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BOMA Oakland/East Bay Recognized for Political Action BOMA Members & Guests Compete in Golf Classic

(See page 11.)

New BOMA Officers Named for 2017 (See page 4.)

Emerging Professionals Gather for Networking

(See page 10.)

BOMA Member Profiles Get to know principal member, Elizabeth Despins, and associate member, Tim Murphy. (See pages 8 and 9.)

Local, state and federal officials praised members of the Buildings Owners and Managers Association of Oakland/East Bay for developing a greater and more influential government relations program at our annual meeting and luncheon in November. Republican State Assemblywoman Catherine Baker of the Dublin-San Ramon area, speaking to the luncheon assembly via video, said, “I thank BOMA for helping us have a better understanding of economic issues in the Bay Area.” Josh Richman, an aide to East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell, assured the business group that Swalwell, a Democrat, would continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to assure the area’s continued success. He told BOMA members that everyone has a role to play in political action and urged them to get involved. “Engagement is more important than rhetoric,” Richman said.

Former BOMA OEB President Manny Moreno (center left) called upon fellow members to get more involved in representing the interests of commercial real estate at all levels of government. Claudia Cappio, representing the City of Oakland, thanked BOMA for fostering “thoughtful dialogue on complicated issues” and urged BOMA to be “subject matter experts on commercial real estate,” which she said is invaluable to Mayor Libby Schaaf’s administration. Manny Moreno, property manager at Next Play Consulting in Pleasanton, who is a driving force in developing BOMA’s government affairs efforts, called upon fellow members to get more involved in representing the interests of commercial real estate at all levels of government. If you’d like to get more involved in public affairs, consider joining the Government Affairs Committee, which monitors, interprets and affects legislative and regulatory issues on the local, regional, state and federal levels. Also, watch your inbox for weekly updates from BOMA California on state issues and legislation affecting commercial real estate.

2 President’s Corner with Anne Sparks

It’s Not Who YOU Know, It’s Who BOMA Knows Lately, I have heard a few companies say they are having trouble seeing the value of BOMA. This perplexes me. How do they not, when I see so much? So, I ask myself several questions based upon where I see value in my membership and involvement: w Are they engaged with the membership? BOMA is a relationship network. The value of BOMA is using the network and expanding your own network through BOMA contacts. When I attend the luncheons, events and committee meetings, I gain a new understanding of what my peers and the service providers are seeing in the industry and I’ve built relationships that help me solve the issues facing my company and tenants. As a property manager who bids contracts, I bid to BOMA members first and ask other property managers in the BOMA network for recommendations, before I look at price. My company needs to be a leader in the market, and I look to other leading service providers to deliver that same excellence. Those service providers who are leaders and are members of BOMA show they want top-level business and are not simply hoping for a phone call from an internet search. w Have they actively served on a committee? Committee engagement gives you the opportunity to connect with members in a collaborative way. When you work on a committee you work to put on an event, find speakers to talk about a topic and you connect with each other. There’s not been a committee meeting that I’ve attended that I didn’t learn something both professionally and personally. We live in a digital age, but personal connections still get you further in life!

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w What is their presence in the market— are they new, growing, mature? No matter your company’s stage, BOMA has value for all three scenarios. For new businesses, you can get connected with prospective members from all levels, you can build relationships and learn what members need from you. For a growing business, you have opportunities to find new niches to expand or simply improve the level (Continued on page 6)


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New Board Poised to Lead BOMA OEB in 2017 At the annual membership meeting in November, BOMA members approved officers and directors for the 2017 board. Please join us in congratulating your leaders for the upcoming year! OFFICER NOMINEE COMPANY OFFICER ROLE

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of service needed in the changing business world. For the established business, BOMA is the best way to reconnect with your clients via our events, social gatherings, education sessions and more. Backing it up with sponsorships and/or partnerships with BOMA OEB solidifies your commitment to the industry. You may work for a smaller company, but you can quickly grow business by being perceived as a company which fosters commitments and networks. This, in turn, can help your recruitment efforts especially in a tough job market! Our Principal Members value you, and we want you to be successful. With our work to re-launch the BID BOMA program in 2017, we hope you see that we’re walking the walk and we are your partner. Sparks is President of BOMA OEB and Manager, Next Play Consulting’s Stoneridge Corporate Plaza.

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Elizabeth Despins Real Estate Manager, CBRE

“When you work in downtown Oakland, you never know what to expect,” says Elizabeth Despins, Real Estate Manager, CBRE, who manages Oakland City Center (475 14th Street). “While my job is much like every other property manager, with day-to-day operations, inspections, reporting, budgeting, and ensuring a productive work environment for my tenants, it also includes preparing for protests and staying involved in Oakland.” In the current market, downtown Oakland is a sought-after location. “With great public transit options and large variety of amenities, many companies find it very desirable for their employees. It’s easy to commute to and very centrally located. Downtown is thriving, which we can see in the lack of available space. 475 14th Street is at 100% occupancy.” Despins is proud of her property’s extensive conservation program. “We educate and encourage our tenants to recycle as much waste as possible. We separate organic waste and our e-waste program allows for our tenants to recycle e-waste, batteries and bulbs at any time. We have also been focusing on energy saving measures by replacing restroom and corridor bulbs with more energy-efficient LED bulbs, replacing stairwell lighting fixtures Elizabeth Despins will serve on the with LED lighting and energy upgrades to our HVAC system.” BOMA OEB Board in 2017. Despins serves on the BOMA Awards Committee, which is preparing for the upcoming awards gala. And she is a new member of the 2017 Board of Directors. Despins is also excited about the CREATE program. “I graduated college with a degree in facilities management, putting me in the unique position of being one of the few individuals in our industry that intended to be here! I hope that one day, everybody in our industry has the opportunity to receive education in the field. Hands-on experience is the best way to learn, but I dream of the day that we can provide more than that.” During her off-hours, she loves to take hikes, camp and spend time at her neighborhood pool with her husband and three daughters. She also enjoys entertaining: “Nothing make me happier than a chaotic house full of friends, laughter and wine!”

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As Facility Manager at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, Tim Murphy oversees the janitorial and engineering contracts for Able Services. He started with Able about seven years ago and three years ago assumed his current position. “Bishop Ranch is an exciting place to be, and every day is like riding a roller coaster. We have our ups and downs, but at the end of the day it’s a total rush!” remarks Murphy. “The growth of Bishop Ranch is incredible. In years past, the tenant base was more multi-tenant than single tenant. Now, we are home to companies such as GE, PG&E, Bank of the West, Robert Half, Old Republic and Hill Physicians. We have medical and dental facilities, a college prep school K–8 and a new Bright Horizons daycare facility. The new Roundhouse Conference Center is more like a resort with a huge lake with boat docks and a soon-to-open wine bar and restaurant.” The office park’s 6.2 million square feet of real estate keeps Murphy’s team of engineers and janitorial personnel busy. The crew take a lot of pride in providing superior services to those who work at Bishop Ranch. Murphy, along with many of his colleagues from Able Services, is engaged in a variety of Tim Murphy enjoys fishing activities and committee work at BOMA Oakland/East Bay. “I am proud to be a part of the during his leisure time. organization and will be serving on the board in 2017!” he adds. Able Services provides best-in-class services to companies looking to partner with one company to provide facility management, engineering and janitorial under one umbrella. “It is an honor for me to say that we provide or can provide these services to not only Bishop Ranch, but to all of our valued clients,” Murphy says. When he isn’t working, he enjoys going to his cabin in Long Barn with his family, fishing, hiking, working out and playing golf. “My hobbies are woodworking and building furniture out of wine barrels,” he says.


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Emerging Professionals Mixer

The Emerging Professionals joined for a fall mixer. Shown from top left: Emerging Professionals Committee. Courtney Shadel, CIM and Shannon Aquino, John Buck Company. Chris Baker, Baker’s Floor and Surface; Warren Mead, Cushman & Wakefield; Ryan Rusler, HARBRO Restoration; and Andy Chang, Bishop Ranch and EP Liaison Board Member.

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Shown from top left: Frank Ledda, Matrix HG; Chris Campbell, Matrix HG; Michaela Morgan, Metro Services; and Mike Kaczmacyk, RS McDonald (lowest scoring foursome). Tim Murphy, Able Services; Jason Lorenz, Able Services; Andy Chang, Sunset Development; and Harout Hagopian, Sunset Development. ​Myra Wright, CBRE and Gene Cardle, Matrix HG. Eric Brown, BSM; Michael Jones, Madison Marquette; Sal Gurule, BSM; and Thomas Jajeh, Milestone Properties. Liz Despins, CBRE; Rebeccah Anicich, MAI Construction; and Dana Schumacher, Kastle.

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