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.

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