The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Suburban Chicago held their annual Holiday & Awards Lunch on December 6 at Carlisle Banquets in Lombard. The event included award announcements, recognition, and networking. During the event, the announcement of the Member, Associate, Engineer, and Developing Leader of the Year Awards took place. In addition, the recipient of the very first Lifetime Achievement Award was honored at the lunch.
BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s MEMBER OF THE YEAR is Chris Wilimitis, LEED AP, General Manager, JLL. Chris has been an active member of BOMA for close to 10 years and attends events and programs regularly. As the Secretary-Treasurer on BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s Board of Directors, he has taken a leading role in shaping the financial plan for the organization to ensure future success. He also serves on the Executive and Finance Committees and encourages others’ involvement in BOMA. He also shares his insight and knowledge as a mentor through BOMA’s mentorship program. Pictured with Chris is the 2013 winner, Suzanne Boryscka, RPA, Lincoln Property Company.
BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE YEAR is Elizabeth Schuttler, of Victor Construction Co., Inc. Upon joining BOMA, Elizabeth quickly joined the Trade Show Committee and the Day at the Races Task Force, where she is still serving. She not only helps plan those two events, but actively participates in them, ensuring their success. She has exhibited commitment to BOMA and is always working to strengthen the organization. She attends many BOMA events and encourages others to attend as well. She is always supportive and her integrity, friendliness, and business sense shine through. She even finds time to volunteer in the community. Presenting the award to Elizabeth is the 2016 winner, Andy Murray, Wild Goose Chase, Inc.—Canine Detection & Inspection Services, LLC.
BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s ENGINEER OF THE YEAR is Dan Riley, LEED GA, SMT, SMA, Building Engineer for Millbrook Properties at 5215 Old Orchard Road in Skokie. Dan regularly attends BOMA Engineers education programs as well as other training opportunities. He was a key team member who helped his building win two TOBY Awards in the last five years. He has successfully led numerous projects, many involving energy savings measures, including one in particular which resulted in energy savings of 229,000 kWh/yr. He regularly checks on the status of his building from home and has even stayed overnight in a nearby hotel to ensure there are no problems in extreme weather conditions. Dan is pictured, left, with the 2013 winner, Rick Barnett, Director of Engineering, Millbrook Properties.
BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s DEVELOPING LEADER OF THE YEAR is Lindy Schrik, LEED AP, of JLL. Lindy has demonstrated excellent leadership throughout the events and initiatives of the Developing Leaders Shared Interest Group. As the chair of this group, she has excelled in encouraging all of the group’s members to contribute, volunteer, and take on a role. Her ultimate goal is to further the Developing Leaders Group and assist BOMA as an association to succeed. In addition, Lindy gives a lot of her personal time to volunteer to help those less fortunate through initiatives made available by BOMA and outside in the community. Lindy is pictured with 2016 winner, Dan Flores, LEED AP, Atomatic Mechanical Services.
BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s very first recipient of the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is Bruce Church, President/CEO of Balanced Environments, Inc. and Hard Surface Solutions, Inc. Bruce was involved in the very early days of BOMA, having been a member for over 30 years. Due to his focus and commitment, he helped create and make BOMA/Suburban Chicago what it is today. He has built long-lasting professional and personal relationships throughout the association and has always been a constant supporter of BOMA. He has served on various panels and committees, including years on the Membership Committee. As part of that committee, he initiated a mentoring plan to help new members learn about the association. He is dedicated to creating the perfect working relationship with his clients and always operates with absolute professionalism. Presenting the award is BOMA/Suburban Chicago President Jen Sweeney, Millbrook Properties.