February 19
Monthly Luncheon
February 26
Bowling with the Board Mixer
April 9
Associates Night Trade Show  
April 23
Roof Walk
April 27, 28, 29 & 30
High Performance Principles Class  
June 4
Golf Tournament  

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President's Message

Our January lunch program was a success!  Joe Lewis of Orchard Commercial was at the helm as he led our esteemed panel of brokers, Jim Beeger of Colliers International on R&D; Matt Sweeney, Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank, Retail; Eric Fox,  DTZ, Investment Sales, and Patti McGuigan, Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank, Office.

Eric Fox likened the state of CRE in Silicon Valley as being in the 7th inning of recovery, whereas the nation (with some exceptions) is in the 3rd inning. We here in the Silicon Valley are definitely seeing lots of movement, not so much spec building yet.  With construction times lengthened and the cost of construction still on the rise, it takes confidence in the market to chance.

Matt Sweeney spoke of ecommerce vs brick and mortar in retail. Many of us still want to buy groceries or our clothing in a retail store. Interesting fact in the nation: 45 SF per capita is retail, the next highest is UK at 25 SF. Many retail projects are being repurposed and rezoned to medical, church or schools.  50% of the activity occurring in retail setting are restaurants!

I look forward to another great program for February, featuring the Silicon Valley Business Journal's new Publisher Malcolm Bordelon and Senior Real Estate Reporter Nathan Donato-Weinstein as they give their insights on trends for the Valley economy and in particular, commercial real estate.

Past President Gizelle Lamb and I are off to San Diego February 4 to the BOMA California Board of Director's meeting for the first meeting of 2015.  The agenda will be wide ranging from a report of Federal issues, state legislative and regulatory discussion, organizational information, and case studies of two local issues. I look forward to reporting back to our organization.


Community Partner Opens Page on BOMA Website!

A member of the BOMA Silicon Valley Emergency Preparedness Committee, Officer Steven Jeffrey of the City of San Jose Police Department, has created the first articles for their new emergency information page. The page will provide an easy reference point for gathering and giving information to the San Jose Police Department.

The first two articles are Guidelines for Reporting Suspicious Activities and Planning is Key, a checklist of the types of emergency plans property managers and business owners should have in place. Officer Jeffrey will add new information and links throughout the year.

As an active partner with the Emergency Preparedness Committee, the San Jose Police participate in Emergency Committee workshops and programs, such as last year's Responding to a Large Scale Emergency seminar.

The new page is housed under News/Industry News/Community Partners on the BOMA SV website. The webpage link is also featured on the BOMA website Emergency page

Picture Yourself At BOMA

BOMA Committees and the Board have hit the ground running! Registration and sponsorship information are already available to members for events still six months away. As always BOMA members have "first crack" at filling the spots at our events.  Below are just a sampling of the events already posted (and some great photos from last year's events).

Bowling with the Board Mixer
February 26, 2015

Associates Night Trade Show
April 9, 2015
Members ONLY registration and sponsorship until February 27!

Sherie Dunn Memorial Golf Tournament
June 4, 2015
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club becomes the Hollywood Hills for our movie-themed tourney! Members ONLY registration and sponsorship until February 27!

Find Your Spot in BOMA

It's time you got involved!  Want to learn more about what our committees do?  Go to our website Committees page for information. Contact the Committee Chairmen. Attend a Committee meeting to check it out. We need volunteers to plan and manage the over 40 events and programs we put on each year. We need YOU!

BOMA thrives because of the participation and leadership of its volunteers; but members forget that they too gain advantages from their participation.

  • Relationships: It may sound trite, but your career could well depend on the people you meet at BOMA. Working "in the trenches" brings you together with colleagues from other companies, with varied skills and knowledge. Getting to know them in more than passing at an event or luncheon gains you a friend to call with a question or even the link to that next job.
  • Leadership:  Volunteering offers a crucial training ground to hone (or show off) your management skills.
  • Insiders View of Our Industry: BOMA members are flooded with information and requirements. Keeping up can be a challenge. Our committees can give you a better understanding of what is happening and how others are handling the ever-changing industry demands for high performance buildings, in meeting codes and regulations, best practices in safety and implementing new technologies.

Questions?  Not sure of the best "fit" for you? Contact the BOMA office to learn more.