BOMA/Chicago Gold Circle Award nominations are accepted in September and October every year. 2019 Gold Circle Award nominations are open September 16 through October 25. Access the Gold Circle Awards nomination forms.

What's New 

Have any changes been made to the Gold Circle Awards nomination forms this year?

In 2019, two major changes have been implemented:

  • Addition of a new Janitorial Professional of the Year Award
  • Changing required years of experience in the commercial real estate industry to five years of less (previously three to seven) for the Emerging Leader of the Year Award

Additional changes made include:

  • Requesting building information on the nomination form, such as building size, age, staff size and number of tenants
  • Removing "Overall Impression" (previously weighted at 5%) from the judging criteria for Building Engineer of the Year and Security Director of the Year, and redistributing as follows:
    • For Building Engineer of the Year, redistributed 5% to "Achievement of Exceptional Results"
    • For Security Director of the Year, redistributing 5% to "Demonstration of Leadership"

Who oversees the Gold Circle Awards Process?

BOMA/Chicago’s Communications Committee conducts a regular review of the nomination forms and overall process each year.

BOMA/Chicago staff oversees the nomination and selection process, working closely with the nominees and the Gold Circle Award Selection Committee. Questions and comments can be directed to Amy Masters, Director of Marketing and Communications at amasters@bomachicago.org or (312) 870-9612.

Nominations

Where can I find the nomination forms?

View and download the Gold Circle Awards Process are available on the main Gold Circle Awards page. 

When are nominations due?

Nominations are generally accepted in September and October of each year. Specific dates are posted on the main Gold Circle Awards page in September.

Is there an application fee?

There is no application fee to participate.

Does the Affiliate of the Year Award recognize the individual or the company?

The Affiliate of the Year Award recognizes an individual employed by an Affiliate Member company.

Gold Circle Awards Selection Committee

Who serves on the Gold Circle Award Selection Committee?

The Gold Circle Award Selection Committee is comprised of one representative each from fifteen to twenty management companies with the most members, and includes a BOMA/Chicago Board member. A minimum of three committee members are assigned to the judging panel for each category.

Gold Circle Award nominees are not eligible to serve on the Gold Circle Award Selection Committee.

How are judging conflicts handled?

Each of the five award categories is assigned three or more judge panelists to review nominees and interview finalists. Judges for each category will be selected to avoid conflicts of interest because of company or building affiliations.

Finalist and Winner Selection Process

Where can I find a list of winners from previous years?

View of list of Gold Circle Awards winners from previous years.

Can nominators prepare nominees for interviews?

Nominators are encouraged to help prepare nominees for interviews. Please note judging criteria which aligns with nomination questions for each category, which is listed below.

What criteria are used to judge nominees and finalists?

Each award category is judged based on predetermined, weighted criteria as indicated below:

Janitorial Professional

  •   5%   Involvement in commercial industry and community
  • 15%   Achievement of exceptional results in cleanliness
  • 15%   Promotion of workplace safety and training
  • 10%   Proactive steps taken to advance sustainability and/or wellness initiatives
  • 15%   Achievement of tenant satisfaction
  • 10%   Going above and beyond
  • 15%   Achievement of team development and commitment to staff
  •   5%   TOBY Awards Assistance and Peer Review
  •   5%   Bio or Resume
  •   5%   Recommendation Letter

Building Engineer:

  •   5%   Involvement in Commercial Real Estate Industry (including BOMA/Chicago)
  • 25%   Achievement of exceptional results in building preventive maintenance and repair
  • 15%   Participation in engineering-focused training and/or educational development programs
  • 20%   Achievement of tenant satisfaction
  • 20%   Achievement of professional accomplishments
  •   5%   TOBY Awards Assistance and Peer Review
  •   5%   Bio or Resume
  •   5%   Recommendation Letter

Emerging Leader

  •   5%   Involvement in Commercial Real Estate Industry (including BOMA/Chicago)
  • 20%   Achievement of tenant satisfaction
  • 10%   Contribution to outstanding sustainability and efficiency efforts
  • 15%   Participation in training and/or professional development programs
  • 20%   Achievement of professional accomplishments
  • 15%   Demonstration of leadership
  •   5%   Bio or Resume
  •   5%   Recommendation Letter
  •   5%   Overall impression

Property Manager

  •   5%   Involvement in Commercial Real Estate Industry (including BOMA/Chicago)
  • 20%   Achievement in building operations
  • 12%   Achievement in outstanding sustainability and efficiency efforts
  • 13%   Achievement in tenant satisfaction
  • 15%   Achievement of professional accomplishments
  • 15%   Demonstration of leadership
  •   5%   Participation in TOBY Awards and Peer Review
  •   5%   Bio or Resume
  •   5%   Recommendation Letter
  •   5%   Overall impression

Security Professional

  •   5%   Involvement in Commercial Real Estate Industry (including BOMA/Chicago)
  • 20%   Maintaining building safety
  • 15%   Advancement of security procedures
  • 15%   Achievement in tenant satisfaction
  • 20%   Achievement of professional accomplishments
  • 15%   Demonstration of leadership
  •   5%   Bio or Resume
  •   5%   Recommendation Letter

Affiliate Member

  • 10%   Involvement in Commercial Real Estate Industry (including BOMA/Chicago)
  • 15%   Exceptional Professional Service
  • 20%   Implementation of customer service initiative
  • 20%   Achievement of professional accomplishments
  • 15%   Demonstration of leadership
  •   5%   Participation in training and/or educational development programs
  •   5%   Bio or Resume
  •   5%   Recommendation Letter
  •   5%   Overall impression

How much weight is involvement with BOMA/Chicago given for each award?

BOMA/Chicago involvement is incorporated into the “Involvement in Commercial Real Estate Industry” criteria ranging from 5 to 10% of the overall score for each category. Note that commercial real estate industry involvement includes industry, civic, community and/or philanthropic, not just BOMA/Chicago.

Additional Information

Who can I call with additional questions?

For more information, please contact Amy Masters, Director of Marketing and Communications, at amasters@bomachicago.org or (312) 870-9612.