Silvia Quevedo,CCC-SLP, CAE

2020 | President's AwardCompany: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

Silvia Quevedo, Practice Director for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), was recognized with the 2020 President’s Award from BOMA Georgia.

In 2020, BOMA Georgia found new ways to serve members, strengthen the real estate industry, and play a significant role in keeping tenants and the general public safe in the built environment. This would not have been possible without the collaboration and partnership with others outside of BOMA Georgia.

As COVID-19 began spreading rapidly throughout the United States, BOMA Georgia realized there was an opportunity to help building owners, managers, and operators by providing them with the most up-to date, science-based information available. To do so, BOMA Georgia turned to APIC. With more than 15,000 members, APIC is the leading professional association for infection preventionists. The organization’s mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. Silvia Quevedo, APIC’s Practice Guidance Director, was instrumental in helping BOMA Georgia form a new partnership with APIC both on the national and state levels. The connections she facilitated directly resulted in BOMA Georgia and the Greater Atlanta Chapter of APIC providing a COVID-19 webinar that was free for real estate professionals, not just in Georgia, but also throughout the nation, to attend.

In fact, the webinar, which was held in early March 2020, was the first national COVID-19 webinar provided by any BOMA in the United States and attracted thousands of participants through the live session and recording. The connections Silvia facilitated also resulted in the production of additional video and electronic resources to help real estate professionals and tenants navigate through the pandemic.

As Gabriel Eckert, BOMA Georgia’s Chief Executive Officer said, “Silvia’s leadership directly resulted in our ability to quickly respond to the threat of COVID-19, provide the latest science-based information, and most importantly to help keep our members, and their tenants and the general public safe throughout the pandemic. Her leadership and generosity of time in serving BOMA has literally made our state, country, and world a safer place.”