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BOMA Members Seeing DBI Improvements In 2009, the San Francisco Grand Jury criticized the city’s Department of Building Inspection’s efficiency and suggested various reforms, such as a one-stop permit center and urged expediting permits by having various departments at City Hall simultaneously review building applications, reducing permitting delays. Several BOMA members who regularly work with DBI see some results and hope for even more improvements. “While the process at DBI is not perfect, it is greatly improved over what it was just a few years ago. Old ways die hard, and with the turnover of staff due to retirements, the new staff will more easily embrace change because they have not been exposed to the old ways. As for the statement that it would be nice to have one point of contact to find out permit status, no one would disagree with that,” says architect Skip Soskin. Henry Karnilowicz, vice chair of BOMA’s Codes & Regulations Committee, adds, “The process of permit issuance at DBI is relatively seamless with the staff at the information counter providing information on permits and routing of applications. The fifth floor houses all the stations necessary for most permits, including those for tenant improvements, which are usually approved the same day. Unfortunately, projects that require
neighborhood notifications can take many months to gain Planning Department approvals as they may involve several hearings and/or appeals.” Explains Ken Cochrane, BCCI Construction Company’s director of permit services, “As daily customers of SF DBI, we have seen a marked improvement in the TI process. The process has continued to improve over the last three years or so. The new space set up for over-the-counter permits on the fifth floor is great. San Francisco’s over-the-counter permit center should be a model for all Bay Area jurisdictions.” Cochran adds, “Projects that must be submitted into the system still suffer from long backlogs. As staff is increased, this should ease up. A lot of the long wait times are caused by the City Planning Department. Over the short term, I do not see any way to speed up this process.” Ken Cleaveland, BOMA San Francisco, who routinely monitors actions taken by the city building department, said, “The best thing about San Francisco’s building department is their willingness to listen to their customers, the real estate and construction industry, and to hold regular Public Advisory Committee meetings that are open to the public to take input from the private sector on ways to improve their services. That openness to constructive suggestions is very much appreciated.”
What’s Inside Views...
Q&A with BOMA President • Page 2 City Hall Status Report • Page 3 Members on the Move • Page 5 Meet BOMA Members • Page 6 State & National Issues • Page 9
Holiday Party Scenes • Page 7
2 Leadership Perspective: Meade Boutwell
President Meade Boutwell enjoys fishing in his leisure time.
Q&A with Our New BOMA SF President What do you hope to accomplish during your year as BOMA San Francisco president, from the perspective of being a broker?
I am a big fan of the “triple bottom line” with focuses on People, Planet and Profits. I think BOMA has done a great job educating its membership and service providers, and using BOMA 360 and the EARTH awards to push the agenda of sustainability. I would like to see us continue to promote the triple bottom line approach. I believe the next opportunity is to net-meter tenants for their electrical usage in both lights and plug loads. We need to address the other 40% of power usage by commercial buildings that are really under tenant control. Let’s give tenants the incentive to conserve — allowing tenants to monitor their power usage and benefit directly from energy cost savings is a great motivation. In your view, what makes BOMA unique as a business organization?
Its advocacy work is unmatched here in San Francisco. The organization is very focused on keeping San Francisco a businessfriendly place, and that is not an easy job in this city. BOMA knows it needs to listen to both sides and has proven open to working with other agendas that are shaping the city. Working with new bicycle legislation is just the latest example. We heard both sides of the issue and worked to come up with compromises that our members and bike riders (such as myself) can work with. What advice would you have for a newcomer to BOMA San Francisco?
That’s easy—if you’re not volunteering for a committee, you’re not using your dues money effectively. This organization is about relationships. Rolling up your sleeves and getting involved is the only way to maximize the opportunity. Tell us a bit about yourself?
I moved to San Francisco in 1983 after graduating from Oregon State. After 70 days of rain and overcast skies in Oregon, I packed up my things, drove all night and arrived in San Francisco to sunny, 70degree weather — and I haven’t moved back since. I’ve been married for over 18 years to Terri, and we have three kids. When not working on leasing and sales transactions, I can be found coaching, gardening, fishing and growing wine grapes. I have also served on several boards, including the local chapters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the U.S. Green Building Council and NAIOP.
Thanks to BOMA San Francisco’s 2012 Corporate Sponsors* Platinum Sponsor Able Services Gold Sponsor ABM Family of Services Recology Golden Gate
Silver Sponsors Alliance Roofing Company, Inc. CAC Real Estate Management Co., Inc. Cypress Security Properties Equity Office Hines McMillan Electric Companies Metropolitan Electrical Construction, Inc. Paramount Group, Inc. ProTech Security Services, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors Biagini Waste Reduction Systems, Inc. CTC-California Technical Contracting, Inc. Georgia-Pacific Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co. Imperial Parking (US) LLC – Impark Marble West NRG Energy Center San Francisco RREEF Real Estate San Francisco Electrical Contractors Assn., Inc. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. Shorenstein Realty Services The Swig Company, LLC ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation Unique Elevator Interiors Inc. Universal Protection Service
Friends of BOMA Boston Properties CBRE C & C RiverRock Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. Cole Supply Cushman & Wakefield GCI Inc. ISS Facility Services Inc. LAZ Parking MJM Management Group Nor-Cal Moving Services Richlen Construction R.N. Field Construction, Inc. Sky Rider Equipment Co., Inc. The Lawson Roofing Co. Inc. The Mohawk Group Waxie Sanitary Supply Young Electric Company. *Sponsors to date. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tory Brubaker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Status Report A summary of San Francisco government actions affecting the operations of the commercial buildings and The City’s economic well being.
Repeal Ranked-Choice Voting Before memories of San Francisco’s 2011 election fade, some housekeeping is needed before the next major local election. We were pleased with some of the election results, but the ranked-choice voting process fundamentally undermined Americans’ hallowed and very practical “majority rule” principle and ended up giving us some leaders that most people did not vote for and may not support. There are efforts in the works to repeal ranked-choice voting in 2012, and they will be supported by BOMA San Francisco.
...and also Repeal Public Financing of Elections The second major flaw in San Francisco’s 2011 election was the waste of $4,636,144 in tax dollars given to mayoral candidates, many of whom never had a chance
of winning and polled insignificant results in the election. We need to overhaul or repeal public financing.
The Food Trucks Keep Rolling The proliferation of mobile food facilities (or MFFs) continues to vex downtown restaurants, cafes, sandwich shops and other take-out food establishments. This phenomenon has also become a major concern and objection for commercial landlords. The ordinance allowing for the permitting of MFFs went through a major overhaul in late 2010, and the responsibility for issuing those permits was moved from the Police Department to the Department of Public Works. The cost of such permits was also reduced from approximately $10,000 to $1,000. The intent of the ordinance was to help create more food opportunities in underserved parts of The City. Unfortunately, the new MFF applications have overwhelmingly been for downtown locations, not so-called “Underserved Areas” of San Francisco. As a consequence, BOMA is seeking revisions to the MFF ordinance that will include the requirement that MFFs notify and indemnify commercial property owners who will be impacted by their presence, and that some type of limit (density) on the number of permits in any one area be imposed to reduce its current unfair competition aspects. BOMA, the Union Square Business Improvement District, and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association are working together with the mobile food truck representatives and SF Supervisor Scott Wiener to craft an acceptable compromise to this problem.
For further updates, visit www.bomasf.org/advocate and www.bomasanfrancisco.blogspot.com
SF Police Chief Praises BOMA uring his luncheon address last fall, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr thanked BOMA members for being vigilant in assisting his department in controlling downtown crime and making the Financial District a safe and desirable place to do business. He also explained that his department takes special care in dealing with challenging situations like Occupy San Francisco, since he wants to help maintain The City’s reputation for fairness, tolerance and First Amendment rights. BOMA’s Ken Cleaveland, Police Chief Greg Suhr asked BOMA members to support his efforts to keep the Suhr and BOMA EVP Marc Intermaggio. force vibrant, as budget challenges and the retirement of many senior officers will require extensive recruitment efforts. He also observed that SFPD lacks many up-to-date technological advantages, noting the department only recently began extensively using email. Commenting on the new chief, BOMA Director of Government and Public Affairs Ken Cleaveland said, “Greg is a local San Franciscan who really cares about his hometown and making sure The City is safe for every resident and visitor. He knows The City well, having worked in every part of it in his long career with SFPD. He’s the real deal and a very fine public servant. We’re lucky to have him as our police chief.”
4 Har-Bro Brings Restoration Expertise to Property Teams When disasters like pipe bursts, fire sprinkler leaks, fire and earthquake strike, Har-Bro provides immediate restoration service every step of the way — from the initial emergency to insurance documentation.
Following a natural gas explosion in this building, Har-Bro used advanced dry-down equipment and strategies to limit water damage.
“Har-Bro’s expertise in swiftly and professionally restoring the building to fully code-compliant conditions separates them from their competitors,” – Hal Brownstone, RPA, Senior Vice President/Green Light, Jones Lang LaSalle. “We have chosen to use Har-Bro as our preferred emergency restoration company because of their responsiveness and attention to detail when working with our tenants,” – Elizabeth C. Trowbridge, CPM, RPA, LBA Realty.
For 50 years, commercial building professionals have made Har-Bro a valued part of their property management teams. “We have the experience, personnel and equipment needed to restore your building when a disaster strikes,” says David Moll, Har-Bro’s Executive Vice President. “Our property restoration services have stood the test of time and are continually being enhanced.” Har-Bro has a strong presence on the West Coast with nine offices in five states and the ability to pull from those resources (equipment, labor and expertise) during a catastrophic event in the Bay Area. Har-Bro maintains a strong local presence in each market it serves. Clients benefit from having a relationship with a single point of contact, such as Ryan Rusler, Executive Account Manager in the San Francisco Bay Area. “We are an ongoing resource and an extension of our clients’ team for emergency Ryan Rusler and restoration needs,” adds Rusler. “We share knowledge that helps mitigate and even prevent property damage.” When an emergency does occur, clients appreciate having a one-stop solution. Har-Bro will create a restoration plan that benefits your tenants and building by partnering with your preferred elevator, janitorial and security vendors to name a few. Another key advantage is the documentation procedures that Har-Bro has established. From the first call to project completion, detailed documentation is provided to the building management team.
Har-Bro Serves as Industry Resource As an active member of BOMA San Francisco, Har-Bro has brought value to the association by hosting water restoration classes that are free to property managers and engineers. Har-Bro sponsors third-party independent For more information: restoration specialists who are certified to teach Ryan Rusler classes in water restoration. In addition, as the leader Har-Bro of Northern California Phone: 510.887.8500 of BOMA San Francisco’s Emergency Preparedness Email: Ryan.Rusler@harbro.com Committee’s Training Subcommittee, Rusler is a helpful Website: www.harbro.com resource to clients and associates.
Har-Bro uses infrared technology to quickly access areas to identify moisture intrusion and its extent.
5 Members on the Move Gachina Landscape Management was named one of the 2011 Healthiest Employers of the Bay Area by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. As the only landscape company to make the prestigious list, Gachina joins leading employers in supporting healthy environments for employees to thrive and succeed in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael W. Cashion, General Manager of 255 California with Lexington MKP Management L.P., was recently appointed to the SF Board of Examiners, High-Rise Sprinkler/Building Owner seat by the SF Building Inspection Commission. Cashion has been a long-time dedicated member of BOMA's Government and Public Affairs Committee, including serving as its chair for two years and was BOMA's representative to the SF Graffiti Abatement Advisory Committee.
Rita Hernandez, CPM has joined RiverRock Real Estate Group as General Manager. Rita brings 25 years of commercial property management and construction management experience to the RiverRock team. RiverRock Real Estate Group provides management, leasing, investment advisor and sales, as well as real estate property tax services through 12 offices and numerous RiverRock Alliance Group relationships that span the Northern, Central and Southern regions of the state. AERC Recycling Solutions recently announced that all of its Com-Cycle locations have attained the designation of being an R2/RIOSTM Certified Electronics Recycler速 facility. AERC owns and operates five wholly owned Electronics Processing Com-Cycle facilities in five separate geographic locations, including its Hayward, CA location.
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6 Principal Member Profile
J. Timothy Falvey, President Hanford-Freund & Company
J. Timothy Falvey realized early in his career that if you’re going to be in business, you have to work for government policies that support a healthy economy. So he rolled up his sleeves and plunged into the political process. Since then he’s chaired BOMA’s Government and Public Affairs Committee and its Political Action Committee. He has also served as a director of both the San Francisco and California Association of Realtors® and president of the Union Square Business Association Improvement District. Over the past quarter-century, the 2003 San Francisco Realtor® of the Year and 2004 Small Business Owner of the Year has lived up to his commitment to use the political process to improve conditions for commercial and residential owners and tenants in San Francisco. Not resting on his laurels, the president of Hanford-Freund & Company’s current goals are working with BOMA and other organizations to reform The City’s unfair tax code, its land-use laws and An active BOMA principal member, Falvey enjoys regulations and gearing up for the 2012 supervisory races, which he flying his single-engine Piper in his leisure time. hopes will produce a pro-jobs legislative majority in San Francisco. When Falvey’s not out reforming San Francisco, he’s piloting a single-engine Piper through the clouds, cheering on the Giants from his season-ticket seat or biking in Bhutan. His advice to other BOMA members: “Go out and make yourself necessary to the community. You won’t regret it.”
Associate Member Profile Self-described “bon vivant” Rennie Ediger uses her well-honed social skills and zest for volunteering on BOMA’s Associate Member Committee to market the services of Perfection Sweeping Co., over which she presides. In almost three decades, she and her sales staff have used their BOMA membership to become one of the most respected firms in their field in Northern California. Doing good has also helped Ediger do well. The Associate Member Committee is “responsible for 90% of BOMA’s social events. So we are able to meet and talk with vendors as well as property managers. This has opened up new doors for us to do business with other vendors that are related to our services,” she says. Perfection maintains the exterior of buildings as well as underground garages. “We try to be property managers’ eyes and ears at night when the buildings are not occupied. Communication, quality service and good follow-up are our strong points. We keep educating ourselves to stay on top of the latest business practices as well as current EPA codes. We manage dirt by sweeping,
Rennie Ediger, President Perfection Sweeping Company blowing and hauling off building debris. When we can’t sweep it, we power wash or wipe it down,” says Ediger. “By consistently giving her time and her company’s sponsorship support to various events, Rennie has helped to ensure great social networking One of Rennie Ediger’s many hobbies is collecting fine wines from around the world. that leads to reliable and trusted business relationships,” says Marc Intermaggio, BOMA San Francisco’s executive vice president.
7 BOMA Holiday Revelers Benefit Toy Drive BOMA SF members celebrated at our annual party on December 7 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom. At the holiday party and throughout the season, toys were donated by BOMA members and their tenants for the SF Fire Department Toy Program.
8 Skyline Construction Installs New Ventilation System in Transamerica Pyramid New fan system is quieter, easily maintained, uses less energy and is much less disruptive to implement than traditional air-handling equipment.
San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid (above), the newly installed FANWALL® system (center), detail of pipes (inset).
Operators of San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid recently avoided the costly disruption of replacing an aging ventilation system by installing a new-tech Huntair® modular FANWALL® system, thanks to the efforts of general contractor Skyline Construction. The retrofit process, says Skyline Construction Senior Vice President Randy Scott, avoided weeks of tenant disruption, noise and unnecessary expense and resulted in a new system that requires much less energy than the older technology. He adds that the FANWALL TECHNOLOGY produces minimal noise and vibration, alleviating irritation for tenants above and below the ventilation equipment. Confronted with the major disruption associated with replacing the old air-handling fans, Transamerica Pyramid construction and engineering personnel and Skyline’s construction and subcontractor team came up with a logistical solution that will be an attractive alternative for other buildings that need to replace their antiquated ventilation systems. The FANWALL system had the added benefit of operational redundancy. Should a fan failure occur, the multiple fans of the FANWALL system would ensure operational continuity until the fan could be changed out through a simple maintenance effort. By implementing the FANWALL system, the owner avoided having to incur the cost and disruption of demolishing walls and a costly rigging operation that would have been incurred with a conventional like-for-like fan replacement.
Ranked among the top 25 general contractors in the Bay Area, Skyline Construction is a 100% employee-owned company with offices in Santa Clara and San Francisco. Specializing in building infrastructure, data centers, tenant improvements, and technical life science projects, Skyline Construction has been a leader in Bay Area building for over 15 years and is committed to saving clients time and money.
For more information: Randy Scott Phone: 415.908.2513 Email: email@example.com Website: www.skylineconst.com
9 National Issues
State Issues It’s almost certain there will be a split-roll property tax initiative on the ballot in California in Nov. 2012. Key provisions of proponents: • Exempts all residential property – including rentals and apartments • Requires commercial reassessment at least every three years • Increases homeowner exemption to $14,000 • Provides a $1,000,000 personal property tax exemption • Puts money into general fund to increase Prop 98 funding “This could be the most challenging attempt ever to carve up Prop 13 and target commercial property owners with higher taxes since the state’s voters passed the landmark measure over 30 years ago,” said Ken Cleaveland, director of government and public affairs for BOMA SF.
For more information, visit www.bomacal.org.
Legislation to curb costly opportunistic American with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits against business owners is being pushed by California Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River). “Too often these lawsuits are filed and the accuser takes the settlement money and moves on down the road. Access for the disabled does not get fixed because the business owner has spent his money on the lawsuit. The business owner loses out, disabled Americans still can’t patronize the place – only the pockets of the ones bringing the lawsuits are enriched,” said Lungren, who launched H.R. 3356, otherwise known as the ACCESS Act (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services). Lungren’s legislation is “very laudable,” says Ken Cleaveland, director of government and public affairs, BOMA SF. “Such ADA scams are closing down small businesses and ultimately denying their services to everyone, including disabled people,” Cleaveland adds.
For more information, visit www.boma.org.
BOMA SF YP Corner
BOMA Young Professionals gathered for an evening cruise on the Bay on September 8. The well-attended Fourth Annual BOMA YP Boat Cruise was a great opportunity for YP’s to meet others in the profession. Thanks to event sponsors: Able Services, Ampco System Parking/ABM Janitorial/ABM Security, Arborwell, Bakers Floor Care and ThyssenKrupp Elevator.
BOMA Young Professionals enjoyed networking on the annual Boat Cruise in September.
BOMA YP Steering Committee encourages members with 0-7 years of industry experience to attend its educational and networking events to expand their industry knowledge and relationships. See the BOMA SF website to learn more.
10 2012 Membership Luncheons
. Site Surveys & As-Built Services
January Membership Luncheon
. Area Calculations
February Membership Luncheon
. Computer-Aided Drafting Services
March Membership Luncheon
. Drawing Conversions
EARTH Awards & April Membership Luncheon
. Presentation Plans
May Membership Luncheon
July Membership Luncheon
. Tenant Tracking Reports
September Membership Luncheon
. Leasing Exhibits
Annual Membership Meeting & Member Recognition Luncheon
. File Management & Archiving
November Membership Luncheon
All luncheons will be held at The City Club, except for the April event, which will be at the Hotel Nikko. For online registration and a complete calendar of BOMA events and meetings, visit www.bomasf.org/calendar
. Drawing Inventory
. Egress Plans
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BOMA Thanks 2012 Gold Corporate Sponsor...
At the Annual Member Recognition Luncheon, Past President Anne Stephens (far left) and President Meade Boutwell (far right) congratulate the 2011 Associate Member of the Year Skip Soskin (second from left) and Principal Member of the Year Blake Peterson (third from left).
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Recologyâ€™s support demonstrates its belief in BOMA San Franciscoâ€™s advocacy, professional development and programs for the commercial real estate profession. Recology has also been a key sponsor of our annual EARTH Awards, sharing our vision of a greener community.
11 BOMA SF Welcomes New Directors to the Board Deborah Boyer, The Swig Company Deborah is Senior Vice President with The Swig Company, a private investment company with a 75-year history of development, ownership and management of commercial real estate properties. Mike L. Sanford, Kilroy Realty Corp. Mike is Vice President in charge of the company’s Northern California and Pacific Northwest Regions with responsibilities that include asset management, leasing, acquisitions, development and redevelopment.
Blake Peterson, Langley Investment Properties Blake is a Senior Property Manager for Langley Investment Properties (formerly Ashforth Pacific), currently overseeing all operations of The Orrick Building, located at 405 Howard Street in addition to consulting on LEED projects in the Pacific Northwest. Associate Member Seat: Howard Fish, Skyline Construction
John Combs C & C RiverRock John is Founder and Principal of C & C RiverRock, a West Coast-based commercial real estate service firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California.
As Vice President with Skyline Construction, Howard is responsible for maintaining client relationships, identifying new business opportunities and applying best practices to the operation of Skyline Construction. He is active in many professional trade associations and is immediate past chair of the BOMA Associates Committee.
2012 BOMA SF Leadership Executive Committee
President 2012 – Meade Boutwell, LEED AP (CBRE) President Elect – Steven Ring, RPA, CPM, LEED AP (Cushman & Wakefield) Treasurer – Sarah MacIntyre, RPA, LEED AP (Wilson Meany Sullivan) Immediate Past President – Anne Stephens, CPM (Paramount Group, Inc.) Executive Vice President – Marc Intermaggio, CAE (BOMA San Francisco)
Deborah Boyer (The Swig Company) John Combs (C & C RiverRock) Howard Fish (Skyline Construction) Harout Hagopian (Equity Office Properties) Blake Peterson, MBA, RPA, LEED AP (Langley Investment Properties) Garth Phillips (McCarthy Cook & Co. LLC) Tawni Sullivan, RPA (CAC Real Estate Management Co., Inc.) Elizabeth Trowbridge, RPA, FMA, CPM (LBA Realty)
Join a BOMA Committee! Associate Member Committee Don Thiry (Otis Elevator) email@example.com BOMA-SF-PAC Committee Jim Christian, CCIM (DRA Advisors LLC) firstname.lastname@example.org Careers Committee Warren Mead (Cushman & Wakefield) email@example.com Codes and Regulations Committee James Kilroy, RPA, CPM (Cushman & Wakefield) firstname.lastname@example.org
BOMA is honored to have the following leaders guide the Association in 2012. If you are interested in participating in a committee, please contact the chairs listed below.
Education Committee Phil Rapoport, RPA (Cushman & Wakefield) prapoport@ThePyramidCenter.com Emergency Preparedness Misa Gidding-Chatfield (PM Realty Group) email@example.com Energy & Environment Committee Zachary Brown, LEED AP O&M (CBRE) firstname.lastname@example.org BOMA-SF Foundation Sandra Boyle, CPM, LEED AP (Cushman & Wakefield) email@example.com
Gov't. & Public Affairs Committee Hal Brownstone, RPA, LEED AP (Jones Lang LaSalle) firstname.lastname@example.org Leadership Development Committee Kathy Mattes, CPM, CCIM (CBRE) email@example.com Member Services Committee Rosaland Stewart (ThyssenKrupp Elevator) firstname.lastname@example.org Young Professionals (YP) Amber Miller, RPA (Boston Properties) email@example.com
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The Last Word: Marc Intermaggio Action Request: Help Promote Real Estate Career Opportunities he dearth of people entering the commercial real estate workforce hampers our industry in numerous ways. Chief among them: real estate operating companies are forced to poach talent from one another, compensation packages can be unnecessarily inflated, and employees are stretched so thin as to prompt inadequate job performance and even burnout. BOMA San Francisco is diligently addressing workforce development and training needs. Our Careers Committee is building relationships with local colleges and universities, educating students about industry career opportunities. Our new Foundation is gearing up to provide financial assistance to students who wish to take advantage of the many training programs BOMA offers. And BOMA’s Young Professionals Committee plays a supportive role in helping newbies plug into a collaborative network of learners and “doers.”
Your help is needed: Here’s how One of the best ways to give students a glimpse of the day-to-day goings-on in an office building is to allow them to shadow employees in key positions such as engineering, construction management, tenant administration, and property management. We’d like you and your staff in the above disciplines to consider volunteering to be shadowed – for two hours, four hours, or a full day.
From recent participation in local university career fairs, we have collected contact information from sixty students who’ve expressed interest in learning more about commercial real estate career opportunities. We’ll soon send an email request for “job shadow” volunteers. Opening the eyes of young people to our industry is the first step toward opening doors to a fulfilling career. And a more fully developed talent pool will benefit our entire industry. In addition to recruiting recent graduates to our field, it’s important to spread the word to seasoned professionals who are considering a career change. Many employees who have been downsized during the recent economic downturn have skill sets that would be a good match for commercial real estate positions. Connect them with BOMA and we’ll match them with opportunities! Marc Intermaggio, CAE, is the Executive Vice President of BOMA San Francisco.
Time to Submit Your EARTH Awards Application Applications for the 2012 BOMA Bay Area EARTH Awards are due on February 10, 2012. Winners will be announced at the April 16 EARTH Awards Luncheon at the Hotel Nikko.