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Honoring Eugene Barbles


TOBY Awards and 80th Anniversary Gala 5-8

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First Responder’s Table Top Scenario Seminar

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American Shooting Centers Friday, April 4, 2014 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Houston BOMA is going lock, stock and barrel on this year’s BAC PAC Sporting Clays tournament. Slated for Friday, April 4, 2014, this year’s event will be the best one yet. The 2014 Tournament features new games and a competitive “shoot-out" at the conclusion of the competition which will feature the top-ranked shooters of the day battling for the “BOMA Top Shot” honors. Teams are sold out, but we do have a few sponsorship opportunities available. Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity to have a great time networking with key industry leaders. Contact Melissa Thuston at 713-266-5691 to sign up. Take aim for legislative action! ■

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President’s Message

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President’s Message

As expected, 2014 is off and running to a quick and busy start for Houston BOMA. We have a very aggressive agenda and I am pleased to say we are off to a great start. This year, the 2014 TOBY Awards were combined with our 80th Anniversary celebration, marking our very first formal evening event. I am very pleased to say the event was a huge success. Congratulations to our local winners and good luck in Fort Worth at the BOMA Southwest Regional Meetings. Thank you to the BOMA staff for putting together an amazing history lesson of the past 80 years of Houston BOMA. It was very surprising to learn about the impact Houston BOMA has had not only on Houston but also on Texas and BOMA International over the past 80 years. As you have probably heard many times, the primary goal of Houston BOMA is legislative advocacy. As such, there are several avenues for our members to get involved in advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels. The political

world never sleeps, and efforts are already underway for BOMA BAC PAC to get involved in the issues that impact commercial real estate. I encourage you to support BAC PAC any way you can. Our mission statement says it all: to support and advance the interests of the commercial real estate industry. Houston BOMA will be an organization of advocacy and sustainable building practices that utilizes the strengths, talents, and leadership of its members and industry associates to build value and lasting relationships with our community through professional development, networking and sharing of information. Houston BOMA’s Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC) is a group of 10 members who all work together to monitor local issues that will affect all of us in commercial real estate. The committee meets monthly to discuss ongoing and upcoming issues. We are very fortunate to have great relationships at City Hall and we continue to work hard to maintain those

relationships. The LAC will be meeting with all City Council members and the Mayor in early March as an effort to maintain those relationships and to discuss any current topics that would impact commercial real estate. BOMA Texas kicked off their 2014 advocacy efforts in January, at which time John Kelley was sworn in as President of BOMA Texas, Steve Ash was installed as Second Past President and myself as Secretary Treasurer. In addition, Mary Stanton and Jon Cogdill will also serve on the BOMA Texas board, so we are very well represented at BOMA Texas. The biggest issues in Texas politics are the statewide elections, including House, Senate and lieutenant governor, which will have significant impact on Texas real estate in 2014. BOMA Texas is working closely with Robert Miller at Locke Lord to monitor all races. BOMA Texas has also endorsed Greg Abbott in the governor’s race and will be making endorsements in other races as we continued on page 4

BOMA MISSION & VISION Mission The mission of the Houston Building Owners and Managers Association is to support and advance the interests of the commercial real estate industry. Houston BOMA will be an organization of advocacy and sustainable building practices that utilizes the strengths, talents and leadership of its members and industry associates to build value and lasting relationships with our community through professional development, networking and sharing of information.

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Vision To be the recognized industry leader in both legislative advocacy and professional development for a broad spectrum of commercial real estate professionals in the Houston market.

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Honoring Eugene Barbles, A BOMA ORIGINAL BY TAMMY K. BETANCOURT, CAE Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dear readers, I’d like to take this opportunity to honor and personally thank a true original in BOMA. Most of our members have met our longest-serving member, Eugene Barbles. Gene is the epitome of a BOMA supporter, having spent most of his life attending and supporting BOMA at all levels of the organization. Gene began his career at the Esperson Building after serving in the Navy. He worked at the Rice Hotel for over five years, after which he moved to the San Jacinto Building, which was the first edifice built in Houston after World War II. One of Gene’s tenants was a young attorney by the name of Bob Lanier, who later became mayor of Houston. As building manager, Gene hired a chief engineer by the name of Lloyd Sudduth, who in turn hired Fred Whitty both of whom are past presidents of BOMA. In 1951, Houston BOMA had only 33 members. The BOMA offices were at Main and Franklin. At that time, Texas BOMA had 125 members and BOMA International had 6,000. It was in that year that Gene was instrumental in starting the Texas BOMA School of Management. BOMA International was so

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Beyond his many accomplishments within BOMA, Gene is also a kind-hearted mentor. His relationship with BOMA presidents, board and staff has always been genuine and welcoming.

intrigued by what Gene was doing that they came down to look at the program. What they came up with was the foundation of the BOMI Institute and subsequently the Real Property Administrator program. In 1957, Gene along with Winston Booker of the Gulf Building, Hermann Way of the Medical Arts Building and Porter Parrish of the Shamrock Hotel, started the Stationary Engineers Apprenticeship School Incorporated, which Gene would chair for 27 years. The school would later become the largest apprenticeship school in North America. continued on next page

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Gene took over as BOMA International president in Toronto in 1975. He moved the Winter Business meetings – which were always held in Chicago in the first week of December – to Texas, and tripled attendance in the first year. Gene was also instrumental in the early stages of what is now known as the BOMI Institute. Gene moved the BOMA International Conference from Chicago to Washington DC. Prior to his presidency the International Conference had always operated in the red. Gene sent BOMA staffers to the Washington Hilton to learn how to put on a conference and for the first time in history BOMA International’s conference operated in the black. In an effort to grow local membership, Gene traveled to Monterrey, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. For 40 years, Gene never missed a Southwest Region Conference or an International Convention. Beyond his many accomplishments within BOMA, Gene is also a kind-hearted mentor. His relationship with BOMA presidents, board and staff has always been genuine and welcoming. Ask anyone who has met him and you’ll hear the same. Therefore, it is with great pride that I congratulate Gene on being the first recipient of the Houston BOMA Lifetime Achievement Award, which from this point forward will be known as the Eugene Barbles Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor. ■

get closer to the elections. Additional endorsements will be passed along to our members. You can also check the BOMA Texas web site at for updates. We attended the 2014 Winter Business Meeting and National Issues Conference in Washington, D.C., in early February. This biennial meeting is open to all members of BOMA and acts as BOMA International’s Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. We met with both Senators and Representatives to discuss issues that affect commercial real estate nationally. Houston BOMA was also asked to take part in a discussion of what local BOMA locals do to make their advocacy efforts successful. I had the honor of discussing our past advocacy efforts on things such water rate increases, Proposition 1, water sub-meter credits, and the activities our Legislative Advocacy Committee will undertake on an ongoing basis. After a productive week of meetings, BOMA International honored select groups with “Govies,” awards in governmental action excellence. I’m proud to announce that Houston BOMA was recognized with a 2014 Govie for Outstanding Governmental Affairs Committee. A big congratulations to all those involved! There are so many other activities and advocacy efforts that are ongoing that I can’t possibly list them all here. It is important for all of our members to be aware of the most important efforts but to also know Houston BOMA never sleeps when it comes to advocacy. We are very lucky to have so many committed members who are involved in all areas of politics. Thank you to everyone involved in our advocacy efforts and keep up the good work! ■

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PAST PRESIDENTS Event generously sponsored by:

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What Would You Do? A FIRST RESPONDER’S TABLE TOP SCENARIO SEMINAR As property management, you are the very first Emergency Responder. Although medical emergencies require a trained expert, there are many actions that can be taken in those minutes following a crisis that can help better protect your building and the people within them. To bring you the latest information on what to do when you experience an emergency at your building, Houston BOMA has reached out to Curtis Massey of Massey Disaster Planning to put your knowledge to the test. Curtis will be leading a First Responder’s "Table Top" Scenario Seminar that will test your emergency response skills for various situations, including gas explosions, fire/glass injury and domestic terrorism. We look forward to opening a dialogue on emergency response in Houston and hope that this seminar will leave you better prepared to deal with a crisis. Breakfast and parking will be provided. For any questions regarding this event, please contact Elizabeth Saenz at ■

What Would You Do? First Responder’s Table Top Scenario Seminar Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m.

BG Group Place 811 Main Street Houston, TX 77002

Event Sponsored by:

Bosshamer Glass Company, Inc.

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Social Media In 2014, social media is already as mainstream as it gets. Facebook and Twitter are publicly traded companies. Your kids now speak in abbreviations. There is such a thing as an internet celebrity, famous for nothing more than having a million fans online. All due to social media. What is it about social media that is shaping the cultural zeitgeist? For starters, technology means you can access it anywhere. That’s right – social media is in your pants. Or in your purse. Smart phones can access every website from Pinterest to Instagram. Secondly, think about the media half of the phrase social media. Information is gained at the push of a

…technology means you can access it anywhere. That’s right – social media is in your pants. Or in your purse.

button. News breaks in under 140 characters. A song becomes popular well before an album is finished. Social media thrives because it has become the go-to destination to access and distribute information. What does this have to do with Property Management? Well, Houston BOMA is ramping up its online presence. Our Facebook page is steadily gaining traction. Our Twitter has launched and will soon bring you the best BOMA news. Keep up with our website too – you may be noticing some changes coming up. We’re curious to know how you use social media in property management. Do your tenants connect to your building on Facebook? Does building news get tweeted? Leave a comment on ■

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Steve Alberts Senior Property Manager Parkway Properties Inc.

Andi Flesch General Manager Transwestern

Janell Simmons Regional Sales Manager ABM Parking Services

Charles Ward Sales Representative Uretek ICR Gulf Coast

Rick Anderson, P.E., CIEC Principle Engineer EFI Global, Inc.

Scott Francis Sr. Property Manager Stream Realty

Albert J. Smith Assistant Property Manager Brookfield Properties

Jason Williams Lead Building Engineer CBRE

Kathy Baba Restoration Marketer COIT

Tamersen Critchlow-Glenn Assistant Real Estate Manager CBRE, Inc.

Brian Stephens Service Manager Northstar Fire Protection

Adam Wronkiewicz Sales Representative Otis Elevator Company

Laura Bacon Building Access Executive Cbeyond

Jack Gregoire, CPM Director of Operations – Texas Parkway Properties Inc.

Mark Stotler Facilities Director CBRE, Inc.

Tonya Tahmann-Yates Marketing Manager Kings III

Kevin Blasingame Division Manager JOBS (Jobs-Amst)

Paul Hoette Senior Real Estate Manager Behringer Harvard

Mark Stuart Regional Engineering Director Behringer Harvard

David Young Regional Property Manager Supervisor Boxer Property Management

Rebecca Burns Property Manager Transwestern

James Hughes General Manager LAZ Parking Texas, LLC

April Wall Assistant Real Estate Manager Beacon RI

Peter Buzzini Vice President JOBS/AMST

Natali Juarbe Assistant Property Manager CBRE, Inc.

For member contact information, please visit our website and sign in to view our full Directory.

Jennifer Cambern Account Executive ABM - Security

Jannetta Key Regional Property Manager Boxer Property Management

Chris Chumley Director of Quality Assurance Boxer Property Management Corporation

Anas Maguz Assistant Real Estate Manager Behringer Harvard

Jim Cline Senior Sales Consultant - Service KONE, Inc. Josh Cook Account Manager Lange Mechanical

If you would like to join Houston BOMA or know of someone who should join, please contact Elizabeth at Houston BOMA at

Michelle Manning Regional Business Development Eklund’s Rebecca McCourt Assistant Real Estate Manager CBRE, Inc.

Antonio Cortez Building Engineer CBRE

Carly Norausky Business Development and Marketing Director O’Donnell/Snider Construction

Chris Crawford Senior Chief Engineer Transwestern

Michael Plewacki Sr. Consultant / Regional Manager Curtain Wall Design & Consulting

Andrew DeBarbieris President Spark Lighting

Travis Price Sales & Business Development Corestone Paving Services

Jessica Dixon Assistant Property Manager CBRE

Raymond Quinones Assistant Chief Engineer CBRE

Nicholas Ferguson President Skyline Highrises

Jacob Richard Account Executive AMS of Houston

Brendan Finnegan, M.A. Assistant Property Manager Hines

Janet Shipley Senior Real Estate Manager CBRE, Inc.

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HOUSTON BOMA 9 Greenway Plaza, Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77046-0929 (713) 266-5691 Fax (713) 266-4632


BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Brett D. Williams, CPM – Transwestern

Atlantis Sponsors:

Executive Vice President Tammy K. Betancourt, CAE – Houston BOMA President-Elect Marshall B. Heins, CPM – Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Vice President Greg J. Jones – Cushman & Wakefield Vice President of Finance Kirk O’Neal, CPM – Cousins Properties Immediate Past President Mary Stanton, RPA, LEED AP – Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. Directors Joseph Hebert – Transwestern Meredith L. Cress – Hines Chad M. Nusbaum – Piedmont Office Realty Trust Michael Mrozek, CPM – CBRE Group, Inc. Jim Roll – ISS Facility Services, Inc.

Challenger Sponsors:

Advisory Board Robert L. Carlen, CPM – Cousins Properties Roger Ritter – M-M Properties

COMMITTEE CHAIRS BAC PAC Sporting Clays Shooting Tournament Mark Janssen – Hines Building Expo Committee Lynn Harris – Healthcare Facilities Development Construction Industry Council Billy Sams, RPA – Cousins Properties Golf Classic David Piro – Hines Legislative Advisory Committee/BAC PAC Ed Bovermann – Hines Meeters/Greeters Erin Donovan – Brickman Group Nominating & Awards Mary Stanton – Jones Lang LaSalle Professional Development & Education Wayne Courreges – CBRE Research Advisor Andy Hoyns – Thomas Properties Group Special Events Committee Lynn Thoms – Transwestern TOBY Awards Committee Sarah Sutton – CBRE Newsletter Editor: Carlos Giambi – Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Discovery Sponsors:

Endeavor Sponsors:

Calendar of Events March


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HBOMA Days at City Hall Business Exchange at H.E.S.S. Club LAC/BAC PAC Committee Meeting Special Events Committee Meeting Golf Committee Meeting Expo Committee Meeting PDEC Meeting TOBY Committee Meeting BOMA Southwest Region Conference (Ft. Worth, TX)

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Special Events Committee Meeting BAC Pac Clay Shoot TOBY Committee Meeting LAC/BAC PAC Committee Meeting First Responders Drill Seminar Expo Committee Meeting PDEC Meeting Golf Committee Meeting Board of Directors Meeting Leadership Lyceum II BOMA International Medical Office Building Conference (Nashville, TN)

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