Leadership Spotlight - Amanda Joachim of LandCare
Thursday, June 24, 2021
by: Michele Ignacio, A.O. Reed & Co.

Section: Leadership Spotlight

Amanda Joachim is a native San Diegan.  She attended college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She also lived in Scottsdale where she began her career.  As beautiful as Arizona is, the 120 degree weather eventually motivated her to move back to America’s Finest City!

Amanda started working at LandCare as a Business Development Manager in September 2019.  In December 2019, she joined BOMA San Diego and attended her first luncheon event.  Amanda remembers watching the new 2020 Board of Directors get sworn in.  She remembered Tom Magnussen’s heartfelt speech about BOMA and his time as President, and right then knew that BOMA San Diego was a special association.

In BOMA, Amanda volunteers on three Committees - Membership & Emerging Leaders, Special Events, and Sponsorship. Her BOMA leadership experience includes sub-chairing the Associate Download 2.0, hosting a Meet A Principal Member event, vice chairing the Special Events committee and serving on the BOMA Board of Directors as a Member-At-Large.  

Read below to learn more about Amanda:

BOMA San Diego: How would you describe your leadership style? 
Amanda: I would describe my leadership style as collaborative, detailed oriented and fun. I love working together as a team and watching goals and achievements be accomplished by the group as a whole. I have always found the best results are achieved in a collaborative environment, where a strong organizational bond is formed. It also makes the experience so much more fun!  

BOMA San Diego: What motivated you to volunteer for a leadership position in our Organization? 
Amanda: At my fifth-grade graduation, we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. My answer, to be the first woman President. I may no longer want to fill that role, however, my passion and drive to be involved in organizations, associations, or committees that stand to make a difference has and continues to be important to me. I like to think it’s part of my DNA and that is why I wanted to volunteer for a leadership position and continue to have an impact on the commercial real estate industry.

BOMA San Diego: How has your experience in BOMA helped your professional development and how do you express the achievements/skills you’ve learned to your leadership at LandCare?
Amanda: My experience has been wonderful and so valuable for me professionally and personally! This organization provides its members with resources to pursue personal development, advocacy, education, and networking opportunities. The skills, knowledge, and connections I have gained in my short time with BOMA have only enhanced my role as a Business Development Manager with LandCare!

BOMA San Diego: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a BOMA leader and how did you overcome it?
Amanda: I can’t define a specific moment where I was faced with a challenge or adversity. But this past year the BOMA San Diego chapter navigated through the Coronavirus and a political climate that impacted most members and their companies. I feel very lucky to have been a part of this Organization that was proactive and forward thinking on how to approach each situation and find creative solutions to continue to bring value to the membership.

BOMA San Diego: Who is your BOMA mentor and what is the best advice they’ve given you?
Amanda: I have multiple mentors within BOMA. Melanie Bamba Milinkevich, Michele Ignacio, and Shelby Ballow have all played a pivotal role in my involvement in the association. They are positive role models and the best BOMA advocates. They have encouraged me to get involved in the Organization, especially on the Board and committees and I appreciate all their support along the way.

BOMA San Diego: What do you think is most important in creating a positive culture?
Amanda: Culture is intangible, it’s always there, it’s presence isn’t a choice. It’s created and defined by the people. So I think what is most important is to make sure we listen, understand, and build a trusting environment where everyone is heard and respected and through those actions a positive culture naturally develops.  

BOMA San Diego: We heard that you are a new mother! Congratulations on the arrival of your baby girl!  What advice would you give to our new parents who are balancing work life and personal life?
Amanda: Thank you, she is pretty awesome! I don’t think there is a perfect balance. Some days will be easy, some days will be hard and some days will just seem impossible, but don’t forget to ask for help when you need it and to give yourself grace because at the end of the day, you’re killing it! Also, don’t forget to laugh at yourself, I promise you’re not going crazy. 😊

BOMA San Diego: How do you define success?
Amanda: I define success in many different ways. Of course through accomplishing my goals and aspirations but also in my personal growth and happiness. As long as I am continuing to grow as an individual, learning from mistakes, ending most days happy, liking what I am doing and how I am doing it then that is success in my book!