TAMPA, FLORIDA-JUNE 28, 2013: Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Southern Region takes home 3 International TOBY Awards; inducts 3 BOMA Fellows; honored Member of the Year; sent 8 conference speakers; represents over 15 high level International positions; and designates 20% of the BOMA 360 program. BOMA Southern region was thoroughly represented at this year’s BOMA International Every Building Conference & Expo, held June 21 – 25 in San Diego, California. Over 3,500 attendees conducted the business of the organization in pre-meetings, participated in education and general sessions, networked at the Welcome Party on the Midway, and celebrated the best among us at The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards Gala.
During the Awards Gala, inducted this year into the prestigious BOMA Fellows program were three Southern Region members:
Edmund J. Mazzei, RPA, CAM, MBA, SDVOSB, Mazzei Realty Services, Inc., Coral Gables, Fl
John K. Scott, RPA, Colliers International Tampa Bay Florida, Clearwater, Fla. and BOMA Greater Tampa Bay
These three Fellows join three additional BOMA Southern Region members inducted last year – Murray S. Greene, RPA, SMA, CPM®, President and Chief Operating Officer at Greene Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc., Hollywood, FL; Patrick M. Freeman, RPA, SMA, CPM®, CCIM, LEED AP, Senior Vice President at Wells Real Estate, Norcross, GA; and John Oliver, CPM, BOMA Fellow, Managing Principal, Oliver & Company, Atlanta, Ga., as Chair-Elect. “There is much work to be done in the commercial real estate industry and BOMA, and I am proud to be counted among the distinguished and dedicated professionals who are leading us to an ever-better mission,” said John K. Scott. The BOMA Fellows program a group of selected individuals who have displayed exemplary and sustained contributions to commercial real estate, their profession, the community and BOMA at all levels and have continually answered the call to leadership and service throughout their careers.
Five Southern Region buildings competed in the TOBY’s, with three winning the most-sought designation as International awardees:
In the Industrial Office Building category, the winner is Southridge Commerce Park in Orlando, Fla.; owned and managed by EastGroup Properties.
In the Suburban Office Park Low-Rise category, the winner is Providence Park in Charlotte, N.C.; owned by Marsh Bissell Patrick and managed by Bissell Companies.
In the buildings Under 100,000 Square Feet category, the winner is Balfour Beatty Center in Plantation, Fla.; owned by The Realty Associates Fund VIII and managed by Pointe Group Advisors.
“It is such an honor to bring this caliber of designation back to our local chapter. It is inspiring to not only the winning team, but also to our members, their teams, their clients, and their customers,” offered Mel Schrul, BOMA Association Executive who accepted the award. The winners were recognized for excellence in office building management and operations.
Lynn Vilmar, RPA, of CBRE, Inc., and Greater Tampa Bay was recognized during the Awards Gala as the Southern Region Member of the Year. “This has been a dramatic year in terms of the advocacy impact BOMA has created, and I look forward to partnering with an already accomplished team facilitating code, tax, and energy benefits for building owners,” offered Ms. Vilmar. The Member of the Year award is bestowed annually at the region to recognize a member’s commitment to the commercial real estate industry.
Eight BOMA Southern Region members were selected as speakers, including
Scott Brown of Wells Real Estate Funds, Norcross, GA on “Choosing a Brokerage Team”
Patrick Copps of Orkin Commercial Services, Atlanta, GA on “Tenant Satisfaction”
Steve Harrison of Parmenter Realty Partners, Duluth GA on “Transforming the Industry with the 7-Point Challenge
Peggy White of Prologis and Jim Clemo of Duke Realty both of GA on “The Industrial Asset”
Phil Mobley of Kingsley Associates, Atlanta, GA on “The 2013 EER” and “What Office Tenants Want”
Denise Webster CPM of WM Consultants, Cartersville, GA on “Enhancing Professional Relationships Through the Use of Neurolinguistics: Learn to “Read” Your Clients”
Lacey Willard, Esq., RPA of CBRE, Inc., Tampa, Fla. on “Life After Blend and Extends”
“The sharing of industry expertise and important trends through education sessions is a core component of the BOMA brand. The sessions here are a valuable exchange resulting in measurable returns to the buildings we represent,” said Lacey Willard.
BOMA Southern Region continues to be heavily represented at the BOMA International Executive level, with Rebecca Hanner, CPM, RPA of Cassidy Turley and John Oliver as Officers; and Executive Committee members Laura Ragans, RPA of Holladay Properties, and John K. Scott. Elected at this conference as an Officer was Daniel Chancey, RPA of Memphis as the BOMA International Secretary/Treasurer and to the Executive Committee Cary Fronstin, RPA of Newmark Grubb of Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beaches and Allyson Peters, BAE of BOMA Orlando.
International Committee leadership includes Gabriel Eckert, CAE of BOMA Georgia, Scott Evans of BOMA Georgia, Cary Fronstin, Murray Greene, RPA, SMA, CPM of BOMA Miami, Richard King, CPLS of Colliers International and of Southwest Florida, Angel Miller, RPA of Highwoods Properties and of BOMA Raleigh, Mick Rigley of BOMA Nashville, Laura Ragans, of BOMA Orlando, John K. Scott, and Lynn Vilmar. Committees issued position papers on industry topics such as immigration, metal theft, utility rates, NFPA codes, mold, and fire sprinkler system retrofit requirements in existing buildings.
So, too, did the Southern Region board meet, consisting of President Angel Miller, Florence Barbour, Laura Bishop, Grace Bickham, Melissa Dolesh, Mechelle Downing, Marta Fernandez, Jana Galvan Murray Greene, Steve Harrison, L. Johnson, Linda Medlin, Chris McDuff, Marvin Mouser, Diane Sitzer, Luci Smith, Betty Swann, Alicia Teed, and BOMA Greater Tampa Bay board members Lynn Vilmar, Kent Walling, and Lacey Willard. President Angel Miller challenged board members to outline a vision for the coming year, including mentorship of emerging professionals, outreach to building owners on the value of membership, and sharing of best practices in real estate management. She stated, “I am thrilled to return here to San Diego, a decade after first joining this great organization, now as the leader and spokesperson of our 3,000 members. Benefits to our clients, buildings, networks, and career have roots here at BOMA, and I will work to further build these benefits.”
Southern Region Conference Co-Chairs Kent Walling of Taylor & Mathis and Carol Dunn of Highwoods Properties, both of Greater Tampa Bay, announced statistics supporting this year’s extremely successful and well received conference with over 375 attendees. The conference was held in St. Petersburg, Florida this past April. 2014’s Conference in Birmingham promises to “Bring the Magic.”
On the Sustainability front, BOMA Southern Region buildings constituted nearly 20% of the BOMA 360 designations earned year to date, with 30 buildings in 10 cities submitted by 10 different companies committed to improving the financial and environmental performance of our built environment. “The BOMA 360 designation has become integral to our marketing and tenant retention efforts,” stated Leigh Kendall of Mainstreet Real Estate Services, Inc. and Greater Tampa Bay
About BOMA Southern Region. BOMA Southern Region has provided commercial real estate with a forum to discuss, educate and advocate issues in the southern United States for almost 90 years. With 17 local associations and one state organization represented within the 9 states and 3,000 members, BOMA Southern Region has become a rich tapestry of the history of commercial real estate in the South. As one of the most active regions in BOMA International, BOMA Southern Region has utilized its position to provide leadership opportunities to our local members and training to our TOBY winners to improve and capitalize on the abundance of intellectual property that resides in our Southern Region members. Many members have risen to leadership positions in BOMA International, as BOMA International Officers, Chairs of Committees, Task Force Chairs, SIG Chairs and Committee members to support our industry.