GET TO KNOW MICHELLE LANDON WITH OXFORD PROPERTY GROUP
How long have you been a BOMA New York member and how
did you first get involved with the Association?
I have been a BOMA New York member for approximately 16 years, minus a 3-year hiatus when transitioning firms throughout my career.
What are some of your responsibilities as a member of BOMA New York’s Board of Directors?
As the newest member of the Board, I am still learning the role. Currently, I am examining how the Board works and how the Association can bring further value to the commercial real estate community. Part of my responsibilities is to bring fresh perspective on areas that could use some revamping to make the BOMA NY product offering more relevant.
What's your favorite BOMA NY event and why?
With so many events to choose from, I immediately think of the Pinnacles. It's a great event to showcase buildings and talent, while also highlighting industry progress. With that said, my favorite event is the annual rooftop mixer. It's a great opportunity to network on a more casual basis with emerging talent, while getting to interact with some old familiar faces and new personalities in the business.
Have you met anyone at BOMA NY that has taught you something?
To date, I haven't met someone that I didn't learn something from and with so many great mentors and colleagues it’s hard not to fill the page with names that I would like to thank. Specifically at BOMA NY; however, I'd like to thank fellow Directors, Nick Hayden from JLL and Matt Duthie from Newmark Knight Frank for opening my eyes to other styles of ownership and investment strategies. Early in my career, they imparted that strategic ownership is to look beyond occupancy and to focus on the financial perspective of ownership as well.
If you could give some advice to someone starting out in the commercial real estate industry, what would you share with them?
Be the CEO of your asset and run the business as if you personally own it. Be involved in all aspects and ask questions if you do not understand a process but do not let yourself be compartmentalized in tasks. If you can market yourself in this manner then you will be more valuable to an Owner because you inherently think like one.