T&M’s Kent Walling Chairs the 2013 BOMA Southern Region Conference Committee

2013 BOMA SOUTHERN REGION Conference: The Art of Commercial Real Estate, Programming Inspired by the Cultural Hub of St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg is the perfect location for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Southern Region to reflect on the theme of the 2013 annual conference, the Art of Commercial Real Estate. With the release of the educational lineup scheduled for the conference, held April 10-13 at The Renaissance Vinoy, conference organizers again present the commercial real estate industry’s premiere professional event for delegates in the South.

walling 1b s“We have fashioned the conference to be a balance of educational, networking, and recognition opportunities to drive excitement around the careers, buildings, and efforts of our delegates,” said Kent Walling of Taylor and Mathis, conference co-chair and BOMA Southern Region President.

With a focus on The Art of Commercial Real Estate, led by highly regarded industry practitioners and subject-matter experts, the sessions will help delegates acquire key insights and practical know-how to bring tangible success to their buildings while also enhancing their own personal strengths. This collaborative meeting of the industry’s best minds includes over 25 sessions.

Topics include a welcome from Mayor Bill Foster; a distinguished panel of commercial real estate heavy hitters such as Chuck Davis of MetLife, Mary Jo Eaton of CBRE, and Ed Fritsch of Highwoods, which will be moderated by Carlton Fields Shareholder Donald Kirk; luncheon keynotes from Joe Markling of CBRE and BOMA International, and Henry Chamberlain of BOMA International; and a live preparedness event facilitated by Holley Wade of the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center. One afternoon session alone will host 13 customized power sessions for 2013, including topics on insurance, legal pitfalls, sustainability, advocacy, public relations, preparedness, technology, codes, customer service, BOMI education, executive director organization, driving membership, and doing business with receiverships.

Conference delegates will network at the Dali Museum and Duncan McClellan’s glass blowing hot shop, both in downtown St. Petersburg, as well as host a golf tournament at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club. The capstone of the conference will be The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards, a gala held at the Vinoy honoring the best performing buildings and personnel in the industry.  “Educational offerings improve every year, and this year’s lineup hits all topics delegates need to stay relevant in the changing industry,” said ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Carol Dunn of Highwoods and conference co-chair.

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. BOMA Southern Region welcomes our newest member organization BOMA Northern Alabama, located in Huntsville, Alabama. 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. On the Web at www.bomasrc.org.

Two New Tenants at One Biscayne Tower Miami

One Biscayne Tower One Biscayne Tower, the 700,000 square foot Class A office tower located in downtown Miami has reached 85% occupancy with the completion of two leases totaling 16,266 square feet, for a value of almost $6 million, announced Taylor & Mathis.   Northwestern Mutual and Peretz Chesal have signed new leases. The transactions were negotiated on behalf of the owner, by the Taylor & Mathis leasing team of Brian Gale, Andrew Trench and Ryan Holtzman.

Northwestern Mutual (http://miami.nmfn.com/) signed an 11.5 year lease for 10,066 square feet, while intellectual property lawyers Peretz Chesal Herrman (www.pch-iplaw.com) signed a 7-year lease for 6,200 square feet. Both tenants are leaving Miami Center for One Biscayne Tower, in the leases co-brokered by Tim Prunka of Prunka Realty Advisors.

“One Biscayne Tower is one of the best values for office space in Downtown Miami.  The location, combined with the incredible views of Biscayne Bay, really appeals to law firms and professional service companies,” said Brian Gale, Taylor & Mathis Principal and Managing Director.  For more information, visit http://www.onebiscaynetower.com

Peter Romero Leads BOMA Miami in the Harlem Shake at Luncheon


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At last week’s BOMA Miami luncheon Jose Abreu, Miami Aviation Director, was presented with the Vanguard Award for all of his years of service to Miami-Dade County. BOMA MIAMI attendees  broke out into the Harlem Shake just before the start of the luncheon presentation. “This is the first time a commercial building organization dances live on video,” says Peter Romero, Chair of the Events Committee for BOMA MIAMI. “We were inspired by The Heat Harlem Shake video and knew we could do a great Harlem Shake. We thank all that participated and took the challenge to stay in step with the times.” Jose Abreu looked on as BOMA Miami took to the floor in good spirits.  Taylor & Mathis Senior Property Manager, Peter Romero started the Harlem Shake and as you can see the room of attendees can really shake up the dance floor.

Taylor & Mathis Secures 32,000 Square Feet of Renewals at Espirito Santo Plaza

Espirito NightThe Signature Office Tower Remains 95% Occupied

Taylor & Mathis has finalized two deals comprising 32,000 square feet of lease renewals at Espirito Santo Plaza. The renewals place the sculptural glass tower on Brickell Avenue at 95 percent leased.

International law firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, the second-largest tenant in the building, renewed its lease for 24,381 square feet in a seven-year deal.  The Taylor & Mathis’ Miami leasing team of Brian Gale, Andrew Trench and Ryan Holtzman, exclusive leasing agents for Espirito Santo Plaza handled the lease, working directly with Weil. The New York-based law firm has been a tenant at Espirito Santo Plaza since 2001.

“As one of the original tenants of the building and one of the most recognizable names in the legal industry, it was only natural for us to work with them to extend their lease term at Espirito Santo Plaza, “said Taylor & Mathis’ Andrew Trench. “Espirito Santo Plaza is a magnificent property recognized both as a signature among the Miami skyline and as the Miami headquarters of such a prominent law firm.”

Legg Mason Global Asset Management renewed their lease of 7,780 square feet for an additional five years. The lease was co-brokered by Alan Kleber & Matt Cheezem of CRESA.   Legg Mason is one of the largest asset management firms in the world, serving institutional and individual investors on six continents. For more information, visit http://www.leggmason.com.

Less than 5 percent of the office space remains available at the mixed-use property that also includes the Conrad Miami hotel and 10 floors of luxury condominiums.

Espirito Santo Plaza is a 36-story mixed-use glass tower with an attached 12-story parking garage and 260,000 square feet of Class A office space. The Conrad Miami — Hilton Hotel’s luxury brand — features 203 guest rooms, a ballroom and meeting facilities and specialty retail/restaurant space. The top floors of the property consist of a fully equipped health club and 116 luxury condominium residences overlooking the soaring 11 story atrium.

Located on a full city block fronting at 1395 Brickell Avenue, in the heart of Miami’s international financial market, Espirito Santo Plaza’s main tower designed by KPF welcomes visitors with a dramatic 36 story concave figural arc symbolizing the gateway to Latin America.  http://espiritosantoplaza.com/

Taylor & Mathis’ Miami Team Volunteers for Kids in Distress

Our Miami team swooped in to help Kids in Distress spruce up their facility as they look to achieve their re certification later this month.  The team accomplished even more than expected thanks to everyone’s hard work and dedication to this great organization!

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9250 Doral Recapitalized, Undergoing Full Renovation

It presents an unprecedented opportunity for all size tenants to occupy space in one of the most exciting and rapidly growing areas of the Miami-Dade office market, said Brian Gale of Taylor & Mathis, the exclusive leasing agent.

A multimillion dollar renovation is in the works at 9250 Doral as owner Delma Properties prepares to bring the former single tenant office building to the multi-tenant leasing market. With the largest single block of available office space in the Doral area, the 187,000 square-foot office building is being repositioned as a multi-tenant office building.

Doral office undertakes $7M renovationA former 187,000-square-foot, single-tenant office building in Doral is being converted for multiple tenants

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Taylor & Mathis of Florida has garnered seven TOBY (The Office Building of the Year) awards from the Miami-Dade chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). The organization held its 25th annual award program January 11th at The Biltmore in Coral Gables. “We are so proud of our exceptional staff. Their commitment to the T&M Family and unified efforts of achieving excellence was noted by the judges as exceptional and rarely seen in our industry. This was the determining factor in their decision to name Taylor & Mathis as the Management Company of the Year. ” stated T&M Director of Operations, Marlene Diaz.

Among the seven awards received by Taylor & Mathis are
• Property Management Company of the Year
• Peter Romero, Senior Property Manager-Waterford at Blue Lagoon -Principal Member of the Year
• Milly Pinero -Assistant Property Manager of the Year/ 5+years
Building of the Year Awards:
• 550 Biltmore, Coral Gables – Renovated. Renovations for which the award was received included lobby renovations as well as mechanical and HVAC systems.
• 6100/6303 Waterford -Suburban Office Low Rise
• 6505 Waterford – Corporate Facility
• 355 Alhambra, Coral Gables – 100,000 to 249,999 Square Foot Building

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.

These BOMA awards come on the heels of Taylor & Mathis of Florida’s Tampa office garnering two Best of the Best Awards from the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Taylor & Mathis earned Best Developer honors for a second time for their role in the development of MetWest International on behalf of owner MetLife while the development was named Best Mixed-Use Project. NAIOP is a leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate.


Taylor & Mathis of Florida is kicking off the new year by expanding the company’s presence in Florida.  The commercial real estate firm is partnering with veteran Orlando commercial real estate broker, Damien Madsen.  Damien joins Taylor & Mathis of Florida this week as Partner and Senior Managing Director Orlando.

“We were looking to grow our business in Central Florida and Damien’s name is synonymous with Commercial Real Estate in that market,” stated Taylor & Mathis of Florida President Hank Brenner. “I’ve known Damien for over 20 years. We jumped at the chance for the opportunity to partner with someone of his caliber.”

Madsen brings 25 years of development and commercial real estate brokerage experience to Taylor & Mathis. While Madsen has extensive experience in the development of commercial real estate, his area of expertise is in Landlord Representation through the value he provides from his progressive thinking and aggressive negotiating skills.

“I am extremely excited to partner with Taylor & Mathis in Central Florida. The combined experience and relationships we have will allow us to optimize the platform they already have in place and capitalize on the nearly 50 years the company has been in existence. It’s a rare opportunity that will allow us to maximize our skill sets and to build a long term successful partnership,” stated Taylor & Mathis Partner Damien Madsen.

Madsen will office out of 222 W. Maitland Boulevard in Maitland parenthesis (formally the HHCP Architects Building) where he will oversee management and leasing of the property on behalf of Penta Partners.

During his career Madsen served as a Principal with Morrison Commercial Real Estate, Senior Vice President of Harbert Realty Services, Executive Director of Advantis Real Estate Services Company, and Senior Director of Leasing for the Flagler Development Company where he developed and leased one of Florida’s most successful business parks, South Park Center. Madsen has completed nearly 4 million square feet of transactions valued at approximately $800 million.

“With strong presences in Tampa Bay and South Florida, expanding our presence in Central Florida was the next logical move for us,” stated Brenner.  In Florida the company leases and/or manages a portfolio over 11 million square feet.  In Tampa T&M is overseeing the development of a 250,000 build-to-suit for PwC at MetWest International which constituted one of the largest lease deals in 2011 while the Broward County office announced a new 345,000 leasing and management assignment in Broward County in November.  In Miami-Dade the company recently announced its success in leasing 1101 Brickell.  A 60,000 square foot lease with Florida International University helped T&M take the building occupancy from 30% to 84% in under two years with proposals out on the majority of vacant spaces.