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With the importance of this November’s election, the members of BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) are keenly interested in the candidates for Mayor, City Council and the proposed Charter Amendments. Our October General Session objective is to provide our members with detailed and factual information on the elections and the possible impact to our industry.  Our panelists share their knowledge and expertise to engage and educate our members about the slate of candidates and the potential outcomes.  

Jonathan Weinhagen, President/CEO - Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce 
Steve Cramer, President/CEO - Minneapolis Downton Council  
David Schultz, Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies - Hamline University 
Doug Carnival, Principal - McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb


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This presentation will cover what has changed in building controls and how to keep them up-to-date.

Prior to the presentation, we will also have a couple guest speakers discuss continuing education and designation opportunities for Building Engineers/FM Professionals. Denise Jenkins with Saint Paul BOMA will explain what BOMA has to offer in classes for both designations and Scott Petersen will explain the benefits of employees attending and learning in class.


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While the pandemic of the past year caught us all by surprise, building management quickly pivoted to respond to the environment and enhance their operations with updated routines and precautions. Now that some normalcy is returning to the industry, we take time to revisit the lessons learned from that experience. What are some of the best practices developed in the past year? What are you including in your revised playbook? Our panelists share their experiences and offer best recommendations for being prepared in the future. 

Additionally, find out what some of the hospitality, retail and entertainment entities have experienced during this turbulent time. What is their outlook for rebound in the upcoming season?

Session One:
Shane Zahn - Director of Safety/Initiatives, DID | Moderator
Deb Kolar - General Manager of IDS Center, Accesso Services, LLC
Brent Robertson - Managing Director, JLL
Kim Ihle - General Manager/Associate Director, CBRE
Pat Seng - General Manager/Asset Services - Cushman & Wakefield
Kurt Wilczek - Regional Manager, Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Session Two:
Kevin Lewis - President/CEO, BOMA Greater Minneapolis | Moderator
Mark Nerenhausen - President/CEO, Hennepin Theater Trust
Courtney Ries - Senior VP of Destination Branding & Strategy, Meet Minneapolis
Steve Cramer - President/CEO, Minneapolis Downtown Council


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How much do you know about your building’s façade access equipment and the required annual inspection process? This presentation will provide an overview of steps taken when needing to decommission commonly used anchor points and help to gain insight on making sure you are doing so per code, with the goal of promoting awareness and safety for workers alike. We will cover a brief history of OSHA, building code, and Minnesota regulations regarding these anchors, discuss compliance requirements including annual inspections and 10-year re-certifications, and review de-commissioning and repairs of roof anchors including common defects and considerations for repair.

Piotr Rusinkiewicz, Building Envelope & Restoration Consultant - Walker Consultants


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In April, we will hold our Annual Meeting and election of officers. Our presenter, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, will provide us an up-to-the-minute report of the Chauvin trial, discuss public safety in general, and detail efforts by the City in partnerships with the business community (including BOMA) helping with the rebound of Minneapolis' business environment.

Jacob Frey, Mayor - City of Minneapolis


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With consistent altering of MN building code requirements, it's important to stay informed and keep your building systems compliant with the latest changes. In this presentation, knowledgeable speakers on fire and life safety systems will break down the latest updates outlined in the 2020 MN State Fire and Building Code books and the 2016 NFPA72. Covering everything from new fire code requirements to changes in existing codes that can be removed. We will discuss the importance of building occupancy classification in relation to the design of fire system components and features to ensure a reasonable level of protection is provided to your building and its occupants.

Mark Snodgrass, System design Manager - LVC Companies
Brian Brom, System Sales - LVC Companies


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Commercial office building taskforces are now planning for the upcoming transition to return tenants to the office safely. Given the airborne concerns, a large investment in improving a building's HVAC and filtration systems to reduce the spread of contaminants is a common initiative. Improved systems could decrease the chance of exposure for the time spent in a building. At this critical point, building owners and managers are carefully examining every element necessary to provide the safest environment for employees returning to the brick-and-mortar work locations.
Our presenters will share their experiences and recommendations to assist you with upcoming air-quality projects.
Michelle Campbell, Industrial Hygiene Program Director - TRC
Howard Hoffman, Sales Engineer - SVL, Inc.
Nick O'Reilly, Assistant Chief Engineer - Able Engineering


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In this workforce management session we will explore the value of succession planning in facility engineering and operations departments while providing tools that can be implemented to counter tribal knowledge loss due to retirements and/or key technical positions employee turnover in your organization. This session focuses on human factors of asset stewardship.

Derek Hillestad, Assistant Professor - Dunwoody College of Technology
Charlie Holt, Digital Imaging Specialist - Better Building Data


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Recent advances in heat exchanger technologies and controls have improved the ROI for investing in steam condensate heat recovery systems. In this presentation, we will discuss:

  • Heat exchanger options for steam condensate heat recovery
  • Innovative trends in products and controls that improve the ROI of steam condensate heat recovery systems
  • Ideal applications and projects for investing in steam condensate heat recovery systems
  • Case studies that illustrate the successful application of steam condensate heat recovery systems

Jeff Clark, Michaud Cooley Erickson
Tom Pietsch, Campbell-Sevey
John Arvig, Campbell-Sevey


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As recent events have highlighted, it is critical to any organization to be cognizant of the demographics of the nation. Advocating for a community that secures equal opportunities and projections for all is a most necessary step. How will your company go about achieving this objective?
In February, our industry examines the need to promote and cultivate a diverse commercial real estate workforce at all levels that is a reflection of the communities where they are present. Through talent recruitment, education and training, and content development, leadership focused on industry diversity and inclusion initiatives will ensure a company's long-term success.

Will Titus, Senior Manager Tax Services - RSM US LLP
Crystal Castille-Cromedy, Vice President of Leadership and Diversity - Hines
Bradley Borowiec, Vice President - Zeller
Steve Jordan, Director of Human Resources - Ryan Companies US, Inc.


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While the impacts of COVID-19 have been felt everywhere, commercial real estate is feeling it acutely in terms of shifting tenant demand. Success depends on businesses making their rent and the pandemic has led to widespread retail slowdown and shutdown, with an accompanying lack of need for empty spaces. And there is the related concern that work-from-home arrangements may continue to depress office space demand even after the pandemic is resolved. Throughout downtown and suburban markets, modifications of business plans are materializing in response to new requirements.
When a vaccine is available and the pandemic is under control, will commercial real estate experience a significant rebound? What are the sub-sectors of commercial real estate which have been better positioned to ride out the pandemic? Our experts give us an overview of the local market.

Anna Coskran, Principal – NTH, Inc.
Jonathan Weinhagen, President/CEO - Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Amy Wimmer, Director - Hines
Brent Karkula, Managing Director/Agency Leasing Team - JLL

And we will also get an update from Henry Chamberlain, President/COO of BOMA International on predominant trends in the national market. 


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Your buildings are dynamic entities – your control systems should be dynamic too. It’s no surprise that the foremost objective in operating a building is reducing energy bills, while creating a comfortable and healthy environment for tenants. With continuing development of cutting-edge technology, there are solutions to elevate the BAS experience by providing more effective and efficient ways to optimize energy management and benchmarking processes. This session will cover how artificial intelligence integrated with building systems and IoT devices can create personalized experiences for occupants, and provide energy and cost savings for owners. Including key features that allow you to gain multi-site visibility on lighting and HVAC energy consumption, compare sites, identify peak energy use spikes, and gain energy sub-metering insights to reduce utility bills.

Presenter: Bob French, 75F
Bob French is 75F’s Chief Evangelist. His mission with the company since 2014 has been to make commercial buildings more efficient, comfortable, and healthy. He leads the business development team for the Americas. Bob is also Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business, where he mentors business students and startups.


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The Southwest Light Rail's 14.5 mile route will serve downtown Minneapolis and the communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. The line will include 16 new stations and will be part of an integrated system of transitways. While the focus of everyone's attention has shifted the last several months, it is still a relevant project for many businesses and residents from Minneapolis to the West/South suburbs. We will find out the progress update during this session.
Meanwhile, Metro Transit has also been revising and adapting their cleaning and disinfecting protocols to meet guidelines and addressing safety concerns. Ridership is currently down, but Met Transit is on the job preparing for the expected recovery. Find out timely and pertinent information to share with your tenants as their employees begin to return to their offices.

Jim Alexander - SWLRT Project Director, Metro Transit
Jonathan Weinhagen - President/CEO, Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Adam Harrington - Director of Service Development, Metro Transit


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Customer relationship management is critical to the success of any organization. Property Management teams face multiple tenants every day and are responsible for resolution of a myriad of building issues. Explore the keys to developing and communicating a positive work relationship with your management team and building tenants. Identify clues to why people accept or oppose management's directives. Choose the right communication vehicle to convey your best image. Understand the importance of developing a unique personal story. 

Paul Petricca has 40 years in sales, consulting and customer relationship roles in the high tech and real estate industries. His presentations reach a wide audience who seek long-term, mutually beneficial, trust-based relationships in their professional and personal lives. Paul has a BS in Marketing from Illinois State University and an MBA from  Loyola University Chicago. 

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