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Barbara S. Harris Industry Achievement Award

The Barbara S. Harris Industry Achievement Award recognizes and promotes individuals who have made a significant contribution to BOMA/GLA and to the commercial real estate industry throughout the course of their career.

This award is named in honor of Barbara S. Harris, a former president and volunteer Chairman of the Board of BOMA Greater Los Angeles. Harris was an innovative commercial real estate professional who was responsible for the first use of the triple-net lease in the Murdock Plaza office building in Los Angeles. She was a Real Property Administrator who shared her expertise in lease escalation methods as a speaker and author. She began her decades-long career in Los Angeles as a property manager for H. C. Beck Co., Arthur Rubloff & Co. and Crocker National Bank, followed by eight years as vice president and COO of Murdock Management Co. in Westwood.

In addition to her service to BOMA/GLA, she was also actively involved in BOMA International, serving as chair of the 1983 BOMA International Convention in Los Angeles and served as a member of the BOMA International Finance Committee, the Building Review Service Council, and the National Advisory Council and Operating Methods Committee. She also designed and instituted educational courses for BOMA and won the BOMA International President’s Award in 1991. As a member of the advisory board for Commercial Real Estate Women, Los Angeles, she mentored many women in real estate and in 2005 was honored with the CREW-LA Renaissance Award.

Harris was a founder of the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate at the University of Southern California, an intensive, executive education and certification program in real estate development and finance that has graduated more than 400 students in its 13 years. She served as the program’s president and as a member of its Advisory Board.

Current and Past Recipients

2019 - Arpy Hatzikian, Gensler

2018 - Richard Ziman, Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.

2017 - John Kilroy Jr., Kilroy Realty Corporation

2016 - Rob McGuire

2015 - Aaron Cohen, ABM

2014 - Jim Thomas, Thomas Properties Group

2012 - Robert Westmore, RJ Westmore

2011 - Chip Julin

2010 - Mary Marx, Cushman & Wakefield

2009 - Randall Moore, Morlin Management

2008 - Pedro Valencia, Sky Rider Equipment

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