BOMA Facts

Senior Vice President, Property Management | NEWMARK

How long have you been a BOMA New York member and how did you first get involved with the Association?
I joined BOMA New York in March of 1989.  It was when I transitioned to the property management side and moved from Merrill Lynch (construction) to a company named Cross & Brown, owned by MetLife.

What is your favorite BOMA New York event and why?
The Pinnacle Awards are hands down my favorite event year-to-year.  It is when companies compete to be the best of the best and is a terrific evening.

As the incoming Chair of BOMA New York, one of your goals is to increase membership.  In your opinion, why is it important to join BOMA New York, and how do you plan to grow membership over the next two years?
We will develop a plan to meet with owners and vendors who are not currently members and help them understand the value proposition of BOMA NY – education, networking and advocacy for our industry – the three cornerstones that nurture, strengthen and lead the commercial real estate industry.

Prior to NEWMARK, you’ve been privileged to work for a handful of high-quality brands; having touched millions of square feet throughout New York City.  The list includes Reckson, Ruben Companies, JLL, Merrill Lynch and Chase Bank.  How do you stay on top of your game and keep your finger on the pulse of the CRE industry?
My involvement with BOMA NY has been crucial in that regard.  It’s helpful to become active with other trade organizations; both locally and nationally.  Staying involved will keep you informed and prepared for how future issues can and will impact the CRE industry.

You have a degree in geology, a masters in real estate, and are a civil engineer.  How do you quench your thirst for knowledge today?
We need to learn every day.  From seminars, to continued education, to reading the daily news – knowledge is the best investment you can make is in yourself.

Your role in property management also includes new business development.  You’re known for enjoying “the hunt” and have realized significant success.  What advice do you have for young adults thinking about property management and do you have any words of wisdom for professionals just launching their careers?
Liking what you do is the key element to professional success, because then it does not feel like a job.
·  Always be on time
·  Always accept new projects and assignments
·  Get involved in your industry

When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing with your spare time?
I like working on my classic Victorian house, which is 100+ years old.  I like to work out and spend time with my family.

What’s your favorite movie?
I have two favorites – The Godfather and Gladiator.

What’s your favorite book?
Trinity by Leon Uris