BOMA GTB News: April 2017 Print

President's Message

April is here already?  You must be fooling me!  What a whirlwind of events and networking opportunities we’ve had at BOMA GTB in the first quarter and there’s much more to come.  In April, we hope to see you at the BOMA Southern Region Conference in Atlanta from April 6-9th and on April 26th at our membership luncheon entitled “Cyber Threat Landscape”, which is presented by a veteran FBI agent and is sure to enthrall us.  Right around the corner in May is our annual Golf Tournament at East Lake Woodlands Country Club on May 22nd; sponsorships are still available and players, be sure to sign up early as we are capped at 100 this year.

Please join me in offering a huge note of THANKS to our gracious Allied Members for offering their resources and services to our thirty participating Property Management teams at the Property Manager’s Showcase on March 22nd.  What a great annual event this is to further the interests of all of our members through one-on-one intensive networking, combined with a cocktail party and door prizes to boot!

Calling all current and potential students of BOMI Education!  If you’re interested to know more about the various industry education designations offered by BOMI, combined with an in-depth look at our local educational offerings, please join the Education and Emerging Professionals Committees for an informative lunch on Tuesday, April 18th at 11:30am at Corporate Center in Westshore (see attached flyer for additional details).  As Ben Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”.

I’d like to commend our Government Affairs Committee, led by the indomitable duo of Carla Markowitz and Juniper Duffin, for doing such a great job of keeping us informed of legislative and code issues impacting our industry.  To further that effort, they’ve invited Ian Erickson and Chris Mulvey of Cintas Fire Protection to educate us on the impending changes impacting the fire safety codes in our buildings on Tuesday, April 18th at 9am.  All of our committee meetings are open to all members and all are invited to attend.  Register here:

Bring the kids and join the Sustainability Committee at Picnic Island Park on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, for a beach clean-up at one of Tampa’s most scenic parks from 9am-noon (7409 Picnic Island Blvd.).  Gloves, trash bags, pickers, drinks and snacks will be provided to all volunteers.  Hope to see you there!

In honor of our nation’s 47th Earth Day, I encourage all members of BOMA Greater Tampa Bay to make every day Earth Day in all aspects of building operations.  Have a fantastic month!




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Welcome New Members


Rufus Ashby - G. Fried Flooring America 
Elena Borthwick - CBRE 
Chris Brill - ServPro of Winter Haven 
Andy Cox - Ehrlich Pest Control 
Keith Deverin - Workspace Property Management

Kevin Ellis - Kings III Emergency Communications 
Jimmy Graham - Tower Realty Partners
Steven Mainardi, PE - Delta Engineering 
Joe Rizzo - Datawatch Systems
Lynn Trujillo - CBRE





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Monthly Luncheon

Monthly Luncheon with Guest Speaker Paul Vitchock
April 26, 2017  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM  $40 Members/$50 Non-Members 
University Club: 201 N. Franklin St. 38th Floor, Suite 380 Tampa, FL 33602

Cyber Threat Landscape

Supervisory Special Agent Paul J. Vitchock has investigated computer intrusion matters in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, managed the FBI Eurasian Organized Cyber Crime program at FBIHQ, and most recently served as the FBI Cyber Attaché at the US Embassy in Bucharest, Romania.  SSA Vitchock was also a member of the FBI SWAT teams in Pittsburgh and Washington.  SSA Vitchock currently manages the FBI Cyber Squad in Tampa and Orlando which includes criminal and national security investigations. Before joining the FBI, Mr. Vitchock spent nine years in the Washington D.C. area working as a network infrastructure and security consultant and manager.





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BOMI Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 BOMI Education Scholarship winners!

  • Kotone West - Property Manager

  • Paula Sanders - Assistant Property Manager

  • Christopher Rogers - Building Engineer

(From left: President Sandy Ballestra, Paula Sanders, Kotone West, 
Education Co-chair Dawn Forestt)

Thank you to all members who applied!




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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. Click here to complete the Enrollment Form(s) to begin the registration process.





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BOMI Student Lunch

FREE for Commercial Real Estate Professionals/ $20 for Allied Members. Register at



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BOMA Membership 101: New Member Orientation




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Government Affairs Committee Meeting



Government Affairs Committee Meeting
April 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Colliers International Office - One Urban Centre
4830 W. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 300 Tampa, FL 33609 Open to all members!

Ian Erickson and Chris Mulvey of Cintas Fire Protection will speak about changes and anticipated upcoming changes in fire safety codes.

Please RSVP to reserve your seat.You may also join us via conference call: 813-440-5325 Code # 2662482.




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Sustainability Committee Happenings

BOMA GTB's Sustainability has started off 2017 with a bang! Below are their current and upcoming projects. If you would like to participate, please make sure to register online!


Clothing Drive, April 1st - 30th

Metropolitan Ministries provides clothing to nearly 100 families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless everyday through our Metro Outfitters closet.

To donate to participating BOMA GTB member properties, please contact Robin Veilleux at

Metropolitan Ministries has also advised us that they are in great need for baby items, hygiene items as well as breakfast cereal of any kind. Your donation of clothing will bring HOPE to families in need!


Beach Clean Up Day, April 22nd

BOMA Greater Tampa Bay’s Sustainability Committee will be collaborating with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful on the 2017 Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. We are looking for volunteers and will be specifically working at Picnic Island park.

Volunteers will be picking up litter, planting a community garden, removing invasive plants and weeds, removing graffiti, cleaning signs of mold and mildew, cleaning/painting playground equipment, cleaning street and sewer drains and using the Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Borrow-a-Bin program to host a recycling drive. Gloves, trash bags, pickers, drinks and snacks will be provided to all volunteers/ Please register for this event and help BOMA Great Tampa Bay contribute to the local community.

*Please dress for a cleanup and expect to get a little wet or dirty!* RSVP at

2016 Beach Clean Up Day




Dali Museum Tour, May 10th

Join the Sustainability Committee for a tour of the Dali Museum at 3:00pm on May 10th! Fee is $31 per person + $10 on-site parking. Limited to 30 Commercial Real Estate Professionals!  Register online at Location: The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St Petersburg, FL 33701







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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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Lunch Sponsor:
Putting Contest Sponsor:


Hole Sponsors:

Admiral Security Services 
Bay Area DKI
Core Roofing Systems, Inc. 

Ed Taylor Construction, Inc. 
Netpark/Bluett Capital Realty, Inc.
Painters on Demand
Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc.


Bag Sponsor:
Sherwin Williams



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Save the Date: Education Expo & Annual Meeting


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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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