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 BOMA GREATER CHARLOTTE
JANUARY 2020 NEWS
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PRESIDENT'S LETTER
 
I've found that usually accomplishments happen because a challenge presented itself. So instead of making New Year's resolutions, I give myself personal "challenges".
One of those last year was to utilize BOMA members whenever possible in my facility management, which I accomplished with three new service contracts. As we go into the new year, I encourage each of you to challenge yourself to do the same. Our Allied Members are so important to the success of BOMA through sponsorships, serving as committee chairs and committee members, participation in community outreach events, planning/volunteering for our special events, social media posts...the list goes on and on.

A second challenge I have for Principal Members is to get involved. Our careers and our lives without a doubt get busy. And we feel like we don't have time -  there's no time to attend a luncheon, no time to volunteer, no time to serve on a committee, no time to work on a BOMA designation. But if you take the time, you'll see the benefits not only professionally in the networks you'll form and knowledge you'll gain, but also personally in the friendships you'll make along the way.

Just a few highlights for the new year
  • A monthly newsletter in a new format -  take the time to read them and click the links for more info.
  • Relevant and interesting luncheon speakers, staring with the February luncheon and an expert panel to give us detailed advice for preparing for the RNC.
  • New local community outreach events, as well as a joint BOMA/IREM community service project in Appalachia
  • And more!
I am honored to take on this new personal "challenge" and serve as President of BOMA Greater Charlotte and am looking forward to an exciting year!

Elizabeth Fulk, President
BOMA Greater Charlotte
Facility Director | Lincoln Harris

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Purchase your table today
BOMA Members please RSVP

(This luncheon is included with your 2020 membership dues)

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Any property manager can assume it's a safe bet to just expect the unexpected in this line of work. While the items the usually grab the headlines tend to be more reactive in nature (i.e. remediation work, storm preparation, etc.) sometimes the more proactive measures we take and reoccurring service contracts we have in place get sprung into action.

In my case this past year we had been diligently been working through the development and lease up of the 8-story 200,000 SF Toringdon 7 which was set to deliver in Q3 2019. We started to gain some leasing activity as the building took shape and soon found ourselves at 75% leased on the new project. Following this momentum then the news came that we were taking the entire park out to market. This obviously launched a long list of initiatives into action but of course we needed everything looking its best.

One item which we had budgeted but much later in the year was exterior building pressure washing, however now with this news it was of the mindset that it needed to be completed yesterday! In addition, this is no small task when it includes 6 buildings, during business hours and in a relatively dense park.

This is where I called upon the individuals at Scottie's who I had created a longstanding relationship with, initially through BOMA and their offerings. I explained what I was looking for and their team had this on the schedule roughly within a weeks' time and the operations team shot over a detailed itinerary of how they were to tackle to job. From there is was smooth sailing and we knocked out the exterior pressure washing and window cleaning of the 6 buildings in two weeks. Even slipped my mind that the parking garage needed cleaning as well and they came in over that weekend to complete.

Now that we have had several tours of the park and a continued positive outpour of the overall condition and presentation of the park it's a good feeling knowing I have a company like Scottie's (in addition to several other Allied members) in my back pocket when its crunch time.
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Peter Tanneberger | President-Elect
Senior Property Manager
Trinity Partners
Toringdon Office Park

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In 2019 the Emerging Professionals committee doubled this membership category, as they sought to increase membership, engagement, and retention of the future of our industry--those with 5 of less years of experience.

We accomplished that through sponsoring a BOMA Taps event tailored to emerging professionals and a year-end Emerging Professionals social event at CAMP North End. The CAMP North End leasing and management teams toured current and prospective emerging professional members through one of Charlotte's most expansive adaptive reuse projects, and guests were also treated to food from The Tin Kitchen while a local musician kept the atmosphere lively. The committee sponsored an emerging professionals membership which was awarded to Aleita Keziah (JLL) at the CAMP North End event.

 
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Brian Hill | Emerging Professionals 2019 Chair
Property Manager
Cushman & Wakefield

 

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Click the link in the above image to see
a video of our
BOMA Bakes crew
 
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BOMA Outreach ended a productive year of volunteering with Baking for the Troops on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019. A mix of (11) allied and principal members, partnered with CPCC, baked a total of 4200 cookies and 414 brownies that were to be distributed to our troops as they came home to see their families for the holidays! The following morning, with shifts running from 2:30 AM to 3:00 PM, BOMA members greeted and personally thanked the troops as they walked into the airport. These events are heartwarming each year. We appreciate the opportunity to be able to give back and say thank you to the men and women who protect our freedom!

BOMA Outreach will be kicking off the new year with new events! We will be sorting donation items in the Classroom Central Warehouse in the Cotswold Area of Charlotte (3903 Craig Avenue) from 1-4pm on Wednesday, March 4th. Classroom Central equips students in need to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies to teachers throughout the year.

At our luncheon on Tuesday, April 21st, we will feature a 50/50 Raffle and will be collecting activity-based toys for Safe Alliance. Safe Alliance provides hope and healing for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault in the Charlotte area. On Tuesday, April 28th, we will host an Ice Cream / Play Social at The Safe Alliance Clyde & Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter. This shelter offers 80 beds and provides triage services in addition to longer-term care. Many of the women who are staying in this shelter have children. At this social, we will pop open the toys and enjoy the outdoors with the kids who are staying in the home. All toys will be left with the kids once our event has ended. Channel your inner child and join us for a fun active afternoon of sunshine and laughs!

One of our many goals this year is to increase principal member involvement in volunteering. More events will be posted as details of the event are locked down. We hope all principal members will look at the BOMA Outreach calendar and will register for a volunteer event that looks interesting to you!

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Allison Warren | Outreach Committee Chair
Vice President
Mecklenburg Paint

 

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