October 2009
The Reviews Are In for OBCAI’s 2009 Annual International Conference

OBCAI’s Annual International Conference, held September 24-27th at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina in San Diego was given high reviews by attendees. The Education sessions received positive reviews from members. Read more

Carrie Gates Ends Presidential Term on High Note

Carrie Gates [Barrister Executive Suites] recently completed her one-year term as President of OBCAI, handing over the reigns of the association to incoming President Carolina Rendeiro [Business Centers International] at an emotional luncheon held on September 26th at the OBCAI annual conference in San Diego. Read more

Carolina Rendeiro Inaugurated as New OBCAI President

Carolina Rendeiro [Business Centers International] was inaugurated as the new President of OBCAI on Saturday, September 26th at the association’s annual international education conference. She takes over from Carrie Gates [Barrister Executive Suites]. Javier Garcia –Iza [IOS Offices] was announced as the new President-Elect. Read more

OBCAI Announces Eleven New Webinars

OBCAI has announced and scheduled 11 brand new webinars. “These are the first in what promises to be a busy fourth quarter of 2009 and a very active 2010 for our educational Webinar series,” said Martin Senn, OBCAI’s Education Committee, Virtual College, Chair [Davinci Virtual Office Solutions]. Read more

Industry Financial Study Released

OBCAI releases its 2009 Financial Study of the industry on November 2, 2009. The study represents the most complete, accurate and up-to-date database of office business centers’ financial and operating data published anywhere. Surveys were collected and confidentially tabulated by Industry Insights, Inc., which has been compiling surveys for trade and professional associations for almost 30 years. Read more

OBCAI Announces 2010 Conference Dates In Miami

OBCAI President Carolina Rendeiro [Business Centers International] has announced the dates and location for the 2010 Annual Conference. The conference will be held September 22nd -25th in Miami at the historic five-star Biltmore Hotel. OBCAI has secured unheard of rates of $159 per night. Read more

Awards and Honors Bestowed on Several Active Members

Several members were awarded richly-deserved accolades at OBCAI’s annual recognition luncheon held on September 26th at the annual international education conference. Read more

Richard Meyers Hired As New Executive Director of OBCAI

OBCAI is pleased to announce that Richard Meyers has been hired as the association’s new Executive Director. Richard and his company, Association Growth Management (AGM), will handle all of the day-to-day management tasks of the Association as of January 1st, 2010, while transitioning to several tasks immediately. Read more

2009/2010 Board Installed

The OBCAI 2009/2010 Board of Directors was officially installed on September 26th. Carolina Rendeiro began her term as President, with Carrie Gates moving into the Immediate Past President Role. Javier Garcia-Iza is the Association’s new President-Elect. Read more

Business Centre Association Develops Broker Code of Conduct

After contentious discussions with both the broker community and their center-owner members, the Business Centre Association (BCA), the UK trade association representing the "business centre and managed workspace" industry disseminated a “Broker Code of Conduct” to its membership. Read more

Elaine McAvoy of CTI Software:  Industry Feedback Helped Develop Successful Software

Elaine McAvoy of CTI Software has been an OBCAI member for twelve years.  She explains how feedback from member operators has helped CTI develop software tailored for the OBCs – software such as “Suite Answer Center” and “Suite Accounting” that have proven to be very successful. Read more

Call for 2010 Conference Topics and Speakers

Members – if you have a particular topic or speaker that you would like presented at the Annual International Education Conference Sessions, to be held September 23-24th, 2010, now is your chance to let us know. OBCAI’s Conference Committee is asking for suggestions both from potential speakers who would like to present a session, and from attendees who would like the conference to address a particular topic. Read more

BusinesSuites Awarded Dell Computers/NFIB Small Business Excellence Award

OBCAI member BusinesSuites, based in Austin Texas, has been awarded the prestigious Dell Computers/National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Small Business Excellence Award. 
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Industry Association Presidents Pledge to Work Together

Presidents of several industry associations met and discussed issues concerning their members and the industry at the EUROCBCA annual meeting held on September 28th in Paris. OBCAI President Carolina Rendeiro attended, representing OBCAI.  Issues discussed among the Presidents included; Web Broker Best Practice Issues; Industry Financial Studies; and Industry Classification. Read more

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