2020 Southern Region Speakers

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Transformation 2020!

Welcome to Orlando Beautiful

Mayor Buddy Dyer of City of Orlando and Jim Gray, Managing Director with CBRE

Buddy Dyer has served as Mayor of the City of Orlando since 2003, and from his first day in office, he has worked tirelessly to advance the community’s shared vision for Orlando as America’s 21st Century City.

Jim Gray is the Managing Director at CBRE’s Orlando office. He oversees all operations and provides strategic support on business development to grow the firm’s operations and market share in the Central Florida region. He plays an integral role in leveraging CBRE’s comprehensive platform to provide service excellence to clients and forge new business relationships.

Jim Gray has been active in the region’s commercial real estate industry for more than thirty years. Throughout his career, he has developed an extensive network within Florida’s real estate, banking, and the business community. Prior to joining CBRE in May 2018, Mr. Gray served as President of GrayPointe Capital (GPC), a commercial real estate investment and advisory firm headquartered in Orlando. Before forming GPC, he spent 12 years with Parkway Properties, a publicly-traded REIT that specializes in the ownership and operation of high-quality office buildings throughout nine Sun Belt states. As Director of National Accounts, Mr. Gray was responsible for maintaining positive relationships with Parkway’s largest tenants across multiple markets.

Mr. Gray joined the Parkway Properties team through the acquisition of Eola Capital, a privately held real estate investment and operating company based in Orlando. While at Eola, he coordinated activities with private investors, including raising and managing three equity funds totaling $40 million for specific real estate acquisitions and was responsible for office leasing in Orlando. Prior to this, Mr. Gray spent 17 years with First Union/Wachovia Bank managing their real estate, wealth management and commercial lending efforts in Central Florida.

In 2012, Mr. Gray was elected to the Orlando City Commission and continues to represent District 1 in southeastern Orlando.

Mr. Gray is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Crime Prevention Strategies at Your Properties with Kevlon Kirkpatrick and Audra Rigby from Certified Crime Prevention Consultants, LLC

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Kevlon H. Kirkpatrick has over twenty-one years of experience working as a Law Enforcement Officer, is the current Secretary with the Florida Design Out Crime Association (www.FLDOCA.com) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the College of Staten Island.

 He is certified by the Office of the Attorney General as a Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner, a Florida Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner (CPTED), a School Resource Officer (SRO) and Convenience Business Inspector.  The Valencia College Criminal Justice Institute has also certified him as a Physical Fitness Trainer, a General Instructor, and a Defensive Tactics Instructor. Kevlon and his business partner Audra have completed CPTED assessments for a private school, healthcare facilities, and an international air cargo company.

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Audra L. Rigby is a Principal with Certified Crime Prevention Consultants, LLC, Planner III with the City of Orlando Police Department (OPD) and Director at Large with Florida Design Out Crime Associations (www.FLDOCA.com). She has over 26 years of experience in public safety with OPD, holds a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management with a Minor in Public Safety Telecommunications from Jacksonville State University and is a Certified Public Manager through Florida State University.

Audra has completed hundreds of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) plan reviews for new and redevelopment projects in the City of Orlando and on-site CPTED assessments. She is certified by the Office of the Florida Attorney General as a Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner, a Florida CPTED Practitioner and Convenience Business Inspector. Audra and her business partner Kevlon have completed CPTED assessments for a private school, healthcare facilities, and an international air cargo company.

State of the Industry with Scott Jones, PE, Chair and Chief Elected Officer and Henry Chamberlain with BOMA International

Scott Jones, who served as BOMA International’s Chair-Elect for the 2018-2019 term, has more than two decades of industry experience. He currently serves as vice president for Jacobs, managing the Northern California region for the Buildings, Infrastructure division. Prior to moving to California and becoming a member of BOMA/San Francisco, Jones was an active member of BOMA/Fort Worth, where he served as president. Jones was chair of both BOMA International’s State Government Affairs Committee and the Careers in Real Estate Task Force Returning Veterans Outreach Sub-Group. He also held the position of vice-chair of the Research Committee and served two terms on BOMA International’s Executive Committee.

Henry Chamberlain directs BOMA International’s staff in support of the association's 88 U.S. local associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations, and 17 BOMA international affiliates. Founded in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of U.S. local associations and global affiliates. The leading trade association for commercial real estate professionals for more than 100 years, it represents the owners, managers, service providers and other property professionals of all commercial building types, including office, industrial, medical, corporate and mixed-use. BOMA International is the partner individuals in the commercial real estate industry choose to maximize value for their careers, organizations, and assets. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence, and knowledge.

Prior to joining BOMA, he was the director of communications for the Gannett Company during the launch phase of the Nation’s Newspaper – USA TODAY. He began his career in Washington working in the press office of a national presidential campaign.

Chamberlain is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He serves on the Board of the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP), and the Careers Building Communities Steering Committee.

Keynote Address: State of Property Management and Economic Forecast

Spencer Levy with CBRE

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The Future of Building & Property Development with Todd Schmidt, Senior Vice President with Tavistock Development

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As Senior Vice President, Todd leads the development and construction activities of Tavistock Development Company. He leads the teams for all development, due diligence, design, planning, entitlements and construction, bringing his passion for the real estate process to Tavistock Development Company’s vast portfolio of office, hotel, retail, hospitality, resorts, restaurants, land and more.

Todd’s 27 years of commercial development, construction, and project management experience come with a successful track record of impactful work. Most recently, he spent 10 years with CBRE and was the Senior Managing Director of Project Management for the Southeast.  Under his leadership, the Southeast Project Management team successfully completed more than 1,300 projects annually with a total annual value of more than $2 billion.  Prior to CBRE Todd lead the central Florida operation for Mactec Engineering and Consulting (previously Law Engineering and Environmental Services).

As a United States Army Officer Todd spent 6 years active duty and 5 years in the Reserves as an Engineer Officer with duty at Ft Bragg, NC, Ft Leonard Wood, MO and Ft Stewart, GA.  Todd is a proud graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In addition, he earned his M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri–Rolla.  Todd is a registered professional engineer in FL and GA, a LEED® AP, and a licensed real estate salesperson in Georgia.  He has been involved in the Society of American Military Engineers and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties as well as served on the Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters Metro Atlanta.

Transform This Box/Bucket Table Exercise -  With Moderators Laura Ragans with MBRE and BOMA Fellow and Becky Hanner with Commercial Asset Services, BOMA Fellow

           Laura Ragans

        Becky Hanner


Storm Season Forecast and Insurance Considerations with Phillip Masi, CIRMS, Agency President with Assured Partners

Phillip Masi is a commercial insurance agent with Assured Partners out of Orlando.  Phil’s team of 14 insures over $7 Billion of property insurance values in Florida comprised of condominium, apartments, hotels, office, retail, flex, etc… Phil was a member of BOMA for over 10 years in Central Florida as well as the co-chair for the BOMA Florida Insurance Committee.  Phil is one of only 6 agents in the State of Florida to have a CIRMS (Community Insurance Risk Management Specialist) designation.  Phil also travels the State teaching continuing education courses to Florida property managers as well as contributing articles on various insurance industry topics.  Phil was recently named by Insurance Business America as one of the Top Agents in the Country.  He is a graduate of the National Champion University of Central Florida Knights.

Vendor/Partner Session with  Moderators Murray Greene, RPA, SMA, CPM, BOMA Fellow and John Scott, RPA, BOMA Fellow with Collier International

Meet our Panel

Christine Alamed is the Director of Strategic Accounts for the Commercial and Public Sectors with SMA-Strategic Market Alliance.  Prior to SMA, Christine was with Essity Professional Hygiene where she spent over 15 years holding various roles in sales and marketing management with a focus on the Commercial and Public segments. During her tenure, she was tasked with developing, marketing, and selling solutions that focus on value adds that meet the customer’s individual challenges. In addition, Christine brings over 20 years of experience in food service and janitorial supply distribution.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Sociology from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  When not working she loves to be outside, cooking or traveling with her husband and best friend, Ben, and her vivacious 8-year-old daughter, Stella.  They have a black German Shepherd, Quaid, and a big red cat named Hobbes.

Todd Shannon is the Vice President of Core Roofing Systems, Inc. which is a Commercial Roofing Contractor with offices in Atlanta, Orlando & Tampa.  Todd is a graduate of the University of Florida with an Environmental Engineering Degree and has over 15 years of experience in the Commercial Construction industry specializing in Roofing and Waterproofing.


Tim Leanhart attended the University of Louisville in Kentucky and had nine years of sales background with Caterpillar and Yale prior to joining Mid America Metals in 2002.  Tim was hired as an Account Representative for the Southeast Region during which time he received the Mid America Metals award for company top salesperson for 3 consecutive years. He was promoted in 2007 to the position of Regional Director of Sales for the Southeast. Tim was responsible for directing the Account Representatives and overseeing sales activity throughout Mid America Metals Southeast Region, which includes Georgia, Carolinas, Alabama, and Florida. Tim was a pivotal player in the development of the Florida market. In 2014 Tim became the SE Region Business Development Manager. Tim currently spends most of his time working in the Atlanta market and is also responsible for the North East states. Tim has been an active BOMA member since 2002 and has served on several different committees along with being a contributing part of the Southern Regional Conference for a number of years.   

Keri Taylor serves as the Sales Director Commercial Real Estate & Enterprise Services for Trane and is responsible for guiding the strategic vision to grow, manage, and facilitate sales in the CRE market to promote Trane’s holistic customer-focused products and services across North America.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from the University of Kentucky’s Business school and is an Alpha Omicron Pi alumnus.  Keri is also an active member of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) International’s Executive Committee, Chair of the BOMA Indianapolis’ Allied membership, Trane representative and Co-chair of the Cornerstone Partners and a participant on many of BOMA’s regional and International committees.  She and her husband Justin have two wonderful children, Karter and Kyle, whom they enjoy watching play Lacrosse and Soccer. 

Transformation 2020 with Moderator Luci Smith, RPA, FMA, General Manager with CBRE

     Luci Smith 

Meet our Panel:

Ruthann DiLauri with Minuteman Press.  For over 35 years, Ruthann has helped companies innovate and differentiate themselves in the marketplace as a Sales and Marketing Executive.  Ruthann's career began in the consumer products industry where she progressed from Sales Representative to Vice President managing amazing brands like Crayola. Click here for full bio.

Edna Trimble is the owner of TRU Management Group, LLC, a third-party management company in Orlando. She has 26 years of property management experience in light industrial, commercial office, mixed-use and retail industries. Previously, she worked with McCraney Property Company as the Vice President & Director of Development for 16 years. Her distinctive skill set benefits her clients, ranging from retention of clients to building and property management, as well as construction management. She has worked with many notable clients including ADT Security Systems, Florida Lottery, Great White Shark Enterprises, Trane A/C, Pepperidge Farms, Northrup Grumman Aerospace, Walgreens, Dade Paper, Lockheed Martin, Walgreens, Winn Dixie, Port Canaveral & Fastenal. Click here for full bio

Debbie Chamberlain was in the real estate industry for over 40 years before she recently retired. During those years, she managed apartments, retail, Class A, flex and industrial. 

Debbie has been active in BOMA since 1980 and has served at many levels of the BOMA organization, including local, state, regional and International. Among the many honors Debbie has been awarded, she is most proud to have received the Southern Region Honorary Member Award and the BOMA International Life Member Award.

As a retiree, Debbie is able to continue to pursue her biggest passion of mentoring.  As a member of the BOMA Orlando Past Presidents Council, she is able to volunteer and remain active with helping the changing culture and dynamics of real estate coupled with using past history and best practices.     

Stop Carrying Your Tenants Home with You with Rene Brent, RN, CCHT from Rene Brent Hypnosis

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Rene Brent, RN-CCHT has been an RN for 30 years and has worked in ICU, Trauma/ER, and the Recovery Room.  In her experience, she was inspired by the powerful mind/body connection and how self-awareness and reframing negative thoughts helps us heal emotionally and physically.  It was a natural transition for Rene Brent to go from being a healer of the body to the healer of the mind.  She is passionate about helping her clients use the power of the mind and move forward in their lives and reach personal and professional goals.

Rene attended The Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy (IIH in Tampa, FL) IIH is the only state-licensed school of Hypnotherapy in Florida.  Rene has trained over 1000 hours.  Her solo practice is located in Maitland, Florida.  She is certified as a Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist.  She is highly trained and uses a variety of modalities including Hypnotherapy, NLP, EMT, and EFT.  She finds these protocols help her clients change negative habits and behaviors.