2019 Entrants

  

THE COMPETITION & THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

The TOBY Award program recognizes outstanding performance in buildings and rewards excellence in building management.

 


WHAT ARE THE TOBY AWARDS

The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards are the most prestigious and comprehensive programs of their kind in the commercial real estate industry.

Buildings can enter in a category based on size or other classification such as Suburban Low and Mid-Rise, Corporate, Medical, Industrial, Retail, Renovated, and Earth.

The competition consists of three levels. The competition begins at the BOMA local association level, winning entries advance from there to the regional level and, finally, regional winners advance to the international level.

The TOBY process can help you benchmark your building for continuous improvement.

Buildings can enter into a category based on size or other classification such as Suburban Low and Mid-Rise, Corporate, Medical, Industrial, Retail, Renovated, and Earth. During the competition, all facets of a building’s operations are thoroughly evaluated by a team of judges. Buildings are evaluated on Life Safety, Security, Risk Management, Training and Education, Energy, Environmental Sustainability, Tenant Relations and Community Involvement.

Property Managers have said the benefits of entering TOBY are having:

  • a systematic method of reviewing building operations
  • industry peers scoring the areas of management
  • constructive commentary for continuous improvement
  • the ability to benchmark annual progress

[View the latest Property Managers Masterclass Slides: TOBY as a Tool]

 


ENTERING YOUR BUILDING & GETTING PREPARED

Here is what you can expect about the TOBY process.

There is no doubt the TOBY Awards Gala is a night to remember. But there is a lot that happens to get to the point where we celebrate all of the hard work that goes into running award-worthy buildings.

It all starts with our property management teams and their buildings.

While you are preparing your building to be judged for competition, teams of BOMA Fort Lauderdale / Palm Beaches volunteer judges are assembled. Judging teams are made up of 3 or more property managers and service providers. The team is always led by a Property Manager. Each team member is screened for potential conflicts of interest before judging categories are assigned. Each team member must judge all buildings within a category for his or her scoring to count.

Starting in late August or early September, each team leader will contact the property manager entrants to schedule a convenient time for a building tour. During the site visit, each member of the team independently rates your building in a variety of building management areas. The members will tally a final total, provide comments, and return their score sheets to the Team Leader.

The Judging Co-Chair collects all score sheets, records the scoring and rankings for each building category to determine the winner. The winners are closely-held until the announcement at the TOBY Gala.

Entering the TOBY Awards doesn't have to be a chore, and we're here to help make the process seamless. These are great networking opportunities and you will learn how to prepare for judging to gain an edge! You do NOT have to enter your building to attend. However, you must manage commercial properties in Broward or Palm Beach to receive this free training. 

 


QUESTIONS? 

Contact our Call for Entry Sub-Chairs.

Immediate Past President
Jacqueline M. Fermin, RPA, FMA 
CBRE

Director
Julie Palmer-Nicholson, RPA
Vanderbilt Office Properties, LLC

 


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