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.
“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.
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.