February 2019  

President's Report




We are pleased to have Dave Conger return to BOMA as a guest speaker in February.    Several years ago, Dave spoke to us about insurance policies, and this month, he will be providing us with general information on insurance claims. Dave brings to the table over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry and currently is the Regional General Adjuster for Sedgwick. 

April 30th  we are revamping our trade show.  We are planning a casino event from 3:00pm to 6:00pm  where our associate members will be the dealers for the poker tables and our principal members will be playing the games while also learning about your businesses.   As we will need to order tables we would like to know how many vendors will be showcasing their business. Plans are still being finalized, but at this point  our estimate to attend Casino night is $150.00 to $200.00 per table.  Associate members may share a table with other vendors.  Please send your table reservation to Luann as soon as possible. 

As a follow-up to our trade show, we will be offering a reverse trade show in May where our associate members  will learn about property management from our principal members.  We are very excited about our two trade shows and look forward to seeing all our members participate.    As details are finalized we will be sending out updates for both trade shows.  

We are in need of a principal board member.  If you are interested in serving on the board, please see Luann or any of our board members.  Also, we are always looking for new committee members.  New faces and new ideas will keep BOMA Tucson great.  Please consider joining a committee.

Look forward to seeing everyone on February 26th

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Meeting/Event Information

February 26, 2019

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Sheraton Tucson Hotel
5151 E Grant Rd
Tucson, AZ 85712
Get your insurance questions answered ...

Dave Conger, Sedgwick


  • Insurance

ASSOCIATE OF THE MONTH:  Jesse Cherry with


Chicken Sorrento (Seared Chicken Breast, Herb Roasted Potato and Fresh Vegetables in Creamy Italian Herb Sauce)

Vegetable Lasagna
Chicken Caesar Salad

Registration opens:  11:30 am
Networking:  11:30 am-12:00 noon
Lunch and speaker:  12:00 noon-1:00 pm

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Tina Olson ~ Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR



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Membership Dues



Your membership dues are now past due.

Invoices went out via email in early December and the 2nd notice went out recently for your 2019 Membership Dues.  If your dues are not received/paid by Monday, March 18th, you will be moved to non-members in our database and be dropped from BOMA International.  If you choose to join later, I would be happy to add you back into our system.

Please note and advise your accounts payable division of our mailing address:

10645 N. Orace Road
Suite 121; #239
Oro Valley, AZ  85737

If you prefer to pay with a credit card, please call the BOMA Office at (520) 310-1605.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

It has been a pleasure having you part of this great association and here is to another great year.

Here's to 2019!!!

Luann Schwartz
Executive Director

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Economic Forecast Recap

The 2019 Economic Forecast was one of the best I have attended.  Our cast of characters included:

  • Michael Toriello – 355th CES Deputy Civil Engineer, Davis Monthan Air Force Base
  • Victor Gonzalez, CEcD; Economic Development Manager; Town of Sahuarita
  • JJ Johnson, Director of Community & Economic Development; Town of Oro Valley
  • Curt Woody, Director of Economic Development & Tourism; Town of Marana
  • John Moffatt, Ph.D., Economic Development Director, Pima County
  • Kevin Volk, Volk Company (Retail)
  • Ian Stuart, CBRE (Office)
  • Kim Fitch, Nicolosi & Fitch (Multi-Family)
  • Max Fisher, Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR (Industrial)
  • Amber Smith, President & CEO, Tucson Metro Chamber
  • Adam Lehrman, Owner; Tucson Foodie

Michael Toriello told us there are several multi-million dollar projects either in process or planned for the base.  These investments are needed and show we have additional staff coming to Tucson.  He was asked if DM was still on the short list for closures.  Michael said not at this time.

The municipalities each have infrastructure projects underway or in the planning stages as well as new projects either in negotiations or in progress.  These projects include:

  • New Softball Training Center – Marana
  • Twin Peaks Area – Hotel and Office – Marana
  • Oro Valley Surgical Suites
  • Flex space near Innovation
  • Veterinarian College
  • Syntec – Sahuarita
  • Northwest Hospital Acute Care Hospital-Sahuarita
  • Redeveloping Rialto – Tucson
  • Raytheon Expansion – Tucson

All the municipalities agreed that there is a lot of cooperation to attract companies to Southern Arizona unlike the past where each was out for themselves.  They are all working on improvements to plan review and are automating a lot of it.  The 855,000 sf Amazon project went through review in 4 ½ days.

Pima County let us know that we are running short on the work force.  Pima Community College’s Aviation program is a great resource for the Aviation companies and it is one of the best.  It just received funding from Governor Ducey for increasing its size.  There is a need to repurpose buildings.

Outlooks from our market team:

Retail – Careful Optimism for 2019, vacancy is down.  Entertainment and Fitness are filling the boxes.  They are seeing adaptability of companies to fill space with new ideas.  Good market.

Office – Rents aren’t rising because vacancy is static.  Companies are increasing density.  OLD – Obsolete, Low Rents and Development Drought.  There is a need to bring in outside companies to take vacancy down.

Multi-Family Housing – Good Rents, not a lot of product was added since 2014.  Section 8 is challenging.  Rent is expected to increase 2-3%.

Industrial – Distribution demand is high.  Some big box retail is turning into industrial space due to internet sales.  Vacancy 5% and is predicted to drop below that level in 2019.

Tucson Chamber is developing software to help match skills to available jobs as we need to grow new talent for the work force.  Legislative Priorities: Public Safety; Infrastructure (Roads, Parks, Broadband), Education, Work Force Development and Job Creation.

Tucson Foodie reported some new restaurants are opening.  There were fewer closures.

CLICK HERE to be directed to the Economic Forecast page where the powerpoint presentations are located.


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Public Service

Pima County Development Services Department is beginning the process to update the sign code for unincorporated Pima County (Pima County Zoning Code Chapter 18.79 SIGN STANDARDS).  The update would make the sign code consistent with a 2015 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, consistent with current sign technology and practices, and organized in a clearer format.  The City of Tucson and Town of Sahuarita have revised their sign codes and the Town of Marana’s revision is in process.

For the sign code update, staff will work with interested parties such as major sign companies, astronomical observatories, neighborhood groups, developers and developer groups, and others to create a new sign code.  Since the sign code has not had a major update since 1985, it is likely that the current sign code will be almost completely replaced, the number of sign types reduced, regulations based on sign content removed (per the court ruling), the standards and format simplified, and the code updated to reflect current technology and trends.

The first step in this update process is we request your comments as to what you believe needs to be in the sign code or not in the sign code.  We ask that you or your organization either submit written comments or schedule a meeting with staff to discuss your comments.  We would like to have these initial comments submitted (whether by email or meeting) by Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Your comments can be as specific or general as you wish.

Using the comments we receive, we will then develop a new draft sign code which we will distribute for further review.  We can continue to revise the draft sign code until it is ready to be presented to the Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Supervisors at public hearings.

To schedule a meeting, please contact one of the following staff:

Janet Emel  [In office: Mondays & Tuesdays]
(520) 724-9008
[email protected]

Tom Drzazgowski 
(520) 724-6675
[email protected]

Elva Pedrego 
(520) 724-6718
[email protected]

Written comments can be emailed anytime to Janet Emel - [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

March 7th ~ Committee Meetings
** Regular Committees (Membership, Programs and Education)
     MAS Real Estate Services
     4732 N. Oracle Road; Room 313
     3:30 pm

March 26th ~ Luncheon
** Myth Busters 
     Sheraton Tucson
     5151 E. Grant Road
     Tucson, AZ  85712
     CLICK HERE to register
     11:45 am Registration/Program begins at Noon



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Welcome New Members



Heather Baron, MAS Real Estate Services
Jesse Andre, KONE
Kelly Rosales, Larsen Baker
Mandy Verdugo, DSW Commercial
Stephanie Jones, Allied Universal Security Services

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Did You Know?

If you have information that would be beneficial to our members, please feel free share the information/article by sending to Luann at [email protected]


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Partnership Program

2019 Partnerships Available ...

If you would like to be part of the partnership program, I need to know by the end of February so we can get your company logo on the banner!

We have 4 levels:



Prickly Pear


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office at (520) 310-1605.








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10645 N. Oracle Road
Suite 121; #239
Oro Valley, AZ  85737

(520) 310-1605  phone
(520) 844-1674  fax 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me in the BOMA GT office at [email protected] or call (520) 310-1605.

Thank you,

Luann Schwartz
Executive Director

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