May 2018

Chapter Newsletter

May 2018 

President's Message

John Lucas, Chapter President

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

Dear Northern California Chapter Members,

On April 1, 2018 l inherited the time-honored tradition of leading the Northern California Chapter of CoreNet. In doing so, I would first like to say THANK YOU to all of you, our members.  You continue to make our chapter a unique and thriving community. Additionally, I would like to recognize and thank our chapter sponsors, our leadership team, and our board members who all volunteer their time and resources to pursue the realization of our mission.  I would also like to thank all of our dedicated committee co-chairs and members who tirelessly give their time and energy to support what I believe is one of the most exciting, progressive and vibrant CoreNet chapters within the global organization.

Our mission is to connect corporate real estate leaders, advance knowledge and promote professional growth. We accomplish that by delivering programs that provide our members with rich educational and networking opportunities. I am especially proud of how our chapter fulfilled our mission during the past year with our diverse offering of high quality chapter meetings and special events. We raised the bar this year with our Annual CRE Awards, Economic Forecast, Golf Tournament, Day on the Bay, Sponsor Appreciation Event and Holiday Party which were all top notch. Additionally, we increased our membership and expanded our sponsorship program thereby solidifying the fiscal health of the chapter even further. Our special interests groups (SIG’s) also flourished including our Women of CoreNet and Young Leaders Groups which hosted fantastic events! Our Communications Committee enhanced all of it by providing information and content to members through our innovative podcast series, our expanded social media program and perhaps most importantly our brand new chapter website!

As my term as President begins, I believe the time is right to help shape the CoreNet into an association that supports the development of corporate real estate careers of the future. Our engagement in CoreNet Global’ s Future Forward 2025 initiative is the perfect platform to create a new vision of the future of the global organization and our chapter. More than ever we as an industry have become more interested in diversity in terms of membership, thought, and experience. We have come to value the trusted network of peers within our chapter and to rely upon it for their professional development and tap into it when new professional challenges arise. The world of corporate real estate has evolved way beyond being just about the technicalities of real estate. More and more we need a broad set of skills that encompass the entire lifecycle of the employee experience in the work environment. Culture, connection, environmental sustainability, health and well-being, cyber security, safety, and ubiquitous technology all matter now in ways that none of us could have imagined a few short years ago.

In the years ahead, it is possible that robots and artificial intelligence will replace core elements our current roles and we will have to hone new skills to maintain our value and competitive advantage. That is where CoreNet will need to focus. We need to shift from delivering services to delivering a complete and satisfying work environment experience. Employees and colleagues expect a more customized experience. They have higher expectations of personal freedom and social value.

The profession of corporate real estate, like many professions, needs to attract the digital natives to help manage big data, cybersecurity, and much more. CoreNet NorCal can, and will, play a key role in providing information and content that will help CRE’s navigate these changing professional demands. In addition, we must also strive to attract and grow the future pipeline of new talent, by strengthening and expanding the association’s academic relationships and curriculum in conjunction with CoreNet Global, and other industry associations.

In closing, it is important to recognize that the CoreNet Global has a strong network of more than 11,000 members in 50 countries worldwide, and a unique ability to support and advance the profession on both a global and local scale. It is a pivotal time for CoreNet and I am really excited about my new role as President of the Northern California Chapter. I am energized by the opportunity to serve and by the strong line up of program content, and special events we have planned throughout the coming year. However, I am most inspired by the chance to work with you, the fantastic professionals that make up our chapter. Together, we will help shape the future of things to come. So please, join us by getting actively involved in the chapter!

- John

Featured Podcast: Diversity and Inclusion, Women of CoreNet

03.27.18 // CoreNet Northern California Chapter is especially pleased to offer our listeners this thought-provoking podcast about diversity and inclusion. Recorded at the Women of CoreNet event held at Palo Alto Networks in Santa Clara on February 28, 2018, it features two extremely dynamic speakers, Cheryl S. Durst, Executive VP & CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and Bari A. Williams, Head of Business Operations Management, North America at StubHub.  The casual conversation format of the session created the perfect environment for candor. Consequently, both speakers delved deeply into their personal experiences holding little back! 

While this provided an extra rich learning experience, at times the dialogue included strong language and is, therefore, suitable for mature audiences only.


Chapter Meeting Recaps

January Chapter Meeting // Thursday, Jan 18th // Foster City
Annual Economic Forecast

Members and guests experienced a new twist on the chapter’s annual forecast event on January 18, 2018 at VISA’s Headquarters in Foster City.  The programs committee stepped outside the box and invited guest speaker Wayne Best, VISA’s Chief Economist. Best, who has a knack for translating notoriously snoozy econometric analyses into relatable plain English.  Best educated (and entertained) the crowd of 180 with a fascinating look at consumer behavior in the trillion-dollar payments industry and its impact on global economic trends.

Key take-aways included:

  • Consumer Behavior - Taking on Debt and Not Saving
  • Labor Market - Low wage growth
  • Price Changes and What goods people are buying
  • Sharing Economy - VISA's study reports on 56 companies
  • Economic Update - Predicts recession possible in min 2020

February Chapter Meeting // Thursday, Feb 15th // San Jose
Run, Walk, Sprint – Get your Heart Rate Up on Corporate Wellness
On February 15th over 150 members and guests participated in an engaging, interactive discussion at the February Chapter meeting which centered around the role of corporate real estate in developing wellness programs. The event, which was held at Adobe’s Headquarters in downtown San Jose, focused on best practices and featured companies leading the wellness movement

Moderator: Alex Spilger, Sr. VP, Global Occupier Services, Cushman & Wakefield


  • Sara Torres, Global Wellbeing Straregist, Adobe
  • Kris Herrera, Global Operational Support & Strategies Manager, Adobe
  • Gary Smithson, Chief Medical Officer, RedBrick Health
  • Michael Susi, Director of Global Wellness, LinkedIn
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March Chapter Meeting // Thursday, March 15th // South San Francsico
Genentech’s View of the Work Environment of the Future

The CoreNet Global Northern California Chapter sends a special thank you out to the Genentech Workplace Effectiveness Team who pulled out the stops to host a refreshing program with a unique format on March 9, 2018 at their South San Francisco Campus. After a brief introduction by Ann Bamesberger, Senior Director of Workplace Effectiveness and Sara Anderson, Director of Real Estate Management, the 180 members and guests in attendance crowdsourced ideas at interactive tabletop discussions focused on six key themes impacting the future of the work environment. The Genentech team also raised the bar on the classic CoreNet networking experience at the cocktail reception by giving attendees the unique opportunity of speaking with Genentech team members at subject matter poster stations situated throughout the room.

Key themes included:

      • Collaboration
      • Heads-down focused work
      • Commute and transportation
      • Working flexibility
      • Community
      • Connected, smart building
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Young Leaders Update

The Corenet Young Leader group hosted their Membership Drive on Feb. 2 at LinkedIn. The event, "Crucial Conversations in the Workplace" included a talented panel consisting of Aliza Skolnik (VP at ESD) as moderator, with Emily Ransone (Principal & Owner of SideMark), Sara Anderson (Director of Real Estate at Genentech), and Melissa Pesci (Principal and VP at HGA) as panelists.

Request for New Committee Members

Volunteer! A great way to maximize your membership is by volunteering within the Chapter. We have a variety of options available on our various committees – Communications, Sponsorship, Programs, Special Events, Membership, Young Leader, Women of CoreNet, Technology Special Interest Group and CoreNet Apprenticeship Program (CAP). Specially, the Sponsorship committee is looking for member-volunteers to fill concierge/liaison roles for sponsors, and to participate in planning the annual VIP event scheduled for later this year. To discuss this, and all volunteer opportunities, please contact Michelle Lagos at

Thank You to our 2017/2018 Volunteers!

From our monthly educational events to our fundraising efforts, CoreNet serves to help you stay abreast of industry trends and obtain directly applicable professional knowledge while making valuable professional contacts around the Bay Area; none of which would be possible without our amazing volunteers. Thank you for all you do to make the Northern California Chapter so special!

Julia Campbell Barry Toner Jay Sholl Janet Merriman
Jill Hagaman Andrew Shapiro Terri Melzer Lary Wolfert
Ylva Sandberg Raffy Espiritu Meera Agrawal Neal best
Elizabeth Monti Kris Herrera Carter Kennedy Roxanne Bell
Eoin McCarthy Ezra Gonzalez Lori Edwards Abraham Villarreal
Molly Griffin Ted Klaassen Kris McFarland-Werner Melissa Pesci
Laura Hapka Rachelle Ageev Rhonda Felicity Shannon Knuth
Michael Bangs Pierce Nienken Cynthia Innecken Barabara Greenberg
Michael Phelps Elizabeth Arslaner Disha Mehtani Lori Edwards
Sharon Barrett Darrin Wolfe Aliza Skolnik Nadria Akbari
Brandon Maddox Cameron Love Clayton Jones Evan Synstad
Justin Zaronzy Katie Spurlock Leo Garrido Maggie Beitler
Rob Van Harken Ryan O'Shea Shannon McHugh Shaun Lee
Tyler Kellogg Ed Shea Meredith Wylie Kristi Pearce-Percy
Lauren Whitlock Candy Ramirez Steve Bosco Lou Galiano
Jamie Moore Linda Marie Santiago Terry Wood Dick Palomba
Liz Chaney Jana Gunsul Michael Casolo Denise De Ville
Kathy Popvec Chris Hom Clarinda Bisceglia Nancy ly
Terri Rodriguez Joy Torab Mary Curtiss Andrea Traum
Rebecca Ancich Shaun Scrivens Coleen Hurley Cassidy Zerrer
Antonia Cardone Michael Pereira John Bruno Linda Jansen
David Nelson David Radcliffe Randy Smith Steve Hargis
Larry Yim Cara Trani Alex Spigler Julia Hyson
Shap Roder Tina Ogg Lisa Weeks Brian Thomas
Daniel Carfora Steve Morton Suzanne Coppola Ron Paradies
John Lucas Roy Stark Teddy Stray Adam Price
Aileen Lerch Jaclyn Guasco Joanna Augustine Matt Macko
Patrick Wong Tim Ogilvie Amy Hanlon Jeremy Agraz
Jean Chene Larry Bell Therese Hazelroth Chris Chandlee
Joan Price Tracy Hawkins Aimee Hallgrimson Candace Hunt
Laurie Orlov Grace Dalman Soraya Farrah Sandy Heistand
Michelle Lagos James Morgensen Morgan Simunovich


Upcoming Events

Women of CoreNet Happy Hour // Wednesday, May 9th // San Jose
Please join us as we kickoff the year with the Women of CoreNet May Happy Hour. New this year - we will be providing our WOC community with a summer reading book list in May. A selected book from this list will be discussed at future WOC Happy Hours. Don’t worry, you don’t have to read the book to attend. We look forward to seeing new and old faces at this upcoming Happy Hour.

Venue: WeWork 6th Floor Lounge, 75 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
Time: 4pm - 7pm
Cost: Member: FREE // Non-Member Service Provider: $10.00 // Non-Member Service Provider: $15.00

May Chapter Meeting // Thursday, May 17th // Santa
Blockchain Cryptocurrency and the Applications for CRE
The hype surrounding cryptocurrencies has reached global pitch with the value of Bitcoin increasing over 1,000% in the past few years. As speculators & investors cash-in on the rapid rise in the price of cryptocurrencies, the question remains as to whether there might be practical, real-world application for this emerging technology. Many experts believe that the value of these new ‘digital coins’ lies not in their purchasing power, but in the blockchain technology that powers their platform. Come learn from one of the leading experts on this exciting new field as we uncover practical applications for blockchain technology in the commercial real estate industry.

Ragnar Lifthrasir
Venue: Palo Alto Networks, 3000 Tannery Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054
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

MCR Classes are Coming to the Bay Area this May!
The Northern California Chapter has partnered with CoreNet Global to offer MCR classes in San Clara, May 21-25, hosted by Service Now (3260 Jay Street Santa Clara, CA 95054). Learn more about the following offerings on the CoreNet Global website.  For questions or more information contact:
or call 404.589.3200.

      • Project Finance and Capital Markets (SLCR) - Learn More
      • Enterprise Alignment (Required for MCR) - Learn More
      • CRE Technology Essentials: Approaches, Tools, and Practices (MCR Elective) - Learn More
      • Transforming Corporate Real Estate Management Through Lean Six Sigma (SLCR) - Learn More
      • Real Estate’s Impact on Financial Statements (Required for MCR) - Learn More
      • Capstone: Leadership and Strategy (Required for MCR) - Learn More
      • Corporate Real Estate Technology: Selection and Implementation (MCR Elective) - Learn More

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February Chapter Meeting 

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March Chapter Meeting