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History of BOMA Southwest Conference
Evolution of the BOMA Southwest Conference: Successfully Integrating Education, Professionalism and Cooperation
In the late 1920s, there were no national or local training programs for the management of commercial office buildings, but there was a desire by building owners to increase their efficiency of operation. In a spirit of cooperation, owners began informal meetings and created several local Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) groups. The desire for professionalism and the spirit of cooperation caused five Dallas building owners, who were meeting informally monthly, to drive to Biloxi, Mississippi in 1930 to attend the national conference of the Building Owners and Managers Association. Afterwards, they developed the concept of a regional conference to share information. The first Southwest Conference was held in Dallas in 1931 and the second in Oklahoma City the following year.
Early conference agendas were based on various management issues and a concern for the future. Acceptance of the conference was rapid and since travel to the conference was either by automobile or train, the conference venues were selected to include the local BOMA associations connected by the major train and highway routes. Host cities created and funded the conference and retained the net proceeds of the event.
Competition for time became a challenge as BOMA members were faced with a growing Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International convention (held in various cities in June), the BOMA International Winter…LEARN MORE