CORPORATE GIVING: ROOF PARTNERS Elaine saw BOMA Georgia and its members work through the economic recession of 2008 and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Both events drastically changed the economy and shook the commercial real estate industry. She said she was proud of the BOMA Georgia family for sticking together and helping each other through these events. She is glad that BOMA Georgia continued to innovate and provide all of its member the resources they needed no matter the sector.
Elaine Bare President/Owner, Roof Partners, LLC
A strong association is made up of all different types of people. In order to maintain that strength, the membership needs to engage, cultivate and tend to the seed planted by each member. Elaine Bare, owner of Roof Partners, has been working with BOMA for almost 50 years. She has seen the association grow and change to fit the needs of its membership and provide new resources. She watched the foundation be created and begin to create a support system for the industry. According to Elaine, this is the best BOMA Georgia has ever been, and it’s the members that keep that momentum going. “I am in a lot of organizations, but none of them compare to BOMA in terms of engaging both service providers and real estate professionals,” Elaine said. Elaine joined the roofing industry in the 1970s as a bookkeeper. As technology and desktops became mainstays, Elaine’s role changed, and she began to perform new duties and recruit new clients, so she turned to BOMA. In 2012, Elaine opened her own company, Roof Partners LLC, that she operates today. She has served on almost every committee in addition to being on the Foundation Board of Trustees. Elaine has made it a part of her mission to give back and support the industry that has supported her.
Being involved in the foundation has always been a big part of Elaine’s BOMA experience. She said that the addition of the foundation to BOMA Georgia was an exciting prospect. She is passionate about helping real estate professionals achieve their goals and be who they want to be. She appreciates her unique position to help make that happen through donations of time and financial contributions. “I think we should all partner together and try to make our community the best we can do. I think that’s the vision of BOMA,” Elaine said. Roof Partners and Elaine were able to make a significant impact with their presenting sponsorship of the BOMA Southern Region Conference in 2019 and 2021. Elaine said that it was an honor and a privilege to be involved with the event and that she wanted to make sure that the BOMA Georgia Foundation had the resources to do it right. As the presenting sponsor of the first digital conference in 2021, she said she was blown away by what was accomplished. She is proud that this conference is a representation of the city. “It tells a story to the whole nation about who we are and what kind of environment we have in Atlanta,” Elaine said. As a service partner, Elaine believes allied members have a unique role and ability to support the foundation and the education of commercial real estate professionals across the state. She said that service partners need to be willing to get involved and give back to the community and industry they are in. Not only can this help them meet new contacts and network, but it works towards an overall goal of creating a better industry.
“As a service provider, the best thing we can do is help the real estate community in the way we have the resources to do,” Elaine said.
“If they believe in the future of the real estate community, then they want people to be educated and be the best they can be,” Elaine said.
Elaine credits a lot of her success in the industry to BOMA Georgia and its ability to bring people together. She said serving on committees, especially the membership committee, allowed her to meet new people, new customers, and new contacts. It was a way for her to learn more about the industry and have discussions about the challenges she was facing in times of struggle or times of success.
Corporate giving makes a tremendous difference in the BOMA Georgia Foundation’s ability to achieve its mission. Not only does it allow more scholarships to be awarded, but it allows the foundation to provide research and create new solutions that meet the needs of commercial real estate professionals no matter the cause. It creates space and opportunity for adaptability and the foundation for new ideas. Elaine hopes that BOMA Georgia members stay engaged and continue to build up the organization to the best that it can be.
“It has been a gamechanger. There are so many facets, and you are able to meet people that you would have never met otherwise,” Elaine said.
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