Dealing with “green” building issues represent the top advocacy concerns being addressed by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Mississippi, a 40-member statewide group consisting of property owners and managers, facility managers, professional members including architects, accountants and lawyers and commercial service industry representatives.
“The green building and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) issue covers a lot of ground in making your new or existing buildings more efficient and more environmentally friendly by following practices set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council,” said Tim Magandy of the Mississippi e-Center Foundation and president of BOMA Mississippi.
In May 1994, BOMA Mississippi was established as a local federal association — not a chapter — of BOMA International (BOMI), a premier real estate advocacy group that serves as a government watchdog for national real estate industry issues.
“As industry professionals, we must decide where to spend our most valuable resources — time and money — and stay up-to-date with technological advances, legislative issues and market conditions,” said Magandy. “We also need information that is fast and reliable in order to stay competitive. Membership in BOMA’s federated local associations and BOMA International can provide all of this and more when we take full advantage of the information and programs available to us.”
The purpose and mission of BOMA Mississippi, Magandy explained, is to represent and promote the interests of the commercial real estate and building managers by providing legislative and regulatory information, representing and promoting real estate interests in Mississippi and encouraging professional development for its members.
“We collaborate with other professional organizations in the Jackson metro area when we have similar issues we want to discuss or have an educational seminar that benefits all parties concerned,” said Magandy. “The LEED conference that was held (in July) was an excellent example of several professional organizations coming together with a common thread and learning about green buildings.”
BOMA Mississippi members network at monthly luncheons, featuring a diverse range of guest speakers, and often tour facilities around town to help achieve the association’s goals.
“BOMA works with designers by giving them up-to-date information through the monthly BOMA magazine, providing information through the Web site, and through the standard of how building space is calculated,” said Magandy. “The national standard of how square feet in a building are calculated was established by BOMA.”
BOMA members also have access to:
• Worldwide networking opportunities, whether by mingling at a monthly luncheon or a golf tournament hosted by a local association, participating in structured programs or attending the North American Real Estate Congress or Winter Business Meeting.
• Instant access to industry information, including research publications, seminars and designation programs offered by the BOMI Institute.
• Global involvement through an international organization with affiliated organizations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, South Africa and others.
“What makes BOMA more relevant than ever is the fact that we have a group of dedicated individuals committed to making our organization the best it can be for our members by bringing to the forefront the most current issues relevant to our members,” said Magandy. “We can also, as members, network with other professionals in our field. There is tremendous opportunity through BOMA and BOMI for educational classes and achieving professional designations.”
Contact MBJ contributing writer Lynne W. Jeter at Lynne.Jeter@gmail.com.