Last week, I had the privilege of attending the BOMA Association Executive Conference in Denver Colorado.
This annual event, hosted by BOMA International, brings together about 50 of the 88 BOMA Executive Directors from across the country to network, exchange ideas, and learn more about how we can partner with BOMA International to serve our members.
Day one focused on reviewing association best practices--including the importance of understanding and addressing the needs of our members, developing effective committees and volunteers, and creating a culture that fosters the next generation of leaders within the commercial real estate industry.
The second day we attended a morning session with an association attorney to discuss common legal issue areas that associations need to be careful to avoid, followed by a presentation on association succession planning--from the volunteer leaders to the board of directors to the association's staff.
In the afternoon, we heard from Jeffery Horn, President and CEO of BOMI, who discussed the new CMCP Program and its benefits for early industry professionals and their employers. We then had a panel discussion on the big issue of workforce development, followed by roundtable discussions to share exciting ideas from our respective BOMAs in the areas of governance, non-dues revenue, events, and membership engagement.
On the final day of the conference, we met with Henry Chamberlin, CEO of BOMA International and Stephen Shepard of BOMA Devner, who discussed how regional BOMAs throughout the country can partner with BOMA International to collectively raise our profile, provide our members with the education, networking, and advocacy to enhance the industry, and ensure a sustainable future for our association.
It was an honor to attend and represent BOMA Silicon Valley, and I am excited to bring back what I learned to continue serving you, the membership.
Matthew Peralta Executive Director, BOMA Silicon Valley