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President's Message

Greetings, BOMA Hawai'i:

There is a lot your newly elected BOMA Hawai'i board and committee members want to accomplish in 2014. Twelve months will go quickly, so we're actively finalizing 2014's program schedule. Some of the topics of interest to the commercial real estate and general business communities are the local, national, and international economies and geopolitical issues affecting us directly and indirectly. Consequently, we plan to seek updates from our congressional representatives and other government leaders.

We are working on programs such as Active Shooter in February. You won't want to miss this program; especially with recent tragedies, we want to provide awareness, training and discussion to give insight on what to expect in an active shooter situation. We ran a smaller version of this presentation at Waterfront Plaza and it was an eye opener and well received. We will also provide presentations and updates regarding the progress of the rail project and its impact on the community, our properties, and businesses.

Additionally, we plan to conduct several developer/owners forums which will likely be open panel discussions with various developers during two separate monthly meetings, most likely March and May.

We're also developing a mentorship program, with emphasis on our veterans that will likely be introduced in February. Disaster training has been covered comprehensively, but we want to try something a little different this year, focusing on the life cycle of a disaster. This won't necessarily provide our members and vendor partners the answers for what to do in a disaster; however, the discussion and course materials should provide substantial resources to draw from and the opportunity to work through a disaster from pre-, during and post- planning scenarios. We also will be hosting Sustainability Day again and which likely will be a day of seminars and presentations. More information to follow in the coming months.

Separate from the work and bustle of our normal programs, we're planning several member appreciation events. These will be in addition to the normal summer and year-end socials with the goal to increase the marketing value for our sponsors through networking.

For Education we'll be promoting 2014 Foundations of Real Estate Management and designation programs while working with our platinum sponsors on lunch and learn classes. We also want to encourage you to attend the BOMA International Conference which will be held in Orlando, FL June 22 – 24, 2014. With 400+ exhibits, plus insights and expertise being shared from top achievers it is the most comprehensive education conference in the industry, and one you don't want to miss. Nicole or I can provide you more information but please feel free to visit for more information.

For Volunteerism, Fundraising, and Community Partnerships we're planning our annual Golf Tournament in June with some of the proceeds going to charity. We also want to continue promoting two programs we brought to BOMA last year with the Boards assistance: "Kaka'ako Cleanup", in April celebrating Earth Day and, in November, Special Olympics, "Over the Edge", both awesome events. To give you some background, Special Olympics Hawai'i currently serves over 2,000 children and adults who participate in year-round sports training and competition at no cost to themselves or their families. Every $1,000 the organization raises is equivalent to one special needs athlete being able to attend six events during a year.

November 2013's "Over the Edge", event raised over $130,000 and, of that, BOMA Hawai'i directly assisted in raising over $24,000.

In closing, thank you again for the opportunity to represent BOMA Hawai'i. I'm looking forward to 2014 as a year to grow the organization and help it prosper. I look forward to the challenges ahead. Thank you and aloha.

Steve W. Sullivan (S)
BOMA Hawai'i
2014 President

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