Leadership Spotlight featuring Brittany Deal of ABM
Friday, October 27, 2023
by: Michele Ignacio, A.O. Reed & Co.

Section: Leadership Spotlight

Brittany Deal was born and raised in San Diego! She loves our city so much. She grew up in North County near Rancho Bernardo/Poway and attended San Diego State University (go Aztecs!).


Brittany started her career in property management in 2009. In 2015, Brittany began working at Cushman & Wakefield in CRE brokerage with a focus on office space. In 2020, she switched back to property management at the same company and worked on a Class A downtown high-rise tower in San Diego.


In 2021, Brittany made the leap over to the service provider side when she accepted a job with ABM. She works as a Regional Account Manager who is focused on new sales and retention for engineering, janitorial, and parking along with providing operational support to her ABM team and most importantly her clients.


Brittany joined BOMA San Diego in 2021 and currently chairs the Sponsorship Committee and co-chairs the Special Events Committee. She also volunteers on the Government Affairs Committee. One of her first efforts as the incoming Sponsorship Chairperson was securing a few first time BOMA San Diego Annual Supporting Partners! Her most impressive achievement in BOMA is being able to chair/co-chair two committees in the same year! She jumped into the BOMA waters and is loving every minute of it. Her other favorite achievement is being nominated for the Ray Magnussen Associate Member of the Year award for 2023!


Read below to learn more about Brittany.


BOMA San Diego: Tell me 3 things that describe your leadership style.

Brittany: 1) I value relationships and my colleagues over set goals. 2) I have more of a hands-off approach. I am always willing to provide support and training to provide tools needed to perform and succeed. 3) I like to get feedback from my team members before making a decision. I never assume I am the smartest person in the room. There will always be people that are more experienced than me and I value their input.

BOMA San Diego: What motivates you to be a BOMA leader?

Brittany: Being part of this organization has truly been rewarding in so many ways; career growth and friendships to name a few. I also enjoy being part of the inner workings of an organization.

BOMA San Diego: You are the current Sponsorship Committee Chairperson and Special Events Vice Chairperson!  How do you balance out priorities between your leadership responsibilities at ABM and in BOMA?

Brittany: Very carefully. I must be extremely organized and know what my deadlines are for BOMA and ABM. Sometimes things do not go accordingly to plan, and you just need to take it one task at a time.

BOMA San Diego: What is the most difficult part about being a Committee Chairperson and how do you deal with the pressure?

Brittany: There is more pressure on the committee chair on meeting/exceeding committee goals and objectives. As for dealing with the pressure, I try to rely on my committee members and ask for help when needed.

BOMA San Diego: What’s the most rewarding part about being a Chairperson?

Brittany: I love seeing the success of the committee throughout the year. While I am the chair, I could not do it without the support and help of all the committee members. Special shoutout to Michele Ignacio, Melanie Bamba-Milinkevich and Shelby Ballow for all your support and guidance.

 BOMA San Diego: How do you measure success?

Brittany: I measure my success by looking at my career path and my life accomplishments. I think it’s rewarding to look back on where I started and where I am now. It was a path full of zig-zags, but I feel very accomplished at where I am now and what my future holds.

BOMA San Diego: What leadership legacy do you want to leave behind for the next generation?

Brittany: I hope our next generation has a strong work ethic and most importantly, compassion. You need to work hard for the things you want in life and that doesn’t come easy. Most importantly you need to have compassion and understanding for others.

BOMA San Diego: What activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Brittany: I enjoy being with my family and being an aunt to my niece and two nephews (they keep me busy!). Horseback riding, naps and a newfound love for kayaking are a few favorites.

BOMA San Diego: Tell me one quirky fact about you.

Brittany: I enjoy reality TV, especially The Real Housewives. Cali Bird calls this enjoyment of mine “trash TV”.

BOMA San Diego: I heard that you love dogs!  What kind of pups do you have and what are their names and what’s the best thing about them?

Brittany: My fur baby! I have a rescue Greyhound Lab, Buddy – but I called him Budders. I adopted him at 8 months old and now he is 10. The best thing about Budders is how much he loves destroying all his new toys within 2.5 minutes, kidding! He is always there for me and happy to see me, plus he is the best cuddler - all 90 pounds of him.

BOMA San Diego: Favorite motivational quote?

Brittany: Life’s tough, get a helmet…and make sure to have a great support system.