BOMA GTB News: March 2017 Print

President's Message

February was a busy month for BOMA Greater Tampa Bay. The popular TOBY Committee kicked off planning for this year’s reenergized November event and will commence with regular monthly meetings beginning in March. Look for the announcement and plan how you can help the committee with this great event.

On February 21st BOMA GTB joined BOMA members from around the state in Tallahassee to lobby our congressional leaders to support commercial real estate industry causes. Our most pressing issue is repealing the sales tax on commercial leases and we have the support of the Governor again this year, as well as corresponding bills in both the House and Senate. We’ll keep you apprised of the progress.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn rallied our membership on February 22nd at our monthly membership luncheon outlining an eye-popping array of projects underway or in the late planning stages in our great city. The transformation of downtown Tampa into a vibrant live-work-play environment in the past decade is truly a marvel. I live in St. Pete and came to Tampa three times this past Saturday, which is a testament to Mayor Bob’s summation that the Tampa Bay Area bridges are no longer barriers between the great cities of our metro area.

As we look ahead to March, mark your calendars for Thursday, March 9, 2017 when we welcome Laura Ragans, BOMA Int’l Nominating Committee Vice Chair, for Leadership Training, as follows:

• 1pm – 2pm BOMA GTB Board of Directors and Committee Chairs Only
• 2pm – 3pm BOMA GTB Committee Members and Subcommittee Chairs / Members

Board Members are encouraged to attend for the full two hours, if possible. Thank you to Lynn Vilmar and team, who will host our training at the Bank of America Building, 101 East Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 8th FL Conference Room.

Last, but certainly not least, our premier Allied networking event, the Property Manager’s Showcase, is Wednesday, March 22nd beginning at 4pm with a Cocktail Party open to everyone. From there, 30 lucky Allied Members will have one-on-one “speed dates” with local property management teams. Property Managers, we need YOU to sign your teams up today, please: We have an amazing group of Allied Members who are eager to help us make our properties be the best they can be!

As you hone your goals for what you would like to accomplish in the coming weeks, remember the words of Michelangelo: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” The sky is the limit for BOMA Greater Tampa Bay.




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Welcome New Members


Yesenia Acosta - Cushman & Wakefield 
Darlene Ax - Lowes Commercial Painting 
Julio Ballester - Cushman & Wakefield 
Craig Bialkoski - ConServ Building Services
Brad Carter - Servpro of Tarpon/West Tampa
Kim Gaglia - KOVA Property Management 
Will Gloor - SP Plus Corporation
Sarah Griffin - ConServ Building Services
Shelley Heinlein - Rentokil Steritech  
Jeremy Kacerski - Driveway Maintenance 
Kristin Lacey - Keystone Painting 
Natalia Montilla - D & A Building Services  
Chris Prather - Newmark Grubb Knight Frank 
Jacqueline Rivera - Clearwater Housing Authority 
Fred Schaaf  - Pure Air Control Services
Todd Shannon - Core Roofing
Jon Souers - Yellowstone Landscaping 
Mark Wilson - Bay Area Building Services





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Property Manager Showcase

BOMA Greater Tampa Bay’s Annual Property Manager Showcase returns. This program is designed to provide property managers the opportunity to renew old relationships and build new ones with our Allied Members.

March 22, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Rusty Pelican: 
2425 N. Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607


Presenting Sponsor:

Cocktail Sponsor:

Register at:



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Leadership Training by Laura Ragans, BOMA Int’l Executive Committee

Leadership Training by Laura Ragans, BOMA Int’l Executive Committee

Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Bank of America Building, 101 East Kennedy, Tampa, 8th FL Conference Room




  •          1pm – 2pm BOMA GTB Board of Directors and Committee Chairs Only
  •          2pm – 3pm BOMA GTB Committee Members and Subcommittee Chairs / Members
  •          Please note, Board and Committee Chairs encouraged to stay for both sessions


BOMA GTB is run by its volunteer members who take on many roles to help successfully run our association.  Learn what it means to be an effective leader in a Board or Committee environment and how to streamline our committee efforts to be the most effective organization we can be.  Laura Ragans is a member of the BOMA International Nominating Committee, Former BOMA Int’l Executive Committee Member, Past President of BOMA Southern Region and Past President of BOMA Orlando.  She will share the leadership knowledge garnered over many years of effective leadership at the Local, Regional and International level of BOMA.  Please plan to attend.




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Tally Day 2017

BOMA Greater Tampa Bay sent five members to represent us in Tallahassee on February 21st, joining two dozen BOMA members from around the state, to lobby our region’s congressional leaders in support of CRE issues, namely:

  1. Repealing the sales tax on commercial leases that puts our state at a competitive disadvantage to other states and also negatively impacts our businesses, small and large, unfairly burdened with this added tax.  No other state in the union taxes commercial leases.
  2. Regarding Building Codes, our position is that Florida should adopt the International Code Council codes used by the other 49 states in the union and not an updated version of the Florida Building Code.
  3. Regarding Energy Benchmarking, BOMA International strongly encourages VOLUNTARY benchmarking by our members, but does not believe that governments should make this mandatory and unfairly impact buildings with natural impediments to scoring well (e.g., large critical systems presence, manufacturing facilities, etc.) .

Our contingent had the pleasure of meeting with seven Senators, Representatives and/or their staffs and had an overwhelmingly positive welcome by all.  Thank you to Brian Davis, Chris Ennest, Dawn Forrest and Sheryl Frick who joined President Sandy Ballestra for the trip to Tally Day.


From left: Chris Ennest, Brian Davis,
Sandy Ballestra, Sheryl Frick, Dawn Forestt

From left: Brian Davis, Chris Ennest, Sheryl Frick,
Representative Toledo (R), Dawn Forestt, Sandy Ballestra




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2017 Education Schedule

2017 BOMI Education Schedule

Please note: Dates are subject to change

BOMA Greater Tampa Bay is thrilled to be offering a full palate of on site education in Tampa for our members this year.  BOMI students earning designations and certificates can now add this option to their online courses and learn alongside your peers.  Please see the below schedule of 2017 offerings.


Please complete the attached Enrollment Form(s) to begin the registration process.


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Home Depot Rebate Program

The Home Depot now offers a national rebate incentive program for BOMA members. Enroll in the program and receive a 2% annual rebate on all qualifying pre-tax purchases (a qualifying purchase is any pre-tax purchase on a registered account), plus extra services and savings There is no cost to enroll. You can register any form of payment accepted by The Home Depot, including checking accounts, credit cards, debit cards and The Home Depot accounts. Annual purchases must total a minimum of $10,000 to qualify for the rebate.

The current rebate period runs March 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017. You can enroll at any time; however, the sooner you enroll the sooner you start earning your rebates. Rebate payments are issued annually within 60 days of the end of the rebate period.

Enrollment is now open, and you must enroll to participate. Watch this short video for quick and easy enrollment instructions, view a customer registration and enrollment guide or go to to sign up and start earning your rebates.



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27th Annual Golf Classic

BOMA’s Annual Golf Tournament is the best networking opportunity in the industry. The 2016 Golf Tournament hosted over 115 of Tampa Bay’s property managers, building owners, suppliers and guests! Limited to 100 players – first come, first served! East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Woodlands Parkway Oldsmar, FL 34677

A day of golf includes the following:

- 18 Holes of Golf
- Continental Breakfast and Lunch
- Free Beverages (including beer) on the course
- Cash Prizes
- Raffle Drawing and Goodie Bag

All sponsorships include the opportunity to provide a giveaway in the goodie bag!

Super Packages are sold at $25 each if not included in your sponsorship, you receive the following items:

- 2 mulligans
- 6 raffle drawing
- Putting contest

Register online at or download the attached golf flyer for more information.



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Emerging Professionals Networking Social

A great time was had by all at the Emerging Professionals Social on February 28th.  Thank you to all who attended and to Rochelle Prado of Interstate Restoration for sponsoring the event!



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Submit Your EER and You Could Win $50!

BOMA GTB is giving away one $50 gift card!  Submit your EER for any property type, including industrial, and forward you EER submission confirmation to  to be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card. The deadline is March 31st!




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Save the Date: Education Expo & Annual Meeting


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Applications Open for Mike Coleman Emerging Professionals Scholarship

The scholarship is open to BOMA young/emerging professionals (5 years or less experience), employed in operating/managing commercial properties. The scholarship covers registration to the BOMA Annual Conference and Expo in June, plus $500 toward travel, hotel and other costs. BOMA International plans to offer five (5) scholarships for the June 2017 conference in Nashville. Scholarships will be offered annually. Applications are now open and are due by April 1st! For more information, including downloadable application, please visit April 1st is the deadline!




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Call for BOMA Southern Region Life Membership Recognition

Call for BOMA Southern Region
Candidates for 2017 Life Membership Recognition
As of February 21, 2017 

Who is eligible and what do you receive for the recognition? See attached Requirements for Life Membership to answer such.

Who submits the candidates? Each Candidate package is submitted by the BOMA Locals within the BOMA Southern Region.

What is required for the submittal package?

  1. A letter from the BOMA Local President as approved by the BOMA Local Board recommending the consideration for a person within their BOMA Local for BOMA Southern Region Life Membership.
  2. A summary of candidate’s service to BOMA Southern Region, BOMA International and to your BOMA Local.
  3. A digital photo of candidate in jpeg format.
  4. All contact information for the candidate.
  5. All information must be submitted via soft copy (i.e., scan the BOMA Local Letter of Recommendation, etc.)

Who should the information be submitted to?

  1. J. Mick Wrigley:
  2. Copy to Ronnie Blakney:
  3. Copy to Dede Scott:
  4. Copy to Jacqueline Fermin:

When is the deadline date and when are the candidates considered? The 2017 deadline is March 10, 2017. Submittals will be reviewed by the Southern Region Board for approval.

When will the new BOMA Southern Region Life Members be recognized? At the TOBY Awards Banquet, April 8, 2017, at the 2017 BOMA Southern Region Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

What does BOMA Southern Region pay for the newly recognized BOMA Southern Region Life Members? For Life Membership . . .  All BOMA Southern Life Members shall have their BOMA Southern Region Conference fee paid for when that person attends any BOMA Southern Region Annual Conference, present and future. 




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BOMA 2017 Conference Registration is Now Open


BOMA 2017 Conference Registration is Now Open

Whether you’ve been in the business for two years or 20, your commercial real estate success story began with the first steps you took toward staying up on the latest innovations and trends to move your career forward. But as you know, new challenges can pop-up everyday. From keeping your best tenants to improving asset value to lowering your building’s energy use, your job can be full of uncertainties — but there is a secret to continued CRE success – the BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo.

Each year, the conference provides a platform for committed professionals like you to share their stories, meet with peers and learn what’s next for the industry in order to remain effective, efficient and relevant.

Make your next chapter the best one yet. Register today.




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2017 Southern Region Conference

The BOMA Georgia Foundation is pleased to be selected by the BOMA Southern Region to host the Regional Conference on April 5-8, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. The annual Southern Region Conference (SRC) presented by SERVPRO Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration attracts nearly 300 annual attendees from across the region seeking top-notch education and networking opportunities and participation in regional TOBY and awards competition.

The 2017 Southern Region Golf Classic will be held Thursday, April 6, prior to the SRC at beautiful Stone Mountain Park Golf Club’s Lakemont Course. Non-golfers may purchase a bus pass to sightsee at the famous Stone Mountain Park.

Registration website:  or  Click here to download the conference brochure.




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