BOMA Greater Phoenix names Quinlan as new executive director


BOMA Greater Phoenix recently named Farrell Quinlan, former National Federation of Independent Business state director, as its new executive director.

While at NFIB, Mr. Quinlan authored legislation reversing “drive-by” trial-lawyer abuse of the Americans With Disabilities Act; and created legal protections for independent contractor employment relationships through a declaration of independent business status process, according to a press release.

Mr. Quinlan replaces Tim Lawless, who left BOMA Greater Phoenix in February to be president at Commercial Real-estate Executives for Economic Development.

“I’m excited to bring Farrell and his lengthy experience in running successful trade associations to BOMA Phoenix,” said BOMA Greater Phoenix President Robert Vincent, RPA, Cordia Capital Management, in a prepared statement.

“He also brings a strong sense of public policy and advocacy that will strengthen BOMA Phoenix’s presence at the Capitol. We are honored that he is at the helm as we venture into another successful year in 2020.”

Mr. Quinlan, according to the release, has helped make Arizona the first state to require its regulators to offer an opportunity to correct rule violations before issuing a citation or fine.

From 1997 to 2007, he served as a vice president for policy development, communications and marketing at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“I’m humbled and honored to be entrusted by the BOMA Greater Phoenix Board of Directors to be Executive Director during this extraordinarily dynamic time for Arizona commercial real estate,” said Mr. Quinlan in a prepred statement.

“I’m excited to get to work serving our members and advocating for the commercial real estate industry.

This legislative session, BOMA Greater Phoenix is committed to helping secure further business property tax relief that will make Arizona more competitive in attracting new development and job creation.”

His accolades include receiving the Leader of the Year in Public Policy Award in economic development; his government relations firm, In the Arena Public Affairs, was recognized among the top 20 lobbying firms in Arizona, noted the release.

Mr. Quinlan has served on Workforce Arizona Council, the board of directors of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce; Gov. Doug Ducey’s Gubernatorial Transition Team; Chandler’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

And, he was appointed by then-Governor Janet Napolitano to the commission that developed the design of the U.S. Mint’s 2008 Arizona quarter, the release added.

A Vermont native, the Chandler resident earned a bachelor’s degree in political communication from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.