The 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.