President's Message
Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and the New Year festivities with your friends and loved ones and are ready to make the most of this brand-new year. The beginning of every year, we at BOMA Greater Tampa Bay, talk to our membership about joining committees and this year is no different. Do you have ideas on what could make our organization better? Do you have thoughts of education series’ that you would really like to have? Then come join us! We cannot be who we are without our members and committees, so please click here to review our committees and click here to add yourself to one. Then don’t forget to go to the calendar and register (for free) to attend the committee meeting(s) of your choice.

We have an exciting year planned with several activities and programs. For the first quarter we have numerous committee meetings along with:
·          BOMA International’s Winter Business Meeting, Washington, DC
·          Tally Day, Tallahassee, FL
·          New member orientation
·          Monthly luncheons
·          BOMI Educational Class

We are only as strong as our weakest link – get involved & make 2020 a great year!

Don’t forget to renew your membership! To remain active, your membership dues must be received by March 2 nd . You don’t want to miss what we have planned for this year! Renewing is easy! Please Login to our site ( ) > look to the left side of the screen and click on Member Dues. Should you have any questions or problems, please contact Melanie Schrul @ or Shelli Menegos @

Cheers to 2020!

Denise Rue ~ Senior Property Manager
Parmenter Realty Partners
FEBRUARY LUNCHEON - Active Threat Response Training Program
It's not too late to register for our February luncheon. The deadline to register is February 21.
Click here to register.
BOMA's 30th Annual Golf Classic!
You've been asking and here's your chance ...


A special thank you to our renewing
Golf Classic Platinum Sponsor
MAY 18, 2020
8 AM - 3:30 PM

This is the best networking opportunity in the industry. We expect to sell out fast to Tampa Bay’s property managers, building owners, suppliers and guests! Limited to 100 players – first come, first served!

A day of golf includes the following:
  •        18 Holes of Golf
  •        Continental Breakfast and Lunch
  •       Cash Prizes
  •       Raffle Drawing and Goodie Bag
  •      2 drink tickets

Early bird pricing ends April 17 and the deadline to register (if we haven't already sold out) is May 4.

$150 per golfer or $1,110 for a Gold Golf Package (includes 4 golfers and 4 super packages)
Our 2020 Officers:
President - Denise Rue, Parmenter
Vice President - Jose Hernandez, Newmark Knight Frank
Treasurer - Robert Smith, Cushman & Wakefield
Secretary - Juniper Duffin, Colliers International

Board of Directors:
Michelle Cummings, CBRE
Chris Ennest, Bay Area DKI
Sheryl Frick, Ryan Companies
Patrick Gehm, Cousins
David Goldman, ISS Mechanical
Leigh Kendall, Jones Lang LaSalle
Charles McArthur, Georgia-Pacific
Karen Mendez, Banyan Street Capital
Kotone West, America's Capital Partners

General Counsel - Carla Markowitz, Carla Markowitz, Attorney at Law

Executive Director - Melanie Schrul, MAS, Inc.
Don't forget that our TOBY Winners are heading to Orlando for the BOMA Southern Region Conference!

"Transformation 2020"
(click on the butterfly for more information)
100,000-249,999 SQ FT - WATERFORD PLAZA
500,000-1,000,000 SQ FT -
Emerging Professional of the Year -
Taylor Smith , Cushman & Wakefield

Engineer of the Year -
Bill Muehling , Cousins Properties

Property Manager of the Year -
Juniper Duffin , Colliers International

Allied Member of the Year -
Nichole Tenderholt , Lowe's Commercial Painting

President's Award -
Lynn Vilmar , Banyan Street Capital

A huge thank you to all our 2020 Annual Sponsors!

A1 Orange . Core Roofing Systems . CPR-Concrete Painting and Restoration . Crown Roofing . Critical Systems Solution . Fieldstone Landscape Services . Landscape Maintenance Professionals . Landwise Horticultural Services .
Latite Roofing . MaintenX

Allied Universal . Cousins Properties . Driveway Maintenance . Lowe's Commercial Painting .
Master Maintenance . Red Coats

Greetings from the Education Committee.  As we enter a new year and a new decade, I wish to encourage each of you actively pursuing a BOMI designation to continue your push to completion. To assist you with this endeavor, we are offering four courses that will fit RPA®, SMA®, or FMA® designations to include the following:

·         March 4-6, 2020, Managing the Organization
·         May 6-8, 2020, Law and Risk Management
·         September 16-18, 2020, Building Design and Maintenance
·         October 7-9, 2020, Environmental Health and Safety Issues

BOMA Greater Tampa Bay is offering these four courses here in Tampa to make educational planning and success easily within your reach. Participation will not only benefit our association but will assist you in achieving the goal of holding your designation in any of the pathways offered by BOMI International. 

On a personal note, I encourage you to continue your education as there is never a better time to do it than right now. And, your Education Committee stands ready to offer you answers to questions and encouragement to either continue courses or take that first step. 


Robert Smith, CPM®, RPA®
Chair, Education Committee
Treasurer-BOMA GTB

Welcome New Members


  • Coleen Bachmann – CBRE
  • Kevin Zentz – Behr 


  • Michelle Colburn – Tannenbaum
  • Malana Ford – Franklin Street
  • Jessica Heinecker – Saglo Development Corporation
  • Lisa Ingram – Atlantic Premier 
  • Jeffrey Lashway – Covenant Security Solutions
  • Toni More – Carter Validus
  • Deborah Scott – Cushman & Wakefield
  • Michael Trapuzzano – Pine Lake Nursery & Landscape, Inc. 

Reminder ... Membership participation requirements
Our Allied (service provider) Members must attend at least eight (8) events per year to maintain ‘active’ membership status. Attendance requirements are waived the first year of membership and we highly encourage you to attend as many events as possible though. The Board of Directors reserves the right to suspend membership if eight events per year are not attended. Events are described as ‘any BOMA activity offered on the calendar of events’ and include, but are not limited to, meetings, education, BOMA Day, TOBY Awards, and socials. 
  • Our 8 monthly membership luncheons
  • Property Management Showcase
  •  TOBY Judging
  • Sustainability events (tours, beach clean-up and green apple day)
  • BOMA sanctioned Allied Mixers
  • Holiday Party
  • Golf Tournament
  • TOBY
  • Poker Night
  • Engineering Breakfasts
  • Advocacy Day in Tallahassee
  • Industrial Committee educational events
  • BOMA charity events
  • Annual Sponsorship at the Platinum or Gold level
Service Provider Members must attend orientation prior to attending events so we can learn your expectations and you can learn ours. We highly advise that property managers attend too.
There will be a $50 replacement membership fee each time your firm changes the membership name to someone else's name.
Membership can be revoked for unprofessional conduct during BOMA events, or for violation of the General Conditions listed above.
Dues are non-refundable. Invoices must be paid within sixty (60) days, and is the responsibility of the approved member, to ensure payment is submitted timely.
The deadline to be approved will be the third Wednesday of the month. Please have your on-line membership application and payment to the BOMA office by then. 

Membership approvals will happen once a month (usually the fourth Wednesday of the month), and you will be sent a welcome email with your login credentials within a week after the Board approves your membership.
2020 membership dues are due no later than March 2
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. Login to Member Area, look to the left for Member Dues, click that and renew. You can pay on-line with a credit card or "by-pass payment" and print an invoice to mail a check.
Decrease in Florida Sales Tax on Commercial Rent
Effective as of January 1, 2020, the Florida state sales tax rate applicable to the lease of commercial real property has decreased from 5.7% to 5.5%. Therefore, the state will levy a 5.5% sales tax on all rent collected from commercial properties in Florida.

This new state sales tax rate, however, does not impact county surtax rates. Because individual counties may impose a discretionary sales surtax, the surtax rate of the county where the rental property is located must be factored in when calculating the total sales tax rate. For example, in Miami-Dade County the surtax rate is 1%. Therefore, the combined sales tax rate on rent collected from commercial properties in Miami-Dade County is 6.5% (5.5% state sales tax + 1% Miami-Dade County surtax).

For the Florida statute on the state sales tax rate applicable to the lease of commercial real property, please see  Florida Statute Section 212.031 .

For a list of county surtax rates in Florida for Calendar Year 2020, please see the  Discretionary Sales Surtax Information (Form DR-15DSS).

For an overview of Florida Sales Tax and County Discretionary Sales Surtax, please see the  Florida Department of Revenue webpage.
Advocacy Day 2020
BOMA Florida's Advocacy Day at the Capital will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Each year during legislative session, commercial real estate owners and managers travel to Tallahassee to spend a day at the Capitol to discuss BOMA’s stance on issues important to our industry. Having a strong showing from our members at the Capitol sends the message that BOMA is a robust association with the backing of a talented and involved membership. We would love for this year to be our biggest turnout yet! If you are interested in participating, please contact Carla Markowitz
Happy New Year to All!

Our Sustainability Committee is preparing for an Active Year, but before we talk about this years schedule, let’s recap the events of 2019.

·          Metropolitan Ministries Clothing Drive – Collected over 200 bags of clothing.
·          Beach Clean-up- Partnered with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful supporting national Great America Clean-up. We rallied over 15 people to help collect trash along Courtney Campbell Causeway
·          Tour of Waste Management Tampa Recycling Facility – Committee and general BOMA members learned the 3-R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle)
·          Green Apple Day of Service – Committee members cleaned and tuned up education gardens at Lakewood Elementary.
·          USF Lecture & Tour at Patel College of Global Sustainability attended by 20 BOMA members.
·          Along with several monthly speakers at committee meetings.

Looking at 2020 our Mission Statement remains :
Sustainability Committee is to educate our members on sustainability trends in the built environment and to support at least one public service project each year with a focus on sustainability.

Already on the 2020 calendar is the MM clothing Drive, Beach Clean-up Day, & Green Apple Day of Service.
Don’t miss the learning experience coupled with rewarding activities giving back to the community which support a broad approach to global sustainability.

 JOIN OUR TEAM, WE LOVE NEW IDEAS. To jump in fill out a Committee Sign-Up Form or contact co-chairs Juniper Duffin or Chris Brill directly, our contact information is HERE

Clothing Drive 2020
Metropolitan Ministries provides clothing to nearly 100 families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless every day through the Metro Outfitters closet. Your donations of clothing will bring HOPE to families in need.

BOMA Greater Tampa Bay once again will host a closing drive to help Metropolitan Ministries. We need locations for donation barrels in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

Reply before March 15 please.

Several of our Board Members visited Congressional Delegates at the Capitol, in Washington D.C. during the BOMA International National Issues Conference.  

Sandy Ballestra – Cushman & Wakefield of FL
Juniper Duffin – Colliers International Tampa Bay
Jose Hernandez – Newmark Knight Frank
Carla Markowitz – Carla Markowitz Attorney at Law
Denise Rue – Parmenter
Kent Walling – Cushman & Wakefield
They met with Vern Buchannan, Charlie Crist, Ross Spano, Kathy Castor, Greg Stuebe and Gus Bilirakis.  

The 3 major issues that were discussed were:
  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCIA)

  • The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act

  • The Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction (179D).  
We managed to all get together for the reception at the BOMA International Winter Business Meeting.
Denise Rue, Carla Markowitz and Jose Hernandez meeting with a U.S. Representative Ross Spano.
Juniper Duffin, Melanie Schrul and Denise Rue unwinding after a long day of business meetings.
BOMA = Advocacy, Education & Networking