BOMA GTB News: January 2018 Print

President's Message

Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe it is 2018 already? Seriously, weren’t the 90s just a few years ago?? As I sit here, freezing, and writing my very first President’s Message, I am reflecting on the past years and the growth I’ve seen in BOMA Greater Tampa Bay. I have been a member of this organization for 12 years now and I am so proud to begin my tenure serving as your President. Our organization would be nothing without our members and our committees going above and beyond to make us great. So, as you are contemplating how you will serve in 2018, please consider joining one of our many committees. Please visit the website,, to review each committees purpose and at our January luncheon on January 24th, each chair will be introduced and will be excited to give you all the information you need.

As you are aware, advocacy is a major proponent of BOMA and this year we have two opportunities to get in front of our leadership and speak about Commercial Real Estate and how legislation affects it. At the end of the month, several of the Association’s leadership will be headed to Washington D.C. and conducting congressional visits during the Winter Business Meeting and National Issues Conference.

Also, Tuesday, February 13th, Greater Tampa Bay will be joining other BOMA local associations throughout the state of Florida for Advocacy Day in Tallahassee. Through lobbying with our state congressional leadership, we have successfully obtained a decrease in the sales tax on real estate leases, decreasing from 6% to 5.8%. Though it may not seem like a lot, it is a step in the right direction! Our Government Affairs committee will be coordinating our Tally Day trip and a training session will be set up to ensure we are all ready to lobby. Please consider joining us at one or both events, the more people, the greater the impact!

Thank you to all who have renewed your membership for 2018. Remember, to remain an active member, your membership dues must be received by February 28th. Renewing is easy! Please go to the Log In section of our website ( and sign in. Should you have any questions or problems, please contact Melanie Schrul at [email protected]

Please join me in making 2018 a tremendous year!

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


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Monthly Luncheon

Join us on January 24 at the Centre Club at 11:30 am to network and hear panelists speak about changes to building codes and OSHA requirements that affect CRE.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND TO REGISTER. 

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

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BOMI Classes

2018 BOMA GTB/BOMI Education Schedule

(Please note: Dates are subject to change)

BOMA Greater Tampa Bay is thrilled to be offering numerous on-site educational classes in Tampa for our members and non-members.  BOMI students earning designations and certificates can now add this option to their online courses and learn alongside your peers.  Please click here to see the 2018 class schedule.

Next class is BUDGETING & ACCOUNTING, February 21 - 23, 2018. CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 

BOMA GTB  & BOMI Scholarships

BOMA Greater Tampa Bay affords 3 scholarships per year, as does BOMI.  That is a total of 6 scholarships a year.  There's no excuse not to apply.   The deadline to apply is March 30, 2018. 


To learn more about BOMI designations and certifications, click here

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Membership Corner

Current BOMA GTB Members - Did you know that if you are "new to the industry", your first year of membership is FREE?

Emerging Professional is a Property Manager, Assistant Property Manager or Building Engineer who has been in the Commercial Real Estate Business less than 7 years. Must have at least one paid member from the Property Management firm.

First year only FREE. 

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


ATTENTION ALLIED MEMBERS - We are now in the 1st month of the year. Please be aware of your attendance for 2018 and what our 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 of the 13 monthly membership meetings (including Golf, TOBY and Social events).  Should you have any questions, please contact the Membership Committee co-chairs, Charles McArthur, [email protected] and Jose Hernandez, [email protected]

 BOLO - Be on the lookout!

REMINDER - You have been emailed a dues renewal notice.  You can simply click on the link and follow the prompts to renew.  You can pay with a credit card or mail a check.  Dues Invoices will not be mailed out.  March 15, 2018 is the last day to pay and retain your membership.

Don't forget that the BOMA Greater Tampa Bay mailing address has changed.  Let your accounting department know too please.  

BOMA GTB ~ 7050 West Palmetto Park Road ~ Suite 15, PMB 668 ~ Boca Raton, FL 33433



Do you want to see your name in lights?  Well, maybe not lights, but standing out in the directory?  We enhanced the membership directory to now show your website address and your biography.  To do this, login and look on the left side of the screen for your profile, you can add a photo or logo along with your bio.  

Do you want another way to get more exposure and ROI?

Sponsorship opportunities avail ... We have several levels of sponsorships that afford you free luncheons, 3 minutes of speaking time at a monthly event, listing on the homepage of our site, logo in the main BOMA signature stamp ... for more information, please go to the Member Area (upper right) of our website, login and go to this link - Spaces are filling up fast, so don't be left out.

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Welcome New Members

December New Members 

Gary Moore Sentry Management
MaryAnn Marshall Tower Realty Partners, Inc.
Dorcas Reyes Tower Realty Partners, Inc.
AnnMarie Malyah Jones Lang LaSalle



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Upcoming 2018 Events



Help shape the future direction of BOMA when you join us in Washington, DC, January 28 - 31, 2018.



BOMA Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beaches is pleased to be selected by BOMA Southern Region to host the Regional Conference on April 5-8, 2018 in Hollywood, FL. The annual Southern Region Conference attracts 300 annual attendees from across the region seeking top-notch education and networking opportunities and participation in regional TOBY and awards competition. 

Click on the picture below to view the conference video preveiw!






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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For more information, visit


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Government Affairs Update

The department of revenue released their announcement of the sales tax reduction on leases from 6% to 5.8%.  Please click here for the official notification from the Florida Department of Revenue verifying that this reduction includes all leases wherein the commercial tenant occupies space as of January 1st, 2018.  Also, note that this is regardless of when payment is paid.  For example, if January 2018 rental payments are paid in December 2017, the reduction still applies.  We hope this clears up some miscommunications from the media in the past.

We recommend that you forward this to your owners as well as your accounting departments.

Thank you!

Chris Rotolo, President - BOMA Florida

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