BOMA Instructors


Having held leadership positions in the facilities, property and project management fields, Tom has gathered a wide range of knowledge and experiences during his 25 years of real estate work. With 15 years of teaching experience, Tom is also a National Instructor for Building Owners and Managers Institute International (BOMI) who regularly teaches both RPA and FMA courses around the country. It is his combination of teaching and real estate experiences that allows Tom to deliver the course material with an emphasis on real world applications. Tom has an engaging teaching style which provides a high energy, interactive class environment.

Tom holds a BS degree in Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University. Professional credentials and certifications include RPA, FMA, SMA and SMT credentials from BOMI as well as a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).


Diane Blake has managed real estate in Silicon Valley since 1986, maintaining excellent business relationships with clients, tenants, and vendors, specializing in management of Class “A” High-rise, R&D, and Industrial properties.  Diane began her career in property management in 1986 working for Prometheus Real Estate Company as Property Manager for their commercial division.  She then moved to TMG Partners as Senior Property Manager for their Silicon Valley portfolio and on to Orchard Commercial as the Director of Property Management. 

Although she is currently at home raising her young daughter, she remains an active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association, Silicon Valley (BOMA SV), currently holding the role as Immediate Past President (her term as President was from 2003-2005).  She has also held the role as Chairperson of the Building Awards Committee for three years and currently Chairperson of the Share Your Holiday Committee since 2006.

In 2001, Diane was the proud recipient of the BOMA Building Award for managing an R&D Property, and was the recipient of the BOMA Principle Member of the Year for 1999-2000.

Diane received her Real Property Administrator (RPA) Designation in 1994, holds a State of California Real Estate Salesperson License, and received her people management certification through the Zenger Miller Employee Management Program.

MELISSA BOWMAN, Controller Orchard Commercial

Ms. Bowman's accounting career spans 25 years, with the last 20 focused entirely in Commercial Real Estate.

She is the Controller for Orchard Commercial and has been associated with the firm since 1993, having responsibility for all accounting, network administration and IT functions.  Ms. Bowman coordinates all tax compliance, oversees real property tax evaluations and appeals, and is responsible for Management Information Systems.

Prior to joining Orchard, Ms. Bowman was Assistant Controller for Renault and Handley, a privately owned brokerage and real estate management firm.  Her duties included tax and financial reporting for approximately 15 private placements, the brokerage business, a vineyard in addition to her duties as supervisor of Management Information Systems. 

From 1983 until 1991, Ms. Bowman was employed by the Landsing Corporation, a syndicator located in Menlo Park, which raised approximately $700 million invested in both private and public partnerships as well as REITS.  She was responsible for all SEC and tax compliance for more than a dozen private placements as well as multiple public partnerships and several REITS as well as being active in investor communications. 

In 2006 Ms. Bowman taught the BOMI Budgeting & Accounting RPA Designation class for BOMA Silicon Valley.


‘Zanne Clark has over twenty years of experience in executive recruiting in the real estate industry working with large institutional clients as well as entrepreneurial companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her prior experience in managing institutional properties for Dillingham Development Company and Grubb & Ellis Company gives her hands-on knowledge of the many complex facets of the real estate industry. Known for her integrity and her ability to recruit top quality professionals, she has an outstanding track record, achieving a 96% retention rate during the first year of employment on all placements.

Having acquired a MBA degree, she has taught courses for (BOMA) Building Owners and Managers Association, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, UC Berkeley, Extension, Sonoma State University and several community colleges. Having earned a CPM designation, she also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license.

As a graduate of Leadership San Francisco sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, ‘Zanne believes in community service. She has served on the Board of Directors of KQED (public television), The Foundation for San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage and the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation.

In 2006 Ms. Clark taught the BOMI, Ethics is Good Business® Short Course™ at BOMA Silicon Valley.

YOLANDA K. FAILE, CCAM, CPM, RPA, Managing Partner & Founder, Verity Properties

Yolanda has over 14 years of experience managing all aspects of commercial real estate and asset management in northern California. She has optimized returns and managed properties for UBS, Tishman-Speyer Properties, J. P. Morgan, BlackRock, Northwestern Mutual, Pacific Coast Capital Partners, Stanford Credit Union, TA Associates Realty, and Marin County Employee Retirement Association including regional portfolios for the Sares-Regis Group of Northern California and Woodmont Real Estate Services.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary and a bachelor's degree in economics from North Carolina State University. Her professional certifications include a Certified Property Manager (CPM) from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and a Real Property Administrator (RPA) from the Building Owners and Managers Institute International (BOMI) as well as a California Real Estate Broker's License.

Ms. Faile is an active member of IREM, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the California Receivers Forum. She has served on the Board of Directors of BOMA Silicon Valley.

BRIAN FRANKLIN, CRPC, Financial Advisor, MorganStanley Wealth Management

Brian has worked at MorganStanley SmithBarney as a Financial Advisor since 2000 and been in the investment arena for over 18 years.  He works with individuals and small business owners with their wealth management, emphasizing on retirement planning needs. He currently holds his Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Financial Planning Specialist and Guided Portfolio Management Designations, and is a Graduate from San Jose State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

Prior to MorganStanley SmithBarney, Brian’s work ranged from property management and sales, and has written articles in the BOMA Silicon Valley  newsletter BYLINE "Ask the Expert" column and contributed to the book "The Citi Commonsense Money Guide for Real People".

LANCE GIDEL, President, Gidel & Kocal Construction Co., Inc.

In 26 years as owner/President of Gidel & Kocal Construction Co., Inc, a general contracting firm specializing in commercial construction, Mr. Gidel, in addition to his administrative and fiscal responsibilities to the company, has been and is currently involved in the estimation and oversight of construction projects that vary in size from small tenant improvement projects to ground-up, new construction of 20,000 to 45,000 sf retail/commercial buildings on multi-acre lots.

Mr. Gidel currently holds licenses as a general contractor in the states of California, Washington and Hawaii.

He is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association Silicon Valley (BOMA SV) for whom he regularly teaches Design and Operation of Building Systems I and II classes.  In addition to the RPA classes, which are recognized and accepted by the State of California Department of Real Estate for continuing education credits, Mr. Gidel also serves on the BOMA SV Education Committee which develops new seminars and programs for the Silicon Valley organization.  Drawing on his eight years of experience as a teacher prior to forming Gidel & Kocal Construction, he has organized and presented several seminars over the last ten years for BOMA.  For example, he recently was a co-presenter of the BOMA SV Blueprint Reading Seminar which he co-developed with his partner John Kocal and several local architects.

Mr. Gidel holds a B.A. in Biological Science from San Jose State University and a M.A. in Education from University of San Francisco.

JERRY HURWITZ, J & J Air Conditioning

Jerry Hurwitz, owner of J & J Air Conditioning has been an educator with BOMA SV and area colleges for a number of years, in addition to developing seminars for HVAC technicians at his business.

An instructor at San Jose City College for many years, he has more recently brought his teaching expertise to various HVAC-related seminars to BOMA SV. He’s been an instructor since 1984 when be began teaching the HVAC section of the BOMI course, Design, Operations and Maintenance of Building Systems I.  In addition to the OPS I course, Jerry has taught BOMA’s “Advanced Blue Print Class” with John Kocal and Lance Gidel, of Gidel & Kocal Construction Company, Inc. Also, in the past he taught a BOMI class on Psychrometrics.

In 2000 Jerry was named one of the “Best Contractors to Work For” by the HVACR News, a national industry publication.

DAVID KEENAN, Principal, Performance Safety Associates

Mr. Keenan is the principal at Performance Safety Associates which provides safety consulting and training to private sector companies in the Bay Area as well as to the County of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose. He is an instructor for the UC-Santa Cruz Extension in the Applied and Natural Sciences Department. His specialties are in the fields of Hazardous Materials Management, Construction Safety and Accident Investigation.

RICHARD KRENTZ (CIH, REA), President, Sterling & Associates

As founder of the company in 1989, Mr. Krentz has served as Principal and Senior Project Manager of Sterling & Associates, Inc. since its inception. 

In the capacity of Senior Project Engineer, Mr. Krentz is responsible for project design and implementation of industrial hygiene monitoring, indoor air quality surveys, fungi/mold investigations (including testing, remediation protocol development, and project oversight), OSHA and environmental compliance surveys, health and safety training, ventilation survey and design. 

Mr. Krentz has developed numerous safety compliance programs such as Injury and Illness Prevention, Hearing Conservation, Respiratory Protection, Fungal Remediation Protocol/Workplans, Confined Space Entry, and Lockout/Tagout.

Mr. Krentz has extensive experience in providing hazardous waste site safety support and has prepared over 1000 site-specific health and safety plans and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 20 years professional experience in Industrial Hygiene, Environmental, and Safety Engineering.

DONALD B. LONSINGER - First Vice President, CBRE

Donald Lonsinger represents clients in the local market for lease and sale transactions. Don’s background includes investment sales and office & apartment building management. Don has over thirteen years of real estate experience and has provided strategic real estate services to property owners and tenants throughout the Silicon Valley.

Don has completed approximately 2,500,000 square feet of transaction assignments with an aggregate value in excess of $300 million.

Prior to joining CBRE, Don was the Division Controller for the largest division of a medical equipment company that in 1996 won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

HARRY A. LOPEZ, Partner, Berliner Cohen

Mr. Lopez is a partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Transactions department. He maintains a broad transactional real estate practice with an emphasis on commercial leasing and acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Lopez’s leasing practice includes the representation of a wide range of clients, including institutional landlords and publicly-traded tenants, in the preparation, review and negotiation of commercial leases, subleases, license agreements and related documentation. He also represents property owners in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of the acquisition, disposition and development of commercial real property.

Mr. Lopez received his bachelors degree in finance from Santa Clara University in 1993 and his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1996. Mr. Lopez served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Alan Jaroslovsky, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

Mr. Lopez regularly lectures on commercial leasing topics, including programs specifically tailored and presented to commercial real estate brokers. He is an active member of the State Bar of California, Santa Clara County Bar Association, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), BOMA Silicon Valley, and Silicon Valley Capital Club.

JOE MORIARTY, Senior Vice President/Principal, CPS

Corporate Advisory, Investments

2002-Present Senior Vice President/Principal, CPS
1997-2002 Partner, BT Commercial Real Estate
1995-1997 Executive Vice President, South Bay Development
1994-1995 Vice President Portfolio Asset Management, MacFarlane Partners
1991-1994 Asset Manager, Aetna Realty Investors
1990-1991 Asset Manager, Metropolitan Life Real Estate Investments
1986-1988 Real Estate and Construction Lender, Barnett Bank

Bachelor of Science, Finance, 1986
Southern Methodist University

Master of Business Administration, 1990
The Wharton School of Business

1998 Association of Silicon Valley Brokers (ASVB) Rookie of the Year
2001, 2002, 2003 ASVB Investment Broker of the Year Nominee
2003, 2004, 2005 SJ Business Journal's Top 25 Commercial Brokers
1998 BT Commercial Real Estate Rookie of the Year
2004 Selected People to Watch “40 under 40” by the San Jose Business Journal
2004, 2005 CPS Top Five
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 President’s Club

JEREMY MOTT, CIH, MS, General Manager, Sterling & Associates

With over 13 years of professional experience in Industrial Hygiene, Environmental, Health, and Safety Engineering, Mr. Mott brings a wealth of experience and expertise as the lead instructor to this complex BOMI course. As General Manager for Sterling & Associates, Inc., Mr. Mott is responsible for project management, as well as technical implementation and oversight. He supports Sterling & Associates’ active involvement with the Silicon Valley chapter of BOMA, and has previously instructed portions of  BOMA-SV’s course on Environmental Health and Safety Issues. Mr. Mott holds an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene/Industrial Safety from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He has earned the recognition of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene with his Certification in Comprehensive Practice (Certified Industrial Hygienist – CIH).

SCOTT M. PRITCHETT, CPM, RPA, Senior Vice President, Woodmont Real Estate Services

Scott joined Woodmont in 1997 following three and one half years as President of Orchard Management Services, a subsidiary of Orchard Properties, where he was in charge of all daily operations for property management, leasing, construction, accounting and facilities.  Scott has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry.  Prior to Orchard Properties, he served as Senior Vice President of O’Donnell Property Services, in charge of the management of 23 million square feet of R&D, office, mixed-use, retail, and industrial property.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College, a CPM designation from IREM and an RPA designation from BOMI.  

Scott has taught real estate management courses at the College of San Mateo and business ethics courses for BOMA Silicon Valley.  He is an active member of both IREM and BOMA, and is Past President of BOMA Silicon Valley.

W. SCOTT RENDLEMAN, MS, CHMM, REA, Ingenium Group, LLC, & WSR - Environmental & Safety Management, LLC

Mr. Rendleman offers his experience and expertise in EH&S issues to diverse business sectors via two companies. As the owner of WSR-Environmental & Safety Management, LLC, he addresses broad-ranging EH&S consulting needs through individual projects and/or on-going in-house support for a variety of client types, and as a founding partner of Ingenium, his firm delivers waste management support solutions, with an emphasis on packaging, transportation and disposal of hazardous, biological and radiological waste.

DEIDRE ROGERS, RN, MS, CIE, Ergovera Ergonomic Consulting

Ms. Rogers is a certified expert in Ergonomics with a Master of Science degree in Ergonomics/Human Factors. She specializes in ergonomic and back safety training and has produced educational films and videos. Deidre has conducted over 1,000 ergonomic evaluations, including in-depth analysis of libraries, dispatching departments, corporation yards, laboratories, and water treatment plants.

ROBERT M. ROUSE, CPM, President, Woodmont Real Estate Services

Bob merged his firm, Rouse Real Estate Associates, with Woodmont in 1990.  He has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry.  For twelve years, Bob held various senior level positions at SSR, which included Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer for Metric's Property Management and Asset Management Divisions.  Prior to starting his own firm in 1986, Bob was President of Brichard Management, Inc., a real estate investment company.  He holds both a BA and MBA from Golden Gate University, and holds a Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation.  He has held positions on the Board of Directors of  major REITs, taught Real Estate Management at the College of San Mateo and the BOMI Asset Management class for BOMA Silicon Valley.  He is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

DAVID A. SAILER, Environmental Division Manager, Restoration Management Company

Dave is currently the Environmental Division Manager for Restoration Management Company (RMC) overseeing environmental compliance, training, estimating and operations for 11 offices within California. He has over 25 years of field experience in asbestos, lead and other environmental concerns as a Consultant, Business Owner and Contractor. He currently holds the following certifications: Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) Certified Lead Supervisor (DHS), Asbestos Project Designer, Asbestos Management Planner, Contractor/Supervisor, Building Inspector and 48 HAZWOPER Supervisor. Dave is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Construction Management and Engineering.  

SARAHANN SHAPIRO, Attorney at Law, Pahl & McCay

Sarahann Shapiro is special counsel to the firm and specializes in real property litigation and transactions along with business and employment litigation. She received her bachelors degree in biology and political science from the University of California at Riverside in 1988 and her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University in 1991. Ms. Shapiro is active in the local courts and bar association as an arbitrator by judicial appointment. She served as Chair of the Business Litigation Committee in 1997.

Ms. Shapiro is also an active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Silicon Valley) and serves as chair of the Government Affairs Committee. In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Shapiro is active in her community as a Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

MARK SMITH, Senior Real Estate Manager, CBRE

Mark Smith serves as a Senior Real Estate Manager in San Jose/ Silicon Valley.  He manages a five person team overseeing a 2 MSF Office and Industrial portfolio, and has represented key clients such as The Irvine Company, UBS Realty Investors, American Realty Advisors, Bixby Land Company, and Arden Realty.  He joined CBRE in the middle of 2003, with the company’s acquisition of Insignia/ESG. 

Mr. Smith has been an owner representative since 1996 in the Silicon Valley market, and he has managed Retail, Office, R&D, and Industrial properties for numerous institutional clients.  His key strengths have been in property management, leasing, and construction management.  Between 2004 and 2006 he worked for DivcoWest Group as General Manager of a 600,000 SF Retail and Office campus called Park Center Plaza in San Jose.  This campus had numerous retail tenants, including Morton’s Steakhouse, Starbucks, FedEx and Manpower, and the property underwent a $27M renovation during his tenure.

During the past two years Mr. Smith has also managed several distressed properties, including Court-appointed receiverships and commercial foreclosures.  With each of these assignments he has seen them through to either a sale, such as with the sale of a 120,000 SF department store to Target Stores in 2010, or through leasing and construction efforts which will lead to a sale in the near future.

JOHN STRANDBERG, PE, Strandberg Associates

John Strandberg founded Strandberg Associates in 2006 to establish a company which specializes in environmental inspections. These inspections include Title 22 hazardous waste treatment and storage inspection, Spill Prevention Containment and Countermeasures Inspections, and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan inspections. John is a registered Chemical and Mechanical Engineer. He is an API and STI above ground tank inspector and an ICC certified Underground Tank operator. Additionally he is a certified erosion and sediment control and storm water quality professional by Envirocert International. He has over twenty-five years experience in wastewater treatment system design and construction. Holds a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and has additional environmental and engineering studies at UC Extension campuses.


Ms. Walker is the founder and president of Reliable Property Management Inc. a San Jose based, third party management Company of commercial/retail properties and commercial condominium associations. She is active with BOMA Silicon Valley as a member of its executive committee and co chairs its TOBY awards program.

Ms. Walker has a B.A. from San Francisco State University, is a Licensed Broker and possesses a (CPM) Certified Property Manager Designation from IREM.

ERIC WILLIS, Willis & Company

Mr. Willis is the founder of Willis & Company, Inc., a commercial property services firm. Mr. Willis oversees the management of the commercial property management company.

Previously Mr. Willis was vice president and co-general manager of WSJ Properties. WSJ Properties owned, developed and managed 3,000,000 square feet of commercial buildings in the Bay Area.

Mr. Willis served as President of BOMA Silicon Valley from 1995-1997.

Mr Willis has been a Member of the California State Bar since 1973 and holds a California Real Estate Brokers License.


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