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Congratulations Tom Sante: A Career Well Accomplished

Wednesday, December 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christine Miclat
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Article written and contributed by Rod Kauffman, BOMA President

 

Congratulations to Tom Sante! Tom will retire from Kidder Mathews on December 31, 2018 after a 50-year career in real estate management.

 

I first met Tom 25 years ago as I was about to become BOMA’s new Executive Director and Tom was already one of BOMA’s most active and accomplished leaders. Like he has done for so many of our colleagues over the years, Tom quickly offered his help and insights. He became an immediate mentor welcoming me to the job and helping me understand many important industry concepts and issues.

 

After serving 4 years and 4 months in the Navy, Tom started his real estate career managing student housing at Western Washington University while in college. He graduated in 1971 with a degree in English. After several years of working for ABG Apartments in Bellingham, Tom moved to the Bay Area where we continued to expand his real estate experience. Fortunately for us, Tom moved back to Seattle in 1980 while he continued working for Carma Developers. 

 

I asked Tom how he first got involved in BOMA. He explained that his new boss for Carma in Seattle was Rick Anderson, BOMA’s Chairman at the time. Tom was immediately enrolled into two RPA classes and ended up completing the seven course program in two years. Tom also became active in BOMA’s Code and Marketing committees and his “BOMA Career” had begun.

 

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Tom’s BOMA career is unmatched in what he has given to our industry and our association.  As I began to list Tom’s unique involvements in his 38 year “BOMA” career for this article, it did not surprise me that it was 20 bullet points in length. 

 

Tom’s involvement has included BOMA Officer, Board Member and Chairman. Over the years, Tom has chaired half a dozen committees, taught several classes and mentored many early career real estate professionals. Throughout the years, Tom has recruited many members into BOMA membership and been a champion in business to business networking. Oh yes, Tom was a founding co-chair of BOMA’s Science and Future technologies committee a.k.a. BOMA’s Sci-Fi club that just happen to meet about the time a new movie came out.

 

Tom’s industry passion and many of his most significant contributions to the stakeholders of our industry have been related to government affairs.  Tom envisioned and initiated BOMA’s PAC in the early 1980’s and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars to help BOMA support candidates for public office that understand the importance of a healthy commercial real estate industry.  Tom has met with many federal, state and local lawmakers to represent our industry on many issues.  In 1996, Tom was instrumental in forming the Washington Real Estate Coalition (WREC), a coalition of 18 real estate organizations in Washington State that collaborate and ally every year to advance the success of real estate investments.

 

Tom was awarded BOMA’s RPA of the year in 2001, BOMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and the BOMA Chairman’s Award in 2017.

 

When asked about the value he has received from his BOMA involvements, Tom cites the ability to establish many relationships that have benefited his employers and his career as well as the education and information he has accessed.

 

Some things you may not know about Tom: He was an accomplished AAU championship diver and swimmer – in his younger years of course. He served in the US Navy for four years including two years in the Gulf of Tonkin on three different aircraft carriers as an Aviation Fire Control petty officer. He enjoyed racing in sailboat regattas from the 1970’s to the early 1990’s.

 

Tom has written an as yet unpublished novel and he owns and drives a 2014 bright yellow Corvette Stingray.  Not too long ago, Tom broke his leg on a Harley that he “was persuaded to sell.”  Tom has allowed me to share that he has, in his words, “survived four different cancers ‘so far.’” He is confident that he will be able to engage in his many planned retirement activities of contracting with Kidder Mathews as a consultant, teaching CRE classes, perhaps some expert witnessing, sailing, working on his book, getting involved in his South Whidbey Island community, learning how to play the guitar and piano better and not getting up at 5 a.m. anymore.

 

Congratulations, Tom. Your career was as full and accomplished as it could be and the commercial real estate industry is better for your leadership. We will definitely miss your presence. I will miss the best friend I have had in my BOMA career.

 

If you would like to send Tom any well wishes or otherwise reach Tom after January 1st he can be reached at tsante66@gmail.com or cell 206-793-5303.

 








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