Robert Smith Earns Real Property Administrator (RPA®) Designation

Robert SmithCongratulations to Tampa Property Manager Robert Smith who has earned his BOMA’s Real Property Administrator (RPA®) Designation. Robert’s expertise encompasses all aspects of operating a commercial building and maximizing a building’s net income while minimizing risk.

As an RPA, Robert brings a full understanding of all aspects of property management to Taylor & Mathis and to our building owners supporting our overall goal of enhancing the value of our assets through proper and strategic decision making.

The designation program included the design, operation, and maintenance of commercial buildings. Robert is fully versed in budgeting and accounting for commercial real estate, risk management, and best practices in bidding. The program also covered reviewing and selecting contract providers, marketing and leasing, and the operations of the asset from an owner’s perspective through a comprehensive asset management component.

Snoopy – The Next Southeastern Guide Dog?

Meet Superhero Subie - Puppy Raiser Jen's Newest Southeastern Guide Dog
Meet Superhero Subie – Puppy Raiser Jen’s Newest Southeastern Guide Dog

Our MetWest Senior Property Manager, Jennifer Hatchett is an active Tampa Puppy Raiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs.  As part of the organization’s upcoming Walkathon on April 18th, Jen is looking to raise $5,000 for the opportunity to name a puppy Snoopy in honor of our client MetLife and the MetWest International project.

To help make her goal a reality visit https://guidedogswalkathon.org/jenhatchett

Jen got involved with Southeastern Guide Dogs when one of the MetWest tenants, Melisa Reiter, brought Eric, her puppy in training to MetWest.  Melissa’s second puppy Bo was matched with a seeing impaired forever handler this past summer. “Once I joined the Tampa Puppy Raisers and met others who support this great cause I knew that this would be my life’s work,” stated Jen.  “My first puppy in training, Phi, was sponsored by Bart Butler a graduate of the school who is giving back by fund raising over $23,000.   I am currently working with Brad who I will turn over for training on April 11th and pick up my newest puppy Subie. I hope my next puppy will be named Snoopy!”

The cost to raise and train one guide dog from conception through retirement (usually at age 10) is more than $60,000. All of the services – which include selective breeding and training for the dogs; on-campus instruction for students; and lifetime follow-up for graduates – are provided at no cost to students. Southeastern Guide Dogs receives no government funding and relies 100% on donations from their community of supporters.   Voted 2014 Non-Profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Southeastern Guide Dogs has received a four-star ranking (highest rank) on Charity Navigator;  they also received a 100 (out of 100) on Accountability and Transparency, and 98.9 (out of 100) overall score which, are the highest scores out of all the guide dog schools in the United States.

Brad - Jen's Current Puppy who she will turn over for training in April.
Brad – Jen’s Current Puppy who she will turn over for training in April.

Founded in 1982, the organization employs the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs. Southeastern Guide Dogs serves more than 400 graduates across the U.S. and continues to place more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefiting people with visual impairments, and veterans. The charity provides all of its services free of charge and receives no government funding. Their many programs include Paws for Independence, Paws for Patriots, Veteran Service Dogs, Canine Connections and Public Service Dogs.

BOMA MIAMI GETS HAPPY

Only in Miami would BOMA create their own signature Happy Video. You’ll recognize lots of familiar T&M faces including lead video star Peter Romero.  BOMA membership is always ready to participate and support BOMA MIAMI and this is by far one of their most unique projects.  Check out the members’ spirit and dance moves!

Damien Madsen at Celebrate Life Hospice Fundraiser Luncheon

PicsArtDamien Madsen, T&M Orlando Principal, spoke to over 350 guests at the
Celebrate Life Hospice Fundraiser Luncheon on April 17th.  Damien who is
on the Board of Directors for Hospice the Comforter shared his story of
Hospice’s dedication, comfort and professionalism in assisting with the
passing of his father this past fall.  Damien spoke to the audience and
shared, “Hospice brings comfort and peace to those who are leaving while
also bringing a sense of comfort and peace to those staying so that they
can focus on celebrating the life of their loved one and being able to
cherish those final moments.”  He captured the theme of the afternoon and
touched many hearts, many lives.  From his tribute that afternoon –
Damien helped raise a significant amount of funds that will assist Hospice
in helping so many more families in the future!

Orlando Office Hires Leasing Associate Buffy Gillette

Buffy GilletteTaylor & Mathis of Florida’s Central Florida office has added another member to the team – Leasing Associate Buffy Gillette.  As Leasing Associate Buffy will assist with all aspects of leasing and production for the company’s Orlando office joining Principal Damien Madsen and Director of Leasing & Brokerage Services Darryl Hoffman.  Buffy comes to Taylor & Mathis from Morrison Commercial Real Estate.