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President's Message

Greetings, BOMA Hawai'i:

Having the opportunity to represent BOMA Hawai’i has been an awesome experience!! I hold this honor in the highest regard and our focus in 2014 has been simple; promote and support our mission of; “Advancing the Commercial Property Management Industry through Education, Networking and Advocacy”, while creating value for our partners, sponsors and friends. We also have emphasized the need for good solid succession planning so that BOMA Hawai’i will continue to be the premiere source for Building Owner’s Managers and vendor partners, while maintaining a close working relationship with both BOMA International and our BOMA affiliates in more than 90 other North American cities.

It’s impossible to do this alone and I’m proud to be part of such phenomenal team. I want to thank the BOMA Hawaii BOD: Michelle Harris, Brennan C. Kalani Maika, Corinne Hiromoto, Douglas “Umi” Kai, Jodi Webb, Carlie Woodward-Dela Cruz and Jarrett Walters. Also want to thank Nicole Nako, Tiera Covington, Sandra Bollozos-Fraticelli, Susan Hansen, Rachel Simmons, Jeff Shinagawa, Marc Higuchi and Dricka Thobois and anyone I may have missed who have spearheaded or assisted with 2014 events, committees and the various behind the scene tasks.

I’d like to take this opportunity for a “quick year in review”!

Programs - Monthly Luncheons Q1 – Q3
In January we partnered up with IREM and CCIM to bring you 2014’s Annual Real Estate Forecast held at the convention center moderated by Howard Dicus. In February we hosted an Active Shooter Luncheon/Discussion by John Martinez from Securitas with the assistance of HPD. The demand for having another active shooter information class was high, so we conducted a second presentation at this year’s 2014 Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo in March. We finished the 1st quarter with a “Real Estate Renaissance” presentation. Our speakers were well received and we thanked Steve Kelly (James Campbell Company), Race Randle (Howard Hughes Corporation), and Christian O’Conner (Kamehameha Schools) for the insightful updates on each of their respective developments.

During the 2nd Quarter for Sustainability Day in April, we had Peter Rosegg - Hawaiian Electric, Keith Block – Hawaii Energy, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Trevor Ozawa - Clay Chapman Iwamura Pulice & Nervell (Running for City Council District 4) and Dave Munn from Chelsea Group, one of our platinum Sponsors provide a range of sustainability presentations. The information provided to the attendees included sustainability from the city and State level, conservation, rebates availability; and how to apply. Also we received an updated progress report on Hawai’i’s clean energy future, energy finance options for commercial buildings and energy case studies. Also in April we had a partnered event with BIA-Hawaii, Honolulu Board of REALTORS® and Hawaii Society of Business Professionals who hosted a “Strategies and Transactions” presentation on Alexander & Baldwin, one of the original “Big Five” companies of Hawaii’s plantation era by Mr. Christopher J. Benjamin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., on the strategies behind three of A & B’s recent transactions.

In May, for the 14th Annual Build and Buy Green Conference and Expo BOMA Hawai’i partnered with State of Hawaii’s DBEDT, US Green Building Council Hawaii Chapter, UH Manoa, and with the support of US HUD, brought together nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and local experts in the fields of green building, green communities and affordable housing, design, engineering, construction and development, discussing emerging and critical global issues related to green building and communities to Hawaii. We also hosted the 2nd Developer conference, “Real Estate Renaissance 2” with special guests; Peter Apo (OHA Trustee), Daniel Cody - Chief Investment Officer (MW Group), Francisco Gutierrez -Senior Director of Development, (General Growth Properties) and Serge Krivatsy - Managing Director (Oliver McMillian). These gentlemen provided us updates on their respective developments.

To start the 3rd Quarter Sam Moku and John Russell Jr from Hawai’i Pacific University provided and in-depth look at the planned iconic revitalization of Aloha Tower by HPU which included the economic impact of the project, updates on timing and the latest renderings for this historic venue. We have plenty more planned before year end so please attend the monthly program luncheons.

Mentorship – Benefits Committees
In 2014 we introduced a Mentorship program with the goals of providing networking, career guidance and possible career path opportunities to undergraduates and veterans. Tiera Covington from ABM Onsite Services one of our Platinum sponsors and Douglas Kai from The Howard Hughes Corporation has been instrumental in assisting me with launching this program.

Also we’re happy to announce the creation of BOMA Hawai’i Benefits Committee chaired by Tiera Covington. The Benefits Committee is responsible for working with local and national businesses in providing discounts and savings to our BOMA members. Nationally we have several discounts and rebates already negotiated by BOMA International. Go to the following link for more information and those companies participating:

Also negotiated for our membership is our partnership with NPP (National Purchasing Partners), BOMA Hawaii members can receive discount pricing on business expenses, including wireless service and devices, travel, and industrial supplies. More information can be found HERE. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information on benefits and exclusive deals for our BOMA Hawai’i members.

Community Service and Flickr
Our community service program is still going strong with our Third Annual Kaka’ako Community Cleanup, held on April 19th in celebration of Earth day 2014. This year’s event focused on cleaning and sprucing up Mother Waldron Park with additional cleanup efforts extended down both Mauka and Makai sides of Pohukaina/Halekuwila Streets from Cooke Street to South Street and ending at Waterfront Plaza.

This annual event is sponsored by: The Shidler Group, Totally Against Graffiti (T.A.G.), Kaka’ako Improvement Association and Building Owners and Managers Association Hawaii (BOMA Hawai’i) with special thanks to The Howard Hughes Corporation, Professional Landscape Mgmt Inc., Armstrong Building Maintenance, ABM Onsite Services, Hawaiian Building Maintenance, Servi-Tek, Hokulani Bakery, Honolulu Police Department, Hawai’i Community Development Authority, C&C Honolulu Parks and Recreation, C&C Honolulu Storm Water Quality Division, Life 360 Network Inc. and Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland. We hope you will join us again for future community cleanup projects!!!! Also make sure to visit our Flickr page - where we have pictures from the various community events, socials, lunches and other BOMA events.

Social and Golf
In March Sandra Bollozos-Fraticelli and the social committee partnered up with Armstrong Building Maintenance to bring you BOMA Hawai’i’s first March Madness Speed Networking event. The event was held at the beautiful Café Julia and was an excellent opportunity for our building members to get better acquainted with our vendor partners and friends in a relaxing atmosphere.

In June we held the 23rd annual BOMA Golf Tournament on Friday, June 6th with some proceeds going to Special Olympics Hawai’i. The Golf Swing into summer event was held at the Hawai’i prince Golf course. This was one of our best Golf Tournament experiences and we want to thank Corinne Hiromoto and the Golf Committee for planning such a successful event. Our annual golf tournaments serve as excellent opportunities to network with our vendor partners BOMA building members and guests while having a fun day outdoors.

Also please join us for the first BOMA Hawaii Sunset Carnival scheduled for Friday August 28th at the IBM building with a stunning sunset view and Friday night Fireworks!

BOMA International Conference
This year’s 2014 BOMA - Every Building Conference & Expo was held in sunny Orlando Florida. It is the most comprehensive education conference in our industry and we had 18 BOMA Hawaii members attend. We’ve uploaded a wealth of content (provided by the education and general sessions) to the BOMA Hawaii website Click Here to view. We encourage everyone to attend next year’s conference scheduled for June and will be held in Los Angles. With Expert-led sessions that offer the opportunity to increase knowledge, build skills and continue your professional development, while addressing top issues that are vital to your success.

In closing, Please join us in supporting BOMA Hawai’i by participating and attending events and programs to include our monthly Platinum Sponsor luncheons, advocacy involvement, mentorship opportunities and other BOMA hosted events. Thank you again for this opportunity and we look forward to the challenges ahead.

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

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