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Innovative EARTH Award Winners Share Successes (See page 11)

Fall 2016

BOMA Helps Members Confront Code Changes BOMA San Francisco members attending the recent annual codes seminar were brought up to date on important changes and received some welcome news: Title 24 changes going into effect in January will be less drastic and less expensive than the previous round of changes. BOMA Codes Committee Chair Dennis Latta, Cushman & Wakefield, welcomed a standing-room-only crowd to the Nov. 10 seminar, which began with a panel discussion on commercial permitting moderated by Skip Soskin, AIA, Huntsman Architectural Group. The panel focused on issues for tenant Sustainability panel discusses Title 24 code changes and issues. improvements (TI’s) in existing buildings. “In six weeks, codes will change, as the International Building Code will be adopted by California,” Soskin said. (The IBC is a model code that provides minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare of the occupants of new and existing buildings and structures.) (Continued on page 10)

Preparing for Emergencies: Panels Share Advice New technologies can benefit building security and emergency preparedness, but can also present new problems, attendees learned at the BOMA Emergency Preparedness Seminar. BOMA SF Emergency Preparedness Committee Chair Stacia Keisner welcomed a standing-room-only crowd to the seminar on October 18, which featured experts in emergency preparedness planning, security and business continuity. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White hailed the recent addition of a new fireboat—the St. Francis—to the department’s fleet. She said her department is “proud of its relationship with BOMA San Francisco” and committed to keeping the City’s 850,000 residents and 1.5 million daytime population safe. SFPD-Central Station Captain David Lazar reminded attendees that “we know it’s not a matter of if, but when.” Plus, the growing economy has meant that increased traffic makes getting to emergencies a challenge. The keynote speaker, Allied Universal Vice President Geoff Craighead, an Australian native, honed his expertise with high-rise buildings in Hong Kong. He noted a “proliferation of technologies that are both a blessing and a curse.” Technologies have aided security efforts, but curses include new ways for crimes to be committed by using technology. A “new brand of terrorist” has (Continued on page 13)


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With Wes Powell, Newly Elected BOMA San Francisco President Wes Powell, International Director at JLL, was elected president of BOMA San Francisco at the Board’s November 16 meeting. He has been with JLL for more than 15 years and spent 10 years before that working for owners in acquisitions, property and asset management. Here are some of his thoughts. As a company, how has JLL drawn upon BOMA resources for training, staff development and networking? As a large global real estate services firm with local reach, JLL uses BOMA in a number of ways. We’ve recently had great results with the BOMA San Francisco Foundation’s workforce training program at SFSU. We have had interns from the program and the opportunity to hire terrific new talent. These new employees have a good platform for understanding real estate fundamentals and, more importantly, an interest in our business. With the incredible war for talent in the Bay Area, along with the fact that senior property managers are reaching retirement, it provides a great opportunity for both employers and young professionals. Along with other property professionals and owners, JLL uses BOMA for training, professional certifications and networking. I’ve learned in the past few years that the more you become involved in the organization, the better equipped you are in our business. You have been involved with BOMA San Francisco for a number of years. Prior to becoming President, in which committees and activities did you participate? I was involved in property management /operations and asset management the first half of my career and was involved with BOMA at that time. As a broker for 15 years, I took a hiatus before becoming re-involved. I’ve had the chance to serve on both the Membership Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee. Each year the Board meets with the leadership of every committee to discuss goals achieved and go-forward objectives. I am impressed with the work, dedication and professionalism displayed by all of our members. Describe some of your goals in leading BOMA. We have one of the most, if not the most effective BOMA organization in the U.S. While there are many real estate organizations — each catering to a group of professionals — we should be confident about (Continued on page 12)

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5 Election Results:

BOMA CAL Celebrates 30 Years

What Impact on CRE? The national election was shocking for many, with a total newcomer, Donald Trump, being elected to the White House, and the U.S. Congress still firmly in control of the Republicans. What does that mean for our commercial real estate industry? BOMA SF Vice President, Public Policy, Ken Cleaveland offered this perspective: “President Obama recently stated that he thinks Trump is a businessman and, ultimately, a pragmatist. If that is the case, it may bode well for our industry, in as much as Trump has stated he wants to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, which is something our industry depends upon. The key to fulfilling this promise will be finding funds to make it happen. On the local and state level, there were a number of issues that impacted CRE. Californians approved a $9 billion school construction bond and rejected a measure that would have severely limited future state and local revenue bond measures for infrastructure projects. The approval of recreational marijuana use was expected and may pose challenges for property managers. In San Francisco, the election was a mixed bag. Several good candidates the business and real estate community supported lost their race for San Francisco Supervisor, but the ‘moderates’ did pick up one seat in District 11 with Ahsha Safai winning. The big victory for the ‘moderates’ was Scott Wiener’s victory over Jane Kim for state senate. Also positive news was the failure of the four measures that would have restricted the powers of the Mayor. Finally, although San Francisco voters approved spending more on transportation improvements and homeless services, they did not pass a sales tax to pay for these two initiatives; thus, both will not be implemented.” At the BOMA Codes seminar, Brian P. Mulry, Esq. of Buchalter Nemer, reported on the outcome of key local propositions. Proposition O was passed and will allow office development in Candlestick Point and the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard to go forward without being counted toward the citywide annual cap on allowable office development. This could bring economic vitality and employment opportunities to an area that needs it. According to Mulry’s presentation, the measure “may allow for more of the backlog of current office development to go forward. Adding more office space to San Francisco’s tight real estate market could help moderate office rents, which can be seen as either a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective.” Prop X also passed and affects development in the Mission and South of Market. A conditional use authorization from the planning commission will be required if a project would demolish distribution, production or repair (PDR), arts activities or nonprofits. It would require new development to replace the PDR, arts or community space.

More than 200 commercial real estate leaders came to celebrate the 30th anniversary of BOMA California on October 20. Some of the founding members were recognized at the event. Jeff Gunther, Paul Richards, David Pogue, Chip Julin and Gary Sowards—five of the original founders—were honored, as was Marc Intermaggio of BOMA San Francisco. Rex Hime, President and CEO of California Business Properties, singled out Marc, who is credited for guiding the leaders of local California BOMA associations to join together to create a single and effective voice for the office building industry: “Had Marc not had the vision and tenacity to create BOMA California, this organization might never have happened and the issues they have addressed would never have been resolved.” Shown above, from left: Jeff Gunther, Chip Julin, Deanna Drake-Copelan, Dave Pogue, Paul Richards, Gary Sowards, Marc Intermaggio and Rex Hime.


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Jim Collins, Vice President, Leasing Shorenstein Realty Services, LP

While overseeing Shorenstein’s portfolio that includes some of the City’s most iconic buildings —like the Russ Building and Market Square (1355 Market)— Jim Collins, Vice President, Leasing, is seeing some interesting marketplace trends. “With the technology industry playing a growing role in our economy, employers are building workplaces that are inviting and fun for the new generation of office workers,” says Collins. “They are pushing productivity by filling space with as many idea-driven people, for as many hours a day, as possible. These new interiors emphasize natural light, fresh air from operable windows and exposed materials like concrete slabs and beams. All of these qualities are found in the Russ Building, built in 1927, and 1355 Market, built in 1937, which in their day relied on lots of Collins and son, Darius, land a big fish. windows to light and ventilate the workplace. Because of their outstanding, basic architecture, they have lent themselves to the upgrades in building systems and technology that are a big part of the future of corporate real estate.” Collins joined the BOMA SF Political Action Committee several years ago and was recently named secretary of BOMA California at the 30th anniversary celebration. “This participation extends beyond the city limits, and I am looking forward to coordinating with other BOMA chapters to make our positions known, and understood, in Sacramento. Many issues are brewing that will have major effects on our industry: modification of Prop. 13 and the split tax roll; ‘Making Poverty History,’ a bill that was dropped from the ballot this year, but could re-appear and place a financial burden on property owners; and changes in Title 24 that increase construction costs. We have to keep our eyes open for policies that negatively affect our industry.” Collins’ favorite leisure activity is fishing the waters of Northern California with his son, Darius. “He enjoys hooking a fish as much as I do. I am happy to be able to pass the tradition along to the next generation. I also love to ride my bicycle, including commuting, and can go downhill really fast!”

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Associate Member Profile Kimberley Davis, Business Development Manager Allied Universal Two brands well known to BOMA members — Universal Services of America and AlliedBarton Security Services — combined to form Allied Universal in August 2016. “With the merging of two great brands, we began the quest to serve our clients with even greater capabilities and transform into a dynamic company that surpasses all industry benchmarks for service delivery and employee support,” says Kimberley Davis, Business Davis enjoys spending time Development Manager for Allied Universal. with her family. Allied Universal is a leading facility services company and the largest security force in North America. “Our combination of people and technology delivers tailored offerings that allow clients to focus on their core business. We believe that there will be significant benefits to our clients, as we integrate our operations,” says Davis, who handles client relations and business development. Fully automated robots may be coming to your building soon! Allied Universal is partnering with Knightscope to provide advanced physical security technology to its customers. The Knightscope K5 and K3 Autonomous Data Machines are groundbreaking and innovative in advanced anomaly detection. The technology, launched in the Bay Area last July, is available now, directly from Allied Universal. Machines operate autonomously (meaning not remote-controlled) to gather real-time data within a geo-fenced area. (Learn more about this and other offerings at www.aus.com.) Davis has been active on BOMA San Francisco’s Membership Committee and Emergency Preparedness Committee and helped organize the recent annual Emergency Preparedness Seminar. She finds BOMA to be “a great organization for networking and building close relationships. What you give to BOMA is what you will get in return.” During her downtime, Davis enjoys reading, especially with her two young children. “We read lots of books and use our imaginations to make up fun stories.”


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9 BOMA Leadership Changes and Members on the Move The BOMA San Francisco Board of Directors has elected new officers, as follows: President Wes Powell, International Director, JLL; Vice President Marc Gille, Vice President, Operations and Project Management for Rockhill Management; and Treasurer Bill Whitfield, General Manager, Russ Building for Shorenstein. The BOMA Board has also appointed three new representatives to the BOMA California Board of Directors. They are Marty Smith, president and co-owner of Allhouse Deaton and incoming chair for BOMA San Francisco’s Government Affairs and Policy Analysis Committee (GAPAC); Jim Collins, Vice President/Leasing for Shorenstein Realty Services and vice chair of BOMA-SF-PAC, and former PAC board member Jim Christian, Director, Industrial Asset Management, DRA Advisors. Akiba Davis, BOMA San Francisco’s Education Coordinator, has been chosen to receive the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame’s 2017 Community Advocate Award. The mission of the 501-c-3 group is to enrich, enlighten and educate young people while honoring heroes and heroines from the past. To be chosen to receive the honor, one must have made major contributions to their community, and been a role model for youth during their career. Paige Salazar was appointed property manager at 343 Sansome Street, which is managed by CBRE. Salazar’s extensive experience includes stints at 60 Spear Street, 744 Montgomery Street, 581 Market Street and 2525 16th Street in San Francisco, as well as medical office buildings in Daly City and Brentwood.

Brooke Dowling is Colliers International’s newest Associate within the Occupier Services Group, which focuses exclusively on office tenant representation. Dowling formerly worked for Kilroy Realty Corporation, marketing over six million square feet of its Northern California portfolio. She is a native of Marin County and a graduate of the University of Arizona.

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Codes Seminar (Continued from front page) Come early in the morning to have staff review your permit application for a TI, advised Mark Walls, Senior Building Inspector, San Francisco Dept. of Building Inspection (DBI). Other tips: “For egress drawings, we want to make sure that everything is okay, especially signage. We also want to see ceiling drawings and a furniture plan. We can help you fill out your DA (disabled) checklist. If there are hardships, include them on the plan. The staff will work with you.” The biggest problems he sees: out-of-date materials and missing supporting documents. Richard Brown, Assistant Fire Marshal, SFFD, said that administrative bulletins affecting San Francisco highrises will soon be online for review. Other pointers for plan review: having a fully-sprinkled building gives you a lot of leeway. For permitting in high-rise buildings, the fire department has to check it, “even if you’re just changing a doorknob.” Water bottle fillers will soon be required in commercial buildings, said Steve Panelli, Chief Plumbing Inspector. In addition, new water conservation requirements are coming from the PUC in January. Older buildings and older fixtures such as toilets are going to have to be inspected.

panel discussion on Title 24 updates, featuring: Kena David, Sustainability Manager, BCCI Construction; Bob Schroeder, PE, LEED AP, Principal/Mechanical Engineer, Glumac; and Valeria Balderramos, PE, LEED AP, Associate/Electrical Engineer, Glumac. Some good news: anticipated costs for complying with upcoming LEED standards will be lower for 2016 Title 24 (which come online on January 1, 2017). David said that steep costs last time were due to LEDs and controls. Now, lowering lighting powers will not be a significant cost. Other trends: Schroeder noted there are more regulations regarding demand response. Buildings can be more efficient with better boilers, ventilation controls and occupancy sensors. He observed that dark windows affect daylighting issues and that cool roofs are a good strategy. Additional Title 24 changes include: energy modeling, including radiant options; reduced speed requirements for unoccupied escalators and elevators and nighttime shut-off; and updated Power Adjusted Factors affecting multi-level lighting and continuous dimming.

Title 24 Energy Updates Seen as Less Costly

Soskin led a discussion about ADA changes and compliance with Richard Halloran, Senior Building Inspector,

Zach Brown, Director of Sustainability, CBRE, led a

ADA: What’s New and How to Comply (Continued on page 14)


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INNOVATIVE EARTH AWARDS

The historic Russ Building, managed by Bill Whitfield of Shorenstein Realty Services, earned the Innovative EARTH Award in 2014 for developing and launching the “I Will if You Will” Tenant Energy Challenge. Whitfield enlisted two separate tenants to save energy over a three-month period. Challenge participants committed to shutting off computers, monitors, printers, coffee makers, and other office devices, which are commonly left on after business hours. The results showed average energy savings of 45% over baseline measurements. Based largely on this success, Shorenstein has since rolled out a nationwide tenant engagement program known as “Flip the Switch.” The program provides building occupants with knowledge, tools and technical support to enhance the sustainability of their own workplace. The program is very popular with tenants and is yielding energy and environmental savings across Shorenstein’s national office portfolio of over 20 million square feet.

Innovative EARTH Award Winners Refine and Expand Their Successful Projects Where Are They Now?... At a recent BOMA SF Energy and Environment Committee program, past award winners shared project updates. During the extensive renovation of the former Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart from its original design into Class A creative office space for Market Square, Shorenstein Realty Services repurposed many existing materials into the modern design. The design team was able to incorporate repurposed Douglas fir beams, brass claddings, original mail boxes and marble partitions into the design for the lobbies, retail area and common corridors. Although there are a variety of choices of eco-friendly finishes available, reusing existing material is ultimately the most sustainable option. The reclaimed materials also maintain the historical significance of the property’s original design and purpose. The mail boxes (shown below) definitely get the most attention, as they are so unique and placed right near the main lobby. Executives always showcase the reused items while touring investors through the project.

Why run a building the way it was designed in the past? That was the question asked by engineers at 50 California, who were instrumental in developing a new Global Static Setpoint system. The irrigation system for 525 and 537 Brannan Street was developed after the Brannan Management team learned that about half of the water usage in California is for residential and commercial irrigation. The buildings’ current system was continually over- and under-watering, so it was felt that getting a firm grasp on the system could be beneficial. The basis of the setup is simple: the water valves are tied to outputs of a building management system controller. At the input side of the controller are moisture sensors, embedded in plants and in the ground. Larger zones have multiple sensors, averaged together. A graphical user interface page gives engineers the ability to control the threshold at which the valves are turned on and the length at which they remain on for a cycle. In addition, all spray-type heads were replaced with emitter lines, reducing evaporation. “We have been extremely happy with the results. Not only have we saved thousands of gallons per month, but our plants and landscaping are the best they’ve ever looked, and we have received multiple compliments from our tenants,” says Scott Elliott, Chief Engineer.

“The Static Pressure Hot Button has worked out better than expected,” says building engineer Dennis Cornish. “In 2015 the project saved 8.61% and $109,405 in electrical compared to 2014. As of August 2016, it has saved 10.87% and $98,682 compared to 2014. In 2015 and 2016 we have also completed eight floors of full DDC HVAC controls with 100% LED Title 24 lighting, so this has helped out the numbers also.”

The deadline for entering your building in the Innovative EARTH Awards competition is Dec. 16. Winners will be announced on Feb. 9 at the BOMA Bay Area Annual Awards Gala. BOMA’s sustainability checklist provides a great start for a self-audit. (See BOMA SF EARTH Award Checklist on www.bomasf.org.)


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the positive impact that we have together on our industry. To steal a phrase from The Salvation Army, BOMA does the most good for commercial real estate. Be it training, advocacy, governmental affairs, educational training or networking, BOMA is doing the most good! What challenges and/or opportunities do you foresee? With the November 8th election, we all see challenges and opportunities. Challenges ? I see a highly regulated environment which often sees our industry as the way to pay for a fix, by increasing costs and decreasing senior talent. The opportunity for our industry and BOMA is to use the resources, work together to benefit our industry and enjoy the ride along the way!

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Manny Fishman (Buchalter Nemer) chairs our Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee, which analyses proposed legislation and ballot initiatives, formulates BOMA’s position on same, and educates members on the issues impacting their business. The committee maintains relationships with key administrative and elected officials. Andrew Junius (Reuben, Junius & Rose) leads our Political Action Committee, which maintains relationships with elected officials, raises funds for electoral campaigns, and deploys funding to elect candidates and pass measures for the benefit of BOMA members. Julie Venegas (Cushman & Wakefield) heads our Young Professionals Committee. They develop training and networking opportunities for people with seven or less years in the business. Sheila Marko (Wilson Meany) heads the Historic Buildings Committee, which meets to discuss and address issues unique to older properties. Tawni Sullivan (CBRE) chairs the BOMA San Francisco Foundation, which works to expand and

diversify the commercial real estate workforce so that no building is left without well-trained, competent personnel as the wave of Baby Boomers leave our industry’s workforce. Kathy Mattes (Real Estate Consultant) heads our Leadership Development & Nominating Committee, identifying talent that can sustain BOMA’s success for years to come. John Combs (RiverRock Real Estate Group) has presided over the BOMA Board of Directors for 2016, setting strategic direction, and monitoring progress towards the Association’s long-term goals and overarching mission. Want to increase your ROI with BOMA? Get a little more involved. Our volunteers will tell you that they get back more than they put in. Why not find out for yourself! Marc Intermaggio, CAE, is Executive Vice President of BOMA San Francisco and Executive Director/CEO, BOMA San Francisco Foundation.


13 Emergency Preparedness (Continued from front page)

leveraged modern IT like Skype and encrypted technologies to plan and carry out incidents such as the attacks in Mumbai and San Bernardino. On the positive side, since 9/11 relationships and information-sharing between the public sector and private security have become better.

Police Department, said that bad guys fear failure. If they think they won’t be successful, they will find a better target. BART works with other agencies to make it a less attractive target. He recommended the book, “The Gift of Fear.” In a Boston Marathon-type event, Lazar said the best strategy is to shelter in place and to listen Public Sector Panel Insights to law enforcement. Dayton said that Moderator Jeff Ellis, Security the city would send emergency alerts as Manager, Transamerica Pyramid requested by the fire and police departCenter (Allied Universal), posed ments. Ellis noted that rumors will begin the scenario of a sub-catastrophic on social media and that property manearthquake. agers need to filter accurate information. “Seismologists give us scenarios Other advice from the panel: to evaluate,” says Michael Dayton, • Develop a plan, train employees, Deputy Director, Division exercise and drill, then improve your of Emergency Services, City and plan when you discover gaps, said County of San Francisco. His Riedel. department plans mitigation steps. • Franklin noted that “people don’t Transportation challenges loom for rise to the occasion, they fall back on getting aid resources. Many firsttheir training.” responders live in the East Bay, so Captain David Lazar and BOMA Emergency • Francisco said that “you create your plans include the possibility of the Preparedness Committee Chair Stacia Keisner. own luck. Have first-aid kits and supplies. Bay Bridge being down. Chance favors the prepared.” Sidonie Sansom, Director of Homeland Security, Port of San Francisco noted that in the event of an earthquake/ Post-Emergency Business Continuity tsunami/flood, piers may be damaged, preventing the evacBeyond life safety concerns, Ellis said many small busiuation of people by ferry. “You may need to reoccupy your nesses never recover from a sub-catastrophic emergency that building,” she said and advised having 72 hours of emercauses disruption. John Ruiz of Red Cross said his organigency supplies for your employees and tenants. zation has a “Ready Rating” program to help businesses Policing problems will likely occur after an earthquake. and schools develop plans. See www.redcross.org for tips. Captain Lazar reported that the police department would “We can also come to your building and talk to tenants.” set up a command post at the Central Station to protect Stasha Wyskiel, Senior Rick Manager, Safety & businesses from looting. Assistant Deputy Chief Shane Resilience, salesforce.com, shared that “it was a good test” Francisco, Homeland Security Division, SFFD, said that when a storm resulted in lost power and the closing of the fire department assumes that communication will be a facility and 6,000 employees worked from home. Her down post-earthquake. The plan is to decentralize each company reviews its business contingency plan quarterly. battalion to send the right resources for fires. There will Personal preparations like “go kits” are under every desk. be no response to medical calls. Monika Stoeffl, Executive Director, California Resiliency Ellis asked about terrorist threats. “We look at what’s Alliance, recommended that teams plan together. “Don’t happening in other cities and think, through the events figure things out in the midst of chaos.” that they face,” said Christopher Riedel, Protective Security Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Soft tarA Special Thanks to the Seminar Sponsors: gets are now targets for self-radicalized terrorists. He said Allied Universal that perimeters are important. Look at any behaviors that Applied Video Solutions are outside the norm, such as people taking notes about Bannerman your building or asking suspicious questions and report suspicious activity. His department has an outreach program. Camio Use your PSA (Protective Security Advisor) as a resource. HARBRO Emergency Service and Restoration Ellis said that “If I were a bad guy, I’d hit BART.” Remote Satellite Systems International Lt. Kevin Franklin, Manager of Security Programs, BART


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Codes Seminar (Continued from page 10) DBI, and Secretary to the San Francisco Access Appeals Commission. What’s new? Soskin said that significant changes concern ADA compliance for EV charging stations and EV parking spaces. Other new requirements: • Path of travel for work areas must be 36” to allow for a turning circle for wheelchairs. • The geometric symbol for single-user restrooms (a triangle) must contrast with the door. • Baby changing tables must be accessible. Halloran said certified access specialists at DBI are available to discuss ADA issues. “We’ll come to your building.” Finally, San Francisco’s new Ordinance 51-16, which addresses mandatory disability access improvements, is being phased in. Its purpose is to increase access to goods and services; help businesses gain ADA compliance; raise awareness of ADA barrier removal requirements and encourage further barrier removal. The ordinance was spearheaded by small business groups to reduce lawsuits regarding accessibility. Buildings constructed before 2002 are exempt, but owners must fill out a simple checklist.

Elevator Safety Regulation: Cal-OSH Updates The BOMA audience was brought up to date on elevator code issues by Dan Barker, Senior Safety Engineer, Elevator Unit, Cal Occupational Safety and Health Division,

CA Department of Industrial Relations. The department worked with BOMA on new safety standards. Proposed changes will make MRL (Machine Room Less) elevators more accessible and easier to inspect and maintain. He noted that elevator manufacturers’ low-maintenance measures can sometimes make elevators less safe.

BOMA LED Lighting Program Savings Lindsay Wood of Energy Innovations Group told attendees about some of the benefits that BOMA members can receive through the BOMA LED rebate program. A huge buying group with other associations allows BOMA members to get lower prices on LEDs, as well as fixtures. Retrofitting with these products can help buildings meet Title 24 changes. See page 5 for a political and legislative update from the seminar and other election results.

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15 Mixing & Mingling Scenes from the 62nd Annual Elmer Johnson Golf Classic at The Peninsula Golf and Country Club.

Clockwise from top right: Clayton Jew, KidderMatthews; Emmy So, Field Construction; Wayne Huie, Young Electric Co.; Kim Tamayo, Pyro-Comm Systems; and Jose Guevara, American Assets Trust. Sue Rinetti, ABM; Elizabeth Trowbridge, LBA Realty; and Deanna Drake-Copelan, CBRE. Chris Boreta, Orchard Commercial and Lisa Blandford, Cushman & Wakefield. Gordon Judd, NRG Energy Center; Paul Richards, Wilson Meany; and Dwain Botelho, NRG Energy Center.

Photos credit: Kent Goetz.

BOMA Luncheon Scenes At the November luncheon, BOMA Young Professional Chair Julie Venegas, Cushman & Wakefield, presented a $1250 check to SFFD Toy Program’s Sally Casazza and Danny Gracia. YP’s donated $10 of every ticket sold to the Summer Roofdeck Mixer to the Toy Program and collected over 100 toys at the event as well.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spoke about the city’s economic and political challenges at the October luncheon. (Photo credit: Laura Albanese, Cupertino Electric, Inc.)


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The Last Word: Marc Intermaggio

Member Volunteers Propel BOMA’s Success BOMA San Francisco benefits from a large number of highly engaged volunteers who work together for the betterment of our Association. Much of the value you receive via your BOMA membership is made possible because of the dedicated efforts of these volunteers. From development of industry positions on legislative proposals to production of educational seminars; from planning and managing our social events to identifying, recruiting and training our next-gen workforce, our volunteers collaborate to improve everything we do, expanding the value of membership. With over 150 people active on our committees, task forces, the BOMA Board and our Foundation Board, we are blessed with a very high level of constituent involvement. To be engaged like this ensures a selfpropelling, self-improvement, benefit-enhancing cycle. It’s why we keep getting better at what we do and how we do it.

As I note the following examples, remember that each of the people I mention is well-supported by many fellow members. If you want to create and derive more value for yourself, your employer, and your industry, we invite you to join our efforts. Mark Kelly (Able Services) chairs our Associate Member Committee, which helps plan and manage our outstanding social/networking events. Nicole Dubee (Columbia Property Trust) chairs our Careers Committee, which promotes awareness of commercial real estate industry careers and mentors students. Dennis Latta (Cushman & Wakefield) leads our Codes and Regulations Committee. They interface with city agencies, analyze building and fire code provisions and enforcement practices, and develop member training to ensure code compliance. Amber Miller (Boston Properties) chairs our Education Committee, which selects topics and speakers for seminars, workshops, and membership luncheons to provide timely, relevant information to the membership. Stacia Keisner (The Swig Company) leads our Emergency Preparedness Committee. They work with SFFD, SFPD, and many other public agencies to support member and tenant critical incident planning, response and recovery needs. Zachary Brown (CBRE) chairs our Energy and Environment Committee. They provide educational and recognition programs to guide members on best sustainable operating practices. (Continued on page 12)

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