BOMA Facts

Dear BOMA New York Members,

With the second quarter of the year well underway, BOMA New York has a lot to report. After nearly twenty years, New York was the host city for the Middle Atlantic Conference and Regional TOBY Award Dinner. We were joined by ten other BOMA Associations from throughout the MAC region at the Ventana Ballroom in the Kimpton Hotel. I’m proud to announce that New York brought home a commanding three awards. SL Green won the Earth Award for its work at 1515 Broadway; CBRE was awarded the Renovated Building Award for 280 Park Avenue; and Tishman Speyer won the Corporate Facility Award for Hearst Tower.

The most talked about topic in New York real estate today is the environment. In the last few weeks, we celebrated Earth Hour, Earth Day and experienced a sellout crowd for Energy Action Day on May 9th. Mayor deBlasio is doing his part with the Green New Deal – a proposal also known as “OneNYC 2050” – announced on the heels of the City Council approval of Bill 1253 – the most aggressive legislation in the world aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing high-rise buildings by 40 percent over the next decade.

BOMA New York was first to market with an event that focused exclusively on the details of Bill 1253, headlined by a comprehensive panel of executives from the Mayor’s office, owners and energy consultants.

BOMA NY and its Board of Directors are committed to BOMA NY’s mission. From networking to educational programs and from advocacy to special cause issues – BOMA NY is there, adding value every day. Thank you for your continued engagement and collaboration. It is you and all BOMA NY members that nurture professional excellence and are an integral part of our continued success.

I hope to see you at the next BOMA NY event.

Hani J. Salama, PE, LEED-AP
President of BOMA New York

Get to Know Your Board

Welcome to the “Get to Know Your Board” section of the monthly newsletter. Each month, we interview and feature a board member to help you get to know them better. This month, we sat down with Michelle Landon of Oxford Property Group. 


The Home Depot offers BOMA members an exclusive annual rebate program. Receive a 2% annual rebate on all qualifying in-store and online pre-tax purchases, plus extra services and savings. There is no cost to enroll. Annual purchases must total a minimum of $25,000 to qualify for the rebate. So, what are you waiting for? Start earning money on your company’s Home Depot purchases now. Be sure to enter the program code BOMA when you register.

Learn how to get started in this video.

The 2019-2020 rebate year began March 1, 2019.  Click here to enroll. 

BOMA New York is pleased to announce we are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Pinnacle Awards. To compete in the Pinnacle Awards, the owner or management company of the nominated building must be a BOMA New York member in good standing. All individuals competing for the Outstanding Local Member or Manager of the Year award must be a BOMA New York member of record in good standing.

All nominations must be received by June 28, 2019. Please send completed forms to Ami Shah at

Click here to view nomination form.


On April 18th, the City Council passed two laws related to buildings and the environment.  The first, the much-discussed Intro. Number 1253, sets a schedule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings greater than 25,000 square feet by 80% by the year 2050.  The second requires solar panels or a vegetative cover on certain roof spaces not otherwise in use.

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In Case You Missed It

The MAC region is the largest of seven national BOMA regions and consists of eleven associations from as north as Buffalo, NY and as south as Washington D.C. The annual regional dinner rotates its eleven member cities and has not been in New York City since the year 2000. New York won three Regional TOBY awards. All regional winners go on to the National competition, and those winners will be revealed at the National Conference in June, located in Salt Lake City this year.

More than 70 BOMA members filled Arno Ristorante for an evening of great food and an opportunity for both seasoned and emerging professionals to get to know one another. Everyone received a set of hand rolled cigars and milk chocolate cigars.

There are over 2,000,000 induction units in New York City.  This Lunch & Learn, presented by Advanced Concept Energy Solutions, reviewed perimeter induction and the VAV solution. 

The Q1 Seminar reviewed best practices to accommodate new and existing co-working and event-oriented tenants, with a focus on visitor management, security, HVAC, elevator systems, common area maintenance and building enmities.  The star studded panel included both tenants and landlords.

A trio of engineers from JB&B (Jaros, Baum & Bolles) presented three case studies in order to discuss how to best approach infrastructure upgrades and building renovations. 

John Lee, Deputy Director for Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency was the keynote to a room filled with more than 200 people.  The morning panel discussion was based on the city’s newest legislative policies for the built environment. Chris Cayten of CodeGreen Solutions moderated the conversation with Diana Sweeney of the New York Energy Consumers Council and Philip Skalaski, Vice President of Engineering and Energy Services for the Durst Organization and Charles Marino, Director of Energy Services at AKF Group.  We will distribute more about this event and policy in the coming weeks.


Congratulations to Laura Belt Ponomarev on the birth of John “Jack” Banks Ponomarev, who arrived two-days early on April 9th at 1:21pm – 7 lbs 14.5 oz and 20.5” long. Jack is named after his grandfather, John, and his middle name is from “The Banks Building” built by Anne and Zoe Banks, Laura’s Great Grandmother and Great Great Aunt. We look forward to greeting the third generation BOMA Member, when he’s ready.


James R. Kleeman, RPA, Deputy Director at Port Authority of NY & NJ, has been named a 2019 BOMA Fellow. Mr. Kleeman joins the latest class of BOMA Fellows, a group of selected individuals who have displayed exemplary and sustained contributions to commercial real estate, their profession, the community and BOMA at all levels and have continually answered the call to leadership and service throughout their careers.


May 15, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: State Bar & Grill, at the base of the Empire State Building

Join us for a night of wine tasting at State Grill & Bar. You will be served a selection of domestic and international wines, complimented by an open bar and hors d'oeuvres.

Click here to register

May 16, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:  BOMA New York, 1 Penn Plaza, Suite 2205, New York, NY

The electricity marketplace in New York, like much of the country, is in a state of flux. The rules, policies and goals keep changing, while utilities try to determine their path forward. As more customers install Distributed Energy Resources including wind, solar, combined heat & power, microgrids and nanogrids, utility revenues continue to fall. Add on top of this the uncertainty of nuclear and other baseload plant closures, natural gas restrictions and aggressive decarbonization plans, and it should be clear why the future cost of electricity seems destined to rise. However, a variety of emerging technologies for increasing electricity and energy efficiency and sustainability as well as new types of energy services provide a wide range of options to protect against rising electricity costs, generate revenue and save the planet. Many options are incentivized through rebates and tax deductions while others require no upfront cash and mature into a revenue generating stream for the building owner.

Click here to register.

May 20 - 22, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: BOMA New York, 1 Penn Plaza, Suite 2205, New York, NY

Today's property managers work hand-in-hand with asset managers and often serve as asset managers themselves. Expert education gives professionals the capability to build value in real estate assets, providing confidence to investors, owners, and building tenants. Make sense of your assets, discover the asset manager's role function and place in real estate and business, and master the ability to outperform competitors.

JUNE 10, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Edgewood Country Club

Join us for the annual Golf Classic at Edgewood Country Club.  Shotgun Tee Time is at 11:30 a.m.  The format will be Team Scramble. Cocktails will be followed by an Awards Dinner at 5:30pm. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance and collected at registration desk.

Click here to register.



Please join us in welcoming our new BOMA New York members.

If you have a candidate for membership, please contact Ami Shah, our Director of Membership and Special Events at And visit us at for information on the difference a BOMA New York membership makes.

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