Back to Back TOBY’s for Center Point Business Park

The BCPBP BOMAuilding Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Tampa Bay recognized the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) awards November 12th. The award for the Outstanding Industrial Building(s) went to Center Point Business Park, submitted by Robert Smith, Taylor & Mathis of Florida, LLC, owned by IP Capital Partners.

Center Point Business Park has won the award three times under Taylor & Mathis’ management, in 2009 and back to back wins in 2014 and 2015. Center Point Business Park is now eligible to advance to the Southern Region BOMA competition to be held in Miami in April 2016.

The TOBY awards honor outstanding commercial real estate properties and industry personnel. “This award is the direct result of the commitment of on-site Property Manager Robert Smith and his team to deliver the highest level of customer service and operations. We have an outstanding on-site management team.”  — Kent Walling, Director of Operations Taylor & MathisCPBP Jeff

All applicants took part in a thorough review of their buildings including inspections of both public and non‐public areas of the buildings. The review process also included interviews with the property management teams and tenants, where they were evaluated in categories such as emergency preparedness, energy management, building security, and community impact.

Taylor & Mathis handles management and leasing on behalf of new owner, IP Capital Partners. They purchased the 55-Acre, 400,000 square foot office/flex and distribution warehouse facility in September. “The combination of the main and main location, in-place credit tenancy and additional upside potential through vacancy lease up made this a compelling investment opportunity,” says Josh Procacci, founding partner and chief investment officer of IP Capital Partners, in Boca Raton, of the firm’s purchase.

Ryan Holtzman Named to Real Estate Forum’s Fifty Under 40

DSC_0292Taylor & Mathis Leasing Director Ryan Holtzman has been named to Real Estate Forum’s Fifty Under 40 list. He was selected from a pool of more than 500 young professionals representing the cream of the crop of the commercial real estate industry.

“Ryan is the ultimate professional. He works hard, keeps his clients happy and has the ability to make everyone feel good in a transaction, which is a true talent. Over the last decade, he has negotiated major leases worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Ryan’s one of the best landlord brokers in South Florida.”  – T&M Principal Brian Gale

Year after year, Holtzman continues to be one of the top commercial real estate producers in the Miami market. The majority of top producers in his field are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, and Holtzman negotiates toe-to-toe with the best of the best. He joined Taylor & Mathis shortly out of college and is in his ninth year as director of leasing, specializing in landlord representation on more than four million square feet of  office space. In 2014 alone, Holtzman and his team completed 572,074 square feet of noteworthy office leasing deals. His goal is to grow Taylor & Mathis’ current portfolio of 12 million square feet to 20 million within the next five years. Holtzman is co-chair of Baptist Children’s Hospital’s Heroes golf tournament and co-chair of the South Miami Hospital Kidz Medical Services Mercury Ball benefiting the South Miami Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A previous event raised more than $350,000 in one night.

“They are the future of our industry and, in some ways; the future is now, as young professionals are in the trenches, shaping the thinking and direction of commercial real estate. These young leaders have a drive and determination that is equal to and, in many ways, unmatched to that of their older counterparts. They’ve combined an uncanny knack for using the best of established traditions with finding ways of turning those traditions on their heads when adding their own creative spins to the equation. Their zest for giving back and innovation is an inspiration to those who have been in the business for a good many years. And, their outlook on the business is refreshing and invigorating to watch. With these leaders as the face of the industry for the next generation, it is safe to say the industry is in very good hands.”   Lisa Brown, Real Estate Forum


355 Alhambra Named USGBC GalaVerde Award Finalist

355Congratulations to Senior Property Manager Lisa Mitchell and her team! 355 Alhambra (Coral Gables) has been named a finalist for the Most Outstanding LEED EB:OM (Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance) Project Award.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter has announced the Finalist Nominees for the nonprofit organization’s upcoming GalaVerde, its 2015 LEEDership and Green Awards Program.

GalaVerde awards finalists (as well as eventual winners) were selected by a panel of industry experts from around the country. Submissions were sent to the judges “blind,” without any identification of project or team or LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) achievement. Submissions were judged purely on specific criteria and merits.

With Weston-based The Spinnaker Group as Title Sponsor, the sixth annual GalaVerde will recognize and honor those outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are leading the way to a more sustainably built environment in our South Florida community. More than 350 attendees are expected at the awards ceremony on September 19, 2015, at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the winners will be announced. The evening will raise funds to support the nonprofit organization’s educational activities and initiatives.

GalaVerde 2015 will include a VIP reception, pre- and post-event cocktail hours, dinner, a silent auction, superlative networking (we call it “GREENworking”), and an abundance of anticipation for the awards presentations and keynote address.

Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, will serve as the special keynote speaker for the evening. Tim Center, Executive Director of Sustainable Florida and principal of Centerfield Strategy, will serve as master of ceremonies. Fedrizzi and Center will highlight an evening of recognition and appreciation for the South Florida green-building community during which the Chapter will recognize this past year’s Outstanding Community LEEDer, Green Business, Green Government, Green Elected Official, and Outstanding LEED Certified projects in South Florida.

News Release -- USGBC Announces GalaVerde Awards Finalists


One MetroCenter Tampa Earns Gold LEED Certification

We are proud to announce that One MetroCenter at MetWest International has joined MetWest One in earning the Gold LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Both office buildings are located within Tampa’s Westshore Business District.

Gold LEED certification identifies One MetroCenter at MetWest International as a showcase example of sustainable design and demonstrates leadership in transforming the building industry.”   — Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chairman U.S. Green Building Council

One MetroCenter Earns Gold LEED Certification

Congratulations to Our 4 BOMA Miami Dade TOBY Award Winners!

The 2015 BOMA MIAMI-DADE TOBYs, at the Trump Doral Resort, was an event to remember, amazing nominees, from buildings to individuals. Congratulations to all! Taylor & Mathis had four nominations and four wins! Congratulations to Property Managers Peter Romero, Lisa Mitchell and their staffs on this incredible accomplishment!










Under 100,000 category: 404 Washington – 8x Award Winner!Havana Nights

Property Manager: Peter Romero
Management Company: Taylor & Mathis
Owner: Dominion Partners
Engineer: Ismael Henriquez
Square Feet: 59,850 sq feet

100 – 249,999 category: 355 ALHAMBRA – 8x Award Winner!

Property Manager: Lisa Mitchell
Management Company: Taylor & Mathis
Owner: CPT 355 Alhambra Circle LLC
Engineer: Sucre Reyes
Square Feet: 222,884 sq feet

Corporate: 6505 Waterford – 6x Award Winner!

Property Manager: Peter Romero
Management CompanSuburban Low Rise:  6100 Waterfordy: Taylor & Mathis of Florida

Owner: Metropolitan Life Real Estate Investments
Engineer: Javier Castro
Square Feet: 167,228 sq feet

Suburban Low Rise:  6100 & 6303 Waterford – 8x Award Winner!

Property Manager: Peter Romero
Management Company: Taylor & Mathis of Florida
Owner: Metropolitan Life Real Estate Investments
Engineer: Rafael Lopez (6100) and Carlos Padilla (6303)
Square Feet: 327,407 sq feet


Center Point Business Park 2014 Industrial Park of the Year!

CPBP AwardThe Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Tampa Bay recognized the winners of the 2014 Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) awards November 13th. The TOBY awards honor outstanding commercial real estate properties and industry personnel. BOMA Greater Tampa Bay celebrated their 30th Anniversary with the most successful, sold out event ever hosted. The event was held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The award for the Outstanding Industrial Park went to Center Point Business Park, submitted by Robert Smith, Taylor & Mathis of Florida, LLC, owned by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

On behalf of the staff at Center Point Business Park, we are extremely pleased to bring the Industrial Park of the Year award home to our owner, MetLife. This award exemplifies the day to day work that the Taylor & Mathis team performs as well as MetLife’s commitment to make this property stand out as a great place for companies to call home.   We look forward to the opportunity to advance to the  BOMA Southern Regional awards. —  Property Manager Robert Smith

Kudos to our property management & leasing staff on this achievement. And kudos to all of our fellow nominees and award winners!

Center Point Business Park is now eligible to advance to the southern region BOMA competition to be held in Charlotte, NC in April 2015. All applicants took part in a thorough review of their buildings including inspections of both public and non‐public areas of the buildings. The review process also included interviews with the property management teams and tenants, where they were evaluated in categories such as emergency preparedness, energy management, building security, and community impact.

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MetWest Two Receives 2013 LEEDership Award

20140422_103404-1The US Green Building Council (USGBC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has given MetWest Two at MetWest International the 2013 LEEDership Award for Outstanding Project of the Year LEED for Core and Shell.  Nominees were evaluated on their demonstration of a holistic approach towards integrating green building practices and principles into project design, execution and operation, as well as the development of innovative solutions to regional design challenges.  MetWest Two is home to PwC who moved into its custom-designed 10-story office space last year. More than 2,000 people work at the 250,000-square-foot building.

Kent Walling Awarded BOMA Southern Region Outstanding Member of the Year

walling 2b LThe Building Owners and Managers Association, (BOMA), has selected Kent Walling, Taylor & Mathis of Florida Director of Operations, to receive its highest honor, the 2013/14 Southern Region Member of the Year Award.  The award, which each year is given to an individual who demonstrates effective leadership and extraordinary contributions to membership, service and involvement, was presented by the BOMA Southern Region on April 5th during the 2014 Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards Gala held in Birmingham, Alabama.  Kent will be recognized at BOMA International’s Annual Conference this June in Orlando where he will be a speaker on Best Practices for Managing Industrial Property Maintenance.

“Kent exemplifies the Taylor & Mathis belief in leadership through involvement,” stated Taylor & Mathis of Florida President Hank Brenner.  “He did not just join BOMA 14 years ago; he dedicated himself to actively pursuing its industry goals. The commercial real estate community has benefited from his leadership in promoting industry concerns and interests through his participation in the 2012 National Issues Conference in Washington DC and BOMA Florida Advocacy Days in Tallahassee.”

Past president of both BOMA Southern Region and BOMA Greater Tampa Bay, Kent was recognized for his high level of commitment to and involvement in the operational aspects of BOMA and the commercial real estate industry.  He has been active with national and state legislatures concerning commercial real estate issues and is currently on the BOMA International Industrial Committee and is the BOMA Florida Sustainability Committee Chair.

Among his responsibilities as Taylor & Mathis Director of Operations, Kent serves as the development manager of MetLife’s flagship development, MetWest International, an award-winning mixed-use project in Tampa’s Westshore Business District.  He also oversees a 3.5 million square foot office, industrial and retail portfolio.

The BOMA Outstanding Member of the Year Award honors a member of a local association who has demonstrated leadership skills, participated in local association activities as an officer or committee member, contributed time and talent to the local community, written articles on his/her field, and shown an interest in keeping up to date by participating in educational programs. Nominees must also be a member in good standing of a Local Association, the Southern Region and BOMA International.


l;lWaterford Properties Win Regional BOMA Award!

6100 & 6303 Waterford were named Suburban Office Park – Low Rise Buildings of the Year the at last week’s Southern Regional TOBY Awards by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).  The matching 4-story office buildings won the local Miami-Dade chapter award earlier this year and will compete for the international award this June in Orlando. Taylor & Mathis leases and manages the buildings on behalf of owner MetLife.

“The level of dedication Senior Property Manager Peter Romero and our management team put into the properties is well-reflected by this award. They are an amazing group of people.  It is so rewarding to see their professionalism and excellence recognized by their industry peers throughout the Southern region. Having a strong and committed owner such as MetLife enables our team to manage and operate the properties at the highest level. ” – Marlene Diaz, Taylor & Mathis Director of Operations.

The TOBY Awards are the most prestigious and comprehensive programs of their kind in the commercial real estate industry recognizing quality in office buildings and rewarding excellence in office building management. During the competition, all facets of a building’s operations are thoroughly evaluated. Buildings are judged on everything from community involvement and site management to environmental and “green” policies and procedures.

6100 & 6303 Waterford, located in Miami’s Waterford at Blue Lagoon office park, a 250-acre master planned business park minutes from Miami International Airport, are managed with a strong commitment toward corporate responsibility. From an economic standpoint, the two office buildings contribute $900,000 to local government in taxes alone. $383,894 is attributed to 6100 Waterford, while 6303 Waterford contributed $367,899 in 2012. The buildings house hundreds of jobs for diverse tenants such as Parbel of Florida (L’Oreal), Office Suites PLUS, Biomet, Avisena, Phoenix American Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson, CSA Group, The Yachts of Seabourn, and The Art of Shaving. Additional jobs are generated through contractors, sub-contractors, and vendor relationships.

Community impact from the properties has been significant.  Property Manager Peter Romero has created and organized the largest corporate event at Waterford and in the Blue Lagoon area. The Waterford 5k at Blue Lagoon was first organized in 2007 benefitting Autism Speaks; it has since grown into one of the most anticipated 5K events in the Miami-Dade area and is now known as the FedEx Waterford 5k at Blue Lagoon. The race includes over 2500 participants, over 60 corporate sponsors, and has contributed over $133,000 to charities including Miami Children’s Hospital.

Reducing environmental impact was a factor in securing the BOMA awards.  A 2013 report from Waste Management highlighted the direct impact made on the environment by incorporating a Single Stream Recycling Program at the T&M managed Waterford properties. The compelling results: 42% of total waste was diverted, creating a savings of: 95,197 kw-hours of electricity (enough to power 8 homes for a full year) ; 1,954 gallons of oil (enough energy to heat and cool 10 homes for a full year); 463 gallons of gasoline (enough gasoline to drive 12,973 miles); 393 mature trees (enough to produce 4,872,784 sheets of newspaper); 135,135 gallons of water (enough to meet the fresh water needs of 7,211 people for a month) and 76 cubic yards of landfill airspace (enough airspace to meet the disposal needs of a community of 1,169 people).