BOMA GTB News: APRIL 2018 Print

President's Message

Let the second quarter of 2018 begin! Can you believe how fast those first three months flew by? And BOMA Greater Tampa Bay was busy! We had our annual Winter Business Meeting on the Hill, Tally Day, a successful BOMI education class, and luncheons where we learned about new construction codes and met our new Hillsborough County Sheriff! Not to mention an extremely successful Property Manager Showcase! Thank you to all who were part of this terrific event!

Additionally, our committees have also been in full swing. Have you found your spot yet? We have a number of opportunities available for you and a place for everyone. Do you enjoy competing in tournaments? Consider the golf committee! Are you an avid party planner? The TOBY team needs you! What about Education or Sustainability? We have committees for those and more! Check out the BOMA Greater Tampa Bay website and find a group that ignites your passion, this is where a large organization turns small and relationships are formed.

With all of the horrific events that have occurred in our country over the past three months, our April luncheon will be focused on Active Shooter Preparedness in the Workplace. We know this is a topic that no one wants to discuss and we all hope to never need, but everyone needs to be aware and ready. We are pleased to bring Ollie Gagnon, Supervisory Protective Security Advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to speak to our members. Please sign up and consider bringing your entire team. This is an important training message for all of us.

Alright, well I am going back to packing my bags for the upcoming BOMA Southern Region Conference located at the Margaritaville Resort and Spa in sunny Hollywood, Florida. Who’s coming with me?! I hope to see you all there April 5th-7th where we will Change Our Latitudes!

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


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Monthly Luncheon


APRIL 25 ~ University Club of Tampa



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



(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.

DESIGN OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE - PART II (Can be taken before Part I) - May 9 - 11, 2018 - CLICK HERE to learn more

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


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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.

Speaking of Emerging Professionals ... The Spring Social held by the Emerging Professionals Committee was a great success; make sure to keep an eye out for more events and opportunities to participate! 

Thank you to our sponsors NatureZone Pest Control and Driveway Maintenance for putting on a fantastic event! 


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.


Your short bio can be published in the membership directory, along with your company logo or professional headshot.  First impressions are important so make sure that your bio is short and sweet.  After you login to the Member Area go to the Member Information Editor on the left side. 

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Communications Committee

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 April and ask that as you’re working with the web site this month, 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

John Arce – Ryan Companies

Carolann Bednar – JLL

Taylor Brittain – Ciminelli Real Estate Services of Florida

Federico Chang – CBRE

Patricia Cella – CBRE

James Clark – CA/PHP Property Management

Krista Morelock – CPR Painting

William Muehling – Cousins Properties

Victor Noceda – Florida Gulf Coast University

Lisa Sack – P & R Pro Coatings, Inc.

Marc Scaffe – CBRE

Dottie Socolow – Avison Young

Katie Stiles – Environmental Protective Solutions

Lizbeth Strother – C & W

Robin Vellieux – EastGroup Properties

Christina Walters – Cushman & Wakefield

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Upcoming 2018 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.

 your proposal

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Government Affairs Update

State of Florida Update: BOMA’S voices are being heard!

Florida’s 2018 budget permanently lowers the sales tax charged on commercial leases from 5.8 percent to 5.7 percent. A modest reduction to say the least, but it shows the legislature is committed to eventually whittling away the sales tax charged on rent, which is only imposed in the State of Florida. Governor Rick Scott has until March 29 to approve or veto the budget.

Also important to BOMA Florida was the successful derailing of HB 299, which would have removed a BOMA representative from the Building Commission. BOMA strongly opposed the bill and it died in committee.

These victories show how important BOMA is to the commercial real estate industry, and how our efforts and BOMA directly benefit our members and owners.

Federal Update: ADA Reform Passes House

Earlier this month, BOMA achieved a major victory in the battle against so-called “drive-by” lawsuits. These lawsuits are often designed to result in quick financial settlements rather than to remedy the alleged infraction of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or to increase accessibility. H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, sponsored by Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.), passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support.  The House-passed bill would create a “notice and cure” period of 120 days to allow building owners and other businesses the chance to remedy an accessibility issue before the commencement of litigation. 

Similar legislation now must be passed in the Senate, and BOMA International is working with legislators to build upon this momentum and move the issue forward.

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