With the possibility of the spread of the Coronavirus in our community, BOMA/Suburban Chicago takes very seriously our obligation to maintain safety for our members.  Due to the current orders we have postponed all in-person events until further notice.  We will continue to continue to communicate regularly through email and provide up to date, relevant educational content virtually.  We also invite you to Follow Us on LinkedIn to stay connected to the most up-to-date information.

Upcoming Events

    • September 12, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 17, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Webinars via Zoom

    New Offering for BOMA/Suburban Chicago Members!

    Looking for leadership training?

    This live virtual course on Managing the Organization will help develop your leadership skills that are important to property management.

    This RPA course will help improve organizational performance offering property management professionals the depth needed to improve business, customer service and team management skills.

    We are pleased to announce we will be offering a course that has not been offered to our membership locally for over 10 years!  

    Managing the Organization

    Location: This is a live-instructor-led virtual course.
    Date: Thursdays: September 10th, 17th, 24th, October 1st, 8th, &15th 
    Time: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
    Instructor: Karen M. Stiansen, CPM®, CCIM, MCR, RPA, FMA, LEED AP
    Cost: Members - $1,100 || Non-Members - $1,150

    Managing the Organization will prepare you to manage and lead your organization through improved communication, motivation, relationship and team building, project management, problem solving, and decision-making skills. Managers who take this course will be able to further develop their group leadership and management techniques and abilities, and analyze and improve their relationships with staff, colleagues, and owners.

    Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Understand and demonstrate what motivates staff and how to use techniques to influence staff behavior
    • Demonstrate the importance of communication and marketing and provide tools and techniques for the manager to accomplish
    • Provide a framework for organizing the various functions associated with facilities management and the rationale for organization configurations
    • Demonstrate the importance of problem-solving and provide problem-solving tools necessary for the manager to guide staff in problem-solving activities
    • Apply your learned skills and abilities to a sustainability-driven building upgrade case study 

    Key topic areas:

    management skills and tools * leadership styles and relationships * types of organizations * team building, leadership, and motivation * planning, controlling, and decision making * problem-solving techniques * project and change management * workplace safety and documentation 

    Applies to: FMA®, RPA®, SMA® designations 

    Don't wait! The deadline to register is
    Thursday, September 3, 2020

    About the Instructor:

    Karen M. Stiansen, CPM®, CCIM, MCR, RPA, FMA, LEED AP
    Vice President, Property Services

    Karen has a Master of Science degree in Organizational Effectiveness from Marymount University. She has been with Thalhimer since 2017 as a Vice President, Property Services leading the Hampton Roads Market, Hamptons Road, VA. Karen has 25 years of experience managing office, industrial, and retail properties as well as corporate real estate functions. Karen has been an active member for The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) serving on the Student/Academic Outreach advisory board and is a national instructor for BOMI International as well as an instructor for Apartment and Owner's Management Association (AOBA) in Washington, DC. Her education and experience with her desire to provide the highest level of property management services help to add value to properties managed by Karen.

    Register Today! 

    To register for Managing the Organization, please complete and return the registration form to BOMA/Suburban Chicago. 

    Email to: 
    Barb Turbett at

    Mail to: 
    BOMA/Suburban Chicago
    1515 E. Woodfield Rd., Suite 110
    Schaumburg, IL 60173

    Fax to: 

    • September 29, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar via Zoom

    On September 29th at 11am, join the Emerging Leaders SIG for CONNECT - covering topics like: networking, tenant experiences, professional development, and fostering community, presented by Robyn Scott of The Larapyn Group.

    Registration info coming soon!

    • October 02, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 30, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Webinars via Zoom

    We know that professional development is important to our members and we are committed to continuing to provide valuable education to all members.  That is why we are excited to offer our annual "Foundations of Real Estate Management" course as a 100% virtual course this Fall.

    What is Foundations of Real Estate Management? 

    In conjunction with BOMA International, we offer you the popular Foundations of Real Estate Management course. This course is perfect for all experience levels. Experienced and seasoned professionals will cover the fundamentals of commercial real estate administration, management, building systems, accounting and reporting, and contract management. Quality instructors, peer networking, and a comprehensive course manual are all included in this five week course.

    Who should attend? 

    Covering a wide range of content, which benefits all experience levels, Foundations of Real Estate Management: 

    • is ideal to reinforce on-the-job training for assistant property managers
    • provides experience for administrative assistants and students considering a career in commercial real estate. 
    • fills training gaps and provides important management and operations updates for experienced professionals
    • benefits vendors and building engineers by providing an understanding of the basics of real estate management

    Foundations Curriculum
    Module 1: Real Estate Administration
    Module 2: The Well-Versed Real Estate Manager
    Module 3: Building Operations I
    Module 4: Building Operations II
    Module 5: Putting It All Together
    Module 6: Other Property Types

     CLICK HERE to download the registration form

    • October 08, 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Cantigny Golf Club, 27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton, 60189

    Brought to you by the Golf Committee

    2020 Golf Outing

    The 2020 BOMA/Suburban Chicago Golf Outing will take place on Thursday, October 8th at the Cantigny Golf Course in Wheaton

    Golf invitations will be issued later this summer.  Please watch your email and Connections for more information. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Linda Hallberg at

    Safety Guidelines

    The Golf Committee is working closely with the staff at Cantigny to ensure safety guidelines are followed. Our golfers will be divided into groups of 50 to enjoy lunch and begin their day of golf. Unfortunately, we cannot enjoy dinner together this time. However, the committee is looking at ways to close out the event.

    Golf Outing Prices

    Golf Foursome - $900
    Golf Foursome with morning golf - $1,260

    Individual Golfers
    Individual Golfer - $225
    Individual Golfer with morning golf - $315

    More Reasons to Attend

    You won't want to miss out on this fun event that sells out every year! You could win big. 


    Also, contests will be held for the Longest Drive, Longest Putt, Closest to the Pin, the Putting Maze, and Hole-in-One. 


    The Golf Committee will not be selling raffle chances this year. However, the committee is committed to supporting the Scholarship Fund. Therefore, a portion of each foursome fee will be donated directly to the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Scholarship Fund. Thank you for supporting members who are seeking professional development in our industry.

    Schedule of Events

    Please note:  Golfers will be separated in groups of 50 to check-in and enjoy lunch.  Feel free to bring a folding chair to enjoy lunch with your foursome. There will be indoor locations should we experience inclement weather. More information will be provided to registered golf foursomes.

    10:30 a.m. Registration Begins
    Driving Range Opens
    Craft Brew/Putting Contest Opens
    11:30 a.m. Lunch
    1:00 p.m. Golf
    4:00 p.m. Golf Ends - "Night Cap" located in separate locations
    5:00 p.m.  Event Concludes

    Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors!

    Event Sponsor
    Painters USA, Inc. 

    Gold Sponsors
    Active Roofing Company, Inc.
    Tovar Snow Professionals

    Silver Sponsors
    Everest Snow Management, Inc.
    Stried Painting, Inc.

    Additional Sponsors
    Longest Drive Sponsors
    Allegiant Fire Protection LLC
    Moore Landscapes, LLC

    Longest Putt Sponsors
    Bluestem Ecological Services
    Valley Fire Protection Services, LLC Plumbing Services

    Luncheon Sponsors
    ARCO/Murray National Construction Company, Inc.
    NIR Roof Care, Inc.

    Bar Sponsors
    McNelly Services, Inc.
    Professional Paving & Concrete Co., Inc.

    Hole-in-One Sponsors
    Alliance Disaster Kleenup
    Hard Surface Solutions, Inc.
    Tovar Snow Professionals
    Weathershield, LLC

    Diving Range Sponsor
    Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration, LLC

    Craft Brew/Putting Contest
    CenterPoint Properties

    Hole Sponsors
    Automated Logic
    BrightView Landscape Services
    CSR Roofing Contractors, Inc.
    Everest Snow Management, Inc.
    G3 Construction Group, Inc.
    Kroeschell Service, Inc.
    Landscape Concepts Management
    Parvin-Clauss Sign Co.
    HOH Water Technology, Inc.

    Starter Station Sponsor
    Urban Elevator Service LLC

    Course Refreshment Sponsors
    Balanced Environments, Inc.
    Harvard Maintenance, Inc.
    Victor Construction Co., Inc.

    Photography Sponsor
    Clarion Construction, Inc.
    Everest Snow Management, Inc.

    Great Weather Sponsor
    J.C. Restoration, Inc.

    Mai Tai Bar Sponsor
    Gasaway Maintenance Company

    Bloody Mary Bar Sponsor
    Perfection Property Restoration

    • October 13, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar via Zoom

    On October 13th at 11am, join the Developing Leaders SIG as they hear from Denise Thomas of The Effective Communication Coach on how to PRESENT like a Rock Star, covering topics like: technology, preparedness, confidence, interactive tools, and using a moderator.

    Registration info coming soon!

    • October 27, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar via Zoom

    On October 27th at 11am join the Emerging Leaders SIG as they learn how to LEAD with Peggy Newquist of Constructing Opportunities. Peggy will share on topics like: virtual teamwork, communication, making yourself heard and opportunities for

    Registration info coming soon!

Past events

September 24, 2020 September Members Lunch
April 25, 2020 Law and Risk Management
April 09, 2020 Fundamentals of Facilities Management
April 01, 2020 April Engineers Lunch: Water Treatment - Preventing Legionella & Preparing Your Building for the Summer
April 01, 2020 Free 15 Min. Webinar: What is Force Majeure?
March 19, 2020 March Members Lunch: CRE and Artificial Intelligence
March 07, 2020 Design Operation II
March 06, 2020 Commercial Leasing 101 Boot Camp
February 20, 2020 2020 EXPO
February 05, 2020 February Engineers Lunch: FPB/VAV Operations and Maintenance
January 23, 2020 Budgeting & Accounting
January 23, 2020 2020 Emerging Leaders Winter Program: Steps to Success
January 16, 2020 January Members Lunch: Paul Lisnek Talks Politics
December 04, 2019 Holiday & Awards Lunch
November 21, 2019 November Members Lunch
November 06, 2019 Sales Training Series: Closing Techniques
October 15, 2019 Real Estate Healthcare Symposium
October 04, 2019 Foundations of Real Estate Management
October 02, 2019 Engineers Lunch: Energy Savings & Management
October 01, 2019 TOBY Judge Orientation
September 19, 2019 September Members Lunch: BOMA Fashion Show
September 13, 2019 5th Annual Industrial Summit: Cannabis is Coming
September 10, 2019 Leasing and Marketing for Property Managers
September 05, 2019 Emergency Preparedness Advanced First Aid/CPR Training
August 16, 2019 2019 Day at the Races
August 08, 2019 Managing Industrial Properties
August 07, 2019 Engineers Lunch: Real Estate Budgeting 101
July 30, 2019 Sales Training Series: Closing Techniques - CLASS RESCHEDULED
July 17, 2019 BOMA 360 Workshop
July 11, 2019 July Members Lunch: Workplace Personalities
June 26, 2019 Property Assistants Lunch (PAL): Snow Management Basics
June 18, 2019 Sales Training Series: Negotiation Techniques
June 13, 2019 Industrial/Emerging Leaders Topgolf Event
June 12, 2019 Certificate of Insurance Training Course
June 05, 2019 Engineers Lunch: Education & Training
June 05, 2019 Assessing Commercial Real Estate Taxes - Cook County
May 23, 2019 2019 Golf Outing
May 16, 2019 May Members Lunch
May 09, 2019 Healthcare Real Estate Tour - Rush Medical Center Oak Brook
May 03, 2019 Emerging Leaders Volunteer Project for The Harbour
May 03, 2019 Ethics is Good Business
May 01, 2019 2020 TOBY Awards Q&A Workshop
April 30, 2019 Sales Training Series: Questioning Techniques
April 23, 2019 2019 Associates Spring Breakfast
April 17, 2019 Asset Management: Lease Analysis, Valuation, Negotiation, and Approval
April 03, 2019 Engineers and PAL Lunch: Parking Lot 101
March 27, 2019 Assessing Commercial Real Estate Taxes
March 21, 2019 March Members Lunch: Village of Hoffman Estates Shares Area Development Strategies
March 14, 2019 2019 Spring Industrial Program: In Through The Out Door
March 07, 2019 Real Estate Investment and Finance
February 21, 2019 2019 EXPO
February 06, 2019 2019 Charity Bowling Event
February 06, 2019 Engineers Lunch: Indoor Air Quality
February 02, 2019 The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I
January 24, 2019 January Members Lunch: WGN's Paul Lisnek Talk Politics
January 23, 2019 Pre-EXPO Exhibitors Meeting
January 10, 2019 Emerging Leaders Winter Program: Typewriters to Twitter
December 05, 2018 2018 Holiday & Awards Lunch
November 29, 2018 Leadership Education Series: Building Winning Relationships
November 28, 2018 Creating Engaging and Successful Exhibiting Experiences
November 15, 2018 November Members Lunch: BOMA Members Share Lessons Learned
October 31, 2018 Property Assistants Lunch (PAL): Implementation of Building Capital Projects
October 23, 2018 2018 Real Estate Healthcare Symposium
October 18, 2018 BOMA 360 Workshop
October 17, 2018 Associates Fall Meeting: Time Management
October 05, 2018 Foundations of Real Estate Management (BOMA International)
October 03, 2018 Engineers Lunch: Building Facades
September 27, 2018 4th Annual Fall Industrial Summit
September 20, 2018 September Members Lunch
September 06, 2018 Budgeting and Accounting (BOMI)
September 06, 2018 Emergency Preparedness Facility Tour of Homeland Security Training Institute
August 29, 2018 Property Assistants Lunch (PAL): Plants for a Healthy Work Space
August 23, 2018 Leadership Education Series: HR Boot Camp
August 17, 2018 Day at the Races
August 01, 2018 Engineers Lunch: Fire Alarm Panel Change Outs
July 25, 2018 Industrial/Emerging Leaders Topgolf Event
July 25, 2018 Advocacy Visit with State Representative Peter Breen
July 19, 2018 July Members Lunch: Featuring Chicago Bear Desmond Clark
July 17, 2018 2019 TOBY Awards Q&A Workshop
June 27, 2018 Property Assistants Lunch (PAL)
June 20, 2018 Advocacy Visit with State Senator Michael Connelly
June 14, 2018 Certificate of Insurance Training Course
June 06, 2018 Advocacy 101 Lunch and Learn
June 06, 2018 Engineers Lunch: Control Your Building's Energy Use
May 24, 2018 2018 Golf Outing
May 17, 2018 May Members Lunch: Leadership Tips from the Top
May 03, 2018 Professional Headshots
April 26, 2018 Leadership Education Series: Emotional Intelligence
April 25, 2018 Property Assistants Lunch (PAL): Energy Savings Programs
April 19, 2018 Associates Spring Breakfast: Best Bang for Your BOMA Buck
April 07, 2018 Law and Risk Management (BOMI)
April 04, 2018 Engineers Lunch: OSHA Fall Protection
March 15, 2018 March Members Lunch: Cybersecurity
March 08, 2018 Industrial Building Tour: Mount Prospect Ice Arena
February 28, 2018 Property Assistants Lunch (PAL): Painting in Commercial Settings
February 22, 2018 2018 EXPO
February 07, 2018 2018 Charity Bowling Event
February 07, 2018 Engineers Lunch: Diagnosing Roof Leaks
February 03, 2018 The Design, Operation and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II (BOMI)
January 25, 2018 Leadership Education Series: Identify, Coach, and Become Ideal Team Players
January 18, 2018 January Members Lunch: Creating Service Magic
January 11, 2018 Developing Leaders Winter Program: Extreme Situations
January 01, 2018 New Year's Holiday - BOMA Office Closed
December 25, 2017 Winter Holiday - BOMA Office Closed
December 06, 2017 Holiday & Awards Lunch
November 23, 2017 Thanksgiving Holiday - BOMA Office Closed
November 16, 2017 November Members Lunch & Annual Meeting: Featuring WTTW's Geoffrey Baer
October 28, 2017 Environmental Health and Safety Issues
October 26, 2017 MOB Fall Symposium: The Evolving Medical Office Building
October 25, 2017 Property Assistants Lunch (PAL): Soliciting HVAC Bids
October 18, 2017 Associates Fall Meeting: Innovative Technology
October 06, 2017 Foundations of Real Estate Management
October 05, 2017 Industrial Fall Summit: Shaping Supply Chain/How it Affects us Locally
October 04, 2017 Engineers Lunch: Life Safety Generators
September 29, 2017 BOMA/Red Cross Blood Drive
September 27, 2017 Developing Leaders Fall Program: Difficult Conversations
September 21, 2017 September Members Lunch: Work Space Office Trends
September 14, 2017 Emergency Preparedness Interactive Exercise and Breakfast
September 07, 2017 Real Estate Investment & Finance
September 04, 2017 Labor Day Holiday - BOMA Office Closed
August 30, 2017 Property Assistants Lunch (PAL): Domestic Violence in the Workplace
August 11, 2017 Day at the Races
August 02, 2017 Engineers Lunch: Energy Management Strategies
July 20, 2017 July Members Lunch: Generations at Work and Why We Collide
July 18, 2017 2018 TOBY Awards Q&A Workshop
July 03, 2017 July 4th Holiday - BOMA Office Closed
June 28, 2017 Property Assistants Lunch (PAL): Benefits and Maintenance of Irrigation Systems
June 13, 2017 Medical Office Building Lake Forest Hospital Tour
June 07, 2017 Engineers Lunch: Electrical Troubleshooting
June 06, 2017 Industrial Committee: J.C. Restoration Facility Tour
May 25, 2017 2017 Golf Outing
May 19, 2017 Ethics is Good Business® ShortCourse™
May 18, 2017 May Members Lunch: Energy Efficiency Panel
February 23, 2017 Office & Commercial Real Estate EXPO
February 04, 2017 The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part 1
January 31, 2017 2017 Charity Bowling
January 19, 2017 January Members Lunch on Personal Branding & Social Networking
December 06, 2016 Annual Holiday & Awards Lunch
November 17, 2016 November Member Lunch

BOMA/Suburban Chicago
1515 E. Woodfield Rd, Suite 110
Schaumburg IL 60173

Phone: (847) 995-0970
Fax: (847) 995-0971


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