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BOMA GTB News: May 2018 Print

President's Message

May is here and it looks like spring has finally arrived. Just a few more weeks and the kids will be out of school for the summer. I am still astonished that I will have a high school sophomore soon! Do you have any fantastic plans? Why not bring the whole family to San Antonio in June? Let them play, while you network and learn at the 2018 BOMA International Conference.

Speaking of conferences, was everyone successful in Changing their Latitude at this year’s Southern Region Conference? It was definitely a great time full of networking, education and fun. We learned about different apps that can improve the efficiency of our professional and personal lives with Beth Z, our Nerdy Best Friend. Look her up and join her weekly newsletters for more helpful hints at Alexey Talai, Paralympic Swimmer, told us his story of overcoming all odds as his life quickly changed in 1999 at the age of 16 when a World War II German land mine exploded.  The conference also provided updates on the State of BOMA International with Henry Chamberlain, President and COO and Rob Brierley, Chair and Chief Elected Officer. Ft. Lauderdale and The Palm Beaches did a spectacular job with the event, hats off to them!

But the conference wasn’t over yet! We finished with the regional TOBY awards and Greater Tampa Bay brought three awards back with them! Congratulations to Tampa City Center, MetWest One, and Waterford Plaza and good luck in San Antonio!

Don’t let the month get away from you and miss out on BOMA Greater Tampa Bay’s annual Golf Tournament! This year it is on Monday, May 21st at Cheval. Sign up now for the opportunity to play at one of Tampa Bay’s most coveted golf courses. Also, on May 23rd we will have our monthly luncheon where Mark Dukes from Physicians Realty Trust will be discussing the true life of an Asset Manager. It’s not all fun and games people!

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Sara Wayson, CPM®, RPA®, CSM® - BOMA GTB President


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2018 TOBY Call for Nominations


Is there a person or building that you think should enter into the TOBY Awards?  Click here to tell us and we will contact them.

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28th Annual Golf Classic


The 28th Annual Golf Classic is coming up soon, register on-line to participate on May 21 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Cheval Golf & Country Club.  We have sponsorship opportunities available, so please consider supporting this great local association.  Space is limited for golfers, so don't be left out.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  See you soon!


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Monthly Luncheon


May 23 ~ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm ~ Centre Club,  123 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609

Monthly speaker topic:

A Day in the Life of an Asset Manager



THE ASSET MANAGER | Mark Dukes, RPA, CCIM, BOMA Fellow is the Vice President of Asset Management at Physicians Realty Trust.   He is responsible for all operations of a 140 building portfolio of healthcare assets located in 30 states.  He began his property management career at Carter & Associates in 1991.


Mr. Dukes will provide an interactive presentation to include what Asset Managers do on a daily basis, the difference between a Property or Facility manager and an Asset Manager, as well as how someone could transition to the position of an Asset Manager as a career goal.



Do you want to sponsor a luncheon?  Login to the Member Area and click here to secure a spot.  

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2018 TOBY Awards Gala

Now is the time to start thinking about entering your building into the TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Awards.  SAVE THE DATE for this year's gala, which will take place on Wednesday, November 7 at Tampa's new hot spot, Armature Works.   

To review the requirements, criteria and categories, click here.  Judging sheets and inspection forms can be found here, then scroll to the bottom of the page.

Don't forget too that we need you to nominate a Property Manager of the Year, an Engineer of the Year and your favorite Allied Member.  The nominations form is here.


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BOMI Classes



(Please note: Dates are subject to change)

BOMA Greater Tampa Bay is offering numerous "accelerated" classes in Tampa.  Earn your designation or a certificate that can propel your career to the next level!

Please click here to see the entire 2018 class schedule.

LAW & RISK MANAGEMENT - June 13-15, 2018. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.. 

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY - September 19-21, 2018, CLICK HERE for more information


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What You May Have Missed

In April, we had a dynamic presentation from Ollie Gagnon from U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Here's some information that can assist you in planning for an active shooter scenario.

Further develop individual facility plans using the following six steps:

  1. Form a collaborative planning team
  2. Understand the situation.
  3. Determine goals and objectives
  4. Develop the plan through identified courses of action (COA)
  5. Prepare the plan; Review and obtain approval
  6. Implement and maintain the plan

Emergency Action Planning Trailer:

The Active Shooter Emergency Action Planning (EAP) video is a comprehensive active shooter preparedness, response, and recovery resource that utilizes interviews with first responders, survivors of active shooter events, and other subject matter experts to capture best practices and lessons learned. This video combines state-of-threat awareness with state-of-practice solutions that will empower you to build resilience for your community, organization, family, and home.

Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Video:

This video describes the fundamental concepts of developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for an active shooter scenario. This instructive video guides viewers through important considerations of EAP development utilizing the first-hand perspectives of active shooter survivors, first responder personnel, and other subject matter experts who share their unique insight

Plan Development Reference Resources:

Ready.Gov (Emergency Response Plan):

Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness:

Department of Homeland Security’s Hometown Security:

O.T. Gagnon III (Ollie), CPP, CISSP, PSP, Supervisory Protective Security Advisor - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 813-597-1158 (Mobile) - [email protected]

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2018 Southern Region Recap

Please help us to congratulate our BOMA Southern Region TOBY winners and wish them the best of luck at the BOMA International TOBY Awards Gala in San Antonio, on June 26. 

(Pictured above are our WINNERS: Jessica Zuzak and Denise Rue from Parmenter, Kent Walling from Cushman & Wakefield and Sandy Ballestra and Natalie Stoughton from Cusman & Wakefield).

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Membership Corner


Are you a Property Manager, Assistant Property Manager or Building Engineer that has entered into the Commercial Real Estate industry within the last 7 years? Or Managers, do you have someone in your office who fits into this category and want them to get involved and grow in our industry? If so, consider being part of our Emerging Professionals! Did you know that if you are new to the property management industry and a member of your firm is already a member, then your first year of membership is FREE?

Interested candidates can email [email protected]. Or apply on-line by clicking here.



In case you're new or didn't know ... Please be mindful of your attendance for 2018 and what the requirements are for renewals. Our NEW participation requirements for 2018 can be found online here. The short answer is you are required to attend 8 events a year (including Golf, TOBY and Social events).  Should you have any questions, please contact the Membership Committee co-chairs, Charles McArthur and Jose Hernandez.


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Communications Committee

Property Manager Position available at 100 North Tampa, click here for details

Did you know that you can login to and on the left side is a Career Center link?  You can post jobs or a resume for no charge.  Check it out.  

The Communications Committee strives to ensure that all BOMA Greater Tampa Bay communications are clear and concise and we’d appreciate member feedback when you discover areas in which we can improve.  We will be undergoing a semi-annual Web Site Review in May and ask that as you’re working with the web site, please let us know if there are any content, ease-of-use or layout improvements that we should consider.  Please send your suggestions to our Co-Chairs:  Chris Ennest, [email protected] or Sandy Ballestra, [email protected]   We appreciate your feedback!

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Welcome New Members

Craig Dallas – CP Rankin

Joann Geltman - PPG Porter Paints

Anne Hode - CBRE

Richard Ireland – ServPro West Tampa and Tarpon Springs

Steffanie Martin – Cushman & Wakefield

Zuly Rivera – Highwoods Properties

Erin Smith – JLL

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Upcoming 2018 Events

June 27 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - University Club of Tampa.


Learn from Ms. Janet Scherberger, Vice President of Media and Government Relations of Tampa International Airport, about the update on the growth and expansion of Tampa International Airport.  More info. to follow soon.

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Government Affairs Update

State of Florida Update: Sales Tax on Rent

Governor Rick Scott approved Florida’s 2018 budget permanently lowering the sales tax charged on commercial leases from 5.8 percent to 5.7 percent. Even though this is an incremental decrease, and will likely be a bit of an administrative headache for property managers, it does show the Legislature is listening to BOMA members and that all of our lobbying and outreach efforts are working to benefit the commercial real estate industry.

Federal Update: Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction

BOMA International is asking all BOMA members to contact their federal representatives to ask them to support extending the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction.  Click here to take action!



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Upcoming 2018 BOMA International Events

In the competitive world of commercial real estate, keeping on top of industry trends and insights is essential to business success. As an industry professional, you have a big opportunity to become a leader in your field. All it takes is one big moment when you make the right connection, discover the right solution or uncover the latest innovation that will take your property—and your profession—to the next level. 

When it comes to choosing a professional conference this year, the choice is clear: Go big, go BOMA.

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