From the BOMA International newsroom:
Industrial Property Management the Focus of Newest Conference Education Track
(WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 7, 2014) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International will offer its most extensive educational program to date at the 2014 Every Building Conference & Expo, which takes place June 22-24 in Orlando, Florida.Designed by leading experts for property professionals of all levels of experience, the conference curriculum will feature nearly 50 sessions organized across eight distinct educational tracks. Session topics will include: optimizing the value of assets; attracting and retaining tenants; cultivating leadership skills and new talent; increasing operational performance; harnessing new innovations and technologies; turning sustainability issues into operational practices; anticipating new trends in office design; and more.“Our top-notch conference education offers valuable insights and practical strategies for every property professional, from those new to commercial real estate to industry veterans,” noted BOMA International Chair Rich Greninger, managing director with Carr Properties. “If you want career-building professional development and marketplace intelligence that can give your company a competitive advantage, BOMA International’s annual conference is the place to be.”New this year is the Industrial Property Management track, which is the outgrowth of last year’s extremely popular Industrial Day and focuses on one of commercial real estate’s fastest growing sectors.“With an increasing number of companies diversifying their portfolios with industrial properties, it is more important than ever for property professionals to understand the unique challenges and opportunities presented by this distinctive asset type,” said Shelby Christensen, co-chair of BOMA International’s Industrial Committee, and senior vice president and national director of Property Management at Liberty Property Trust. “BOMA International is pleased to expand its educational offerings this year to keep pace with the growing demand for resources and best practices specific to the industrial sector.”
Conference attendees can either choose one track that best suits a single educational objective or mix and match sessions from each track to create a customized educational experience. The tracks featured at the upcoming conference include:
- Asset Management
- Session spotlight: At “The Missing Link: Transforming Deep Retrofits into Financial Assets,” three of the nation’s leading sustainable investment experts will discuss why deep retrofits should be managed as valuable financial assets that not only lower energy costs, but also drive property and company profitability, and how to effectively calculate and present deep retrofit value to capital decision makers at both a portfolio and property level.
- Building Operations and Management (Sponsored by Genea)
- Session spotlight: Based on lessons learned from successful Class A commercial office buildings around the country, the interactive “Building Operations Bingo! Winning Lessons from 75 Office Buildings” will test attendees’ knowledge of operational best practices and provide them with proven strategies to gain a competitive edge.
- NEW: Industrial Property Management
- Session spotlight: Join a panel of industrial experts at “Current Status and Future Expectations for Industrial Commercial Real Estate” for a fast-paced discussion about why the industrial sector is the “hottest” in commercial real estate and what the latest trends are for this property type.
- Innovation and Technology
- Session spotlight: Getting cellular coverage and capacity inside your property is as important to your tenants as water and electricity. At “Wireless Coverage and Capacity: Matching the Right Technology With Your Venue,” attendees will learn how to best work with wireless operators, systems integrators and neutral host third-party providers to offer the best technology (Distributed Antenna Systems, small cells, Wi-Fi) for building occupants.
- Leadership and Career Development
- Session spotlight: Many businesses now have workforces made up of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. Members of these generations not only think, talk and work differently, but they also have vastly different expectations for the workplace. How do executives and managers make this mix work? “Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce” will offer practical and effective strategies for bridging the generation gap.
- Safety, Security and Risk Management
- Session spotlight: Active shooter incidents test even the most prepared emergency response teams. At “Evacuate, Shelter or Confront: One Size Does Not Fit All During Active Shooter Incidents,” security experts will outline active shooter scenarios, evaluate response tactics and share best practices for creating emergency action plans that will ensure the safety of building occupants.
- Sustainability and Energy Management
- Session spotlight: Sustainability in building operations has been one of the most influential changes in building management over the past decade—but how important is it to the decision makers? “A Decade of Green: Is It Still Sustainable?” will explore what is driving demand for sustainable assets and the perceived effects of sustainability on asset value.
- Tenant Relations and Retention
- Session spotlight: The best hotels are renowned for providing fantastic customer service—why should the office be any different? More and more, tenants are expecting great levels of customer service in all interactions within the property. This creates new challenges for property managers and owners looking to meet these expectations. “Putting On a Show-Stopping Performance: Engaging Your Tenants as Customers and Guests” will offer insights into how property teams can offer the superior customer service that differentiates a building for new and current tenants.
For more information on the 2014 Every Building Conference & Expo, the commercial real estate industry’s premier professional event, visit www.EveryBuildingConference.org.
About BOMA InternationalThe Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations and 14 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at www.boma.org.
Courtney C. McKay
Manager of Communications & Marketing