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.

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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.

GrayRobinson Law Firm Signs 35,358 SF Lease at Wells Fargo Center

WFT_E_AD_IMG_4810FGrayRobinson, one of the fastest growing law firms in Florida with 280 attorneys and 11 offices across the state, is relocating its Miami office. Taylor & Mathis signed the firm to a long-term 35,358-square-foot lease at MetLife’s Wells Fargo Center in Downtown Miami.  The full service law firm is moving from 1221 Brickell to Wells Fargo Center in January 2015. GrayRobinson along with several other tenants are moving from Brickell to Downtown Miami—and taking up residence at Wells Fargo Center.

Brian Gale, Principal, and Ryan Holtzman, Leasing Director, both of Taylor Mathis, negotiated the long term lease on behalf of MetLife.  “GrayRobinson is the sixth tenant we have signed at Wells Fargo Center last year with new leases topping over 90,000 square feet,” stated Gale. GrayRobinson will occupy the 31st and 32nd floors of Wells Fargo Center. Gale also stated, “Wells Fargo Center, because of its location at the south side of the Brickell Bridge, has drawn a plethora of Brickell tenants across the river”.

“We explored several options in Brickell and Downtown Miami before settling on the Wells Fargo Center,” said Steven Zelkowitz, Managing Shareholder of GrayRobinson’s Miami office. “Cresa helped us navigate the landscape and balanced our short-term and long-term needs with an eye toward sustainable growth. We’re convinced we’ve found a strategic location at the Wells Fargo Center.” Barbara Liberatore Black, a Managing Principal at Cresa South Florida, represented GrayRobinson in the deal.

“It was important for GrayRobinson to establish the firm’s offices in a class A building in the urban core. Wells Fargo Center met all of the firm’s criteria,” said Liberatore Black. “GrayRobinson’s office space will facilitate the firm’s new office standards and technologies. The firm also has the ability to continue expanding at Wells Fargo Center by leasing additional space.”

“GrayRobinson is a welcome addition to the high quality tenant roster at Wells Fargo Center. The development, a long-term investment for MetLife, has attracted many of the Country’s most notable companies this year,” stated Chuck Davis, regional director of MetLife’s Tampa real estate investment office.

The law firm was attracted to Wells Fargo Center, in part, because it is attached to a world-class JW Marriott Marquis.

GrayRobinson established a presence in Miami six years ago when it retrofitted existing office space at 1221 Brickell. Although the space accommodated the firm’s needs at the time, its rapid growth—now approaching 50-plus attorneys—required GrayRobinson to seek new class A office space that mirrors its other locations and gives the firm room for future growth as it continues to expand in South Florida. GrayRobinson plans to lease temporary office space at Wells Fargo Center in January 2014 to accommodate immediate growth in its Miami office, and then move its entire legal staff to the building at the beginning of 2015.

“Our growth in Florida this year remained strong,” said Byrd F. “Biff” Marshall, Jr., President and Managing Director of GrayRobinson. “Finding quality real estate solutions in prime locations in the Florida cities we serve is vital to accommodate the needs of our clients.” The decision comes just months after GrayRobinson announced a new location in Boca Raton and recent expansions in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.

Wells Fargo Center is a 750,000 square foot Class A office tower located downtown one city block off Interstate 95 and south of the Brickell Bridge.  It is home to some of the most prominent and respected companies in the country, including Wells Fargo Bank, Greenberg Traurig, Deloitte, McDermott, Will & Emery and Littler Mendelson PA.  The office building shares a site with the first of its kind JW Marriott Marquis hotel and the first Hotel Beaux Arts, a new hotel of Marriott International luxury group.  Tenants benefit from the five-star amenities of the hotel, which include dining, conference facilities, an entertainment complex, fitness center, salon and spa, and the Jim McLean Golf School.  For more information, visit

About GrayRobinson

GrayRobinson is a full-service corporate law firm with over 280 attorneys throughout 11 offices across Florida. The firm provides legal services for Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, lending institutions, local and state governments, developers, entrepreneurs and individuals across Florida, the nation and the world. GrayRobinson has been named among Corporate Counsel magazine’s Go-To Law Firms for America’s 500 largest companies. Selected firms were chosen for delivering exceptional work for the Fortune 500.

Taylor & Mathis of Florida to Host 7th Annual Waterford 5k Race

998927_10151661612051553_349299072_nTaylor & Mathis of Florida will host the 7th annual Waterford 5K Race on Friday, November 8. The race is held at Waterford at Blue Lagoon Corporate Park in Miami where Taylor & Mathis leases and manages eight office buildings on behalf of owners MetLife and DRA Advisors. Waterford 5k is produced by TeamFootWorks and benefits Miami Children’s Hospital. In the past six years, the race has raised over $133,000 donated to charity. Bring your business, family, or friends for a beautiful 3.1 mile run/walk through Miami’s premier office park. There’s something for everyone at this year’s race, including:

  • A chance to win a Breitling Watch for the top Male or Female Runner
  • Food trucks
  • A Play Zone, including the newest inflatable ride: The Meltdown
  • Miami Marlins Energy Team and Billy The Marlin with the Prize Wheel
  • Sponsor Giveaways
  • Award-winning West Broward High School Marching Band performing at the homestretch
  • Companies can rent corporate tents complete with banners, tables, chairs, and even have food directly catered to your tent

But the highlight of this year’s race is the glow themed after-party. The first 500 to register will receive complimentary premium glow wear and LED accessories. Top DJ and dancers will keep the party going with black lights, giveaways and special lighting. Participants are encouraged to bring their best glow accessories and Go Glow!

Check out the website below for more information and register now!

FedEx Waterford 5k Official Website