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program who now work in the field. (See page 13.) In his welcoming remarks, Jes Pedersen, CEO of the gala’s signature sponsor Webcor Builders, noted the need to have “students arrive ready to work,” and commended the participating associations for their efforts. “Real estate is no better than the people who work in it,” said Kilroy. “Surround yourself with people of good character.” Kilroy Realty has expanded dramatically since its entry into the Bay Area six years ago, and its many projects include the ground-up LEED platinum Salesforce tower. “Creating exciting workplace environLinda Oubre, Dean of SF State College of Business, ments is what we do,” Kilroy thanks Derek Schulze of Able for its support. said. He added that Millennials are the most sustainable-minded generation and that amenities like rooftop decks are expensive, but help attract and retain talent. The company is also committed to art and culture at its properties. Kilroy’s growing company has supported BOMA’s educational efforts by hosting interns and has hired two graduates of the SF State CRE program, including Marina Ayad, a former intern, who is now a project coordinator. At the gala, Kilroy announced that his company would donate $25,000 a year for four years toward the CRE educational program.
Addressing Industry-Wide Talent Shortage Through the CRE certificate program at the SF State College of Business, economically disadvantaged students from San Francisco and Alameda counties receive scholarships (underwritten by Bay Area firms) to learn the practical skills they need to operate and manage a commercial building. The program includes wrap-around support services such as academic/career advising, tenweek paid internships and placement into jobs at starting salaries of $40,000 to $50,000, with benefits. The BOMA San Francisco Foundation established a collaborate partnership with SF State in 2012. Realizing that this is an industry-wide issue, BOMA San Francisco Foundation leaders invited IREM, NAIOP and BOMA
Oakland/East Bay to join in supporting the effort and formed the CREATE collaboration. Gala guests donated through pledge cards placed on the tables and by bidding on silent auction items which were arrayed in a Monopoly game-type display. Auction items included Hawaiian vacation accommodations, golf outings at the Olympic Club and the Mayacama Golf Resort, a Lake Tahoe getaway, Giants tickets, gift baskets and fine wine selections. Thank you to the generous CREATE event sponsors (listed at right) and to members of the commercial real estate community who gathered to celebrate and support future commercial real estate leaders.
You can help...and you can benefit!
The best way for employers to benefit from the CREATE program is to host an intern. Give one of our program enrollees the opportunity to get some practical experience while putting their training to work for you. Almost 100% of the students who have participated in our summer internship programs are full-time employees in CRE. Otherwise, make a tax-deductible donation to the BOMA San Francisco Foundation, tax ID is 80-0757877.
News from the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco, with special coverage of the CREATE gala.