News & Announcements

  • December 31, 2019 2:12 PM | Anonymous

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago announces the winners of the 2020 Local TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Award competition. The TOBY Awards honor the best of the best in commercial buildings. Building management teams were first announced at BOMA/Suburban Chicago's Holiday and Awards Lunch on Wednesday, December 4, which was held at Carlisle Banquets in Lombard.

    Through the prestigious TOBY Award program, BOMAs around the world recognize properties that exemplify outstanding quality and management practices. Winning the TOBY Award not only sets a building apart from others, but it is a true testament to the commitment, hard work, and dedication of the property management teams.

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago is proud to announce four local winners this year. Judges thoroughly examined the entrants’ buildings by conducting a detailed property inspection and thoroughly reviewing their online entry portfolios, which included criteria such as in-depth descriptions of their community impact, tenant relations, energy conservation, emergency preparedness procedures, among others.

    The 2020 Local TOBY Award winners from BOMA/Suburban Chicago are:

    In the Medical Office Building category, the winner is:
    The Graham Medical Office Building, Evanston
    Managed by Colliers International

    In the Industrial Office Building category, the winner is:
    Butterfield 4000, Aurora
    Managed by Duke Realty

    In the Corporate Facility category, the winner is:
    Highland Landmark V, Downers Grove
    Managed by Cushman & Wakefield

    In the Over 1 Million Square Feet category, the winner is:
    Schaumburg Corporate Center, Schaumburg
    Managed by GlenStar Asset Management, LLC

    Congratulations to all the 2020 TOBY Local Award winners!

  • September 26, 2019 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    BOMA International is looking for leaders like you! Here is your chance to help shape the strategic direction of the organization and give back to your industry, all while sharing and growing your leadership skills. We are currently seeking candidates for the following leadership positions:

    • Vice Chair; and
    • Seven members of the Executive Committee to the Board of Governors; including one Emerging Professional and one Associate Member
    Serving as a BOMA leader is a very rewarding experience and offers you a valuable opportunity to enhance your career by working with other leaders in commercial real estate. But don’t take our word for it. Here's what Keith Major, Managing Partner, BentallGreenOak and current BOMA International Secretary/Treasurer, has to say:

    "If you want to accelerate your career, you need to surround yourself with leaders in your industry and commit yourself to continuous learning. Being part of BOMA International's Executive Committee and serving as Secretary/Treasurer has allowed me to tap into some of the brightest real estate minds in North America—fellow BOMA members I'm honored to call colleagues" 

    If you are interested in becoming a candidate or would like to recommend someone, contact BOMA International’s Director of Executive Services, Luci Vallejo, at lvallejo@boma.orgfor more information.

    Interested individuals must submit application materials by December 20, 2019. Once BOMA has received their completed application, each candidate will receive instructions on the interview scheduling process. The Nominating Committee will review all candidate materials and conduct the first round of interviews during the Winter Business Meeting. The second and final interview will be held during BOMA International’s annual conference in June. Successful candidates will be added to the 2020-2021 slate of candidates for approval at the Board of Governors meeting.

    Make a difference in your industry and enhance your career by applying now

  • September 25, 2019 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Do you know someone who goes above and beyond? Nominate them for an Annual Individual Award today!

    This year, for your convenience, we have created NEW online forms for the awards nomination. Please see online forms for award criteria and details. 

    Annual Awards
    For the first four categories, complete and submit the 2019 Individual Awards Nomination Form.   

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    For the 'Lifetime Achievement' award category, complete and submit the Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination FormTwo letters of recommendation must be received with submission.    

    Submission DeadlineOctober 11, 2019.

    The Awards & Recognition Committee will review nominations and select the 2019 award recipients. Individuals who nominate the selected winner will receive recognition and a thank you gift.   




  • September 04, 2019 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    Hurricane Planning and Recovery: How Your Security Program Can Help Your Business Rebound from Disaster
    Thursday, September 5
    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

    September is peak hurricane season. And Dorian just a taste as more storms brew in the Atlantic. With the hurricane season ramping up, here's a FREE webinar on hurricane preparedness by Allied Universal.

    Topics will include:
    • Security plan integration with the overall business continuity plan
    • Employee personal safety plans
    • Return to normal operations
    • Damage assessments and return to work safety

    Register Now!

  • August 23, 2019 1:25 PM | Anonymous
    2018 Member of the Year David Narey, CPM, Irgens, pictured with 2015 Member of the Year Suzanne Boryscka, RPA, Lincoln Property Company

    Each year, to recognize our well-deserving members, we invite nominations for various individual awards in the following categories:  

    • Member of the Year
    • Associate Member of the Year
    • Emerging Leader of the Year
    • Engineer of the Year
    • Lifetime Achievement

    This year, for the convenience of our members, we have created online forms for the awards nomination. For the first four categories, all you need to do is fill out and submit the 2019 Individual Awards Nomination Form.    

    For the 'Lifetime Achievement' award category, fill out and submit the Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form. 

    Please note the submission deadline: October 11, 2019.

    The Awards & Recognition Committee will review nominations and select the 2019 award recipients. Individuals who nominate the selected winner will receive recognition and a thank you gift. All award recipients will be recognized at the Holiday & Awards Lunch.

    2018 Award Winners:

    Lifetime Achievement Award--Kimberly DeFily, RPA 

    Associate Member of the Year--Tom Frye, MBA, Harvard Maintenance, Inc. 
    Member of the Year--David Narey, CPM
    Emerging Leader of the Year--Carlie Stogis
    Engineer of the Year--Tom Noonan
    *Presidents Award--Bruce Larson, FMA, and Tom Frye, MBA 

    *The Presidents Award is presented when deemed appropriate, but not necessarily on an annual basis. The selection of an honoree is at the discretion of the seated president of the association.

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

  • August 23, 2019 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Have you ever wanted to learn more about the commercial real estate industry from a seasoned professional, but didn't know where to turn? Have you ever felt that you have a knack for sharing your industry knowledge with others?   

    If you answered yes to either one of these questions, then consider becoming a mentor or mentee in the 2020 Mentorship Program! 

    • 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.

    Program participants 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. 


    If you are interested in becoming a MENTEE, please submit your completedMentee Applicant Form, per instructions. If you are interested in becoming a MENTOR, please email Barb Turbett and a member of the Emerging Leaders group will follow up with you. 

    The deadline to apply is November 29, 2019. Spaces are limited. 

    If you are selected to participate in the Mentorship Program, we will notify you of your pairing in January 2020.

  • August 15, 2019 2:20 PM | Anonymous
    REJournals' 15th Annual Chicagoland Asset, Property, Facility Management Conference

    Thursday, August 22   
    The Drake Hotel 
    2301 York Road, Oak Brook, 60523


    Be sure to attend the 15th Annual Chicagoland Asset, Property, Facility, Management Conference, hosted by REJournals. You'll hear expert panelists provide their insights into the state of the Commercial Real Estate market and offer solutions and strategies to some of the most pressing issues in the industry. Following the in-depth panel discussions, you'll hear from our very own, Eric Hartmann of Tovar Snow Professionals, as he provides his Winter Weather Prognosis for this upcoming season.

    Register Today! 

  • August 15, 2019 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    Recently, a few of our Emerging Leaders SIG members had a great time putting together these gorgeous donation boxes to place at member buildings as a way to collect additional items for The Harbour, our 2019 charity.   

    These donation boxes are a great way for our members to show additional support for our charity and get their tenants and visitors involved. 

    If you would like to have one of these these beautiful donation boxes placed in your lobby or other common area, let us know. Our Emerging Leaders will do all the work for you! A member of the group will personally deliver the box to your building and collect the donated items when it's full. You don't have to do anything except spread the word to your tenants! It's that's simple. 

    For more information, please contact Barb Turbett

  • August 13, 2019 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    Be sure to attend our September Members Lunch where a panel of experts--including two HR representatives, a fashion stylist, a senior-level property manager, and an Emerging Leader--will weigh-in on what the models are wearing, provide information on dress code policies, and offer their own personal experiences on fashion in the commercial real estate industry. You don't want to miss this action-packed Members Lunch! 

    Panelists Include: 

    Luke Clarkson 
    Business Development Manager

    Kim DeFily, RPA 
    Portfolio Manager
    American Landmark Properties

    Katherine Eldridge
    Fashion Stylist

    Courtni Hughes
    Assistant Vice President
    Zeller Realty

    Krista Owens
    Senior Vice President
    Zeller Realty

    Event Emcee: 
    Michael Collins 
    Commercial Client Advocate
    J.C. Restoration, Inc.

    Model Appearances by:
    Maggie Amaya, RPA, FMA, JLL
    Lloyd Berry, CCIM, RPA, Colliers International
    Ben Bischmann, JLL 
    Denise Olalde, Inland Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC
    Brett Simpson, North American Corporation of Illinois
    Lindy Schrik, LEED AP, CenterPoint Properties
    Elizabeth Schuttler, Victor Construction Co., Inc.
    Jason Sikora, CPP, SOS Security

    Register now! The deadline to register is Monday, September 16 by noon.

    This event is open to BOMA/Suburban Chicago members and non-member property professionals only. Non-member vendors will not be admitted. 


  • August 09, 2019 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    We are very excited to announce that BOMA/Suburban Chicago has a new, part-time staff member. Anusuya (Ana) Das comes to us with an extensive communications and marketing background. As the Communications Specialist, Ana will help in the coordination of BOMA newsletters, managing social media channels, and supporting the association's overall marketing efforts. Ana is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mass Communications/Public Relations at Syracuse University. She received a Masters in Journalism from Michigan State University, and both a Bachelors and Masters in English Literature from the University of Delhi, India. Please help us welcome her to the association!  

    Ana can be reached at or at 847.995.0970 x18. 

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

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


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