Hans Galland, Pacific Eagle Holdings Corporation
Moderator: Julia Campbell, Gensler
May 19th Chapter Meeting - Outsourcing in a Strange Land
Have you ever had an assignment where you had little experience and few
friends to call on? Join us in a conversation with four brave souls who
have created facilities in environments and cultures previously unknown
to them. Come hear stories about discovery and perhaps recovery as we
discuss working globally in “strange lands”. Panelists will cover topics
ranging from politics and culture to infrastructure, real estate
process, and resources.
Luigi Sciabarrasi, Imperva
Barbara Donaldson, Synopsys
Anthony Smith, Google
Coleen Hurley, VMWare
Moderator: John Scott, CBRE
April 19th Chapter Meeting - Managing Business Environmental Risks
Box, Redwood City
Doing business internationally
carries ethics and compliance risks for which CRE leaders need to be
prepared. April's chapter meeting will kick off our Spring Series
(International Success) with a deep-dive into the types of CRE risks present overseas and how to effectively mitigate those risks by applying corporate values.
Bruno, of Yahoo, will moderate a talk by Dominick Modugno, chief
compliance officer for the Global Workplace Solutions business at CBRE.
By using real-life scenarios, they will explore the dangers and the
consequences of ethics and compliance violations and how these can be
avoided or minimized.
March 17th Chapter Meeting - Designing with Our Ears
PG&E Auditorium, San Francisco
Featuring: Julian Treasure
The sound around
us affects our well being, effectiveness and happiness – and in most
buildings those effects are negative. World-renowned sound expert and
multiple TED speaker Julian Treasure revealed exactly how sound affects
people, and shows how we can design corporate offices, schools and
hospitals where sound has positive rather than negative consequences.
Treasure, Master of Sound, is the founder and chairman of The Sound
Agency, a UK-based audio branding consultancy that asks and answers the
question: "How does your brand sound?" For over 10 years The Sound
Agency has been proving that good sound is good business for clients.
Julian's book Sound Business is the seminal work on creating
intentional, effective business sound, he is regularly featured as the
sound and communication expert in the world's radio, print and web
media, including Time Magazine, The Economist, and The Times. Julian'sTed.com talks on various aspects of sound and communications have been viewed an estimated 30 million times.
February 18th Chapter Meeting - Stress and Burnout in the Workplace with UC Berkeley Wellness
David Brower Center, Berkeley
Featuring: Dr. Christina
Maslach and Dr. Cristina G. Banks
Maslach and Dr. Cristina G. Banks, UC Berkeley Healthy Workplace researchers and experts, discussed at this month's chapter meeting about how to handle stress and burnout.
February's Chapter Meeting
will took place at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. The Bower Center
is a sustainable, mixed-use development just a block from Downtown
Berkeley BART Station. Utilizing the latest in energy-saving
technologies and recycled building materials, the Brower Center has
received a LEED Platinum rating.
January 21st Chapter Meeting - Annual Market Forecast with Ken Rosen
Electronic Arts, Redwood City
Featuring: Ken Rosen, Economist
Ken Rosen, joined us for our annual forecast program. With
real estate and stock market dynamics at record levels and optimism
generally strong, most forecasts call for a continuation of improved
economic conditions. We shared these core forecasts but focused on the
risks and structural issues to watch for that may be the catalyst for
the inevitable cyclical challenges in the future of our economy.
December 17th Chapter Meeting - Strategically Networking for Success - The Right Way
Microsoft, San Francisco
Featuring: Christine Spray, Strategic Catalyst
Christine Spray is a nationally recognized business development keynote
speaker, best-selling author two times, consultant, trainer, and coach.
Spray serves as a CEO and business advisor with a passion for helping
people and companies grow. The December Chapter Meeting Meeting featured Spray's beliefs that organizations can and
should play a role in helping leaders build networks that allow them to
perform their job well and think strategically. She addressed topics such as success all starts with your attitude, tips for working the room, the 30 second introduction, and great ways to maximize your networking.
October 15th Chapter Meeting -What is WELL Certification and Why is it Important?
Don’t know what WELL
certification is? You are going to need to. The NorCal Chapter sponsored a conversation
about the first building standard focused exclusively on human health
and wellness. Jessica Cooper, Executive Director of Project Management
and Director of Sustainability, at Delos explained the goals and
process of certification. Jessica was joined by Michael Picone from Google
REWS and Eric Soladay from Integral Group, both of whom shared
their personal experiences with current projects tracking with WELL.
Also, the presentation provided an end user’s insight into why they
feel certification is relevant and worth the effort. The information allowed attendees to move their projects into the next category of
“best in class” environment design and delivery.
Featuring: Jessica Cooper, Executive Director of Project Management and Director of Sustainability, at Delos, Michael Picone from Google REWS and Eric Soladay from Integral Group
September 17th Chapter Meeting -Broadcasting Your Professional Brand on LinkedIn
LinkedIn, Mountain View
Featuring: LinkedIn Staff and Experts
We all use LinkedIn to stay connected and occasionally search for someone, but how can we take this resource to the next level to better serve ourselves and our organizations? In September, we asked one of our most active end-user companies, LinkedIn, to share best practices around increasing the effectiveness of the on-line face of our organizations and ourselves as professionals. Various members of the LinkedIn business shared their best practices. The team provided a behind the scenes look into what components comprise a competitive profile, with the goal of making the most of your personal LinkedIn profile, as well as the creation and leveraging of groups. At an organizational level, best practices were shared for how companies have effectively leveraged LinkedIn for hiring, talent recruitment, and public relations.
During the reception, the LinkedIn team offered to be on-hand to work one-on-one with those who desire a little extra coaching. Others can availed themselves of a tour of the LinkedIn headquarter facilities. Five lucky attendees won a free three month Premium membership to LinkedIn!
Visa, Foster City
August 20th August Chapter Meeting - "360 View: Genentech's Approach to Work Environments"
Genentech, South San Francisco
Genentech’s newest office building (Building 35) is more than a
state-of-the-art facility for its South San Francisco employees. It
represents a shift in how Genentech thinks about the work environment.
On August 20th, members of Genentech's Workplace Effectiveness team
shared a 360° view of their approach to developing a new work
environment - from conception to the move-in experience. Following the
presentation, tours of the building were given at the end
July 16th July Chapter Meeting - "The Future of the Bay area Water Supply"
Featuring: George Denise Sr,Director
of Operations for Oracle's Headquarters buildings in Redwood City;
Director of Sustainability for Oracle's Headquarter Region, Oracle, Katie Excoffier, Environment Sustainability Manager, Genentech, Nicole Sandkulla, Chief Executive Officer; General Manager, Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director, SPUR
California grapples with one of its worst droughts in recorded history,
many in the Bay Area are wondering what should be done to ensure that we
have sufficient water in the future. Laura Tam, the sustainable
development policy director with SPUR, led a group of panelists
including water suppliers and end users, as they discussed our current
water supply and reviewed approaches that reduce demand by fostering water
conservation and efficiency.
June 18th June Chapter Meeting - "Infrastructure Series #2: Transportation"
Bishop Ranch, San Ramon
Featuring: Bijan Sartipi, District Director, Department of Transportation – District 4, Randy Rentschler, Director Legislation and Public Affairs, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Cynthia Kroll, Chief Economist, Association of Bay Area Governments
Bijan serves as a Commissioner of the Metropolitan Transportation
Commission, the regional planning organization representing the
California State Transportation Agency. Bijan also serves as a
Commissioner of the Bay Conservation Development Commission, as an
ex-officio member of the board of directors of the Transbay Joint Powers
Authority, a member of the AC Transit BRT Policy Steering Committee,
and the Bay Area Joint Policy Committee. Bijan is a registered
Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil
It is Mr. Rentschler’s job to advance the legislative, public outreach
and external communications objectives of the 21-member Commission at
the local, state and federal levels.
Before joining MTC, Randy worked as an investment banker, structuring local government debt.
time to time, he also guest lectures on the subject of public finance
or transportation at San Jose State, UC Berkeley, Stanford and the
University of San Francisco.
Cynthia Knoll is a member of the Lambda Alpha, ULI, the American Planning Association, the American Real
and Urban Economics Association, and the Industry Studies Association
and serves on the Bay Area Council Economic Institute Research Council.
In addition to research on the region’s economy, she has studied
the California economy, the real estate industry, housing and land use
policy, housing affordability, globalization, the high-tech industry,
green technologies, natural disasters and resource development.
May 21st May Chapter Meeting - "Part 1: The State of the Internet and its Delivery"
Synopsys, Mountain View
Featuring: Debra Acosta- San Leandro's Chief Innovation Officer
The May Chapter Meeting kicked off the first part of the three part infrastructure series. May’s program covered the current condition of the internet across
scales – local, national and global. We heared from a Bay Area
official who shared the innovative solution that they implemented to
stay ahead in the challenging market of internet providers. As the City of San Leandro’s first chief innovation officer, Ms.
Acosta’s task is twofold: (1) develop the Lit San Leandro fiber optic
network as a unique infrastructure tool to attract, expand and retain
innovative tech businesses and businesses in need of fast connectivity;
and (2) to cultivate a healthy tech and innovation ecosystem designed to
attract tech companies and their employees. Ms. Acosta's successful
track record of developing economic development initiatives through
building public/private collaborations was apparent to all those who attended!
April 16th April Chapter Meeting - "A Conversation with Willie Brown"
PG&E Auditorium, San Francisco
Featuring: Willie Brown
The Northern California Chapter was thrilled to feature political and Bay Area icon Willie L. Brown Jr at our April Chapter Meeting. Mayor Brown reflected on his two terms as mayor of San Francisco and his time as the renowned speaker of the California Assembly. He focused on his position as one of the centers of California politics, government, and civic life with his incredible stories and advice. Mayor Brown also provided insight on the local, state and national political scene and how potential developments in coming years may impact our companies, going forward, and us as citizens of California. The Chapter was thoroughly entertained by this much influential speaker.
March 19th March Chapter Meeting - "Re-Commit or Re-Source? Optimizing Outsource Partnerships"
Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale
Featuring: John Lucas - VP of Global Real Estate, Juniper Networks, John Bruno - VP of Real Estate & Workplace, Yahoo, Karen E. Vincent - LEED AP Senior Managing Director, West Region Leader Corporate Occupier & Investor Services, Cushman & Wakefield, Paul Bryant - Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle, John Venegas - Global Director of Operations, Yahoo, Hospitality Services, Compass Group
The last meeting of the fiscal year brought in a stacked panel! The program began with the discussion of outsourcing. Outsourcing is now well-established in CRE, and the cost-saving advantages can be substantial. Placing business results ahead of personal connections presents challenges; however, relationships may deteriorate despite good-faith efforts. Not all clients are the same. Some focus on cost control, others on customer service. Still others require performance results, such as rapid response times, zero downtime, etc. When clients and service providers agree on priorities, services can be better aligned.
The presentation then focused on how alignment is possible through a robust system of governance, based on agreements between client and service provider that help them identity, address, escalate and resolve issues. The ideal relationship is a strategic partnership, with clearly defined objectives guiding a collaborative pursuit of mutual interests. The partnership model transforms conventional "either-or" negotiating stances to "win-win" engagements. We will examine tools used to balance economy and efficiency with the critical element of effectiveness, including KPIs (key performance indicators), SLAs (service level agreements), performance-based contracts (PBCs) and financial incentives. We will also discuss the nature, attributes and expectations of successful partnerships; the need for leadership, financial and technological awareness; and the culture of teamwork and continuous improvement.
February 19th February Chapter Meeting - "Effective Leadership and the Role of Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence"
The City Club, San Francisco
Featuring: Oli Mittermair - CEO, Experiential Leadership Initiative
Our February presenter, Oli Mittermair provided cutting edge training in leadership, emotional intelligence and mindfulness. He shared some of his experience and insights into mindfulness-based leadership training in corporate settings. Attendees learned how greater complexity outside requires greater clarity inside. Effective leadership isn't about just checking off more tasks. It's defined by how well we use our minds and interact with others. Oli delved deeper to explain how to have flexibility and clear purpose in the face of complexity. We need balance, insight, and the ability to inspire others. Yet our workplaces are churning out burned-out leaders, who report little bandwidth for big-picture thinking, for innovation, and truly understanding others and building strong culture. Finally, Oli ended with the skills to work with our minds, our emotions, and other people as they are essential-they are vital to improving our organizational performance, resilience and overall well-being.
February 11th Women of CoreNet Meeting - "The Race for Space"
DPR, San Francisco
Featuring: Iris Gai - VP VMware, Chris Ross - Director Adobe, Keith Zaky - Vice Chairman, CBRE, Jana Gunsul (Moderator) - DES Architects + Engineers
CoreNet started 2015 with a new venue, new program format and new ideas! DPR Construction hosted 100+ attendees in
their beautiful new office in San Francisco where WOC held an interactive
program featuring experts from 3 disciplines of Corporate Real Estate,
discussing the approaches they use to keep ahead of the RE requirements for
their companies. Iris Gai (VP of REW @
VMware) focused on how to engage your Sr. Leadership in developing a Long Term Regional
Location Strategy & Chris Ross (Director, Global Operations – Adobe) spoke
to our attendees on the importance of pre-determining your options in hot
markets so CRE’s have the information readily available to act quickly when
business changes. Keith Zaky (Vice
Chairman CBRE) provided the imbedded Broker perspective, discussing the
importance of being a “trusted partner” (only 1 strike and you are out!) and
with trust, a team can be engaged in the early planning stages to achieve the
best results. We wrapped up with a de-brief
by our moderator, Jana Gunsul (Principal, DES Architects + Engineers).
divided into 3 mini-sessions with our panelists rotating from room to room
offering their insight, approach, citing examples of real time issues and
successful solutions. Each session
lasted ~ 18 minutes, with 20-40 people per group. The smaller group sessions enabled an
“up-close and personal” opportunity for the speakers to deliver their message and
answer questions that were most relevant to our membership. Several of the attendees commented that the mini
sessions encouraged interaction and facilitated more questions/discussion
within the groups. We ended the afternoon
session with a networking event and tours of DPR’s new facility. Thanks very much to our sponsors: DPR Construction, Tandus/Centiva, DES
Architects + Engineers & Allen Matkins
January 15th Annual Market Forecast - 2015 Outlook and Panel discussion
EA, Redwood City
Featuring: Ken Rosen - Chair, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics
More than 150 attendees joined in on our annual forecast program. Rather than just the traditional market focused forecast, our speaker(s) and panelists added a more macro-economic perspective and addressd the major opportunities and challenges facing the future economic outlook.
With real estate and stock market dynamics at record levels and optimism generally strong, most forecasts call for a continuation of improved economic conditions. They shared these core forecasts but focused on the risks and structural issues to watch for that may be the catalyst for the inevitable cyclical challenges in the future of our economy.
Our panel discussion and Q&A covered perspectives on the following:
September 18th Building Trends in the Tech Sector - Part 2: The City
SPUR, San Francisco
As a sequel to our June meeting, September will focus on our cities and their struggle to keep up with the demands of corporations on available real estate, resources, talent, housing, transportation and a wide range of factors that are making it increasingly difficult to maintain headquarters in a traditional urban environment. In this meeting we will compare San Francisco with other global business centers, as well as drill down into the issues facing other key cities in our region.
August 21st The New Geography of Jobs - Demographic Trends Shaping Bay Area Organizations
Will the workers be here when we need them? The issue of shifting demographics is a key driver in the continued success of Bay Area organizations. Renown thought leader and Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, Enrico Moretti, discussed the unprecedented redistribution of American jobs, population, and wealth that is under way and it is likely to accelerate in the years to come. This new geography of jobs is benefiting centers of innovation like San Francisco, Boston, Austin, and Durham.
July 17th Journey From Start-Up to Sustainable Business - Mapping CRE Evolution
The City Club, San Francisco
This session took us along the evolution of companies, from initial inception and funding, through start-up to sustaining… mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, decline and reinvention. The discussion highlighted key insights from major industry leaders that have made their specific journeys successful.
Derek Huffman – Pure Storage, Director of Facilities
Charlie Barry – Amgen, Director of Global Real Estate
Per Johanson – Splunk, Director of Global Real Estate and Facilities
Michele Spangler Hodge - Workday, Senior Director, Real Estate & Workplace
June 4th Women of CoreNet - “WHERE HAVE ALL THE SMART GIRLS GONE?” How the portrayal of women and girls in the media negatively affect our ability to be successful leaders.
Filmmaker, speaker, and advocate, Jennifer Siebel Newsom spoke on media's harmful portrayal of women and girls and its detriment to society. Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary, Miss Representation, and now runs The Representation Project, a call-to-action campaign to shift people's consciousness and transform culture. Newsom is currently in production on two documentaries, The Mask You Live In and The Great American Lie.
May 19th Young Leaders Event - The Paths We've Traveled: How varied backgrounds have laid the foundation for success in corporate real estate.
STUDIOS Architecture, San Francisco
Panelists discussed how the paths of talented industry leaders have led them into positions of influence in the CRE world, and shaped their outlooks on topical issues we face today.
Moderated by George Denise, Jr. of Swinerton Builders
Panelists: Maja Henderson, Global Facilities Manager, Square Sarah Naughton, Regional Project Management Leader, Cushman & Wakefield George Denise Sr, Director of Facilities, Oracle Dick Palomba, Founder and Managing Principal, Corporate Planning Consultants
May 15th Chapter Meeting - Keys to Global Success: Managing and communicating with staff and customers across diverse cultures
UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
Speaker and author KC Chan-Herur gave a presentation on doing business successfully around the world. She discussed her unique world insights from living, studying and working across four continents (Asia, Europe, North and South America).
April 17th Chapter Meeting - Renovating for Zero Net Energy
The Zero Net Energy Center, San Leandro
The Zero Net Energy Center (ZNE Center) is the very first large-scale retrofit of an existing commercial building to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s definition of a “zero net energy” building, a building that produces as much energy as it consumes. The new home of the Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Program of IBEW Local 595 and the Northern California Chapter of NECA, the ZNE Center celebrated its grand opening with great fanfare on May 30, 2013. Governor Jerry Brown cut the ribbon and gave an inspiring keynote address. In his remarks, the Governor proclaimed, “We need THOUSANDS of these buildings and that’s why I signed an executive order requiring buildings in California to meet energy efficiency guidelines by 2030.”
Heralded as a “game changer” for energy conservation and renewable energy the ZNE Center actually exceeds the State’s 2030 guidelines a whopping 17 years in advance. Additionally, the ZNE Center exceeds Federal energy conservation goals as outlined in the Obama administration’s “Better Buildings Challenge.”
IBEW-NECA chose a typical 1980’s energy hog to tackle perhaps similar to many buildings in your own or your client’s portfolio. They assembled an inter-disciplinary team of experts early and created a collaborative dynamic that far exceeded the typical design and construction process. Utilizing new technologies and innovative building design and construction methods, the ZNE Center team achieved a dramatic and unprecedented 75% reduction in energy use when compared to similar existing commercial buildings in the country. Please join us and hear directly from the ZNE Center team and see this remarkable building for yourself!
Moderated by: Dan Geiger, Executive Director of The US Green Building Council
o Byron Benton, Training Director, Alameda County Joint Apprenticeship Committee
o Galen Grant, Principal, FCGA Architects
o Drew Radachy, Director of Science & Technology, NOVO Construction
o Michael Hummel –Sustainability Consultant, Environmental Building Strategies
March 20th Chapter Meeting - Branding and the Workplace
Motorola Mobility, Sunnyvale
The current conversation around branding and the workplace has gone far beyond environmental graphics and products display. As companies consider the value of linking brand and place more closely, the ability of the workplace to respond as an organizational asset becomes increasingly important. Simply put, workplace becomes not only a way to show what companies make, but also a means for revealing the culture and processes that enables their success.
Speakers: Audrey Tendell, Project Manager, the 5M project
Kristy Schmidt, Program Manager, Workplace Strategy, Autodesk
Moderator: Paul Schuette, Director of Planning and Strategies, Senior Associate, Perkins & Will
February 20th Chapter Meeting - Technology Trends and Applications
The February meeting was held at NetApp in Sunnyvale. The program, entitled Technology Trends and Applications – Broad Impact Across the Real Estate Field, drew a crowd of approximately 150 people.
Michael Bangs, of Oracle moderated a diverse panel exploring how technology facilitates the delivery and tracking of a broad spectrum of real estate deliverables.
Charles Rechtsteiner, Business Integration Manager, Corporate Real Estate And Facilities At Autodesk
George Denise, Managing Director Of Cushman & Wakefield On Behalf Of Adobe Systems, Inc. View George Denise Presentation Here
Eric Raff, President Of XL Construction
Charles Rechsteiner shared how Autodesk is integrating its own technology into the planning, design, construction and management of the company’s portfolio. He shared the trends he sees including:
• BIM 360
• Mobile technology
• Reality capture
• BIM to O & M (operations and maintenance)
• Bi-directional exchange
Eric Raff reported on how XL is using BIM and other technologies:
• Coordination and clash detection
• Analysis models
• Laser scanning
• 5D estimating
• 4D scheduling
• GPS layout
• Prefabrication of components
• Quality control
• Drawing coordination
• 6D modeling (economics software shared with clients)
George Denise presented on Adobe System’s implementation of the Intelligent Building Interface System (IBIS) he developed with Cushman & Wakefield and the dramatic energy savings achieved. A year and a half ago, George lead the effort to create a prototype at Adobe Systems in which the facilities and real estate group acted as “guinea pigs” to test the concepts. They renovated one floor at their downtown San Jose headquarters using IBIS and the achieved such impressive results that the company is currently in the process of building out eight additional floors. The prototype entailed replacing hard-wall offices with open plan to meet the company’s revised needs for its younger workforce who prefer collaborative team spaces to the traditional private office configuration that matched the previous generation’s programmatic requirements. The space was equipped with advanced HVAC and lighting controls to enhance user satisfaction and reduce energy consumption. Early models predicted 25-35% savings and actual savings achieved a whopping 65% reduction. The meeting was followed by a cocktail hour where chapter members were able to meet and network. Thank you to NetApp for providing the venue and to the HP Associates team for managing the logistics.
January 16, 2014 - Annual Market Forecast
PG&E Auditorium, San Francisco
This year, economists discussed the overall picture of the global, national, and local economies, followed by a panel of experts representing the CoreNet membership who will discuss how those economic trends will effect each of their respective businesses.
View the presentation notes here.
November 14, 2013 16th - Annual CRE Awards Dinner
John Lucas and George Denise Honored at
the Palace Hotel 16th Annual CRE Award Dinner
The CoreNet Global Northern California Chapter celebrated the 16th Annual CRE Executive and Service Provider of the Year Awards in grand style on November 14th. Over 550 members and guests gathered for the celebration the Palace Hotel in San Francisco where the Chapter honored the career achievements of John Lucas of Juniper Networks and George Denise of Cushman & Wakefield.
To view the videos for each honoree, and to enjoy a little fun with a special CRE "movie preview" featuring cameos from John and George, please visit the links below.
Video honoring CRE Executive of the Year John Lucas
Video honoring Service Provider of the Year George Denise
"Movie Preview" of Coterminus
October 17, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap - CEQA Reform Why it Matters to your Companies & Employers
Cadence, San Jose
In this program panelists described in great detail the issues that confront this initiative and provided information on how you and your companies can get active in supporting the movement.
Matt Regan, Vice President Government Relations, Bay Area Council
Shiloh Ballard, VP of Housing and Land Use for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Paul Campos, ESQ., SVP and General Council for the Building Association of Northern California.
David Smith, ESQ., Senior VP, DMB Pacific Ventures
September 25, 2013 Women of CoreNet Recap
"That's Not What I Meant!" How Women Undermine Themselves When Speaking Publicly
Google Mountain View
Drawing on observations from hundreds of coaching sessions across dozens of industries, the program highlighted three things that women do to damage their credibility when speaking publicly - and suggestions on how to fix them.
The presenter Carl Guess of Elevator Speech works regularly with senior executives - as well as management, legal, sales, and engineering teams - to help them communicate clearly and effectively with customers, boards of directors, the media, and employees. His recent coaching engagements include those at Avery Denison, Google, Founders Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sutter Health.
September 12, 2013 America's Cup Day on the Bay
This once-in-a-lifetime event celebrated the America's Cup - the oldest sailboat racing competition in the world. CoreNet members and their guests enjoyed two races from the ideal viewpoint at sea aboard the luxurious California Hornblower Yacht. This could not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors
Herman Miller, Pivot, XL Construction and Alfatech
View the pictures from the event here!
August 15, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap
The 49ers Levi's Stadium: Silicon Valley's Newest Cutting Edge Structure - Program and Tours
The Northern California Young Leaders organized this unique opportunity for the chapter at the new 49'er stadium. The 49ers professional football team has been part of the Bay Area's history and culture for decades and their new stadium is being constructed in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many members joined us for a full evening beginning with stadium tours and culminating with a diverse panel discussion highlighting the features of the new stadium and the impact on the community.
The event commenced at the Techmart Center in Santa Clara. The 49ers allowed us to host the networking mixer in their showroom where we were able to learn more about this exciting project. Additionally, they hosted two tours of the new stadium.
July 18, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap - Innovative Integrated Infrastructure
Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale
Authored by: Jamie Ray, Contract Office Group (COG)
Photos by: Tom McCune, Kobalt Brands, Inc. / Kraido
Thomas Edison once said, “Waste is worse than loss.” In CoreNet’s monthly Chapter program, ARUP outlined how smart buildings of the future are not only waste-averse in their LEED certification, but more importantly “high performance” that integrate building systems.
Integrating building systems, among other attributes, can be tied to occupancy and demand, continually providing data to Operations that adjust energy & technology accordingly. This becomes very attractive for the owner, the operator, and the occupant.
The value of Smart Buildings tells a very compelling and marketable story that:
- Increase operational & energy efficiency
- Lower life cycle cost
- Lead the way globally in sustainable stewardship
- Reduce construction cost in materials + labor
- Improve the user experience, increase value of property
Cost savings can be realized not only with energy savings, but overall square footage reduction, as Smart Building’s data provides where and how much space users consume. Large conference rooms, for instance might be a standard, but are rarely utilized. By building technology into every project, the building and the occupant are not at odds, but work harmoniously together and maximum impact is achieved without unnecessary waste.
May 16, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap
Keys To Successful Outsourcing
Symantec, Mountain View
Photos by: Tom McCune, Kobalt Brands, Inc. / Kraido
The meeting started off with the presentation of a $10,000 check by Brian Talbot (CBRE), Community Reinvestment Committee (CRC) co-chair to the ACE Mentor Program from the Northern California Chapter. The funds were the result of this year’s CRC Fundraiser. A big thank you to all our members who participated.
Dick Palomba, Founder and President of Corporate Planning Consultants explained that outsourcing has become a central part of most Corporate Real Estate (CRE) organizations today. Understanding how outsourcing has evolved in the past twenty years and what has worked and not worked is essential to a company’s successful operations. The focus of the presentation was on the importance of a strong strategic outsourcing relationship for CRE’s today. Dick covered the evolution of outsourcing, keys to a successful relationship, current trends/models and the role outsourcing will play in the future of CRE. The presentation also included:
A distinguished panel of Corporate Real Estate professionals and Service Providers discussed these models and how they create a successful outsourcing partnership
The New Models for Success are:
The presentation can be downloaded here
Dick Palomba, President/Founder – Corporate Planning Consultants
Chris Henderson, Sr. Director, WPR Global Delivery –Cisco Systems
Matt Werner, Principal/Sr. Managing Director, GCS - CBRE
Brian Collins – Director of Global Workplace Strategies - Microsoft
April 18, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap
The Build America Challenge - Create American Jobs Without Hiring Anyone
SuccessFactors, San Francisco
Authored by: Ted Klaassen, Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Photos by: Tom McCune, Kobalt Brands, Inc. / Kraido
CoreNet Northern California Members Create American Jobs Without Hiring Anyone – The Build America Challenge
Our inspiring April meeting featured CoreNet Northern California members and sponsors who seized on a simple, yet profound, idea that has ignited a movement. The premise: if commercial real estate professionals use just five percent more American-made labor and materials in their projects, they will create new American jobs and improve the economy. Panelists Doug Bartl, of Oracle, Jessica Callahan, a project manager from Skyline Construction, and architect Win Roney, from ReelGrobman, decided to take this challenge on a recent commercial project with amazing results. Panelist Deborah Pickens, from Mannington Commercial, attested to the positive impact of this movement on American manufacturers like Mannington. These CoreNet members and sponsors did not stop with a single project; they decided to challenge others to create more American jobs by launching the Build America Challenge(www.buildamericachallenge.com).
The build America movement started when Jake Lewendal, a home-builder in Bozeman, Montana, wondered what impact it would have on the economy if the building industry in the United States increased its use of American-made products by just five percent. The answer is, the change would immediately create 220,000 new American jobs. Lewendal then constructed an entire home using only American-made products, and it landed him on the national news. Diane Sawyer profiled Lewendal and his “All-American Home” on the ABC evening news, which you can see here:
Part One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kgIkvs4Xos
Part Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkQXs_Tn7H4
Back in Northern California, Oracle’s Bartl heard about the “All-American Home” and decided to apply the idea to a commercial real estate project. He worked with Callahan and an architect from Roney’s team, and completed a three-floor tenant improvement project for Oracle in San Jose using 98 percent American-sourced materials. The space was in warm shell condition, and the project consisted of general office space with perimeter offices and conference rooms and an open workspace on the interior. Construction started in December 2012 and was completed by the end of February 2013. According to Callahan, the team faced a number of obstacles in completing the challenge with no schedule or budget impact on the job. Ultimately, product quality and a need to match existing building decor kept the project from being 100 percent American sourced. But, the project exceeded the five percent challenge by large measure. More importantly, this project gave rise to the Build America Challenge, which the organizers hope more CoreNet members and their companies will take. According to the Build America Challenge website, 20 new jobs have been created so far with a goal of 200 new jobs created by the end of 2013. If you or your team are interested in picking up the challenge, American-made product lists and other important information can be found at www.buildamericachallenge.com. Moderator Tom Crowley, of Skyline, said that a follow-up program is in the works to report back to the chapter members on the progress of the Build America Challenge. In the meantime, he encourages CoreNet members to participate in the website, so the progress of the challenge and the number of jobs created can be tracked (and celebrated).
February 21, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap & CRC Fundraiser
Attracting Top Talent: What Does an Up-And-Comer Look for From Today's Employer
Polycom, San Jose
Photos by: Tom McCune, Kobalt Brands, Inc. / Kraido
Thank You To The Young Leaders Committee For Organizing An Engaging Program, Attracting Top Talent: What Does An Up-And-Comer Look For From Today's Employer? The Panel Discussed Work Behaviors, Motivators, And Demotivators In Regards To Technology, Professional Growth, Work Life Balance, And Work Environment. Panelists Included Jessica Hoffman, Jones Lang LaSalle, Melissa Pesci, ASD Architects, Michael Pereira, Polycom. Moderated By Antonia Cardone, HOK
January 17, 2013 Chapter Meeting Recap
Annual Market Forecast
Electronic Arts, Redwood City
Photos by: Tom McCune, Kobalt Brands, Inc. / Kraido
The 2013 Market Forecast Was Moderated By Sven Pole, EVP Of Corporate Services At CBRE Inc And Included The Distinguished Panel Of:
· Dr. Lee Elliott, Head Of Economic Research For JLL EMEA
· Ms. Brook Scott, Head Of Americas Occupier Research For CBRE
· Mr. Hans Vrensen, Global Head Of Research For DTZ
· Ms. Marina Sicola, Executive Managing Director Of Research With Cushman & Wakefield
Download The Annual Forecast Meeting Presentation Slides Here.