BOMI Chairman Arnold C. Kumorek, RPA, FMA, SMA, BOMA/Suburban Chicago, as he installed James L. Johnson, RPA, CPM, RBM, BOMA/Dallas, as BOMI’s new Chair.

More Than 225 Hours of Education Featured

This year’s conference included 60 education sessions, programs and roundtables encompassing 225 hours of education in 10 subject tracks. Topics included mold remediation, leadership and teamwork, security, managing property taxes, tenant bankruptcies, tenant retention, green building practices, lease negotiations, financial calculations, globalization and property management, insurance, ADA, escalations, creating the FM info center, creating value in a slow economy, and much more.

BOMA’s famed Boot Camp II and Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities seminars were also conducted in conjunction with this year’s event. The latter attracted a record-breaking crowd of nearly 150 and included sessions on the monetization of medical office buildings and the recently enacted Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA).

Board of Governors Elects New Officers, Executive Committee; Other Committee Appointments

John P. Kelly, RPA, BOMA/Minneapolis, was elected Chairman and Chief Elected Officer of BOMA International for 2003-2004. Other officers elected were: Chairman Elect Steven W. Ford, BOMA/New York and Vice Chairman David W. Hewett, RPA, CPM, CCIM, FMA, BOMA/Portland and BOMA/Detroit. Richard D. Purtell, RPA, BOMA/Cincinnati, continues his term as Secretary/Treasurer.

Hugh Gorman, BOMA/Ottawa; Anthony S. Lifrieri, BOMA/New York and BOMA/Westchester; William G. Partridge, CAE, BOMA/Calgary; James A. Peck, RPA, FMA, BOMA/New Mexico; John K. Scott, RPA, BOMA/Greater Miami-Dade; and Gary L. Wood, RPA, BOMA/Chicago were elected to BOMA International’s Executive Committee.

Robert D. Denney, RPA, BOMA/New Jersey and Gordon W. Hester, BOMA/Spokane were appointed to BOMA International’s Nominating Committee, representing the Middle Atlantic and Pacific Northwest Regions, respectively. Kent C. Gibson, CPM, BOMA/Salt Lake City was appointed to the Audit Committee. Marianne H. Carney, BOMA/New Jersey; Hugh Gorman, BOMA/Ottawa and Shelly D. Schneider, CPM,

BOMA/Birmingham were appointed to the Finance Committee.

Board of Governors Approves Bylaws Revisions

Alan B. Heaver, RPA, Chairman of BOMA International’s Governance Task Force, presented several revisions to BOMA International’s Bylaws that were then approved by the Board of Governors. Major changes include the elimination of a “guaranteed” seat on the Executive Committee from the International Region; the continuation of BOMA/Canada’s “guaranteed” seat on the Executive Committee only through the end of the 2007 annual meeting; and a provision allowing BOMA International Officers to run again for office. Officers’ titles have been changed as follows: President to Chairman and Chief Elected Officer; President Elect to Chairman Elect; and Vice President to Vice Chairman. The Chief Staff Executive’s title has been changed to President and Chief Operating Officer. Changes also provide for regions to select a member and alternate to serve on the Nominating Committee.

Other Board of Governors Reports and Actions

· Eleven (11) new National Associate Members and one (1) new Member-at-Large, Salustiano Alvarez of Mendez Realty, Inc., San Juan, Puerto Rico, were welcomed to BOMA International.

· BOMA International membership now includes 107 BOMA local associations and 17,669 members, up just under 1% from May, 2002 to May 2003.

· Secretary/Treasurer Richard D. Purtell, RPA, BOMA/Cincinnati, reported BOMA International’s cash position is much better overall this year. A $52K positive bottom line before administrative savings is estimated for 2003, however, staff continues to target a bottom line of $150K.

· BOMA’s “Recapitalizing the Association” Task Force has met four times via conference call since the Winter Business Meeting and has developed proposed strategies for building the association’s reserves and is gathering information on fundraising.

· Audit Committee Chair Thomas J. Parish, BOMA/Minneapolis, reported that BOMA International received a clean audit report for 2002. Contributions to unrestricted reserves was $35K after audit adjustments.

· BOMA/Canada President Margaret Dreher, RPA, BOMA/Calgary, reported on BOMA/Canada’s business plan priorities in the area of advocacy, and announced the BOMEX National Conference in October, 2003 in Vancouver, and BOMA/Canada’s partnership with BOMA International and BOMA/Toronto to produce the North American Commercial Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show® in June, 2004 in Toronto.

· Edward J. Manko, RPA, CPM, BOMA/Pittsburgh, Chair of BOMA International’s Government Affairs Committee reported on BOMA accomplishments in the areas of taxes, Federal Property Act reforms, state and local model code adoption, ADA regulation revisions, and enhancement of Central Sprinkler recall.

· Political Action Committee Chair Vincent Olsen, BOMA/New Jersey, reported on 28 events planned with key decision makers and announced the 2003 PAC goal of $75,000. PAC fundraising events at the conference raised more than $9,000, bringing contributions to just under 40% of goal for 2003.

· Education Committee Chair David J. Corpening, CPM, BOMA/Carolinas-West Virginia, announced the launch of BOMA International’s newest eSeminar – Tenant Retention and Satisfaction – now available at

· Kurt R. Padavano, RPA, CPM, SMA, FMA, BOMA/New Jersey, Chairman of BOMA’s Reinventing Major Meetings and Education Task Force, summarized the changes to this year’s conference program which included a better schedule, better and more education, quality speakers, targeted marketing, new features on the trade show floor, orientation for first-timers, building tours, improved format for the TOBY/Earth Awards banquet, and more, and announced the task force’s plans to evaluate The Office Building Show®.

· Kent C. Gibson, CPM, BOMA/Salt Lake City, Chairman of BOMA’s Standards and Research Committee announced that ANSI certification for BOMA’s Industrial Standard is pending, another revision of the Office Standard is underway, and a Retail Standard is under consideration.

· BOMA International’s Vice President for Marketing, Research and Publications, Jeanne P. Luschin, introduced a strategy for the development of a BOMA International “value proposition” targeted at owners, industry professionals and suppliers. These strategies, developed by BOMA International’s Executive Committee during its meeting in April, include providing effective representation, timely and useful information and education, access to peer networks, and new, qualified customers.

Other Committee Highlights

The Reinventing Major Meetings and Education Task Force encourages conference attendees to complete the post-conference zoomerang survey …The BOMA PAC Committee and new BOMA PAC Manager, Jennifer Harrell, will be providing assistance to BAEs regarding rules that govern PAC activities and other information …The Energy Committee has asked the Awards Committee to include Energy Star benchmarking as a criteria for judging the TOBY and Earth Awards, and the Research Committee to capture Energy Star benchmarking scores in the EER. The Committee also heard a presentation from RealWinWin on a new royalty agreement with BOMA International …The Transportation Task Force voted to support FAST Act legislation which gives states the flexibility to collect tolls on certain interstates for single occupancy vehicles to utilize HOV lanes, and has asked staff to draft a position on transportation issues.

The State Government Affairs Committee identified its top three issues as taxes, security/emergency preparedness and building codes, discussed grassroots tools for local associations, and concluded with a “How to Lobby State Public Officials” workshop …The AED Task Force has produced The Property Professional’s Guide to Managing an AED Program, and has now completed its work …The EER/Research Committee formed a task force to recommend improvements in the EER data gathering and production process, and discussed strategies for increasing overall response rates …The Local Association and Membership Development Committee shared best practices in member recruitment, involvement and retention, and maintaining databases …The Asset Management Committee discussed further research required to develop asset management curriculum and presented two education programs as part of the conference’s asset management track.

Members Honored

Evan W. Brewer, CPM, BOMA/British Columbia and Burtsel H. Carrigan, BOMA/Quebec were awarded Life Membership in BOMA International. Regional Member of the Year honors went to John R. Java, RPA, BOMA/Pittsburgh, Middle Atlantic Region; Joe D. Dobbs, RPA, CPM, BOMA/Dallas, Southwest Region; and Timothy S. (Steve) Harrison, RPA, FMA, BOMA/Atlanta, Southern Region. Steve Harrison underwent emergency appendectomy surgery while in San Francisco and could not be present to accept his award. Steve, we hope you’re feeling better!

Kurt R. Padavano, RPA, CPM, FMA, SMA, BOMA/New Jersey, was selected by outgoing BOMA Chairman Larry F. Soehren to receive the coveted President’s Award. Kurt was honored for his exemplary service to BOMA International, and, in particular, his leadership on the Regional Owners Council and Reinventing Major Meetings and Education Task Force.

TOBY and Earth Awards

The Annual TOBY and Earth Awards Program and Banquet, sponsored by Barton Protective Services Inc., honored 69 entries in 14 categories. A listing of this year’s winners can be found at

The Office Building Show®

This year’s Office Building Show® included 300 companies in 447 booths. This year’s show included a new Solutions Showcase featuring exhibitor presentations on new products and services, and an Innovations Showcase, displaying the latest technologies impacting the industry. The latter was sponsored by Realcomm, an annual technology and business automation conference.

Gen B Events

This year’s annual conference also attracted Next Generation BOMA Members (Gen Bs) with two events targeted for the demographic – under 35 years of age or fewer than 5 years in the industry. Conference attendees and Bay area commercial real estate professionals who fit either of those criteria were invited to attend a networking reception on Monday evening and a breakfast session on Tuesday focused on “Navigating Your Personal and Professional Pathways.” Both events were well attended (about 50) as the Gen B crowd expressed their interest in becoming involved in BOMA for networking and professional development.

Thank You, BOMA/San Francisco!

Congratulations and thanks to Todd Robinette, RPA, CPM, President; Lisa Vogel, Conference Chair; and Marc L. Intermaggio, CAE, BAE; and all the volunteers and staff from BOMA/Francisco who helped make this year’s event a huge success. Thanks also to BOMA/Silicon Valley and BOMA/Oakland-East Bay for their support.

Mark Your Calendars…

…For BOMA International’s Winter Business Meeting and Leadership Conference, January 11-14, 2004 in Tucson, AZ and BOMA International’s North American Commercial Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show®, June 26-29, 2004, Toronto, Ontario, CN. The latter will be the first-ever North American BOMA show conducted in partnership with BOMA/Toronto and BOMA/Canada. Don’t miss it!

Need More Information?

The following scripts, reports and power point slides are posted on the members only section of BOMA’s web site: Larry Soehren’s State of the Industry Address and power point slides; power point slides from the Board of Governors, Advocacy Briefing and Town Meeting; and summary of committee activities in “What Happened” (available after 7/18/03).

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