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BOMA Greater Phoenix names young professionals’ leadership

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 4, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

 PHOENIX, ARIZ. (February 6, 2018) — BOMA Greater Phoenix, the industry group that advances the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence, and knowledge, named Daniel Mazzon and Jessica Allen as chair and vice chair of its Young Professionals Group for 2018.


     Mazzon, Sales Marketing Manager for Allied Universal Janitorial Services, has been a BOMA member since 2016 and will serve as YPG chair this year. Allen, a member of BOMA since 2014, is a property manager with Lincoln Property Company. She manages Luhrs City Center in Downtown Phoenix.


     “Our goal in 2018 is to create original concepts that benefit both sides of the business,” Mazzon said. “We will achieve this through quarterly events that appeal to professionals of all levels in the commercial real estate community.”


    The first BOMA and YPG community impact event of 2018 is this Saturday (Feb. 10) in conjunction with the nonprofit group Rekindle. “Second Chance Saturday” begins at 1:45 p.m. at 76 S. 12thAve. in Downtown Phoenix.


    “We’re encouraging attendees to bring cases of water, clothes, beverages, backpacks, and supplies to hand out to the homeless,” Allen said. “2018 will be a big year for community impact, building relationships, and business growth.”


    YPG’s 2018 events include BOMA Battle of the Buildings; BOMA Bidding Wars; BOMA Battle of the Bands; Young Professionals Summer Splash; and Young Professionals are coming to town Toy Drive during the holiday season.


    Rekindle invites the public to the homeless shelter the second Saturday of each month to volunteer. It’s an opportunity for other local groups and individuals to team up BOMA to host their own table at the homeless shelter.


    “We bring our own tables and set up our own services,” Allen said. “One table will have backpacks/bags, the next one will have socks, the next one washcloths. We get donations of food as well as ice cold beverages, popsicles, a massage booth, and haircut station. The idea is to get people clothed, looking good and feeling good and bring kindness to the world.”

Trick the Trash, a street clean-up in Downtown Phoenix, was one of the volunteer events in 2017 by the BOMA Greater Phoenix Young Professionals Group.  

Jessica Allen

Daniel Mazzon

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Property management industry leader Karen Piper receives BOMA Greater Phoenix Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted By administrator , Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

 PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Dec. 18, 2017) — Karen Piper, an industry leader in property management for more than 30 years, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by BOMA Greater Phoenix at its Holiday and Awards Celebration held at the Arizona Biltmore.

     Piper’s career includes positions at LBA Realty as a Senior Property Manager and Cushman & Wakefield as Executive Director, Client Solutions – Facilities and Property Management.

     “BOMA has been so good to me,” Piper said. “It’s been a foundation for me for 32 years and has been a vital part of my career. I have a great appreciation for what an organization like this can be and do for those in the industry.”

      While at LBA, Piper oversaw a Phoenix portfolio of 4.7 million square feet of industrial and Class A office space. She spent 16 years at Cushman & Wakefield, including seven years in Asia Pacific establishing the C&W Property and Facilities Management Service line in nine countries, including China.

     “Karen Piper is truly a jewel in our industry, and I am grateful for my association with her. She has been a mentor and a source of wisdom as we served together,” said Darwyn Harp, General Property Manager with Hines, who took the gavel as BOMA Greater Phoenix President for 2018.

     “I truly appreciate her willingness to share the benefit of her experience with anyone who would seek her counsel. I am better for having the privilege of knowing her, and the honor from BOMA is certainly well deserved,” Harp said.

     Member and sustainability awards presented at the event:

  • Property Manager of the Year: Robert Vincent III, Cordia Capital Management;
  • Building Engineer of the Year: Robert Bonilla, Hines;
  • Allied Partner of the Year: Bella Barker, Ace Building Maintenance;
  • Committee Member of the Year: Barker;
  • Committee Chair of the Year: Melissa Scott, Sunbelt Holdings;
  • Service to the Profession: Jayme Bartholomew, Development Services of America;
  • Civic Excellence Award: Bartholomew;
  • Helping Hand Award: Tyrel Williams, Breinholt Insurance Group;
  • Ougha-Chucka Award: Daniel Mazzon, Allied Universal Services;
  • Young Professional of the Year: Mazzon;
  • Kilowatt Krackdown: 3200 Central, CBRE; Portales Corporate Center II, Forum Capital; USAA, USAA Real Estate Services; Leave-Behind Plaque, 3200 Central;
  • Stop Drops: 2355 Camelback Center, Cushman & Wakefield; Biltmore Center II, ViaWest Group; Paradise Valley Office Park, Lincoln Property Company;
  • Golden Dumpster: Biltmore Center, ViaWest Group; Terra Verde, Wentworth Property Company.

Karen Piper (right) receives the BOMA Greater Phoenix Lifetime Achievement Award from outgoing BOMA President Maricela Nunez of LBA Realty at the group’s holiday and awards celebration at the Arizona Biltmore. (Photo courtesy of Roger Ottaway)

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BOMA Greater Phoenix elects new officers, board for 2018

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 2, 2018


     Phoenix, Ariz. (Nov. 16, 2017) — BOMA Greater Phoenix, the industry group that advances the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence, and knowledge, elected its 2018 officers and board members via electronic vote of its membership.

     Darwyn Harp, General Property Manager with Hines, was elected President. He is joined by Vice President Robert Vincent, Cordia Capital Management; Treasurer Jayme Bartholomew, Development Services of America; and Allied Chair Tim Barber, Maintenance Mart.

     “I am honored and humbled to have been elected as BOMA Greater Phoenix’s next President,” Harp said. “BOMA has vibrant energy, and I want to capitalize on it. My goal is to reach out to prospective members and share our story of the great work BOMA has accomplished and will continue to do.

     “With a focus on public policy advocacy, networking, and education, I renew my desire to make BOMA’s name synonymous with excellence in commercial real estate and be the go-to entity for building owners and managers,” Harp said.

     Board members for 2018: Colleen Leblanc, ATI Restoration; Gina Rouban, Edge Building Services; Michael Chadwick, ViaWest Group; Julie Martens, CBRE; Melissa Scott, Sunbelt Holdings; Maricela Nunez, LBA Realty; Nate Williams, ProServ; Toni Covington, ABM; Chris Vetter, Transcend Security; and Bruce Coomer, Dircks Moving & Logistics.

      BOMA Greater Phoenix wrapped up the year on Nov. 3 by hosting The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards. Each year the TOBYs recognize outstanding performance in buildings and reward excellence in building management.


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Property tax break fight finds some common ground

Posted By administrator , Wednesday, May 2, 2018

By Mike Sunnucks – Senior Reporter, Phoenix Business Journal

         The Arizona House of Representatives approved 58-0 a bill adding some new reforms to property tax breaks that cities offer to developers and businesses.

          House Bill 2126 ended up being a compromise measure between fiscal conservatives, real estate groups and cities over Government Property Lease Excise Taxes. or GPLETs.

          GPLETs involve city governments owning land but leasing it to private developers and businesses who then pay lower property taxes than if they owned it outright.

          Cities and real estate interests argue GPLETs are a key economic development tool especially since Arizona doesn't have tax increment financing.

          Critics counter GPLETs are unfair because they offer special and lower tax treatment to certain developers and businesses, but not those who own private property.


          HB 2126 centers on GPLETs and downtown and redevelopment areas that cities can designate as qualifying for the areas where the property tax break can be used.


         Going forward cities can only designate 2.5 percent of their total land, or 960 acres, as a central business district. The bill does allow existing designations by Mesa and Tempe to be grandfathered.


         "We applaud the consensus pivot to looking at CBD lines and view that as a win-win for all involved where the cities have agreed to go to a 2.5 percent limit of their land mass for the area where the eight-year abatement tool can be utilized in the future," said Tim Lawless, executive director of the BOMA Greater Phoenix commercial real estate group.


         Lawless — is also is president of Commercial Real Estate Executives for Economic Development (CREED) — credited bill sponsor State Rep. Vince Leach, as well as representatives for cities, other real estate groups and the Arizona Tax Research Association for reaching a deal.


         In addition, Lawless credited Nick Wood, a prominent land-use attorney at Phoenix law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP, with helping craft a compromise measure.


        Wood also liked the common-ground result.


        “We have successfully negotiated a compromise with respect to the proposed GPLET bill,” Wood said of the measure which now heads to the Arizona Senate.


         Leach and the state Legislature passed some changes to GPLET tax breaks last year but came back again after conservatives voiced concerns about how some cities were drawing downtown and redevelopment zone lines to qualify for the tax status.

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What is the impact of BOMA standard measurement changes?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Most office tenants that have signed a commercial lease have probably heard of the Building Owners and Managers Association or “BOMA.” BOMA is an international organization founded in 1907, with members comprised of varied real estate professionals that range from property developers to corporate facilities managers. This association provides multiple services and resources for its members that include information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building expenses and operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends. It is important to note that as an organization of property developers and managers, BOMA does not advocate for tenants.

One of BOMA’s most significant roles is to provide guidelines or standards on how a commercial office building or specific suite should be measured. Most office leases on the West Coast reference BOMA measurement standards within the lease language as a standard for measurements.

In October 2017, BOMA released its latest revision of the BOMA Office Standard, a guide for measuring rentable square feet for both existing and new office buildings. 

BOMA’s measurement standards continuously change, naturally in favor of the landlord. Many landlords are beginning to use “Modified BOMA” measurements specifications in an effort to allocate building common areas to specific suites because of design inefficiencies. These standards are important because they define the way landlords can pass on the operating costs of the common areas to the tenants.

“The BOMA 2017 Office Standard has two significant changes that negatively impact the tenant. These changes involve the inclusion of major vertical penetrations, private balconies, covered galleries, and rooftop terraces into the usable space calculation,” said Bryan Geisbauer, senior vice president and partner with Kidder Mathews’ San Diego office. “While these changes will have a negative impact on some tenants, the new standard does allow for the allocation of common area amenities, such as conference rooms and loading docks, to a specific tenant or group of tenants, rather than making such areas available to an entire floor or to the entire building. The change specifies a more detailed level of use and will ensure tenants are not paying for space within the building they do not directly benefit from,” he said.

“There is an increased call for well amenitized spaces in today’s marketplace, private balconies, covered galleries, and rooftop terraces are in high demand. Landlords can now attempt to include these areas in gross rentable space calculations and realize income from them, whereas they had previously been viewed as an amenity to the space,” said Bo Sederstrom, senior vice president with Kidder Mathews’ Phoenix office. “Tenants who currently have these types of spaces should pay particular attention to the BOMA language at the time of a lease renewal as landlords may attempt to insert the new BOMA standard into the lease documents. Don’t accept the landlord’s “it’s market” or “it’s standard” argument; while it may be a measurement standard, well-represented tenants are pushing back,” he said.

Spaces in the common areas of a building such as elevator shafts and stairwells are referred to as “vertical penetrations.” In the previous BOMA Standard, vertical service areas such as a pipe or mechanical shaft were included in the rentable area calculation, but vertical circulation areas such as stairwells and elevator shafts were not. The new 2017 standard allows for ground floor elevator shafts on lower levels to be added to the rentable square footage of the building, with the reasoning that the lowest level is a public space and should be rented.

“It is common practice for an owner to re-measure an office building, and it typically happens before the sale of a property, after an acquisition of a property, or while repositioning a building or project within the market. It’s rare that a building gets smaller; they typically or “magically” tend to grow. Although the physical structure of the building remains the same, measurement standards have created new ways for landlords to increase the income associated with a property,” said Geisbauer. “While landlords might choose to adopt these revised 2017 standards, they are not obligated to. As such, it’s important to understand the differences between the 1996, 2010 or 2017 standards, and which BOMA standard the landlord is attempting to use in a lease,” he said.

A well-represented tenant in today’s marketplace will reserve the right to facilitate an independent measurement of the space before a lease is signed. This allows the tenant to confirm that the space measurement being utilized in the lease document is consistent with the actual measurement of the space. Additionally, the lease form being utilized should not allow the landlord to re-measure the space during the lease term. 

“BOMA is a landlord friendly, non-tenant advocacy organization and its mission is to make its members more profitable. Tenants need to understand this when negotiating and renewing their leases,” said Sederstrom. 

To learn more about the new BOMA 2017 Office Standard, see The BOMA 2017 Office Standard Fact Sheet.


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BOMA Greater Phoenix Rallies Behind Prop. 301 Extension

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PHOENIX, ARIZ. (March 29, 2018) — BOMA Greater Phoenix, which advances commercial real estate through advocacy, influence, and knowledge, was one of two industry groups to register in favor of a Prop. 301 extension of the 0.6 cent state sales tax (TPT) to continue putting more money into Arizona classrooms.


The Arizona Legislature last week passed and sent to Gov. Doug Ducey the Prop. 301 extension that funds K-12 education in Arizona by approximately $600 million per year.


The vote on SB1390 was 53-6 in the House and 26-4 in Senate and was passed in one day. The only significant tweak to existing law is it redirected $64.1 million that was for capital bonding to have that money also go into the classroom (Classroom Site Fund).


“While there were a myriad of groups and individuals that supported this bill including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Tax Research Association, BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) and CREED (Commercial Real-estate Executives for Economic Development) were the only two commercial real estate groups to register in favor,” said BOMA Greater Phoenix Executive Director Tim Lawless.


The passage was as a legislative bill rather than a referral to the ballot. The Legislature now retains control to make tweaks to the funding buckets on a moving-forward basis. If it had been passed by voters, it would have been Prop. 105 protected, which would require supermajorities to amend or further the intent.


“The reason this was wise to support is we are now on official record in support of K-12 education and the expenditure of new resources,” Lawless said. “This will give us credibility and a seat at the table when the discussion now moves to funding sources and an additional $400 million per year that the education lobby will seek by the 2020 ballot.


“While we would not prefer this new funding to be a new statewide property tax, we need to be flexible should this be put on the table so we can pursue greater property tax fairness and equity for all businesses that pay as much into supporting K-12 as everyone else,” Lawless said.


About BOMA


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA 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 the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. BOMA Greater Phoenix has been federated with BOMA International since 1940. Find BOMA International online at

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