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BOMA Greater Phoenix´s ‘Call to Action´ week

Throughout the 52nd Arizona legislative session BOMA Phoenix closely monitored the bills that were introduced. Each year, its advocacy committee watches the legislative action for issues that affect the commercial real estate industry, but the best part of our endeavor is Advocacy Week (Feb. 16 to 20). During Advocacy Week, BOMA’s advocacy committee spent the better part of each day at the state capitol, meeting with legislators, attending sessions and hearings, and enjoying the atmosphere of government in action.

Prior to Advocacy Week, the committee reserved a number of meetings with targeted legislators. BOMA staff researched each legislator and their voting history, providing committee members with vital information before meeting with lawmakers. BOMA sent two committee members to each meeting, armed with information on BOMA and specific bills the organization’s chapter supports or opposes. BOMA found senators and representatives to be very amiable and willing to listen, if not always to vote in BOMA’s favor. Legislators recognized that BOMA members are real estate and building industry professionals, and lawmakers value the viewpoint and information they bring.

Overall, Advocacy Week was an interesting time for BOMA’s committee. The lawns outside the legislative buildings became a bit of a circus atmosphere when the legislature was in session, and the committee enjoyed the camaraderie within itself as well as the integration of other groups that descend on the state capital. There are other real estate organizations advocating for the industry alongside BOMA, but we can always use more voices. BOMA encourages you to get involved with your group, write your legislators and help protect and grow our industry.

Randy L. Barnes
Principal at RBA Architecture,
BOMA Greater Phoenix advocacy
committee chair

BOMA Greater Phoenix announces 2015 president

Megan Watkins, Lincoln Property

Megan Watkins, Lincoln Property Company

Lincoln Property Company (LPC) announced the appointment of Senior Property Manager Megan Watkins as 2015 President of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)–Greater Phoenix. With 315 current members, BOMA-Greater Phoenix serves as one of the Valley’s leading organizations providing education and advocacy for the commercial real estate industry.

Watkins joined BOMA-Greater Phoenix in 2004. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013 and served as Vice President in 2014. “Being elected to this position by my peers is an honor,” said Watkins. “I’m extremely excited to help the organization continue to educate and grow in 2015.”

A 15-year industry veteran, Watkins has been involved with the management of more than 1.3 million square feet of Arizona real estate. She is part of the award-winning LPC Desert West Region property management team, which manages approximately 7.0 million square feet of office, industrial and retail property throughout the metro Phoenix market.

“Lincoln is passionate about supporting our property leaders and their involvement in industry organizations like BOMA,” said LPC’s Director of Management Services Alisa Timm. “We are very proud of Megan’s accomplishments and know she is an excellent choice to lead BOMA in 2015,”

Watkins earned her Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation through the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI) in 2008 and her Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) designation from BOMI in 2010. Earlier this year, she attended BOMA’s “The Outstanding Building of the Year” (TOBY) awards in Orlando, Florida to accept an International award for LPC’s management of the Arizona Game & Fish (AZGF) Department Headquarters in Phoenix. The building was among only fourteen buildings from across the world to earn the International honor.

As 2015 BOMA-Greater Phoenix President, Watkins will encourage member participation, continue to advance BOMA’s industry impact, deepen its relationships with public and private sector leaders, and grow the organization through new membership. “We’re always working to improve our value to constituents and connect with those who would benefit from a BOMA relationship,” said Watkins.

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BOMA Greater Phoenix hosts inaugural industrial summit

The industrial market is hot, leading the way for both investment and development prospects in 2014 with expected prospects rising to almost the same level as the apartment sector last year.

BOMA International is partnering with BOMA/Greater Phoenix to present its first Industrial Summit on Nov. 5 at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown Phoenix, 50 E. Adams St.

Registrants can hear from leaders in the industrial sector including developers, owners, CEOs, property managers and brokers in this half-day program which kicks off with a networking breakfast. The event is 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Panelists will cover:

  • Current development opportunities;

  • Market trends and drivers;

  • Property management trends and challenges;

  • Attracting new talent to this growing sector.

Panelists include Bob Hubbard, Vice President, Designated Broker, LBA Realty;
Tony Lydon, National Director Industrial, Supply Chain & Logistics, JLL;
Megan Creecy-Herman, Sr. Director, Liberty Property Trust and NAIOP 2014 Chairman; Mark Bowen, Vice President, Regional Director, DCT Industrial Trust;
Anna Riley, Regional Director of Management, Ryan Companies US; and
Gene Laramee, Director Asset Services, CBRE.

For more information: www.BOMAPhoenix.org.

Event registration.


TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

BOMA Greater Phoenix TOBY Awards 2011

This year’s BOMA Greater Phoenix TOBY Awards were presented Sept. 9 at the Wyndham Phoenix Downtown.

AZRE Magazine would like to congratulate the 10 winners of this year’s BOMA Greater Phoenix TOBY Awards.

TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011MEDICAL BUILDING
McAuley Medical Office
LaSalle Investment Manager
Margaret Foster, Senior Real Estate
Manager, CBRE
Suburban Office Park Low-Rise
Target Financial Services Tempe
TOBY Awards - November/December 2011UNDER 100,000 SF
Mesquite Corporate Center
Mesquite Partners I, LLC, A Division
Of DPC Development
Marie Dunn, RPA, Real Estate
Manager, CBRE
TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011100,000-249,999 SF
US Airways Headquarters
US Airways Inc.
Darwyn Harp, General Property Manager, Hines
 TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011250,000-499,999 SF
24th @ Camelback
Gll Properties Fund I, LP
John Orsak, Property Manager, Hines Interests Limited Partnership
 TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011CORPORATE FACILITY
Jeffrey D. McClelland Flight Center
US Airways Inc.
Darwyn Harp, General Property Manager, Hines
TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011RENOVATED
Scottsdale Financial Center
BPG Properties Limited
Jackie Baumgarten, Real Estate Manager, CBRE
TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011500,000-1 MSF
One & Two Renaissance
Hines U.S. Core Office Fund, L.P.
William Fehmer, GPM and Monica Greenman, PM, RPA, Designated Broker, Hines GS
TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011SUBURBAN OFFICE PARK LOW-RISE
Target Financial Services Tempe
Cina Brady, CRE Building Operations Manager, Target
TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011INDUSTRIAL OFFICE PARK
Goodyear Commerce Center
Hanover Goodyear LLC
Christine L. Manola, RPA, CPM, CCIM, LEED AP, NorthMarq Real Estate Services, LLC
TOBY Awards - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011EARTH
USAA Phoenix Campus
Kip Linse, CCIM, RPA, CPM; Executive Director Real Estate Services, USAA

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Read about BOMA’s Tools of the Trade and BOMA’s Mentoring Program.


AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Young Professionals - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Young Professionals Mentoring Up


The young professionals of BOMA Greater Phoenix knew that the seasoned veterans they met at the organization’s events were a wealth of information.

Some had 20 or more years experience in property management and had weathered their share of mistakes and industry ups and downs.

So how could young professionals tap into that brain trust? They appreciated the peer mentoring available through BOMA’s special events and conferences, but they wanted more.

Like good problem-solving professionals, they came up with an answer: a formal mentoring program — Mentor Society of BOMA Greater Phoenix.

Since its inception in August, the Mentor Society has served as a way for people at the front-end of their careers to glean information, knowledge and wisdom from seasoned professionals in a personal, one-on-one setting.

“These are people who have been in the industry for 10, 20, 30 years and they have all this knowledge,” says Jamie Strecker, a property manager with FM Solutions and a member of BOMA Phoenix Young Professionals Group (YPG). “They’re what we’re calling our ‘elite.’ ”

Mentors who agree to be in the program are listed on the BOMA website, as are associate members — vendors who have worked in fields that serve or are affiliated with property management.

The program is self-managed, Strecker says, which means young professionals can contact a mentor on their own initiative by going to the BOMA website and clicking on a mentors’ biography and contact information.

They are then free to contact that person to set up a 30-minute interview.

Mentors must have at least five years experience in the commercial real estate industry, be a current member of BOMA, and have served on three or more committees or have sponsored five or more events.

Mentors agree to be an active participant by providing insight into the industry, to maintain confidentiality and professionalism, and to respond to a request within 24 hours.

The goal of the program is to increase knowledge among the young professionals of BOMA and to help the next generation of professionals feel vested in their fields and in the BOMA organization, says Colleen LeBlanc, a general manager with Universal Protection Services and an associate member of the YPG.

BOMA is all about building relationships, she says, and this is a great way to do that and strengthen the organization’s base. It’s also a good way to get your business in front of key players in the field.

Young Professionals Group member Mike Amico says he was eager to speak with mentor Tom Pritscher, an associate member mentor who is a commercial general contractor with ties to the facilities management profession since 1993.

Pritscher, Amico says, always seemed to draw a crowd at BOMA functions, so when he called him to “pick his brain” about how to develop network contacts and how to best take advantage of his BOMA ties, he knew Pritscher would have sound advice.

“It turned into a very good conversation,” says Amico, who is an insurance agent at Bennett & Porter Insurance Services, where he specializes in commercial property. “I felt like it was a very valuable use of my time. I asked Tom for 30 minutes and he gave me an hour.”

Pritscher, president of TEPCON Construction, Inc. in Tempe, says he was honored to be included as a mentor, and says he sees the value in passing down experience and knowledge. The Mentor Society is also a great way to take networking to a higher level.

“Even if you didn’t learn anything, you walk out of there knowing someone you didn’t know before,” he says. “But for people to share their experience with you at no cost is tremendous.”

He says, only half joking, “I’m thinking I may want to talk to a property manager — really, you can never stop learning.”

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Read about BOMA’s Tools of the Trade here.


AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

BOMA Greater Phoenix - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

BOMA Greater Phoenix: Tools Of The Trade

BOMA Greater Phoenix hammers home a trio of initiatives: advocacy, smart sustainability, better management practices

It’s still a jungle out there.

Commercial vacancy rates remain high, industry figures show, with some improvement in the industrial sector and a slight downtick in retail. But rates for office properties seem stuck at a persistent 26 percent. Additionally, average asking rental rates per square foot in all categories are still way down from their pre-recession highs.

In these uncertain times, property professionals can turn to BOMA Greater Phoenix to get the tools they need to operate in an economy that is only slowly emerging from recession.

“You need to know you’re doing the right things with your limited resources,” says Susan Engstrom, a senior real estate manager with ACP Property Services, LLC and a BOMA Greater Phoenix member since 1995.

A professional association such as BOMA Greater Phoenix has tremendous intrinsic value for those who tap into its extensive network of property professionals, Engstrom says. These are the people who can help you with either the small, incremental changes that make a difference in your bottom line or the big legislative policy changes that can have a multi-million dollar impact on the local commercial real estate market.



BOMA Greater Phoenix is a voice for the needs of the commercial property management industry, creating channels of communication with federal, state, and local lawmakers, say Engstrom, who is co-chair of the Government Affairs and Community Awareness Committee.

Last legislative session, Engstrom says members encouraged state lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 1001, the jobs incentive package that included a provision to reduce commercial property tax assessment ratio from 20 percent to 18 percent over four years starting in 2013.

This April, during BOMA Greater Phoenix’s annual Advocacy Day, 14 people from the chapter converged on the capitol to thank legislators who voted for the package and discuss other issues that may impact commercial real estate, says Janice Santiesteban, a member of the Government Affairs and Community Awareness Committee.

In her first two years on the committee, Santiesteban says she participated as a member of the group, but after being mentored by committee members was able to lead discussions, including one with  Congressman Ben Quayle (R-Az).

They asked Quayle to co-sponsor legislation to permanently reduce the timeline for depreciating leasehold improvements to 15 years and legislation to promote energy efficiency retrofits to commercial buildings through voluntary incentive programs.
BOMA’s advocacy has not only helped her advance the causes of the commercial real estate industry, she said it has helped her improve her professional footing.

“It’s the ability to have such a wide range of people to draw off of for knowledge,” says Santiesteban, a real estate manager for CB Richard Ellis. “For me, it’s important to be able to have that knowledge and say to my owner, ‘This is what I’m doing for you.’ I don’t think I would be able to do my job the way I do if I didn’t have BOMA.”

This year committee members are making an effort to contact U.S. Congressmen and Senators during the week each month they are in their home districts.

“It makes them aware of who BOMA is and what we stand for,” Engstrom says. “And we let them know, if there are any issues that come before them that impact the commercial real estate industry, give us a call.”

Smart Sustainability

In these economic times, it is important for building owners and managers to decrease energy and water consumption — and thereby boost their bottom lines.

BOMA Greater Phoenix’s Green Building Committee provides opportunities for property professionals to save energy, recycle waste and use green products and services.

One tool is the Kilowatt Krackdown program, a citywide competition open to non-members that steers owners and managers to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star benchmarking software.

Dave Munn, chief technical officer at Chelsea Group, Ltd., and chair of the committee, says benchmarking is a good way for building managers or engineers to track and assess energy and water consumption, with the aim of improving efficiencies.

“How can you manage what you don’t measure?” Munn asks.

BOMA Greater Phoenix awards property and facility managers who rate the highest in each of nine categories and those who show the most improvement from one year to the next.

Kilowatt Krackdown is one step in aligning the chapter with BOMA International’s 7-Point Challenge: to decrease energy consumption in commercial buildings by 30 percent by 2012. To date, 400 properties have joined the program.

BOMA Greater Phoenix offers free training sessions to property professionals four times a year, with Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project each sponsoring two sessions.

They walk participants through Portfolio Manager software, Munn says, and reassure participants that all data is held in strict confidence and never released to a third-party.

Munn says often participants don’t have to make big capital investments in their properties to make them more efficient. Sometimes, something as simple as raising awareness and making behavior changes can make a big difference to a bottom line.

Better Management Practices

BOMA Greater Phoenix has programs designed to encourage better management practices, and Engstrom says the BOMA 360 Performance Program is a promising one.

The BOMA 360 program evaluates six major areas of building operations and management and measures a building’s performance against industry standards.

Participants must apply and have four prerequisites in place, including having a standard operating procedures manual, a formal maintenance program and benchmarking via the Energy Star system.

The BOMA 360 designation not only improves a building’s operations, it’s a good way for a building to stand out and be more attractive to tenants.

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AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Construction Projects, AZRE Magazine March/April 2011

CRE Industry Gains Momentum Thanks To New Construction Projects

As 2010 ended, Arizona’s commercial real estate industry gained some much-needed momentum entering the new year, thanks to a slew of new construction projects just completed or scheduled for completion in 2011.

The much-anticipated opening of CityScape signaled a resurgence for Downtown Phoenix, and as the year ended, it boasted a 90% occupancy rate. Rising in the shadow of CityScape is the new Maricopa County Superior Court Tower, scheduled to open later this year.

Elsewhere, Fountainhead Office Plaza in Tempe (439,070 SF); Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert (130,000 SF); and the new FBI building in Phoenix (210,000 SF) are scheduled for completion this year. The new spring training facility in Scottsdale for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies opened in February.

Although a few new high-rise offices buildings, a hospital and a federal building won’t cure the industry’s ills, still, there is optimism in 2011 that the markets will pick up. The keys, according to experts are business attraction, quality jobs and the loosening of capital.

“I’m really bullish on this year that equity is coming back,” says Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “If Arizona shows growth in the third and fourth quarters, it could be a great year for jobs. Once capital frees up, we can start going somewhere.”

Adds Barry Albrecht, CEO of the Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation: “Once the lending marketplace returns to funding 75% projects, we will see new construction respond. When state leadership designs a meaningful and competitive tax base, existing Arizona companies will expand and occupy available properties.

Additionally, once the Arizona Commerce Authority develops incentive programs that compete with other states’ programs, we will see business attraction. When we, as a state, create a competitive operating environment for industry to prosper, we will see a commercial real estate recovery.”

Here’s the outlook for 2011 from industry experts:


“By far the biggest influence on current conditions is the status of the national economy. The Arizona economy will improve as the U.S. economy improves and as people continue to get their financial houses in order. Even without action, Arizona will again lead the nation in growth before mid-decade. However, we want to create more than lower value added jobs in retail and real estate. We want to expand our deteriorated economic base with higher value added jobs and industries. Arizona no longer makes anything of higher value. This is critical to not only grow, but to grow well. While conditions will continue to improve in commercial real estate, Arizona is still two to three years away from normal vacancy rates. The good news though, things are not getting any worse and expect improvement in 2011 and 2012.

John Lenio, economist & managing director, CB Richard Ellis Economic Incentives Group

“Employment will drive the business expansion needed to create material positive absorption in the office markets and reduce existing supply (vacancy) and eventually have upward pressure on rents (both critical elements to increasing asset values). These newly created jobs will add disposable income to the local economy and will drive sales activity in both residential housing and disposable products. The retail industry will get the much needed boost in increased spending via this new addition to disposable income, which will in turn drive demand for retail space, reduce existing supply and increase rents and eventually asset values.”

Scott Holland, partner, Keystone Commercial Capital

“2010 was our year for healing. 2011 will be our transition year. We’re moving in to full recovery mode. Our development cycle officially ended in 2010, which means that the landscape of our commercial market and inventory will, by-and-large, remain static the next two, three, even four years.”

Don Mudd, managing director, Jones Lang LaSalle


“What’s not being talked about nationally is that Phoenix is a preferred strategic location for value-add industrial employers. Last year, the Phoenix industrial market topped 4 MSF of absorption. That puts us in at least the top five — and possibly higher — of all U.S. markets. We may even have a shortage of larger space beginning as early as the end of this year. Mid-size clients typically have two or three dozen options to choose from at very soft pricing, but larger clients are having a harder time. In December, for example, we had an industrial client looking for 500,000 to 630,000 SF and only had three possible local solutions. In the same time period, we had a client looking for 250,000 SF of industrial space and had nine solutions Valleywide.”

Tony Lydon, managing director, Jones Lang LaSalle


“There still exists an over-supply of space in office and retail. The existing inventories will take several years to absorb prior to any major new development taking place. During any down real estate cycle, tenants take advantage of the ability to move up in class. We have seen that happen locally, which has had some effect on the Class A product. As things begin to gain momentum, we will experience a shortage of Class A product in core areas, which then leads to rental growth and eventually allows new development to once again be warranted. Multi-family is still a strong sector due to the economic downturn forcing many home owners out of their homes and into the rental market.”

Kurt Rosene, senior vice president, The Alter Group


“The industry will begin to see a slow but steady climb out of the recession. Most of us have been bouncing along the bottom with good and not-so-good months. The thaw has begun for owners with capital and they are ready to enter the market cautiously. Deals on real estate are prevalent and owners are beginning to take advantage, which is great for architects.

“Lending will continue to be difficult, therefore cash is critical to any new project. Architects should be cautious and assess the level of risk when a project is dependent on bank financing.

“Medical facilities are still being developed due to aging baby boomers in tandem with technological advances. Physical facilities will either require renovations to accommodate the new technology or additions to accommodate the older population.

“Retail will be the last market to recover and will see a very slow start. There will be a balancing act between keeping rent rates low for recovering tenants and keeping retail centers attractive to tenants and visitors alike.”

Jill Hamblen, AIA, triARC Architecture & Design


“2011 is shaping up to be another year of great challenge to the commercial real estate industry. A sampling of BOMA Greater Phoenix property managers gave similar results to 2010. Some of their concerns:

“Vacancy rates are high, and competition for available tenants is serious. Deals are all over the map, and it is essential to make a building stand out in the market in order to be able to justify a lease at or above break-even. Keeping a building in Class A condition with the budget constraints from owners and lenders is extremely difficult. Negotiating with current vendors to lower contract costs and rebidding when contracts come up is absolutely essential.

“Banks are not working with owner on market rate and/or tenant improvement allowances as they have historically. Tenants’ businesses are vulnerable to market swings. Many tenants are asking for rent relief or not paying as they should, as well as just defaulting. This is another challenge that owners and managers need to work together to meet.
“Smart, energetic management is always important, but under current conditions is critical. A manager will need all of the tools available, and the knowledge to use them well, to successfully meet the new year.

Mark Covington, executive director, BOMA Greater Phoenix


There is also some momentum in the Tucson market entering 2011 as construction projects include the UniSource Energy Corporate Headquarters (200,000 SF) and a new FBI building (84,353 SF).

In the office market, Tucson experienced a slight, but noticeable, uptick in lease activity at year-end, largely attributed to a more pro-business sentiment and the extension of tax cuts, according to PICOR Commercial Real Estate Services. Following a 25% to 40% drop in rents since the market peak, landlords have been more creative in length of lease and structure of concessions. Renewal activity has, accordingly, been very high.

Office building sales activity remained low by historic standards, as 75% of 2010 sales were to users. The overall volume for 2010 totaled just 628,000 SF. The outlook for 2011 appears to mirror 2010. Expect similar activity and slightly negative absorption.

The Tucson industrial market showed a slow recovery, with positive absorption advancing at a very slow pace. Companies that delayed expansions and relocations during the past two years are now moving forward, however, this activity is limited. Rents are continuing to decline, according to PICOR, although many property owners are reluctant to recognize this and are losing deals as a result.

Land sales were at a standstill in 2010, with no demand for new construction. Lender requirements and restrictions stifled the sale of leased investments as well, and few owners wanted to sell into the current environment. It is likely to be an uneventful year in 2011, with the local economy limping along toward recovery.

AZRE Magazine March/April 2011

Young Professionals - AZRE Magazine November/December 2009

BOMA’s Young Professionals Group Grooms The Next Generation

Leading the Way

“Young professionals cannot afford to sit on the sidelines,” says Jami Vallelonga, a BOMA Greater Phoenix board member. “It has become increasingly important to develop a professional network and get the training and tools needed to advance as a management professional.”

Welcome to the Young Professionals Group

Jami Vallelonga, a real estate manager at CB Richard Ellis, formed the Young Professionals Group (YPG) in January 2009 to offer professionals (age 40 and younger) a forum for interaction and support within the property management industry, and to promote career growth and development.

Marion Donaldson, who co-chairs the Young Professionals Group with BOMA members Colleen LeBlanc and Vallelonga, says, “Our goal is to encourage young leaders to take educational courses and obtain their industry designations, volunteer on BOMA committees, increase community activism and awareness, ultimately fill vital leadership positions in 5 to 10 years, and make sure that BOMA Greater Phoenix remains a viable, effective industry group.”

Donaldson, a 7-year member of BOMA Greater Phoenix, works as a sales and customer service manager for Commercial Service Solutions, a commercial floor care company. With a background in both property management and the services industry, she notes BOMA-YPG is an important group for professionals in both fields.

A subsidiary of BOMA Greater Phoenix, the Young Professionals Group offers the benefits of BOMA membership including:

  • industry networking
  • enhanced educational opportunities
  • career building
  • a powerful voice in the industry

LeBlanc joined BOMA 5 years ago for its network.

“We’ve never had a salesperson work for this company,” she says, referring to ProGuard Security Services, a company that provides security to commercial and high-rise properties.

“All of our business has been earned through relationship building, which can be tied to BOMA membership.”

She started with ProGuard Security Services 5 years ago as the director of customer relations, and began running the Phoenix office as vice president 3 years ago.

How it Works

Monthly luncheons and quarterly events enable Young Professional Group members to connect with industry professionals, both inside and outside of the group.

The YPG recently teamed with NAIOP Developing Leaders (NAIOP’s young professionals) to extend industry connections.

These large networking events can be a little intimidating for new members, notes Donaldson. She recalls walking into her first BOMA luncheon as an assistant property manager at age 24 and feeling “wholly intimidated” because she did not know anyone there.

It was at that moment she knew the group needed a way to make members feel welcome and get networking faster.

What resulted is the Ambassador Program, adopted by the Young Professional Group, to personally welcome all new members and help them navigate the monthly luncheons. This includes introducing newcomers to other members.

Additional Value

For management professionals, the Young Professional Group may offer a free ticket to some of their education.

The Young Professional Group raises money through sponsored events to enroll members in the BOMA Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) certification courses.

These are important certifications for property managers, Vallelonga says, who started her career in property management as a receptionist and worked her way up the ranks to real estate manager of CB Richard Ellis. She holds the RPA, CPM and LEED AP designations.

However, the group’s education opportunities extend beyond certification classes.

“Every company has different styles of management,” LeBlanc points out. “Our group offers young property managers a chance to interact with many management companies and gather ideas that can help tremendously in their careers. BOMA is kind of a one-stop shop where you are going to find information, mentors, or perhaps your next job.”

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For more information about Young Professionals Group, call BOMA Greater Phoenix at (602) 200-3898.



AZRE Magazine November/December 2009

Kilowatt Krackdown - AZRE Magazine November/December 2009

BOMA Greater Phoenix Launches Kilowatt Krackdown Initiative

BOMA Greater Phoenix launches Kilowatt Krackdown initiative to reduce energy consumption marketwide.

Last year, BOMA International announced its 7-Point Challenge, encouraging local chapter members to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings. BOMA Greater Phoenix embraced the opportunity and formed the Green Buildings Committee to further this goal, and in the process, pursued LEED certification for one of their member’s existing buildings. This year, the committee extends the sustainability challenge to the commercial real estate community.

What is Kilowatt Krackdown

Kilowatt Krackdown, an initiative launched by the committee in July 2009, challenges the industry to take on the first 2 steps of the 7-Point Challenge:

  • Decrease building energy consumption by 30% by 2012
  • Benchmark energy performance through the EPA’s ENERGY STAR tool


Phoenix Metro ranks 22nd in the country for the number of ENERGY STAR-qualified buildings in 2008, points out Dave Munn, principal and chief technical officer at Chelsea Group Ltd. and co-chair of the Green Buildings Committee. “Given that we are No. 5 in the country in population … we need to bolster efforts here to get more facilities to participate in this program, and show the country that we are indeed committed to energy efficiency.”


Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon was the first mayor in the United States to endorse BOMA International’s 7-point Challenge, and to begin benchmarking energy performance of municipal buildings. The committee continues to work on recruiting mayors of other cities to accept the challenge.


APS and SRP have partnered with the committee on the Kilowatt Krackdown initiative to sponsor an energy efficient training series for building management and maintenance staff. In a 4-hour, interactive workshop, participants learn how to use the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking program, which provides ENERGY STAR ratings on buildings, makes comparisons to similar facilities in the geographic area, tracks energy performance over time and pinpoints specific ways to save energy in the future. The online tracking system provides a print-out of kilowatt usage and a new ENERGY STAR rating every 4 to 6 weeks.

“People need tangible results,” says Susan Engstrom, senior real estate manager at Tiarna Real Estate Services and president of BOMA Greater Phoenix. “I think it’s encouraging to see a piece of paper comparing your energy usage month-to-month and year-to-year, and to get an ENERGY STAR rating each time. This gives an incentive to improve.”

The workshops also explain how to take advantage of the power companies’ resources and incentive programs. According to Jerry Ufnal, new construction liaison for the APS Solutions for Business Program and BOMA Green Buildings Committee member, the power company offers the next step to the benchmarking program.

APS and SRP can evaluate each of their customer’s facilities to identify areas in need of improvement. They can also train building operators on how to run equipment more efficiently, give rebates for energy studies and energy-efficient upgrades, and provide information on current renewable energy resources available in Arizona, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and bio-gas.

“I consider energy efficiency to be one of the strongest things you can do from a green perspective,” Ufnal says. “It has tremendous advantages for building owners because they reduce the cost of operations and maintenance of their buildings, which makes them more profitable. And at the same time they are saving energy and resources. It just makes good, logical sense.”

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AZRE Magazine November/December 2009