Important Dates and Information

Update your Online Booth. Click on "Edit Booth Info" below. ASAP!
Register & Book Housing. Click on "Register Your Booth Personnel" below. ASAP!
Review the Exhibitor Deadline Checklist ASAP
Early Bird Pricing Ends for Lead Retrieval  April 23
For Exhibitors with Room Blocks - Last day to cancel rooms without penalty  April 30
Update Print Profile for the 2019 Directory and Show Guide May 3
Advance Pricing Ends for Lead Retrieval  May 9
Deadline to book Hotel rooms in the BOMA block May 31
Submit Certificate of Liability to - REQUIRED June 6
Advance Pricing Ends for Audio-Visual Orders June 6
Internet/Telephone Order Due to Convention Center June 7
Air/Water/Gas Order Due to Convention Center June 7
Catering Order Due to Utah Foods June 7
Electrical Order Due to Modern Electric June 7
Discount Deadline for Brede Services (booth furnishings,labor,etc.)  June 7
Submissions Due for the Pre-Show Promotion category of the Excellence in Exhibiting awards  June 7
Register all Booth Personnel June 14
Deadline for Advance shipments to arrive at the Brede Warehouse June 14
Direct Shipments may start arriving at the Salt Palace Convention Center June 21

Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations is closed for 2019 submissions. To be notified about the 2020 Call for Presentations, please contact Sara Harr at

Are you an authority on a topic of interest to CRE professionals? Share your insights and expertise and be recognized as a leader by speaking at the 2019 BOMA International Conference & Expo. Simply submit your proposal summarizing your topic and credentials, and you could win a leading role.

We are currently seeking highly qualified individuals with:

  • In-depth Knowledge about a commercial real estate topic that is timely and valuable
  • Successful case studies, lessons learned and best practices that will motivate participants
  • A knack for engaging an audience

INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF ACCEPTANCE  -  thoroughly review the information on this page or download a PDF version. To review a specific a topic, you will find links below to each section.

To find out more about what BOMA is looking for in a proposal - and to increase your chances of acceptance - review the information on this page, or download a PDF version.

Education Tracks and Topics

Audiences at the BOMA International Annual Conference are looking for more than surface-level ideas during the education sessions. Our attendees are looking for genuine discussion and dialogue on solutions to problems they are facing in their buildings. Take some time to review the focus of each track as well as specific topic suggestions. 

Click on the tracks below to see the specific topics that BOMA is looking for.

Session topics that help property managers and asset managers develop decision-making skills and gain further knowledge about the asset management function within commercial real estate. 

  • Managing and mitigating risk - economic, environmental, ethical, human resources
  • Technology for automating accounting and finance in CRE
  • Tech 101 - demystifying new technology for staff and tenants
  • Managing the relationship between an asset manager and a property manager
  • Understanding LLC structures
  • Leasing/lease negotiations
  • Key econmic indicators
  • Big data and analytics
  • Adding value to the bottom line
  • How funds operate
  • High value vs. low value tasks

Subjects that identify solutions to reduce daily operating costs, more efficiently manage buildings and maintain smooth building operations inside and out are the focus of this track.

  • IoT: selling the ROI, utilizing data collected
  • Understanding the social and economic impacts on sustainability - inclusion, diversity, gender equity
  • Sustainable building certifications
  • Service contracting
  • Technology solutions for common property management challenges
  • Developing preventative maintenance programs
  • Micro-grids
  • Metering and sub-metering
  • Retro-commissioning and commissioning
  • Developing and executing effective training programs
  • Developing an operating manual
  • Construction management
  • Life-cycle cost analysis on building improvements

Building Operations and Management Subtracks

  • Energy Efficiency: Commissioning, demand response, lighting, metering, operating efficiency
  • Environmental Responsibility: Districts, EV charging, building certifications, renewable energy, water, waste
  • Major Building Systems: HVAC, roof, sprinkler systems, vertical transportation
  • Services: Janitorial, pests, security, waste management
  • Management Decisions: Certificates of insurance, compliance, emergency/crisis planning, financing, warranties, risk management
  • Data Management: Data collection, data analytics, privacy, securing data, dashboards, sensor data
  • Technology: Blockchain, Cyber security, connectivity, IoT, apps, wi-fi, sensor technology, augmented intelligence

These sessions focus on sustainability, durability, occupant productivity, energy efficiency and technology in buildings; these sessions influence improvements of processes, aiding in the reduction of your building’s carbon footprint and lowering expenses while maintaining a highly optimized building. 

  • Health and wellness - proactive solutions and tenant expectations
  • Cyber security risks and solutions
  • Resiliency - preparation and recovery from natural/weather events
  • Building certifications - moving beyond infrastructure and focusing on occupants
  • Financial incentives for retrofits
  • Water and waste efficiency
  • Indoor air quality - sensor technology
  • Big data and analytics - proactively using the data that's being collected
  • Managing with fewer resources
  • Engaging tenants in sustainability efforts
  • Performance contracting

High Performance Subtracks 

  • Energy Efficiency: Commissioning, demand response, lighting, metering, operating efficiency
  • Environmental Responsibility: Districts, EV charging, building certifications, renewable energy, water, waste
  • Major Building Systems: HVAC, roof, sprinkler systems, vertical transportation
  • Services: Janitorial, pests, security, waste management
  • Management Decisions: Certificates of insurance, compliance, emergency/crisis planning, financing, warranties, risk management
  • Data Management: Data collection, data analytics, privacy, securing data, dashboards, sensor data
  • Technology: Blockchain, Cyber security, connectivity, IoT, apps, wi-fi, sensor technology, augmented intelligence

This track keeps attendees informed on this rapidly growing sector of commercial real estate and provides high-level topics that provide expert technical information for industrial property managers.

  • Intermodal transportation
  • Issues and trends in ports
  • Impacts, trends and issues regading marijuana and industrial properties
  • Fast-paced changes and expansion in e-commerce
  • New, emerging and disruptive technologies
  • Retail trends affecting the industrial market
  • Conversion - trends to convert other asset types to serve industrial uses
  • Multi-story distribution centers
  • International persepctives on industrial management
  • Roofing technology and new systems
  • Conversions - former industrial to other assets and other assets to industrial
  • New, emerging and distruptive technology and trends - driverless vehicles, increased use of drones for delivery, etc.
  • Safety, risk and environmental Management
  • Low and high volume logistics
  • Real estate law - exposures relating to industrial tenancy

Sessions in this track focus on the challenges and solutions of personal and professional development and attracting and keeping talent. Session submitted by leaders workng in commercial real estate with solution-based case studies are preferred.

  • Effective recruitment strategies
  • Communication and customer service training
  • Mid-career management
  • Diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias
  • Effectively managing remote teams
  • Building and maintaining strong teams
  • Mentorship programs
  • Being an effective leader at every stage of your career
  • Balancing professional and personal
  • Being an industry leader

Sessions in this track explore evolving tenant expectations and how to create and sustain successful relationships with tenants while providing ROI to both tenants and building owners.

  • New and emerging technology
  • Unconscious bias and tenant relationships
  • Collecting data and measuring returns on building changes/improvements
  • Effective and useful tenant satisfaction surveys
  • Amenities and hospitality - trends, tenant expectations, costs and ROI to owners 
  • Creating engaging properties
  • Innovative tenant events that show strong ROI and gain owner buy-in
  • Managing tenant relationships through major building renovations
  • Dealing with challenging tenants
  • Appealng to an increasingly diverse tenant base
  • Blockchain and tenant relations
  • Trends in space design

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To find out more about what BOMA is looking for in a proposal, read the Tips, Guidelines and Rules. 

Information Required to Submit a Proposal

The online submission form will ask you for the following information: 

ProTip: Create and save all proposal information in a word document FIRST, and then copy and paste the information into the submission form. 

  • TITLE (max 125 characters*): This is the first impression for your presentation. Is it informative and engaging? Is it active, i.e., what, exactly, is the take away? Does it accurately reflect the session topic? Is it short and to the point (the title does not have to explain everything attendees will learn)?
  • SESSION DESCRIPTION (max 1000 characters*): A well-written description clearly identifies the purpose and intent of the session. It also peaks the interest of the reader and encourages them to attend the session. To be effective the description should: preview the content and the learner outcomes (what will they learn); clarify the relevancy of the topic (why they need to know it); and highlight the benefits of attending the session (what they will be able to do with this information).
  • SESSION FORMAT: Sessions will be 60 minutes. Please choose ONE of the following session formats (see PRESENTER DETAILS below for definitions of presenter types):
    • Topic Forum: 10-15 minute presentation followed by group discussion and potential report outs. Presenter types: presenter, facilitator
    • Structured Discussion: Presentation(s) geared to inspire discussion among audience members throughout the session. Presenter types: presenter, facilitator
    • Panel Discussion: Moderated discussion between panel members with audience questions addressed. Presenter types: moderator, panelist
    • Case Study: Presenter discusses a real-life problem and/or solution to a problems and invites audience participation. Presenter types: presenter
    • Group Exercise: Participants are divided into small groups and given a specific task to complete or problems to brainstorm solutions. Solutions can then be shared after the conference. Presenter types: facilitator, presenter
    • Idea Exchange: Moderator or facilitator leads a discussion among participants. Presenter types: moderator, facilitator
    • Interactive Lecture: An informative and instructional speech with time specifically allotted for Q&A. Presenter type: presenter
  • LEARNING APPROACH: Identify the type of information will be presented to the session attendee. Is it a tangible, hands-on skill developing session, or a solutions-based session? Select the best option
    • Skill Building: How-to, tactical instruction
    • Best Practices/Lessons Learned: Sharing real work experiences, case studies, strategies
    • Problem Solving: Identification, examination, and analysis of solutions to a particular problem or issue
    • Concept Exploration: Discussion on higher-level ideas, strategies, and/or issues important to CRE professionals
  • FOUR (4) LEARNING OBJECTIVES (max 500 characters): Learning objectives show the measurable outcomes of the session. Learning objectives are best expressed through active verbs such as: learn, discover, establish, assess, identify, examine, construct, etc. Tip: when developing you learning objectives, complete the following sentence: “after this session, attendees will know…, or will know how to.., or can confidently discuss…”
  • SESSION DESIGN/OUTLINE (max 1000 characters): Explain the flow of and how you will conduct the presentation. You are challenged to be informative, creative and interactive. Provide enough detail that reviewers can clearly visualize your presentation. Submit in the form of an outline.
  • TARGET AUDIENCE: Who benefits most from being in the room? Select all that apply.
    • Property/Building Managers
    • Building Owners
    • Asset Managers
    • Engineers
    • Facility Managers
    • Architects
    • Developers
    • Emerging Professionals
    • Mid-level Professionals
    • Season Professionals
  • TWEET YOUR SESSION (max 280 characters): Give us the tweet you would use to promote your session – remember, 280 characters or less (including spaces)!

PRESENTER DETAILS you will need to provide the following information for EACH SPEAKER

  • NAME
  • BRIEF BIO (max 2000 characters*): bios are brief, in paragraph form, and focus on the credentials and professional expertise in the topic being proposed. 
    • Presenter – a presenter shares explanations of a given topic in an information session
    • Facilitator – a facilitator guides group discussion and/or decision making
    • Moderator – guides panelists and audience participation in a discussion or information session
    • Panelist – one of multiple topic experts chosen to share knowledge in a moderated discussion
  • REFERENCES Provide information on recent speaking engagement.
    • Date, location, topic, and website (if applicable/available)

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Proposal Evaluation and Tips

Submissions are evaluated by BOMA International's CFP Review Committees, which consist of BOMA staff, industry volunteers and other subject matter experts:

  • Relevance and timeliness of presentation topic to the commercial real estate industry
  • A well-defined focus and demonstration of "take home" value for conference attendees
  • Use of case studies, actual applications, and/or field data to demonstrate best practices and outcomes of ideas suggested in presentation
  • Creative and innovative approaches to delivering education
  • Speakers' expertise and experience as a commercial real estate practitioner
  • Adherence to submission rules and regulations—incomplete submissions WILL NOT be considered. This includes all requested information for each speaker being submitted. Please review the submission Rules and Regulations.

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Rules and Responsibilities

  • BOMA does not reimburse any travel expenses or pay speaker fees/honoraria for education sessions.

  • Presenters may be included in NO MORE THAN TWO SESSIONS. Please communicate with any presenters you are including to ensure they are not over-committed – if one of your presenters is in multiple other submissions that may impact yours being accepted.
  • Education sessions are required to be NON-COMMERCIAL. Presenters may not promote a product, service, or anything representing monetary self-interest. Any proposal deemed as a sales pitch will automatically be removed from consideration. 
  • Industry vendors and suppliers MUST INCLUDE speakers who can speak to the application or implementation of ideas or products discussed in the proposed session – customers, end-users, or clients.
  • Names, titles, bios and contact info for each speaker must be provided at the time of submission. Any submissions containing incomplete speaker info will be automatically disqualified after the submission deadline.
  • Submitters must INFORM each person recruited to be a part of the session of the rules and responsibilities and have PERMISSION from all speakers to submit their names for consideration. If a proposal is selected and the speakers were not aware of the submission, the proposal is subject to automatic cancellation and being replaced from a session on the wait list.
  • Each presenter, panelist, moderator, and/or facilitator associated with an accepted session will be required to review and officially accept BOMA International’s conference SPEAKER AGREEMENT and complete an ONLINE PROFILE.
  • All presenters MUST REGISTER for the conference. BOMA International offers a discounted registration fee for the conference or a complimentary, day-only registration for the day of the session.
  • Once a presentation is accepted, a new person cannot be added or switched out without prior approval from the CFP Review Committee.
  • For all accepted submissions, BOMA reserves the right to edit any submitted copy for promotional purposes.
  • Sessions at BOMA International Conference and Expo are scheduled on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The schedule is determined by balancing topics and target audiences. Individual schedule requests are considered only in extreme circumstances


Contact Sara Harr, Manager of Education & Meetings

(202) 326-6351