Erica Mann was born and raised in San Diego! She grew up in Rancho San Diego and went to Uni High School (now known as Cathedral High). She attended college at San Diego State University and earned a degree in Communications with an emphasis in public relations. She stepped into the commercial real estate industry 17 years ago, and currently works as a Business Development Manager for San Diego Mechanical Energy (SDME). At SDME, Erica is responsible for selling preventive maintenance and customer care, project sales, marketing and branding efforts, and represents her company as the official SDME rep for SDBEA, BOMA and all related events!
Erica joined BOMA San Diego three years ago. She is a member of the new Life Science Committee and chairs the Community Service Committee. When we asked Erica about her BOMA achievements, she said that she is proud to work with the committee that reimagined the Annual Holiday Gift Drive to a hybrid effort - a bin-less drive (benefiting the YWCA) that encourages online donations with an opportunity to drop off gifts in-person at special designated locations in San Diego. She also loves that her committee was able to take time out to work together as a team when they embarked on a new volunteer effort with the Ronald McDonald House.
Read below to learn more about Erica and her BOMA leadership journey.
BOMA San Diego: What is your leadership style?
Erica: My goal is to create an environment where committee members can take initiative and create a fundraiser or volunteer event for a cause they are passionate about. I’m all about a TEAM vibe.
BOMA San Diego: You are the current Chairperson for the Community Service Committee. What were your top 3 goals for the Committee this year?
Erica: 1. Create more group participation and involvement. 2. Be open to changing direction or partnering with new not-for-profit organizations. 3. Create an opportunity to have a fundraiser or volunteer event that involves BOMA OC and BOMA LA OR involves SDBEA/IREM/IFMA. #3 is #1 for 2024!
BOMA San Diego: What was your biggest challenge as a first year Chairperson?
Erica: Making the time!
BOMA San Diego: What is the most rewarding part about being a Chairperson?
Erica: Making a difference!
BOMA San Diego: How do you set your priorities as a leader?
Erica: We are here to be of service – this committee is a feel-good, cup runneth over, heartwarming group. That is the focus.
BOMA San Diego: What’s your definition of success?
Erica: Achieving goals set all with a smile on my face.
BOMA San Diego: Who inspires you and why?
Erica: Working mothers – it ain’t easy!
BOMA San Diego: What leadership legacy do you want to leave behind for the next generation?
Erica: Be the reflection of what you want to receive. This is my personal mantra.
BOMA San Diego: What’s something you love to do when you aren’t working?
Erica: I love watching my son play soccer, I love hiking and Orangetheory and I’m very passionate about traveling. It fills my soul.
BOMA San Diego: Is there a book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen more than once that you could recommend? Favorite thing about it?Erica: A recent movie I’ve seen multiple times is The Covenant. I really admire the message of the sacred bond of honoring your word. Alignment is very important to me. People whose words and actions align are my kind of people! MUST WATCH. YOU WILL CRY.