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BOMA president outlines plans for future.

"New York, you are an excellent example of what BOMA International is up to!" said Building Owners' and Managers' International President Tom McChesney at the September 15 luncheon held by The Building Owners' and Managers' Association of Greater New York, Inc. at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.

"The whole world was watching you in February during the World Trade Center Bombing - I even received phone calls at my office in Pittsburgh. Your message and advice was picked up by Governor Mario Cuomo and broadcast to all our citizens," said Mr. McChesney. "It stands as testimony to what it takes to be prepared and how all of us in BOMA can make a major contribution."

"Here in New York," said McChesney, who is a native New Yorker. "You stand with California as the first states to identify potential problems and issues - it is your states that are on the cutting edge. Across the nation, we look to you for leadership and insight."

McChesney built on this theme as he outlined his administration's goals for BOMA International. "We must," he emphasized:

* Adopt a strategic long-range plan;

* Assist and support the efforts of our local associations; identify the problems together and work on them together;

* Form strategic alliances and talk to our sister associations - IREM, IFMA, SIOR and NAIOP - so that seminars, etc. are not duplicated, with BOMA taking the first step;

* Maintain primacy in our research, testifying and lobbying efforts regarding legislation realizing that we cannot tackle the macro issues;

* Create an Issues Fund for confronting negative issues. For example, with the World Trade Center bombing we could have lent support if it had been needed;

"As we look to the future, it is essential that we assess what we have accomplished in the past," McChesney continued. "We have improved access to key officials in the federal government, including a substantial increase in personal meetings with Senators and Representatives, the opportunity to attend White House Briefing Sessions and discuss passive loss tax policy."

In two specific instances, McChesney testified before Senator Dan Rostenkowski's Ways and Means Committee, the BOMA system of square footage measurement has been championed by Senator Howard Metzenbaum as the system for the General Services Administration to adopt for determining its own space requirements, and BOMA testified to its effectiveness before the Senator's subcommittee July 27, 1993.

"We made our mark with ADA and it alerted us to the enormous potential of what we - all of us at BOMA, both in Washington and across the country-can do," he continued.

"We are looking to testify in the hearings on Vice President Al Gore's "Reinventing Government," and will maintain our profile and be active regarding ADA and code issues."

"Here in New York, you have been a leader in testifying at your state level regarding Indoor Air Quality," McChesney concluded. "The problems many of us face are seen first in New York...we need your perspective!"
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Title Annotation:Real Estate Transcript; Building Owners' and Managers Association International president Tom McChesney
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Column
Date:Oct 20, 1993
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