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July 2019: BOMA Conference Recap, CMCP, Smith Tower Takes Home a TOBY

Tuesday, July 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christine Miclat
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//BOMA Annual Conference Recap

Welcome to this month's edition of the BOMA eNewsletter. This special edition recaps this year's BOMA International Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, UT and gives you the scoop on what went down at the TOBY Awards (here's a hint: we took one home!). It's packed with news you can use! Scroll all the way down for the latest in upcoming events and education.


Seattle Shows Up in Salt Lake City!

On June 22-25, thousands of property managers, vendors and local BOMA representatives from around the world attended this year's BOMA International Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 30 BOMA Seattle King County members showed up to the conference to represent our local. Set against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains, the commercial real estate industry gathered together for world-class professional development, valuable networking opportunities and solutions to meet operational challenges and enhance asset performance.

Highlights from the Conference:


Soar to New Professional Heights: Get Your CMCP
Article from BOMA International

Ready to grow your career and expand your horizons? BOMA International Chair Brian Cappelli, BOMA Fellow, RPA, unveiled a new certification for early-career professionals at the Sunday General Session. The Certified Manager of Commercial Properties certification, or CMCP, offers a straightforward way to communicate property management skills to potential employers.

The CMCP certification is offered by Commercial Real Estate Certification Institute (CRECI), an independent certification body backed by BOMA International and BOMI International. The certification requires a few years of formal, post-secondary education and/or a few years of on-the-job property management training, as well as 30 hours of training specific to property management. “Supervisors can use the CMCP to evaluate a property manager’s readiness for increased roles or responsibilities,” Cappelli explained. The certification also helps supervisors “uncover areas where more experience or training may be helpful and … provide recognition of achievement.”

A beta test of the exam was run nationally and 71 people achieved the certification. Of those that took the exam, 16 were from BOMA Seattle King County!

Interested? Contact Christine Miclat to learn how you can complete your 30 hours of required education with their new online CMCP exam prep course.

//Emerging Professionals

Liza Skorupski, RPA, CMCP - J. Michael Coleman Scholarship Recipient

Third from the left: Liza Skorupski, Steelwave

This year, one of our very own Emerging Professionals (EPs) was awarded the J. Michael Coleman scholarship to attend the Annual Conference & Expo. Liza Skorupski from Steelwave was one of the recipients of this award and attended informational sessions and meetings, explored the trade show expo and made connections with other EPs from other parts of the country. Read more about Liza's experience below.

My BOMA Conference Experience

Attending the conference was such a rewarding experience. I met new vendors and learned about new products and solutions at the Expo. I learned about new technologies available that I can add to my properties for better security, services and maintenance. I got a software demo that increased job efficiency and shared this knowledge with my Vice President. As a result, we are planning to get more information and hopefully purchase a license in 2020.

The conference included a couple of keynote session speakers which were both astounding. In Sunday’s Opening Keynote, Futurist Amy Webb provided a glance into what the future could look like for Commercial Real Estate. It was fascinating to hear about how Amazon, in our own backyard of Snohomish County, is already testing food delivery via robots. I learned about futuristic trends and gained insight into how it may be valuable for owners to develop mixed-use properties to include indoor food planting facilities from engineered seeds to take advantage of what the future food source would be. In Tuesday’s General Session, Peter Merrett, BOMA Fellow Founder, and Doug Lipp, Former Head of Training of Disney University, inspired me to create a happy work culture in my office to enhance tenant services and ultimately drive customer satisfaction and business prosperity.

During the conference, I attended 6 educational sessions. At each of these sessions, I obtained Continuing Education credits that I can use to maintain my RPA designation in active status and for my real estate license renewal electives. One of the biggest benefits of attending was that I learned new ways to save my property owner money. At one of the sessions that I attended, industry leaders shared case studies of building measurements that saved landlords millions of dollars. It was awesome to learn techniques to boost a property’s NOI and I will be applying this knowledge as soon as possible.

At the Regional Pacific Northwest breakfast, I learned about local issues and government affairs plans at each of the BOMA locals. At the Women in Commercial Real Estate Breakfast, a panel of successful women taught me ways to build my personal brand, tips for professional advancement and strategies to blend work and personal matters.

The conference also allowed me to participate in multiple networking events and parties. I met several emerging professionals all over the country. I also built relationships with other managers and leaders from our BOMA local.

Overall, I am so happy to have attended. I am grateful for this amazing learning opportunity and I anticipate I will be going back to the conference in future years to come.

"The BOMA International Conference Experience is the Perfect Opportunity" - Mick Newell's Experience

This was my first time attending a BOMA International Conference. Having attended other Real Estate Management conferences, I thought I had a fairly good idea of what to expect going into the conference. It was surprising how big of a production the entire event was and BOMA seemed to have taken over all of downtown Salt Lake City. Everywhere you went, there were people with BOMA name badges, BOMA banners and even some of the local bars had “Welcome BOMA” signs.

This led to my second realization: a ton of people attend from all around the world! I have always found that the most valuable part of any conference is the ability to network and learn from other property managers around the country. While you might have a problem that seems difficult to solve, there is often another person somewhere across the country who not only has run into the same problem, but has already found a great solution! This was especially pertinent while talking with other real estate professionals about public safety issues in their own cities. As a member of the Public Safety Task Force for BOMA Seattle King County, I made a special point to talk to other attendees from around the country on what issues they’ve seen and what solutions their cities and/or BOMAs have found.

Of course, no conference is complete without the educational sessions. I especially enjoyed the panel discussion about Office Densification, including our own Coleen Spratt! It was very interesting to hear some of the questions from the audience, as people from around the country were all experiencing office densification in different ways. Additionally, we learned how personal space is so important in a workplace, even if occupants suggest that they are okay with smaller work spaces (which often happens). Jacobs, the architecture firm, even has science to back it up! I believe this information will be especially helpful when talking to tenants who are hoping to deploy a more compact layout.

I would encourage anyone who is looking to grow their career to attend the BOMA International Conference. As with most conferences, there is so much to do and you can make the event whatever you want it to be. Whether you are looking to learn more about the latest trends and best practices, network with professionals from around the country, or learn more about what BOMA does on an international scale, the BOMA International Conference is the perfect opportunity.


Smith Tower Takes Home a 2019 TOBY International Award

Smith Tower
Managed by: Unico Properties LLC
Owned by: UPI Smith Tower LLC

The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY®) Award Reception and Banquet was held at the 2019 BOMA International Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year, Seattle brought home a TOBY® International Award! Smith Tower (managed by Unico Properties LLC, owned by UPI Smith Tower LLC) won in the Historical Building category.

“We are honored to receive the prestigious TOBY® Award from BOMA International for our commitment to providing our Best-in-Class building operation, management and service at Smith Tower,” said Lynda Collie, Unico Properties Director of Real Estate Services. “It is our priority to provide first class management and operation of Seattle’s first skyscraper from the ground floor to the Observatory, bringing an exciting and captivating experience to tourists, tenants and visitors at Smith Tower.”

Congratulations Smith Tower and the Unico Properties Team! Click the image below to see a quick clip of their win.

This year, the Pacific Northwest Regional Winners represented in six categories: Historical Building (Smith Tower), Renovated Building (170 South Main), Under 100,000 sq. ft. (Kirton McKonkie Building), 250,000-499,999 sq. ft. (Civica Commons), and 500,000-1 Million sq. ft. (West 8th) and Over 1 Million sq. ft. (1201 Third). Overall, 78 regional winners competed in 16 categories to win the prestigious International TOBY® Award. Join us in congratulating all of this year’s TOBY® Award Winners!

The Outstanding Building of the Year Awards

The TOBY® Award is presented to buildings in the commercial real estate industry and recognizes participants for their excellence in building management. The competition begins at the BOMA local association level where winners move on to the regional level. Regional winners compete at the international level where the best of the best are honored and awarded at the annual BOMA International Conference. Buildings are evaluated on numerous criteria such as community involvement, site operations, tenant relations, and “green” policies and procedures.

We are taking applications for the next TOBY® cycle in August. For more information visit our TOBY page. If you'd like to enter your building or have questions, please contact Christine Miclat.

//Upcoming Courses & Seminars

BOMA Foundations of Real Estate Management - Seattle Click here for info and registration
Wednesday, September 4, 12PM-5:30PM
BOMI Course: The Design, Operation and Maintenance of Building Systems Part 2 Click here for info and registration
Thursday, September 5, 12PM-5:00PM
Engineer Skills Hour: Water Reclamation - Innovation at the Property Level Click here for info and registration
Wednesday, September 11, 12PM-1PM
Power Hour: When Technology and Industry Collide - Keeping Up "with the Joneses" Click here for info and registration
Wednesday, September 18, 12PM-1:00PM
BOMI Course: Budgeting and AccountingClick here for info and registration
Tuesday, September 24, 12PM-5:00PM

For a complete list of 2019 BOMA Education, click here.

//Upcoming Networking & Events

BOMA Oktoberfest
Keep an eye out for upcoming emails and sponsorship opportunities!
September General Meeting Click here for info and registration
Monday, September 23, 11:30AM-1:15PM

For a complete list of 2019 Events, click here.

//Questions About Anything You See Here?

Christine Miclat
Director of Marketing, Education and Communications
206-622-8924 X106

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Director of Membership
206-622-8924 X103

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