BOMA Members Strengthen Skills and Connections at Conference Under the Big Tent Attendees of the July trade show and wine tasting enjoyed an evening with circus-themed games and food. (See page 6)
Many commercial buildings were missing their key managers in June. Why? Quite a few BOMA OEB members had decamped to Los Angeles for an intensive week at the BOMA International Every Building Conference & Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The annual conference provides a forum for CRE professionals to enhance their knowledge through more than 50 educational sessions. In addition, a jam-packed Expo floor displays the latest products and services for keeping buildings running smoothly. “Like LA, the venue and conference were focused on entertainment,” said Donald G. Rogers, Vice President, Property Management, CIM and a BOMA OEB member. “The classes were excellent and, as always, I attended several. The networking was especially rewarding for me this year. I felt comfortable reconnecting and catching up with many of my industry peers and other professionals.” The lively welcome party was hosted by BOMA Greater Los Angeles at Los Angeles Center Studios, where attendees joined in honoring BOMA/GLA as it celebrated its 100th anniversary. (Continued on page 6)
On the Road to TOBY
Get Your Building the Recognition It Deserves!
BOMA Member Profiles Get to know principal member Gail Burke, Nearon Enterprises, and associate member Doug Hagge, Arborwell. (See pages 4 and 5)
BOMA’s The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards recognize prestigious BOMA member buildings and reward excellence in buildings management. You can start competing in the local competition held by BOMA Oakland/East Bay and BOMA San Francisco. Winners advance to the regional level and finally to the international level. “We are building on the momentum of last year’s successful TOBYs,” says Karen Cowan, who is leading the organization of the awards competition and event. “We’ve added some elements to make the process more streamlined and help ensure buildings’ success. We want to see winners from the Bay Area at next year’s international conference!” Keep these deadlines in mind: Step 1: Register your property and pay the entry fee by Nov. 13. Step 2: Once registered, submit your e-binder by Dec. 10. Learn more at: http://www.bomasf.org/toby_awards.vp.html
President’s Corner BOM(A)ENTUM
By Manny Moreno
BOM(A)ENTUM is a word Stephen Shepard used all the time, and he would be so happy to know that I am now using it. There is really no other word to sum up where we, BOMA Oakland/East Bay, are as an association. Things have changed so much over the last three years and all for the positive. Membership is at an all-time high; luncheons, seminars and events have seen their highest attendance in years; volunteer levels are up and we have more people asking to get involved. It truly is a great time to be a part of BOMA OEB and part of the BOM(A)ENTUM. Our goal now needs to be keeping it going. At the end of June, I again had the honor of representing BOMA OEB at the BOMA International Every Building Conference and Expo in Los Angeles. Like us, BOMA International is also experiencing a higher level of participation. This year’s conference had the highest attendance and expo participation since 2010. There is truly a positive energy and vibe in the room at these events, but this year it was off the charts. And to keep a certain level of levity, Jay Leno was the Sunday General Session speaker. He went on for almost an hour and a half, and had the room in stitches. Retirement is certainly treating him well. The conference and expo are always filled with many great industry professionals, all sharing ideas, innovations and best practices, and discussing the future of our great industry. Now is the time for you to get involved and participate in all levels of BOMA. There are several levels of participation in the BOMA world, from the International level to the regional level to the state level and finally the local level. I would bet that most people reading this article are fully engaged and involved at the local level and we appreciate your participation. The question now is, what’s next? Have you considered getting involved at one of the other levels mentioned above? BOMA cannot continue to operate without its volunteer base and that includes YOU. Consider getting involved at BOMACAL. Or attending the BOMA International Winter Business Meeting or Annual Conference and going to the regional breakfast. Volunteer to serve on a BOMA International committee. The sky is the limit when it comes to BOMA participation. As I near the end of my term as President of BOMA OEB, I too am looking at what’s next. In fact, at the Annual Conference, I was elected Secretary of the Pacific Southwest Region. So I am not just encouraging you to get involved, I am trying to lead by example. I am hopeful that my experience and participation can help guide others as they explore new volunteer options and levels of participation within BOMA. I encourage you to look at the BOMA websites BOMA.org, BOMACAL.org and BOMAOEB.org. These are great resources to see what’s out there and a pathway to your future as a BOMA participate. Keep the BOM(A)ENTUM going! Moreno is President of BOMA Oakland/East Bay and Property Manager, Next Play Consulting’s Stoneridge Corporate Plaza.
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Dynamic Plaque Shows Real-Time Data The new face of LEED is coming. A dynamic plaque that demonstrates data in real time will change the process, said Amanda Timmons, LEED AP O+M, of Ampajen, in a presentation at a recent BOMA OEB luncheon. LEED v4 was a checklist, but with the new plaque “you are documenting things,” she noted. “It is more of a performance-based system.” On the LEED Dynamic PlaqueTM, five “racetracks” display data that building managers and their tenants can monitor and view. These racetracks include: energy, water, waste, transporImage courtesy of USGBC. tation and human experience. (See image above.) The plaque displays the LEED performance score, which reflects the measured performance of a building across the five categories listed above. Timmons noted that benefits of the dynamic plaque are that is fairly inexpensive to implement and that in addition to providing ongoing performance data, it can boost tenant efforts to be more sustainable. Learn more at www.leedon.io
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BOMA Events: Mark Your Calendar!
October 8 – Luncheon: Catastrophe 101 — Preparing Your Buildings and Clients for the “Big One” October 19 – Walter Finch Golf Classic at Wente Vineyards or Wine Tour at Wente PPO#14827
November 5–7 – HP Course: HighPerformance Sustainable Building Practices November 12 – Annual Membership Luncheon Meeting December 10 – Holiday Party
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As Account Manager and ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist at Arborwell, BOMA associate member Doug Hagge manages risk for clients throughout the East Bay by reducing hazards and liabilities on their properties. He visits crews at jobsites; listens to clients’ concerns and advises them how to best care for their trees; performs site inspections; and sets up tree inventories, budgets and multi-year management plans to provide solutions to tree care issues. “When I chose to pursue a degree in forestry at Cal Poly, SLO, I had no idea it would lead to such a rewarding career that allows me to work outside, while continually learning new things about trees Doug Hagge likes to and, most importantly, about the customers that I work with,” says Hagge. share his expertise with As a professional tree management company, Arborwell provides tree pruning, removal and stump BOMA members. grinding, plant health care, GIS mapping, consulting, monitoring, tree protection, planting and large specimen tree moving. BOMA principal and associate members alike can utilize its arborists to manage trees and protect their largest investments in the landscape. “With the ongoing drought, a current trend in landscaping involves turf, landscape and irrigation renovations utilizing trees and plants that require less water use. Consulting one of our arborists before you move forward with these projects is recommended to ensure that trees are inspected, monitored, adequately irrigated and preserved,” advises Hagge. “The drought has weakened trees, exposing them to pests and disease due to decreases in their natural defense mechanisms. With the winter storm season just around the corner, it is more important than ever to have your trees evaluated by a professional.” Hagge values the relationships and experiences he has through BOMA. “The organization under the leadership of the board and committee members over the last several years has made being involved very rewarding and enjoyable. I especially love hosting a hole and serving oysters at the Spring Golf Tournament.” When he’s not at work, you can find him gardening, playing bocce, traveling, coaching soccer and listening to live music.
6 BOMA OEB Circus-Themed Trade Show & Wine Tasting Exhibitors showcased their companies at the July trade show while providing entertaining games and fine wines.
Clockwise from above: Theresa Flynn, Karen Cowan and Patricia DeRouen, Restoration Management Company; Tyler Morley, Metcon; Monika Hansen, Kristin Macdonald, and Monika Smith, ThyssenKrupp; Judy Adame and Sarah Dunia, Cagwin & Dorward.
BOMA Conference (Continued from front page) The conference and expo experience afforded many BOMA OEB associate members a chance to interact with their customers in a collaborative environment. The conference “was not only a great opportunity to network with clients and potential clients in a fresh setting… it gave me a better understanding of the issues that are important to them and the assistance I can provide,” remarked Jeff Spicker, Manager of Business Development, Parking Concepts, Inc. Every Building Conference & Expo had it all,” said Joe Consolino, Design Department Manager for Lynn Safety, “Our team had such a great experience catching up with past clients and meeting new ones.” Mark your calendars now for the 2016 Every Building Conference & Expo, which will be held on June 26-28 in Washington, DC. You and your team will be glad you did!
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BOMA OEB Shares Concerns With Assemblywoman BOMA OEB Executive Director Christine Maley-Grubl 9/4/2015 Update – SB 350 (de León; D-Los Angeles) and President Manny Moreno recently met with Costly and Burdensome Regulations — Potentially increases costs Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (CA-16) and her and burdens on all Californians by mandating an arbitrary and District Director Cindy Chin. “We unrealistic reduction of petroleum gave a general overview of BOMA use by 50%, increasing the current OEB, who we are, what geographic Renewable Portfolio Standard to area we cover and a description of 50% and increasing energy efficiency our membership categories,” said in existing buildings by 50%—all by Moreno. Given her past experience 2030 without regard to the impact and participation in CREW, Baker on individuals, jobs and the econohad some familiarity with BOMA. my. BOMA position: OPPOSE. The assemblywoman expressed 9/11/2015 Update – Issues an interest in working closely with related to SB 350 are a little more BOMA OEB, whereby we could complicated, because it has had two be resources to each other. She also major sets of amendments in the asked about attending a membership past week and we are still trying to meeting or event. We suggested fully understand the impact on our one of our monthly luncheons. industry. Initially the bill sought Manny Moreno, BOMA OEB President; Assemblywoman She is now scheduled to be the to reduce the use of petroleum Catharine Baker; BOMA OEB ED Christine Maley-Grubl. by 50%, increase the Renewable speaker at our November 2015 membership luncheon. Portfolio Standard to 50% and One major issue we discussed was the split roll tax. This issue double the energy efficiency in existing buildings. The first part continues to come up each legislative session, and BOMA of the bill has been dropped, and the other parts of the bill have strongly opposes it or any changes to Prop. 13. Baker stated she been significantly modified to address concerns expressed by opposes any and all split roll tax measures and any tax increases, many groups. We are cautiously optimistic that these amendfor that matter. ments have addressed our major concerns and because we Another issue/bill that was discussed was SB 350. This bill support the ultimate goal of the measure — cleaner energy and is being closely followed by BOMACAL, which provided the efficient buildings — are withdrawing opposition. following information. Watch for weekly email updates from BOMACAL.
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