Dear BOMA New York Members,
It’s been both an honor and a privilege to serve as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of BOMA New York for the past three years. I am proud to say that as we conclude one of the most profitable years of the Association, we collectively continue to execute the BOMA New York mission with excellence.
I’ve had the unique pleasure of being the longest standing Chair in the history of BOMA New York. During my tenure as chair, the Association has confronted the pandemic head on and emerged stronger for it. Together, we’ve faced challenges and enjoyed successes, becoming the voice of our industry via our lead role on many advocacy fronts. Respectfully, I’d like to touch upon the many accolades from the last three years.
Updated the Bylaws, providing us with the ability to recruit more Allied Members based on a 3:1 ratio; as well as made former Presidents and Chairs Honorary Members for Life.
Doubled Emerging Leaders Membership; championed by Pat Dolan with The Durst Organization.
Adjusted the Scholarship Program with Committee Chair Gail Duke, by making it easier to achieve their full RPA or FMA Designation. Most notable was eliminating the pre-requisite of taking and passing one class prior to applying for the scholarship.
We enjoyed three Pinnacles events over three years, two of them during the pandemic, including the recent 50th Anniversary. We achieved a record attendance in 2020 of nearly 1,000 people just prior to the onset of the pandemic; and then carefully delayed the 2021 Pinnacles for an in-person event in September. Two notable Pinnacle highlights from the previous three years include:
o In 2019, two NYC buildings won the International TOBY Award, beating dozens of buildings from around the globe. The Hearst Tower won “Best Corporate Facility,” owned by the Hearst Corporation and managed by Tishman Speyer Properties. 280 Park Avenue won “Best Renovated Building;” owned by SL Green Realty Corp. and Vornado Realty Trust , managed by CBRE, Inc.
o In 2020, the Graybar Building, owned and managed by SL Green Realty Corp. won the Historical Building category.
o The significance of the Pinnacles has transcended from building operations to the C-Suite. On a recent Q3 Earning Call for New York City REIT, Inc. (NYC), CEO Mike Weil began the call by saying, “Good morning and thank you for joining us today. New York City REIT continues to execute on our proactive asset management strategy… Our property at 123 William Street was named Building of the Year by BOMA New York for superior operations and management. As recognition for the extensive upgrades to the building and its systems, this award is a testament to the strong focus of New York City’s asset management team. The effort is spearheaded by Chris Chao and is a tribute to the exceptional work of our CBRE building management team. Together, their dedication continues to deliver outstanding results.”
We produced four golf events. One in 2019 and 2020. Two in 2021 (NJ & NY) which will continue to be a BOMA NY tradition.
BOMA NY issued a unique commemorative coin, in tribute for the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, which received many compliments.
St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters received the Civic Betterment Award in 2020. In addition to the award, BOMA New York also donated to feed the homeless during the pandemic, totaling $7,500.
Established the Health Care Facilities Committee. Due to the pandemic, we paused Health Care Facilities programming and look forward to reengaging with the Committee in 2022.
Strengthened relationships with partner trade organizations, as well as multiple city departments; including Dept of Buildings, Dept of Sanitation, and FDNY.
As one of the most influential advocates for the commercial real estate industry in New York, we’ve written many letters to public officials regarding industry issues and proposed legislation. The list includes and is not limited to Mayor de Blasio, all Council Members, Commissioner Garcia, the FERC Secretary, Governor Cuomo, and the Energy Department.
On behalf of the CRE industry, we’ve also testified over thirty times, either for or against legislation. Issues include but are not limited to commercial rent control, construction safety, mass transit, Local Law 97, fossil fuel ban, commercial waste zones, plumbing codes, commercial loading zones, FDNY budget, food cart licenses, elevator safety, and small businesses.
Throughout the Pandemic, BOMA NY’s schedule of events never halted, as it evolved from in-person – to remote access via webinar – to hybrid programming. We successfully produced 34 webinars from March 2020 to date.
Digitally engaged the commercial real estate industry online and grew the BOMA New York social media footprint by close to eight times. Please follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
I write this final memo to you on the heels of the recent Holiday Luncheon. We presented the Civic Betterment Award to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation; honored many deserving CRE professionals; and celebrated the end of the year with camaraderie and confidence. With that said, the year is not over yet.
As NYC writes the strictest COVID-19 rules in the Nation, BOMA New York is there and just produced a seminar called Living With COVID, featuring Dr. Deborah Birx, the former White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator. The seminar was yesterday at the Warner Media screening room located at 30 Hudson Yards.
I am particularly grateful for the many colleagues that have made my term as chair so rewarding. Thank you to the dedicated staff and consistent support from my fellow Officers and Board of Directors.
Most importantly, thank you to each and every one of you for your continued engagement and collaboration.
Merry Christmas, have a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!
Hani J. Salama, PE, LEED-AP
Chair & Chief Executive Officer
BOMA New York
Q&A WITH MATT DUTHIE
Senior Vice President, Property Management | NEWMARK
We sat down with BOMA New York incoming Chair – Matt Duthie – Senior Vice President, Project Management | NEWMARK
Every four years, when there are new elections for City Council and new Council Members take their seats, the Council session comes to an end. That means that all proposed laws that have not been passed, lapse and will have to be reintroduced (or not) in the new session. With the Council now set to expire, and nearly two-thirds of seats set to be filled by new Members starting January 1, 2022, the end of the current session is upon us.
What this means for BOMA New York and others impacted by City legislation is that there is a lot of uncertainty about the future. The Council can pass any bill that it has heard during the entire current session by the end of this year, so there could be a flurry of last-minute legislation that passes. Two issues we are looking at is the fossil fuel ban featured in the last BOMA FACTS, and a Commercial Rent Control bill that the Council recently heard. The former will almost certainly pass this term, and we continue to work with allies and the Council to shape the best bill possible. There is no indication as of yet that the latter bill will move.
There is also uncertainty about what the new Council will focus on starting in January. The first line of business for the Members is to elect a new Council Speaker, and the winner of that seat will have tremendous power to shape the agenda over the next four years. There are a range of people “running” (air quotes because the race is an insider game, with the result pretty much settled by the time the Council votes in the Speaker) in terms of ideology. So fingers crossed.
A new Mayor, new Speaker, and a largely new Council is a lot of new variables. It should make for interesting times. BOMA New York will be there, as always, to watch out for your interests and keep you informed about the issues.
ANNUAL LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST
November 17, 2021
The Annual Leadership Breakfast contained three powerful presentations – two from the NYC Department of Buildings and one from CodeGreen Solutions. The following summary of the Breakfast by ConnectCRE is a must read prior to beginning any major renovation, new construction, or demolition projects; plus a bonus on how to prepare your building for Local Law 97. Read More Here.
November 18, 2021
BOMA New York’s November 2021 Monthly Forum, entitled “Special Inspections: A Guide for Building Managers,” presented by Young Suh, P.E., Director of Special Inspections at Alan Margolin & Associated (AMAA), offered a professional engineer’s experienced insight into the rigorous building inspection code requirements of the International Building Code, as amended and updated by the New York City Department of Buildings, most recently in 2014. Special inspections are required by the construction permit process. Read More Here.
December 3, 2021
The 2021 Holiday Luncheon was attended by 650 CRE professionals at The Ziegfeld Ballroom. The room was filled with smiles, holiday spirit, and optimism for 2022. VIPs included Mark Dukes, Chair of BOMA International, Henry Chamberlain, President and COO of BOMA International; Jack Oehm of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, FDNY Chief Brian Cordasco; and multiple BOMA NY former presidents.
The feel-good event of the year featured the Civic Betterment Award presented to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation; Honorary Life Membership to BOMA NY presented to former BOMA NY presidents, as well as Gail Duke and Lou Trimboli; updates on the BOMA NY Scholarship Program with Gail Duke, and the presentation of six BOMA NY Chair Awards.
The celebration concluded with the oath of office for the new Officers and Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2022.
Thank you to the following companies for their sponsorship:
ABM Systems, AFGO Mechanical Services, Inc.
Alliance Building Services
Atlas Acon Electric Service Corp
BELFOR Property Restoration
Boston Properties LP
BP Mechanical Corp
Champion Elevator Corp.
Environmental Building Solutions, LLC
HO Penn Machinery
I.U.O.E. Local 94
Interstate Mechanical Services
John Gallin & Son, Inc.
KM Associates of New York
KOW Building Consultants
Liberty Elevator Corporation
Nouveau Elevator Industries
Quality Building Services & Quality Protection Services
Rosenwach Tank Co. LLC
Safety Facility Services
Titan Construction Services LLC
Total Fire Protection
Tower Fire Protection, Inc
SEMINAR – LIVING WITH COVID
Featuring Dr. Deborah Birx, Former White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator
December 14, 2021
“Wow,” is the single word to review the magnificent and state-of-art WarnerMedia Screening Room located at 30 Hudson Yards, as well as the information packed presentation by Dr. Birx and Amy Carenza, Chief Commercial Officer at ActivePure. The room was filled with executive level operational professionals from the largest and most influential owners in NYC.
The power duo immediately got into COVID-19 data since March 2020 and the science of mitigating a virus. Ms. Carenza said, “We want people back in the office, enthusiastically.” She followed her statement with a review of some of the operational strategies in place to date, coupled with a deep dive on active solutions for all buildings. Dr. Birx urged the private sector to lead by example saying that, “When you don’t test, you’re flying blind. Testing regularly is essential to the fight and is the best way to be present versus being concerned.” Stay tuned for more coverage.
THE NEW HOME DEPOT PRO INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAM (X2):
Have you heard the news? The Home Depot Pro has added a new program exclusively for BOMA members! In addition to the Home Depot Pro rebate program you know and love, which offers members a 2% rebate on retail purchases, you now have a new option to get thousands of discounted cleaning, maintenance and repair products delivered right to you!
1. The Home Depot Pro Rebate Program
For Retail Purchases
BOMA members receive a 2% annual rebate on all qualifying in-store and homedepot.com pre-tax purchases of thousands of products you need to get the job done. Take advantage of volume pricing, enjoy exclusive offers and rewards, track purchases and instantly authorize employee in-store purchases with Text2Confirm Authorization. There’s no cost to enroll, and BOMA members have earned an average of $4 million+ in rebates each year. Minimum annual spend of $10,000 required to earn rebate.
Enroll Now! Be sure to use the program code BOMA when you register.
2. NEW: The Home Depot Pro Institutional Discount Program
For Wholesale Purchases
The Home Depot Pro Institutional, the wholesale distribution division of The Home Depot, offers the convenient delivery of more than 250,000 commercial products right to your door or local will-call pickup location! BOMA members benefit from a tiered discounted pricing program; free next-day delivery; house accounts with Pro credit line and customizable invoicing options; workflow approval functionality; and robust spend reporting and visibility.
Ready to start taking advantage of these new perks and savings opportunities?
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MEMBERSHIP DUES RENEWAL:
BOMA New York emailed all members their 2022 Membership Dues renewal invoices. If you have not received yours, please be sure to reach out to Ami Shah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment for Membership Dues Invoices are to be received no later than Tuesday March 1, 2022.
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RECRUITING CRE PRESENTERS:
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Look no further and apply to present at a BOMA NY Monthly Forum; the signature monthly event held every third Thursday of the month. The Monthly Forum serves as a value-add information session for property managers, asset managers, and many CRE service professionals across New York City. Contact Becky Perez today at email@example.com.
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