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.
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.
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.
Taylor & Mathis has been awarded the management assignment for a nine building suburban office portfolio in Tampa. The half million square foot portfolio includes five buildings comprising Sabal Business Center as well as Atrium, Registry One, Registry Two and Registry Square all of which are located in East Tampa off of I-75 at the MLK Jr Boulevard exit. The portfolio is owned by IP Capital Partners of Boca Raton.
Taylor & Mathis has tapped John Fiore to serve as property manager for the portfolio with Julio Ballester as the lead building engineer. The management team is led by Kent Walling – Central Florida Director of Operations.
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has given MetWest Two at MetWest International the 2013 LEEDership Award for Outstanding Project of the Year LEED for Core and Shell. Nominees were evaluated on their demonstration of a holistic approach towards integrating green building practices and principles into project design, execution and operation, as well as the development of innovative solutions to regional design challenges. MetWest Two is home to PwC who moved into its custom-designed 10-story office space last year. More than 2,000 people work at the 250,000-square-foot building.
Taylor & Mathis of Florida has secured the leasing assignment for Interstate Corporate Center from its new owner B&L Investments Interstate LLC. The 344,896-square-foot, single-story, office complex is situated on 50 acres in the I-75 Corridor/East Tampa Submarket of Tampa. The complex which is 83% leased has nearly 60,000 square feet available for lease including up to 27,000 contiguous square feet. With four building wings and above market concentric surface parking of 5/1,000 RSF, the property can accommodate a variety of different size tenants, but has been particularly successful in capturing larger office users seeking abundant parking, a central location and flexible office space. Taylor & Mathis Managing Director of Leasing Angela Odell will oversee leasing efforts.
Taylor & Mathis has been managing the property since 2002 and has overseen recent renovations including common areas and an atrium lounge with free Wi-Fi, TVs and seating. The property was originally developed in 1984 as an enclosed shopping mall, with conversion and substantial renovation to single story office occurring in 1998.
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.