Leadership Spotlight featuring Alicia Love
Monday, December 14, 2020
by: Pearl Lai, Innovative Industrial Properties

Section: Leadership Spotlight

Meet our latest Leadership Spotlight, Alicia Love! Alicia is the current Special Events Committee Chair of BOMA. She grew up in the city of Santa Ana but has lived in Santa Monica, London, Vista, Del Mar, and currently resides in Encinitas. She is the proud mother of two easy-going, curious, and caring boys: Bruce and Trevor.  Her partner in crime, Joe, came into their lives about three years ago and completes their family.
BOMA San Diego: What is your role at ABM and how long have you worked there?
Alicia: My number one role at ABM is to take care of the people, spaces, and places that are important to customers and future customers in the San Diego County area.  My membership in BOMA helped me network and land my amazing and fulfilling career at ABM back in April 2018.  
BOMA San Diego: How long were you a property manager?
Alicia: Before my transition to business development, I worked for over 10 years in property management.  I started as a temp trying to pay my college tuition while in school. I’m a Cal State Fullerton alumna... GO TITANS! Luckily, I was able to maintain key relationships from my temp work and land an Assistant Property Management position (my first job with my own office!) for a very prestigious REIT in Orange County where I manage a little over a million square feet (approximately 200 tenants).  That started me on my path in the industry and from there I dabbled in third-party management with JLL and CBRE, gaining CRE work experience managing retail and office properties. Interacting with landlords, tenants, and vendors helped me gain valuable skills, along with meeting some of my best friends, and ultimately led the path to my career at ABM.  It has been a journey and if I had to do all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing! 
BOMA San Diego: Did you attend college? If so which one?
Alicia: Education is very near and dear to my heart.  I went the junior college route and transferred to Cal State Fullerton to get my bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in law.  If it weren’t for property management, I’d probably be an attorney!
BOMA San Diego: What is the best part and most difficult part of being a leader?
Alicia: The most difficult part of being a leader is the responsibility.  I feel the most important thing needed to be a good leader is to prioritize organizing your time and attention.  The best part of being a leader is the confidence and trust that is earned from your social/work community.
BOMA San Diego: How do you motivate your committee?
Alicia: We meet monthly over Zoom now and I think it is important to listen to everyone’s ideas and explore them no matter how alike or different they are from my own ideas.  I like to encourage participation and we have created sub-committees to work on the planning of each event every year.  
BOMA San Diego: Who is your favorite leader and why?
Alicia: It’s a tie between Melanie Milinkevich and Melanie Krogman.  They both have a wealth of BOMA knowledge and are always willing to help and support.
BOMA San Diego: What values are most important to you as a leader?
Alicia: Trust, understanding, and determination.
BOMA San Diego: How would your best friends describe your personality in three words/phrases?
Alicia: Joe says that I am a “drop of sunshine.”  Heather Collins wrote, “Direct, outgoing, and loyal.” My best friend since 7th grade says, “Charismatic, ambitious, and honest.”  My little sister says three C’s, “Compassionate, considerate, and courageous.”
BOMA San Diego: What is the first thing you want to do once all covid-19 restrictions are lifted?
Alicia: Have a BIG party with everyone - lots of wine, good eats, and where hugs are allowed!
Thank you, Alicia Love, for all your BOMA love!