News & Announcements

  • November 22, 2017 2:30 PM | Heather Woods (Administrator)

    It is through your generosity that we are able to provide the quality service, education, and networking activities that keep our members coming back to BOMA. This year, we are again offering you an opportunity to become more than just a sponsor, to "partner" with us for continued success. 

    Raise your Sponsorship to a Partnership in 2018 to...

    • increase your visibility and strengthen your company's image in the marketplace.
    • take a step toward new, stronger relationships.
    • provide more flexibility in your budgeting process. 
    • better utilize your marketing dollars. 
    • help to provide services and opportunities to BOMA members otherwise not available. 

    Partnerships Available:

    • Platinum Partner - $10,000 
      • Platinum Partner receives $7,500 in sponsorship opportunities
    • Gold Partner - $7,500 
      • Gold Partners receive $5,000 in sponsorship opportunities
    • Silver Partner - $5,000 
      • Silver Partners receive $3,000 in sponsorship opportunities 
    If interested in becoming a 2018 Partner, complete the sign up sheet and return to Linda Hallberg before Wednesday, December 20. Credit card payments may be made via phone at 847.995.0970 or by fax at 847.995.0971 to ensure your security.  

    Partners Get Sponsorship Opportunities First

    Partners get their first choice of sponsorship opportunities for different BOMA events throughout the year before any other Associate member. Be the first to decide where your sponsorship dollars are going and choose the events that you know will give you the biggest ROI. 

    Choose from high-profile events like Charity Bowling, Day at the Races, and the Golf Outing, or secure your sponsorship for a more intimate setting at events like the Property Assistants Lunch (PAL) or the Engineers Lunch. Either way, you'll be sure to get recognition for your company and put your marketing dollars to good use. 
  • November 02, 2017 2:06 PM | Heather Woods (Administrator)

    The Developing Leaders Shared Interest Group is excited to bring back its Mentorship Program for the second year to provide the opportunity for BOMA/Suburban Chicago members to forge long-lasting professional relationships:

    • Mentees will have the opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the real estate industry from an experienced, well-rounded professional.
    • Mentors will be available to provide professional advice and guidance in an effort to assist the Mentee's success in the real estate industry.

    Mentors and Mentees will commit to a term of one calendar year, with a minimum of 6 meetings per year - at least 4 of which will be in person. 

    Download the Mentorship Application Packet for additional program information. We encourage you to also share this information with your team! 


    If you are interested in becoming a MENTEE, please submit your completed application to Barb Turbett. 

    If you are interested in becoming a MENTOR, please email Barb Turbett and a member of the Developing Leaders group will follow-up with you. 

    The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. Spaces are limited. 

    If you have been selected to participate in the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Mentorship Program, we will notify you of your pairing in January 2018.
  • November 02, 2017 2:00 PM | Heather Woods (Administrator)

    This year's BOMA/Suburban Chicago Holiday & Awards Lunch will be at The Carlisle in Lombard on Wednesday, December 6. We will again be putting together Holiday Gift Bags for our members and their guests. You are invited to participate by providing us with enough gift items to fill 300 gift bags. These items can be as simple as pens, candies or ornaments, or as elaborate as your imagination and budget allow. Each item should have your company imprint or a label or business card attached. Associate Members will receive a participation point for 2018 when contributing items for the gift bag! 

    Don't have 300 of all the same item? That's okay; you can mix and match two or three different items. For example, you could contribute 200 notepads and 100 pens or 100 key chains, 100 pens, and 100 hand sanitizers. You probably already have these items in inventory, why not share them with other BOMA members and gain company recognition at the same time? 

    All gift items must be received in the BOMA/Suburban Chicago office no later than Monday, November 20. Items will not be accepted on the day of the Holiday Lunch.

    The Holiday Lunch is a very special year-end event. We recognize our members of the year, as well as spend time with old and new BOMA friends. Should you have any questions, please call the BOMA Office at 847.995.0970.

    Event sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. Contact Linda Hallberg if interested in contributing to the gift bags and/or sponsoring the event.

  • October 19, 2017 12:19 PM | Heather Woods (Administrator)

    Please note that BOMA/Suburban Chicago staff members have received emails and text messages from an individual pretending to be BOMA Executive Director Michael Mulcrone. If you receive a similar message asking for your personal information, please do not respond, delete the message, and block the sender if possible. Feel free to contact our office at 847.995.0970 with any questions you may have.  

  • October 13, 2017 10:42 AM | Heather Woods (Administrator)

    JOIN NOW! And receive up to 15 months of membership for the price of 12! 

    We Invite Property Managers to be part of BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s Engaged Member Community! Members of BOMA/Suburban Chicago know that BOMA membership is vital to their success and provides valuable solutions, training, support, and industry connections. 

    BOMA/Suburban Membership Offers You:

    • Educational Opportunities
    • Industry information for commercial, medical office, and industrial buildings
    • Programs and seminars on important issues and topics
    • Exclusive members-only content and resources
    • Professional development
    • Networking opportunities
    • Resources on relevant topics of the commercial real estate industry
    • Member recognition and benchmarking information
    • Exclusive membership rebates and discounts

    Learn more about the benefits of BOMA membership with this informational flyer as NOW is the time to join - if you join for 2018, you will receive the remaining months of 2017 for FREE! Offer valid now through December 31, 2017.

    For more information, contact Linda Hallberg at

  • October 10, 2017 8:34 AM | Heather Woods (Administrator)


    Schaumburg, October 10, 2017.  In the fall of 2014, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner announced his fiscal plan which included a proposal to eliminate the Illinois sales tax exemption for up to 32 professional and business services. Since his announced plans, the idea to expand the sales tax base floated around the State Capitol as an option to help close the looming budget deficient that was to occur after the 2011 temporary income tax increase expired at the end of 2014.

    Fast forward to the Spring of 2017, after a nearly two-year long budget stalemate, the idea received renewed attention after Governor Rauner reaffirmed his interest in expanding the sales tax base in his 2017 budget address. Shortly after the budget address, the Senate began working behind the scenes on a comprehensive budget and revenue package that included, among many items, a fairly comprehensive expansion of the sales tax base.

    In mid-March, as discussions continued, a list of eight service categories emerged that would have imposed a 6.25% excise tax under the Senate’s proposal: use of storage space, including parking garages and boat docks; repairs and maintenance of personal property, such as cars; landscaping services such as sprinkler installation and snow removal; dry-cleaning; cable TV, satellite and digital streaming services; pest control; use of a private detective or installation of a home security system; and personal care, ranging from tanning to tattooing but not including hairstyling.

    Once the list of services became public, BOMA/Suburban Chicago, through its legislative team in Springfield, began communicating to lawmakers about the impact the proposed sales tax expansion would have on BOMA/Suburban Chicago members. The team also worked behind the scenes to remove services the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Government Affairs Committee deemed most impactful to its members from the proposal, including landscaping services, private security, and snow removal services.

    After months of successful lobbying, and in partnership with other industry-related organizations, the services BOMA/Suburban Chicago were most concerned with were removed, ultimately, resulting in the House budgeteers scrapping the entire sales tax expansion provision and saving potential increase costs of 3-5 cents per square foot on commercial buildings.

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s Government Affairs Committee is committed to promoting and advocating for legislative and building code issues impacting the ownership and management of our member's buildings and being the premier forum for action on emerging industry issues.
  • September 29, 2017 1:11 PM | Heather Woods (Administrator)

    Do you want to do your part to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, but aren't quite sure how? Well, Tovar Snow Professionals is making it super easy for you and your buildings to get involved. They have graciously offered up their fleet to collect items from buildings who participate in organizing a collection drive. 

    All items will be donated to World Vision, a global Christian humanitarian organization, who will provide the much-needed supplies to families in Houston who are still struggling due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. 

    Recommended items to collect include: 

    • Disposable Diapers
    • Flashlights
    • Soap
    • Batteries
    • Lanterns
    • Canned Goods
    • Formula
    • Children's socks and underwear
    • Infant toys (must be smaller than a shoebox)
    All items will be collected in the third week of October. Please contact Heather Woods if interested in participating in the collection drive. Due to limited resources, participation may be limited.  
  • September 22, 2017 1:14 PM | Heather Woods (Administrator)

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago in conjunction with BOMA/Chicago is considering holding a joint BOMI International instructor training workshop - FREE OF CHARGE in early 2018.

    Share your talents and develop a working relationship with BOMA/Suburban Chicago by becoming one of our instructors. We are seeking to increase the size of our instructor's pool in anticipation of more frequent education programs and training. We are proud to have a full professional development schedule for 2018! However, this schedule presents a "good" problem to have - we are in need of instructors for the following: Budgeting and Accounting, Law & Risk Management, The Design, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part II and Foundations of Real Estate Management.

    Please reach out to Barb Turbett if interested in teaching - we would appreciate your involvement! 

  • September 20, 2017 1:11 PM | Heather Woods (Administrator)

    Do you know someone who deserves extra recognition for going above and beyond within BOMA? 

     We are now accepting nominations for our annual Individual Awards to recognize outstanding BOMA members for their support and participation. 

     Categories include: 

    • Regular Member of the Year
    • Associate Member of the Year
    • Developing Leader of the Year
    • Engineer of the Year
    • Lifetime Achievement Award - NEW!

    Our newest award, developed by the Awards Committee, was created to celebrate and honor an individual's long lasting contributions to BOMA, their leadership/mentoring abilities, and their consistent effort to make BOMA/Suburban Chicago a better association. 

     If you know anyone who is deserving of these prestigious awards, please consider nominating them this year to recognize their accomplishments and dedication. 

     2017 Individual Awards Nomination Form
    Lifetime Achievement Recommendation Form

    Submit completed forms to Heather Woods by Friday, October 27. Feel free to attach additional pages to your submission if more space is needed.

    2016 Award Recipients 

    Regular Member of the Year
    Kim Place, RPA, LEED AP, JLL
    Pictured with 2015
    winner Suzanne Boryscka, RPA 

    Associate Member of the Year 
    Andy Murray, Wild Goose Chase, Inc. - Canine Detection & Inspection Services, LLC
    Pictured with 2015 winner Max Andrews 

    Engineer of the Year 
    James Petry, Accesso Services
    Pictured with 2015 winner Tony Soltys

    Developing Leader of the Year
    Dan Flores, LEED AP, Atomatic
    Mechanical Services, Inc.
    Pictured with 2014 winner Jonelle Dzikowicz, RPA, LEED GA 

  • August 30, 2017 8:12 AM | Heather Woods (Administrator)

    Dear BOMA/Suburban Chicago Members:

    As you are all aware, catastrophic and life threatening flooding is expected to continue across South Texas until Wednesday. The needs are great and there are several ways that BOMA members can assist. Currently, we have two priority requests for 10,000 sq. ft. in San Antonio and Austin to support shelters and another 50,000 to 100,000 sq. ft. in Houston for the Red Cross. The American Logistics Aid Network has a needs map on their website and they are currently seeking pro bono/donated/volunteer offers only at this time. All offers - both donated and for fee should be submitted via the webform located at

    Both BOMA International and I have been participating in conference calls with the Sector Outreach and Programs Division of the US Department of Homeland Security. We are very pleased to report that the Department of Homeland Security, local, county, and state authorities understand the urgent need to address reentry once it is safe to begin the damage assessment. We will share any information we receive regarding this with our members. As the Chairperson of BOMA International's Emergency Preparedness Committee and the President of the North Central Region, please be assured that BOMA is fully engaged and we will keep our members informed of any new developments. BOMA International will be sending additional information when it is available.

    We certainly understand the desire to want to assist and we encourage all to donate and volunteer in ways which will not overload Houston with items that are not needed. Cash donations to a reputable non-profit will allow for items that are needed to be purchased. Hospitals and shelters will need to restock with essential items and cash donations will assist. 

    If you are able to help, please consider the following organizations:

    In addition, FEMA needs to find housing space in the affected areas around Houston for incoming staff and responders. They’re looking for accessible buildings of at least 10,000 sq. ft., with room to park vehicles, in each of the areas of: Houston, Wharton, Brazoria County, and Nueces County. The buildings can be bare-bones as FEMA will provide cots, blankets, sanitary facilities, and whatever else is needed.  Also, the FEMA logistics team is looking for a large, accessible warehouse space, approx. 100,000 sq. ft. in any of the above locations. Any interest and questions should be directed to FEMA through Nicholas Wainwright Peake, FEMA Logistics Management Division, 202-230-9360 (cell).

    Our thoughts are with all impacted by the events of Hurricane Harvey.

    Deborah (Debby) Pyznarski, RPA
    President, North Central Region
    Chair, BOMA International Emergency Preparedness Committee 

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Schaumburg IL 60173

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