May 18
Quarterly Luncheon
May 25
Communications Workshop
June 1
Golf Tournament
June 21-24
RPA/FMA Course
Environmental Health and Safety Issues
June 30
Sherie Dunn Scholarship Application Deadline

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  MAY 2017

BOMA International Chairman to Speak at BOMA SV Luncheon

Brian Harnetiaux, Senior Vice President Asset Management at McCarthy Cook and Chairman of BOMA International, will join Matthew Hargrove, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs at the California Business Properties Association and BOMA Cal advocate, at BOMA Silicon Valley’s May 18 quarterly luncheon. These speakers provide an optimal opportunity for members to learn what key legislative initiatives may effect CRE in the next 4 years.

Harnetiaux is expected to discuss the future of Energy Star under the Trump administration. (Energy Star, the international energy benchmarking standard, was eliminated from the budget proposal put forth by the administration in April.)  He will also share some insights on federal tax reform and the status of protections from ADA lawsuits. Hargrove will focus his comments on pending and proposed legislation here in California.

Why is BOMA Advocacy important to you?
Did you know that over one-third of all U.S. workers work in a BOMA office space? That equates to 1.75 million jobs in office building operations - directly and indirectly. Commercial real estate activity contributes nearly $235 Billion dollars to the U.S. economy and there is currently over 10.5 billion square feet of commercial office space within the 91 U.S. local markets served by BOMA Associations. In order to promote and protect the commercial real estate industry there needs to be a voice and that voice is BOMA.

Every year thousands of new laws are proposed and some of these will have an impact on the commercial real estate industry. In addition to Federal laws, state and local agencies also come up with new codes that may impact the commercial real estate’s ability to thrive. BOMA advocacy works to promote the interest of commercial real estate by educating its members about pending legislation and the impact that comes from these proposed changes.

Taxes, fee, environmental regulations and changing energy mandates are all areas that affect CRE.  BOMA volunteers and staff track these discussions and advocate on your behalf.  BOMA advocacy insures that your industry will have input on any proposed changes to regulations and laws.

If you are interested in being engaged at the local level you can reach out to BOMA Silicon Valley Government Affairs Committee Chairperson, Sarahann Shapiro  sshapiro@pahl-mccay.com. Ms. Shapiro and committee members oversee City and County legislative activity and participate in BOMACAL, the state political arm of BOMA. The Committee works towards calling attention to legislative issues and support required action on these issues.

If you want to get involved at the national level there are multiple ways to do so. You can join one of the different committees that help shape our industry:

  • Government Affairs Committee (GAC) helps to get the best pulse on how federal, state and local issues may affect the commercial real estate industry in your area. BOMA International staff contact is Government Affairs and PAC Manager Meg Novak  mnovak@boma.org. Ms. Novak can provide information on BOMAPAC, Preparedness, and General Advocacy questions.
  • Codes and Voluntary Standards Committee is where you can help shape the development of building codes and regulations.  Staff contact is Vice President, Advocacy, Codes & Standards John Bryant jbryant@boma.org. The key areas for this Committee are Energy, Environment, Lead Paint, Private Property/Land Use Issues, Sustainability/Green Buildings, Terrorism Risk Insurance, and Water.
  • Industry Defense Fund Oversight Committee administers the funds from BOMA IDF to ensure that there are adequate resources available at all levels (federal, state, local) to fight and be a voice for issues that affect commercial real estate. Contact is Director of State and Local Affairs Ken Rosenfeld  krosenfeld@boma.org
  • Preparedness Committee is a resource center to ensure that BOMA members have tools to respond to and recover quickly from man-made to natural disaster. This position is currently vacant, but members may address questions on ADA/Accessibility, ICC Building and Fire Codes/Standards, NFPA Codes and Standards, Preparedness/Security Safety, and State and Local Code Adoption to govt@boma.org.

BOMA Education Committee Filling the CRE Workforce "Gap"

From your Education Committee

Current studies estimate that as many as 50% of all Property Managers and Facility Managers will retire in the next 5-10 years. BOMA Silicon Valley is reviewing options to assist with this challenge.

BOMA SV’s current professional education focuses on people already in the industry. Now we are determining what possible influence our programs should have on introducing the industry to the next generation of workers. 

San Jose City College and Menlo College are two educational establishments that we are developing relations in hopes of facilitating a collaborative partnership. In deliberating the format with them, an internship program is under consideration. BOMA SV members include diverse businesses from various cities, so this pool of businesses seems an obvious place to start.

HOW can you help?
Please consider that it is time to pay it forward and respond to a BOMA SV survey on internship in June.

Our short 5 question survey will help us determine what companies already have intern programs we can tap into, what type of intern programs appeal to our members, and last but not least, who among you want to get involved on the committee spearheading these efforts

Thank you.

Leslie Fisk
BOMA SV Education Chair

Sherie Dunn Memorial Golf Tourney Just a Few Weeks Away!

Co-chairs Persis McGinn, WG Construction, and LaToya Ross, Hudson Pacific Properties are putting the finishing touches on our annual golf tourney.  All sponsorships have already been sold and limited foursomes are still available for the event.

BrightView Landscape Services and Deutsche Asset Management have again stepped up to support the tourney as our Main Event and Memorial Sponsors. 

The Tournament honors Sherie Dunn, BOMA Silicon Valley’s first President and a Vice President with RREEF, now a part of Deutsche Asset Management. A portion of the event proceeds supports the Sherie Dunn Memorial Scholarship which provides funding for CRE professional education.

In addition to a round of golf and great food & drink at almost every hole, golfers will have the opportunity to win $10,000 in our hole-in-one contest sponsored by J&J Air Conditioning. At the banquet following the round of golf, we will have amazing raffle prizes like a cruise, Giants and A’s tickets, gift certificates and more.

Join the fun…but hurry!  Space is limited. 

Don’t have all your golfers yet? 
Register for your foursome now to lock in your space and mark the golfers TBD!

New Members

Joanne Price   
Los Altos Community Investments

Amila Nezirovich 
Los Altos Community Investments

Michael Schopfer
Thyssenkrupp Elevator

Jenny Gonzales
Cushman & Wakefield/

Natalie Batarse
ABLE Services

Ryan Whitley

Clayton Nicholson
Dinsmore Landscape

Jim Poyer
Legacy Mechanical & Energy Services

Clyde Plant
Signature Building Maintenance, Inc

Lost & Found

A BOMA member was unloading her “goodie bags” from April’s Associates Night Trade Show and found a big surprise. Someone had put their suit jacket in one of her bags! 

If this is your jacket, please contact the BOMA office to arrange its return.