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  • March 07, 2019 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    Lease Analysis, Valuation, Negotiation, and Approval
    April 17 & 18, 2019
    8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Don't miss this nine-module, two-day course, which is targeted for commercial real estate property managers with a minimum of 3-5 years of experience. This interactive course: 

    • Focuses on asset management of investment properties, i.e. commercial real estate that is owned and operated solely as an investment for its owner.
    • Is designed to help property managers better understand the function of the asset manager in order to be more valuable to the entire commercial team, from owner on down.
    • Will help participants understand how different types of investors analyze an asset and make decisions.
    • Examines the most efficient ways to work on the leasing process with the property management team, brokerage team, architects, engineers, designers, consultants, government regulators and inspectors, mortgage servicing team, and tenants.
    • Provides course participants the opportunity to participate in a case study regarding the leasing process, serving the role of either the tenant or landlord in a mock lease negotiation, followed by group discussions and sharing team results.

    See our Event Calendar for more information. 

    Register Now! 

  • January 29, 2019 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    For the safety of both members and staff, the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Office will be closed on Wednesday, January 30, due to the extreme cold temperatures and wind chill warning in effect throughout the Chicagoland area. 

    If you must venture outdoors in the cold, please exercise extreme caution. The dangerously cold winds could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as five minutes. In addition, the gusty winds will result in blowing snow throughout the afternoon and evening, which could result in reduced visibility and hazardous travel. 

  • January 04, 2019 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    As the new year begins, BOMA/Suburban Chicago's 2019 Board of Directors took their place on January 1, 2019. They look forward to leading the association to continued success over the next year. Congratulations to the newly elected and returning Board members. 


    Catherine Carlson, RPA
    GlenStar Asset Managment, LLC

    Vice President
    Christopher J. Wilimitis, LEED AP
    Kimberly DeFily, RPA
    American Landmark Properties

    Immediate Past President
    Jennifer Sweeney
    Millbrook Properties


    Maggie Amaya, RPA, FMA

    Suzanne Boryscka, RPA
    Lincoln Property Company
    Daniel J. Flores, LEED AP
    Atomatic Mechanical Services, Inc.

    Kita Harris, MBA, RPA
    Colliers International
    Eric Hartmann
    Tovar Snow Professionals

  • December 11, 2018 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Suburban Chicago held their annual Holiday & Awards Lunch on December 5 at Carlisle Banquets in Lombard. The event included award announcements, recognition, and networking. During the event, the announcement of the Member, Associate, Engineer, and Emerging Leader of the Year Awards took place. The Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented at the lunch.

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s MEMBER OF THE YEAR is David Narey, CPM, VP Property Management, Irgens. David was appointed the Chair of BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s Medical Office Building Committee over four years ago. Since then, he has continuously worked toward furthering the committee’s mission to provide valuable education and networking opportunities in the Medical Office Building market segment. His dedication and vision led to the creation of the committee’s annual MOB Symposium, starting in 2016. With David’s leadership, the committee was able to forge a partnership with another association, allowing for a more comprehensive and successful event. Pictured with David is the 2016 winner, Suzanne Boryscka, RPA, Lincoln Property Company.

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE YEAR is Tom Frye, MBA, Senior Director, Suburban Chicago, of Harvard Maintenance, Inc. Tom has been involved in BOMA for a number of years and is always willing to assist other members, help people get involved, and help grow the association. He is a long-time member of the Emerging Leaders Shared Interest Group and assisted in implementing BOMA’s first ever Mentorship Program. Tom has also been instrumental in assisting the Board of Directors with special projects related to the Strategic Plan. As the Chair of the Membership Committee, Tom leads with enthusiasm and dedication. In addition, he played a pivotal role in creating BOMA’s new Individual Industrial Membership, which was designed to better meet the needs of the industrial market segment. Presenting the award to Tom is the 2017 winner, Elizabeth Schuttler, Victor Construction, Co., Inc.

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s ENGINEER OF THE YEAR is Tom Noonan, Chief Engineer at Highland Pointe in Lombard, managed by Millbrook Properties. Tom makes it a point to get involved in BOMA. As a member of the Engineers Committee, he supports their efforts by planning the educational BOMA Engineers Lunches. Tom also volunteered on the Golf Committee and served as a TOBY Award judge. He is eager to learn and brings fresh ideas back to his property. In addition, Tom has overseen many successful projects at his building, including elevator modernization and retrofitting twenty air handler units. He is also a great mentor to his team. Tom is pictured, right, with the 2017 winner, Dan Riley, LEED GA, SMT, SMA, Millbrook Properties.

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s EMERGING LEADER OF THE YEAR is Carlie Stogis, General Manager of JLL. Carlie is an active BOMA/Suburban Chicago member, attending many events and programs throughout the year. As an Emerging Leader, she has shown her leadership skills in her work on the Industrial Committee, where she currently serves as Chair. In addition, she has taken the initiative to present a course two years in a row at the BOMA International Conferences. Carlie is also involved in the BOMA International Industrial Committee, allowing her to expand her knowledge and experience in BOMA and the industry. She also encourages her fellow staff members and others in the industry, including non-members, to attend BOMA events. Carlie is pictured with 2016 winner, Dan Flores, LEED AP, Atomatic Mechanical Services.

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD recipient is Kimberly A. DeFily, RPA , Portfolio Manager of American Landmark Properties. Having been a member of BOMA for over 20 years, Kim has demonstrated her commitment to the association in many ways. She currently serves on the Board of Directors, is an active member for the Emergency Preparedness and Program Committees, and participates in the Mentorship Program. Kim has also served as Regional TOBY Award judge and she continues to share her knowledge with others by teaching BOMA’s Foundations of Real Estate Management and BOMI designation courses. Not only is Kim very involved in BOMA, she encourages others to participate and succeed. She continues to exhibit strong leadership and consistently aims to further BOMA initiatives. Kim is a true advocate for BOMA. Presenting the award is BOMA/Suburban Chicago President Jen Sweeney, Millbrook Properties, left.

  • November 01, 2018 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    This year's BOMA/Suburban Chicago Holiday Lunch will be at The Carlisle in Lombard on Wednesday, December 5. 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 2019 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 Tuesday, November 27. 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 08, 2018 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    Do you know another BOMA member who deserves to win the Member of the Year Award? How about nominating one of your vendors who demonstrates exemplary commitment to BOMA for the Associate Member of the Year Award? Take a few minutes and nominate someone deserving this year! 

    In a change from prior years, the person who submits the selected winner will receive recognition and a thank you gift! 

     Nomination Forms: 
     2018 Individual Awards Nomination Form
     Lifetime Achievement Recommendation Form

    Nomination forms are available in Word document format by request. Please submit completed forms to Heather Woods by Friday, October 19

    Past Winners:

    To view a list of past winners, visit our website at 

  • September 26, 2018 11:36 AM | Anonymous
    Recap of BOMA/Suburban Chicago's Emergency Preparedness Event at College of DuPage Homeland Security Training Institute  

    By: Kim DeFily, RPA, American Landmark Properties

    I attended the BOMA/Suburban Chicago's Emergency Preparedness Event at College of DuPage Homeland Security Training Institute on September 6, 2018. Over 50 BOMA/Suburban Chicago members attended the event as well.

    After a hearty breakfast, we were welcomed by Thomas Brady, Associate Dean/Director of the Homeland Security Training Institute. He previously served in the US Postal Inspection Service for 26 years; Inspector in Charge Washington Division - Amerithrax Investigation; Deputy Chief Inspector Western Field Operations; Inspector in Charge Chicago Division - Former Governor Rod Blagojevich Investigation; and he has a BA in Psychology and MS in Integrated Homeland Security Management.

    The Homeland Security Training Institute was established in 2013. It includes Continuing Education for customers, including: Police Officers; Fire Fighters; Emergency Managers; Private Sector Global Security Employees; Suburban Law Enforcement Academy; and Community Members. 

    The SSG Robert Miller Homeland Security Education Center

    The SSG Robert Miller Homeland Security Education Center was opened in September 2011. It is 66,940 square feet and a LEEDS Certified Facility. The Education Center is home to Fire Science credit programs, Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, Tactical Training Environments, and the COD Police Department. 

    Also included in the Homeland Security Educational Center is a Street Scene where students practice Emergency Medical Services, Fire Fighter Services, among other professions. The students practice with fire trucks, ambulances, ladders, etc. The Street Scene was recently upgraded to include new acoustics to eliminate objectionable sounds from transmitting into adjoining classrooms.

    The Homeland Security Training Institute

    The Homeland Security Training Institute building opened in August 2015. It is 39,714 square feet and a LEEDS Certified Facility. The building contains a live fire range, decision-making simulators and a 9-1-1 Dispatch Operator Laboratory. The classroom and office construction are standard steel frame with bar joist roof and metal stud drywall and metal panel exterior walls. The range roof is constructed with 100 ft. clear span double tee precast concrete. The range walls are constructed of 10" thick insulated precast concrete with all panel joints covered with ¼" thick steel plates to prevent projectile penetration. The concrete floor joints are sealed to prevent buildup of gun powder residue and potential fires. Unfortunately, we were not able to fire any weapons in the fire range area.

    The Decision-Making Simulation Training includes a Virtra V300 Simulator, TI Training Simulator, Milo Range Pro and Miles System. The simulators are uniquely equipped to train officers to handle the most difficult real-world situations. Real-life incident scenarios are crafted by experts to heavily test the trainee's critical thinking skills, firearms skills and psychological preparations for close quarter combat. Some attendees were able to try out the simulators, and what an eye-opening experience they had. 

    Jen Cook, Everest Snow Management, Inc.
    James Hess, Cushman & Wakefield

    A special thank you goes out to the College of DuPage for hosting this year's Emergency Preparedness event. If you are interested in any upcoming programs for the private sector, you may visit COD at

    About the Author: Kim DeFily, RPA, is a Portfolio Manager for American Landmark Properties. She serves on the Board of Directors for BOMA/Suburban Chicago and is the Board Liaison for the Emergency Preparedness Committee. She can be reached at

  • September 19, 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    By: Jason Sowers, Business Development Manager, Allied Universal 

    While still statistically rare, active shooter incidents in the United States are continuing to rise in frequency, with FBI statistics showing an increased average of incidents over the past few years. With the Las Vegas attack in October 2017 being the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, it is important to prepare what your course of action will be if you are ever in an active shooter situation. As with any crisis, preparation and planning can help to minimize chaos and injury.  

    Assess the Situation 

    The response to an active shooter situation will be determined by particular circumstances. It is important to assess the situation and make the best choices for the individual event.  

    Run to Safety 

    When possible, evacuate the premises if it appears safe to do so. This escape may need to be through a window or back door. The safest exits in an emergency may not be the main hallways or doors as well-marked exits could be targets for potential shooters. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed a pocket guide for active shooter response which recommends escaping, hiding, or fighting. If an active shooter is in your vicinity, have an escape plan in mind, leave your belongings behind, and run to safety.  

    Call 911

    If an active shooter enters your workplace or any public or private venue you are at, call the police and provide the location and description of the shooter, if it is safe to do so. If possible, remain on the line with the 911 operator until police arrive because needs may change as the event unfolds. If speaking on the phone is dangerous with the shooter in earshot, or for any other reason, put the phone in your pocket but keep the line open so that the 911 operator can continue to hear what is going on. 

    Code Language

    For a community-related shooting, develop an Emergency Action Plan for residents that notify everyone that an active shooter is present. Code words, intercom capabilities, and instant messaging can help ensure that people are aware of the situation and stay out of harm's way. Evacuation and lock-down procedures should be part of your advance planning. Discuss how residents can observe details of the shooter in case the perpetrator leaves the premises. Train people to take accurate head counts and to check others for injuries. 


    If there are no safe escape routes, a lockdown may be a better choice. Immediately notify the police where you are and conceal yourself in a room that can be locked or barricaded. Silence your phone's ring tones, turn off the lights and stay away from doors and windows to create the impression that no one is there.  

    Fight for Your Life

    "As a last resort, and when your life is in imminent danger, fight by attempting to incapacitate the shooter," recommends the FBI. "Act with physical aggression and throw items at the shooter." If the shooter is at close range and you cannot flee, your chance of survival is much greater if you try to incapacitate the shooter. 

    When police arrive, remain calm and follow all instructions. Raise your hands and keep your hands visible at all times. Avoid any quick movements towards the officers. The first officers on the scene will be focused on neutralizing the shooter, not handling injured people. Rescue teams with emergency medical personnel will follow the initial officers. They may also call upon citizens to assist in removing the wounded from the premises. 

    A number of excellent sources exist online that provide counsel on active shooter emergency planning from the FBIU.S. Department of Homeland Security, and ASIS International. Moreover, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has developed a new NFPA 3000™Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program to help organizations and communities identify the elements needed to organize, manage and sustain an active shooter and/or hostile event response program. The goal also is to reduce or eliminate the risks, effect and impact of these types of events. Learn more at

    About the Author: Jason Sowers is a Business Development Manager for Allied Universal Security Services. Jason serves as the Vice Chair of the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Emergency Preparedness Committee. He can be reached at

  • September 17, 2018 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    With Hurricane Florence approaching the U.S. East Coast, BOMA International is keeping in close contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to gather any information that may be helpful to our members.

    Below is a list of resources and websites; we will update this list as more information becomes available:

    Also consider downloading the FEMA smartphone app. The app includes National Weather Service alerts; safety tips on how to stay safe before, during and after the storm; a preparation checklist; and maps of disaster resources, such as shelters and disaster recovery centers. You also can locate an open emergency shelter or open disaster recovery center in your area by texting SHELTER and your ZIP Code to 43362 (4FEMA).

    Additionally, FEMA operates regional National Business Emergency Operations Centers to provide disaster assistance. An online dashboard has been activated for the Atlantic region and can be a useful resource to ask questions and find answers. Registration is not required; you can enter this site as a guest.

  • September 11, 2018 3:57 PM | Anonymous
    RAPidly improving technology for active threat response 

    By: Jason Sikora, SOS Security

    What if I told you that there is technology available to your property right now that can detect a gunshot and immediately notify the police? Gunshot detection technology is not the only innovative technology available to you for active threat detection. Companies around the world are rapidly developing new technology such as updated mass notification systems, and smart building integration tools to help you better prepare your facilities for active threats.

    Mass Notification Systems
    As written about in past BOMA/Suburban Chicago Emergency Preparedness Month articles, companies such as Everbridge have created systems that can help you and your team immediately notify building occupants of various emergency situations occurring on or around your property. In implementing this type of system, template messages can be created to be sent out to active users depending on the specific emergencies via email, text message, smartphone apps, etc. Further, smartphone apps can be utilized to store emergency evacuation routes for your building, as well as a personal duress button for any registered user of the application that you choose.

    One of the more recent developments in mass notification systems is BluePoint Alert pull stations. This system works in a similar manner to a fire alarm pull station, in that it is a device that can be activated and immediately alert first responders to active threats in progress. In coordination with local police, the system is being adopted in schools and healthcare facilities throughout the country. However, the BluePoint system can be a useful tool for commercial and industrial facilities as well. The creators have made the system easy to implement as many of the applications can be wireless, thus removing the need for costly infrastructure installations. More info about this system can be found at


    Gunshot Detection Systems

    One of the biggest challenges that arise from Active Shooter emergencies is the average time each incident lasts: five minutes or less. This means that the incident is usually over by the time first responders arrive onsite or, in some cases, before first responders are even notified. Gunshot detection systems are designed to detect and locate gunshots instantaneously and (application dependent) immediately alert first responders. This system works in the same way that most fire alarm control panels are designed to immediately notify the Fire Department upon activation of a fire alarm.

    Systems such as the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System utilize multiple methods of detection to confirm an active shooter emergency. It first uses acoustic sensors to detect the sound of the bullet as it passes through the air, and the sound of the weapon when it fires the projectile. To reduce false alarms, the second detection method is of the infrared flash that is produced upon the exit of the bullet from the gun. In addition to instantaneously notifying authorities, it can also be integrated with other building systems such as your elevator management system to automatically recall all elevators to another location in the building, away from the location of the gunshot. More info on the Guardian system can be found at


    Smart Building Technology

    The Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon has contributed to rapidly improving technologies that enhance the overall experience of building occupants and also making the building itself more efficient. This advent is now also enhancing the safety and security of buildings and their occupants. This can be evidenced by the ever-growing integration of Building Automated Systems (BAS) with security and life safety systems. Integrations of access control, video management, and emergency communications have already contributed to an improved level of safety and security throughout many properties. BAS integration can take that to another level by allowing lighting and HVAC to be triggered on or off to thwart an active threat. For example, smart lighting systems can quickly turn off all lighting in areas where occupants are locked down. Additionally, the motion sensors of those light systems can immediately track the movement of the shooter in dimly-lit areas at night. This integration can also lead to better energy-efficiency as access control systems can help determine when lighting or HVAC systems may not be needed for certain unoccupied areas of buildings.

    One of my favorite quotes on the advancement of technology is one that I heard at a real estate industry presentation last year. In his presentation, the former CEO of 1871, Howard Tullman, stated, "Today, technology is changing at a rate faster than it ever has, and is also changing at a rate slower than it ever will again." As technology continues to rapidly develop, many more tools will be available to help improve the overall safety and security of your facility. However, not all technology is created equally, and not all technology can or should be applied to all scenarios. It is more important now than ever to be educated on the different options that are available to you, but also to learn what is the right fit for your specific application. I would encourage all managers to align themselves and their facility with a partner who is aware of these options and how they should be applied.

    About the Author: Jason Sikora is the Business Development Manager for SOS Security. Jason has over 12 years of experience in the security industry and is the former Director of Security & Life Safety for various properties in downtown and suburban Chicago. Jason is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS International and a past recipient of the Illinois Security Professional Association Chairman's Award. He is an active member of ASIS Chicago, BOMA Chicago's Preparedness Committee, BOMA/Suburban Chicago's Emergency Preparedness Committee, Illinois Security Professionals Association, STIC, and is the founder and former Vice Chair of the O'Hare Area Property Managers group. Jason can be reached at

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