February 2019

Chapter Newsletter

February 2019

President's Message

John Lucas, Chapter President

John Lucas
VP, Global Real Estate and Workplace Services
Juniper Networks

Dear Northern California CoreNet Chapter Members:

In this first newsletter of 2019 I want to wish you all a Happy New year! It is hard to believe that January and half of February are already in the books. Perhaps you, like many of us, made some resolutions. Maybe on your list is to take your business and/or your career to the next level. As we all know, the challenge with resolutions is that by this time of year a large percentage of them remain yet to be acted on. If that is true for you, I have great news! The chapter’s new fiscal year starts in April, so you still have plenty of time to make good on your resolutions!

In fact, we have a phenomenal slate of programs designed to boost your knowledge and expand your network planned for the next few months including:

  • February Chapter Meeting - What Makes Commercial Real Estate a Top Target for Hackers - and What You Can Do About It - February 21st at Oracle in Santa Clara
  • Women of CoreNet’s Build Your Own Door – A Conversation with Women Leaders – February 27th at NetApp in Sunnyvale
  • CoreNet Global MCR classes at Symantec in Santa Clara March 11-14th, and SLCR classes at Service Now May 6-9th (50% discount for first time CoreNet Global attendees if you register by March 31st)

In addition to producing these fantastic programs, your chapter leadership is currently hard at work planning for an inspiring 2019-20 year. We are preparing our new annual budget, launching our membership renewal campaign, formulating exciting new sponsorship opportunities, and getting ready to announce our new chapter leaders. Look for more about these soon! 
I am proud to say that so far this year we have already presented a host of January and early February events which have drawn record crowds and have delivered on our vision and mission to connect corporate real estate leaders, advance knowledge, and promote professional growth including:

  • Annual Economic Forecast with Wayne Best, Chief Economist at VISA. Big thank you to Cliff Berry and Don Davis of VISA! Best’s humorous delivery of data from the trillion-dollar payments industry made for an enjoyable (and relatable) program.

  • The Chapter Holiday Party at 111 Minna Street Gallery on January 31st. Shout out to the Special Events Committee and the Chapter staff for a fabulous evening for over 300 members and guests!

  • Tour of the Golden One Arena in Sacramento and complimentary tickets to the Kings/Rockets game on February 6th. What a treat for CoreNet members and guests!

Lastly, I want to mention something I am also excited about: Future Forward 2025. Announced over a year ago at the Seattle Summit, this program has gathered input from CoreNet members across the globe (including our very own chapter) with the goal of preparing the organization for the future. I am proud that our chapter is actively participating in this dynamic initiative to ensure CoreNet remains the hallmark and gold standard for real estate industry professionals for generations to come. 
Of course, no matter what future changes come our way, or technological advancements impact our industry, one thing will remain true. The “Core” of CoreNet Northern California is our uniquely close community. Everything we do fosters personal, and professional relationships in a positive energy generating environment which welcomes industry veterans, and rising stars alike. I encourage everyone to engage actively with the chapter in 2019. Each of you have an essential role to play in fulfilling this mission. Being involved affords the opportunity to build significant long-lasting personal, and professional relationships that you will carry throughout your career. 
On behalf of the entire CoreNet Northern California Board, and Leadership Team, I would like to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous start to the New Year. We look forward to helping you make powerful progress toward your resolutions!


John H. Lucas
Vice President Global Real Estate and Workplace Services Juniper Networks, Inc.
President CoreNet Global Northern California Chapter


Chapter News and Updates

Chapter Meeting Recaps

December Chapter Meeting // Thursday, December 13 // San Mateo
Taming Adrenalin: Surefire Strategies for Overcoming Speaking Anxiety

On December 13th at Medallia in San Mateo, the Chapter hosted an exceptional professional development program focusing on presentation skills with author, keynote speaker and founder of SpeechSkills, Cara Hale Alter.  The audience of nearly 100 CoreNet members and guest were treated to a powerful interactive workshop entitled: Taming Adrenalin: Surefire Strategies for Overcoming Speaking Anxiety.

Hale Alter addressed the topic with warmth and humor and offered practical, real-world solutions for bringing speaking anxiety under control. She provided insight into discovering how to avoid common “tells” of nervousness, reduce adrenaline levels in minutes with four physical behaviors, control your mindset so that fear doesn’t get the best of you, break the cycle of nervousness-feeding-nervousness and train for the conditions to assure future success.

Key topics included:

1. Recognize the symptoms of adrenaline (how you feel)
2. Become familiar with the “tells” of nervousness (what you show)
3. How to minimize physical symptoms
4. Manage your mindset

January Chapter Meeting // Thursday, January 17th // Foster City

Annual Market Forecast

The Chapter held its annual economic forecast event on January 17, 2019 at VISA’s Headquarters in Foster City. Wayne Best, VISA’s Chief Economist gave a command performance delivering another entertaining and informative presentation to the crowd of over 200 members and guests. He shared his predictions including continued yet slower economic growth in 2019 given that late cycle dynamics are at play. Additionally, he indicated that he believes 2020 will be our most vulnerable year.

Key topics included:

1. As major economies slow, the global economy is turning downward
2. US fundamentals remain strong in 2019, but slowing down

3. Oil production and prices 

4. Trade Issues
Labor market remains very tight

6. Wage Growth
7. Personal savings in 2018 were better than predicted
8. Consumer spending  
Housing still concern
Interest rate hike cycle nearing an end

10. Problematic Government Debt

11. Indicators to watch for signs of downturn

12. Key events that create risk for US economy

13. Factors keeping economists up at night


Young Leaders Recap

YL Holiday Party // Wednesday, November 28 // San Francisco
CoreNet Young Leaders celebrated the Holidays in true SF style at Natoma Cabana, a fabulous Loft bar with views of the new Transbay Terminal. The event was a jam packed with a lot of new and old faces celebrating a successful end to a busy and fun filled year for the YL’s.

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YL Membership Drive // Wednesday, January 23 // San Francisco
Current and prospective CoreNet members came together at the Membership Drive hosted at the Golden Gate Tap Room in San Francisco. The venue made for a fun evening with games to break the ice, setting a great tone to kick off 2019.

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Women of CoreNet Update 

Women of CoreNet February Program // Wednesday, February 27 // Sunnyvale

Building your Own Door: A conversation with Leaders Iris Gai, Shawn McLean-Bergel and Helen Vu

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
As the final program in our See It, Be It” series, Women of CoreNet offers a panel discussion among distinguished local leaders in our industry who will share their personal stories, highlighting the paths they’ve forged and the opportunities they’ve created in their successful careers. Our guests are Iris Gai, VP of Real Estate & Workplace from VMWare; Shawn McLean-Bergel, Founder & Principal, McLean Bergel Design; and Helen Vu, Director of Global Strategic Portfolio Planning – Real Estate at Google. Our panel will be moderated by Andrea Traum, Senior Project Manager and Senior Associate at Kleinfelder.

Venue: NetApp: 1375 Crossman Ave Building 2, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Registration: 3:30p // Program: 4:00p // Reception: 5:30p
Cost: Member:
$25 // Non-Member Service Provider: $85.00 // Non-Member End User: $50


February Chapter Meeting // Thursday, February 21 // Santa Clara
What Makes Commercial Real Estate a Top Target for Hackers - and What You Can Do About It

According to the FBI the real estate sector has been a top target for cybercriminals since 2015. What has the experience of CRE victims been and how did they recover? What can be done to avoid their fate? Come to our presentation and panel discussion of this timely topic to hear about this and more including:

Why CRE owners, tenants, agents and suppliers are high profile targets
What you can do immediately to defend yourselves both personally and professionally
Resources for handling future challenges

Presenter & Panelists:

  • Cynthia James, CEO of Cyberus Security, a certified Women's Business Enterprise by the WBENC, the nation's largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women 
  • Don Goldstein, CEO of 5Q Cyber LLC with 20 years of experience in CRE and holds a Chief Information Security Officer certification from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Julie Rogers, cybersecurity law expert

 Oracle: 4030 George Sellon Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95043
Schedule: 3:30p: Registration // 4:00p: Program // 5:30p: Reception
Cost: Member: $35.00 // Non-Member End User: $60.00 // Non-Member Service Provider: $85.00


Featured Platinum Sponsors

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