BOMA GTB News: June 2017 Print

President's Message

The heat of the summer is upon us and things are really heating up at BOMA Greater Tampa Bay.  Our May monthly Membership Luncheon and Tour of Tampa’s Emergency Operations Center was a great kick-off for the start of Hurricane season on June 1st.  We continue the emergency preparedness theme in June with a joint meeting with our friends at IREM, as Meteorologist Bobby Deskins of 10News giving us his take on the 2017 hurricane season on June 28th at the Centre Club.  In between, don’t miss the Engineer’s Breakfast on June 7th focusing on Energy Saving Opportunities or the Emerging Professionals’ can’t miss education on June 8th “Understanding Construction Documents 101”.  Rounding out the month on June 30th, our newly-formed Industrial Committee is bringing us “Industrial 101” where you can learn the basics of Industrial Real Estate through a panel discussion with Tampa Bay’s top industrial specialists. 

Many thanks to Golf Committee Chairs Denise Rue and Mike Castelli and their entire committee for another GREAT Golf Tournament on May 22nd!  With unparalleled networking opportunities and fun in the sun, it’s an annual event that we all enjoy.

We hope to see a great showing from our local association at the upcoming BOMA International Conference and Expo on June 24-27th in Nashville.  Come and experience for yourself the preeminent industry education, fabulous networking and one of the largest trade shows in our industry.  In the words of the immortal Johnny Cash, “We're all in this together if we're in it at all.”  Let’s go all in at BOMA Greater Tampa Bay and giddy on up to Nashville!




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Welcome New Members

Andrew Kovatch - Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinkler
Thomas Trammell - Merritt Realty Corporation
David White - Royce Integrated Solutions



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Monthly Luncheon

Monthly Luncheon with Guest Speaker Meteorologist Bobby Deskins
June 28, 2017  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM  $40 Members/$50 Non-Members 
Centre Club: 123 S. Westshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609

Bobby started forecasting as an intern at WWAY TV3 in Wilmington, NC. He got his first job at WCTI TV12 in New Bern, NC where he did mornings. He moved to Tampa and WTSP in January of 2009 Monday thru Friday on The Morning Show. Mr. Deskin forecasted all types of weather over his career, spanning from snowstorms, severe weather and of course hurricanes.

He has earned the CBM certification from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and is a Member at Large for the West Central Florida chapter of the AMS. Mr. Deskin received an AP award for Best Weathercast and won a national award for Best Video from Weather Central. He is a member of the National Weather Association and visits many area schools each year.




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Engineer's Breakfast

We will have two speakers, Denise Rodriguez, from TECO, who will discuss their rebate program, and Mike Williams from Frontier Lighting, who will discuss LED Technology. We are also scheduled to have a back of the house tour so don't miss out!

7:15 – 7:30 AM  Sign in

7:30 – 8:00 AM  Topic Presentation begins promptly at 7:30 AM
8:00 – 8:15 AM  Q & A

8:15 – 9:00 AM  Back of house tour

501 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

Coffee, water and continental breakfast included. Register at

The Engineering Committee is currently looking for properties, to host breakfasts and back of house tours, in the Downtown and Westshore areas. We’re also looking for sponsors.

Please contact Julie-Palmer Nicholson  and Kevin Norton to inquire further.

Thank you to our sponsor!




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Membership Rally, June 13th

BOMA GTB Members - we ask that you please invite your clients and co-workers who are not currently members of BOMA to attend this informational event. Register at Hurry! Limited to 30 people!



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Industrial 101 Seminar

Register at
Open to CRE Professionals. No Allieds please.




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27th Annual Golf Classic

Congratulations to our Golf Tournament Winners!
1st Place - Highwoods Properties (58)

2nd Place - SOLAR/TEK Window Tinting, Inc. (58)
3rd Place - Naturzone Pest Control (59)

Click here to view the photo album!



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Save the Date: Education Expo & Annual Meeting


Commercial Real Estate Professionals:
 $40 includes continental breakfast with Exhibitors, Lunch, Educational Seminars, Exhibitor Expo and Reception. Our Luncheon Kaynote Speaker is Jane Castor, Retired Tampa Police Chief, Castor Consulting, LLC.

Seminar Speakers:


  • Daniel Foster, Tampa Client Development Manager, ISS Mechanical

  • Michael Furnari, Territory Sales Manager, Haworth

  • Bruce H. Hall, SMA, Group Engineering Manager, Cousins Properties

  • Melissa Lane, Senior Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield

  • Christopher Mattson, Building Controls Engineer, Control Systems Specialists, Inc. (CSSI)

Exhibitor Expo:
 $375 per table, includes a 6 foot table with table cloth, 2 exhibitor entries and exhibitor information in program. (Limit 30 Companies) Registration is OPEN NOW! Register at


$70 of your exhibitor cost goes towards the BOMA Scholarship Fund. One person will win walk away with a scholarship raffle prize!

We have 3 available Sponsorships at $300 each. Lanyards, Morning Break & Program. Please register online if interested and email your logo to once you have paid.


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IT’S OFFICIAL: Governor Signs Business Rent Tax Cut Into Law


Governor Scott has officially enacted the law reducing the sales tax on commercial rent in Florida by  0.2%.  Although it’s only a small reduction, it’s a step in the right direction, and we hope to follow this success with future reductions in the coming years.  This is an example of hour our lobbying efforts at Tally Day and our individual outreach to our legislators actually work!  Thank you to all who particpated in Tally Day and who contacted their legislator through the Biz Rent email portal.



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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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Save the Date for the TOBY Awards!

SAVE THE DATE! The 2017-2018 TOBY Awards will be held on November 2, 2017 at 6pm at the Mosaic Center, a spectacular new addition to The Florida Aquarium boasting beautiful views of Harbor Island and the Channelside District.  We encourage all Property Managers to enter a building, or two, and take advantage of this great opportunity to garner recognition for all the hard work you and your staff put into keeping your buildings in top condition. This year’s event introduces two new categories providing more opportunities to showcase your properties, and more chances to bring back the trophy! Please visit the BOMA GTB website and click on the TOBY tab under EVENTS for all of the details as well as sponsorship opportunities. If you are unsure about entering your property or have questions, please contact Carol Dunn, or Leigh Kendall, We would be happy to walk you through the process! Click here to learn more about the building entrance process.


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BOMA International Conference & Expo

There are many unknowns in the U.S. and the world economy right now, but one thing is certain—there’ll be even more surprises in the coming months. How can property owners and managers best prepare for what’s ahead?

This year, BOMA’s education program is packed with data-backed solutions – providing you with insights into navigating the unknown and preparing you for the many new opportunities and possible challenges that lie ahead.

Join us for:


Register today


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Career Day - 2017 International Conference

BOMA International is pleased to host a special Career Day on Monday, June 26th at the 2017 BOMA Annual Conference & Expo in Nashville, TN, where college students and veterans transitioning out of military service can experience first-hand what commercial real estate can offer as a rewarding career choice.

Participants will be assigned a mentor to accompany them throughout the day, making introductions to industry practitioners, answering questions and providing guidance throughout the day's activities.

We are looking for knowledgeable Mentors and/or Presenters for Career DayPlease email if you are interested. Below is the tentative schedule of events for the day.



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