Getting to Know You: The Newest Members of BOMA’s Board of Directors

Jul 31, 2017

Written by: Kristin Longhenry, Wildamere Capital Management LLC

Tom Klaers.jpgTom Klaers is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Clean Response. He is certified by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restorations Certification in water damage restoration. After getting his degree from University of Minnesota Duluth, Tom started his career as a route salesman for Frito-Lay, then went to Edy’s Grand Ice Cream and spent about 17 years in the grocery industry. He spent time as a sales manager for a software company for five years before landing in the restoration industry.

He loves to spend his free time with his family and friends. He has two teenage daughters and lives in Plymouth, five miles from where he grew up! You can find him at the lake as much as possible. He also likes to play sand volleyball in the summer and ski in the winter. When asked what he would do if he had 30 minutes of free time, this self-proclaimed neat freak responded: “There are always chores and cleaning to do.”

Tom’s favorite quotes:

1. “It is hard to go to work every day if you love your job, and almost impossible if you don’t.” – Tom’s Father
2. “Life is hard, and even harder if you are not smart.” – Redd Foxx
3. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

Tom’s favorite book:

“I read ‘Jaws’ when I was in 7th grade, and it amplified my love of reading more than any of the many other books I have read.”


Tara Steinkraus.jpgTara Steinkraus is a Property Manager at Duke Realty. She has seven years of industry experience in the office and industrial markets. She received her Real Estate and Economics degree from the University of St. Thomas, has her RPA, is a LEED Green Associate, and is currently pursuing her CCIM.
Her favorite quote is: “Your life is a series of moments in ’now.’ The better you make your ’now’ the better your life.” And she lives her life that way too! You won’t find Tara in the same place for too long. When Tara is not at work, you will find her outdoors with her husband and dog Elsie, playing volleyball, or cooking. She loves watching horror movies (hopefully to be scared, but usually she just ends up making fun of how cheesy they are). You can find her up early in the morning to watch the sunrise, but don’t try to email her after sunset, as she most likely will already be in bed! Another fun fact about Tara is that her favorite website is Google! “It answers all of your questions! How did people know anything before Google existed?” she says. If she comes across an extra 30 minutes of time, Tara turns on an episode of Frasier.

Tara’s #1 most played song:

Let’s Live for Today by The Grass Roots

Tara’s favorite form of exercise:

Playing yard games


Steve Herron.jpgWelcome back to the board, Steve Herron from Zeller Realty Group! Steve has filled the vacant spot left by Kelly Lentz, who recently moved to California with her family. Steve is a former President of BOMA Greater Minneapolis. He has his CPM designation and is active with the BOMA National Advisory Council. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate and a minor in Accounting. When not at work, Steve spends time with his family on their boat and up at their cabin, playing golf, and driving his Porsche 911 at Porsche Club of America Track events. He enjoys listening to Pearl Jam, texting his kids emojis (because it bugs them), and performing his favorite form of exercise - arm curls with 12-ounce cans!

Steve’s favorite quote:

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Songs included on the soundtrack to Steve’s life:

Alive by Pearl Jam, Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham, Shout by Otis Day and the Knights, and Time and Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.


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