TOBY AWARD WINNERS - December 2016


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    Three Buildings Selected to Advance to Regional Competition



    TULSA, OK,  JANUARY 9, 2017 -   BOMA Tulsa honored three commercial properties with the Inaugural BOMA Tulsa 2017 The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY®) Awards this past December at their annual Awards Dinner.


    TOBY®Awards are the most prestigious and comprehensive programs of their kind in the commercial real estate industry recognizing quality in buildings and rewarding excellence in building management.  During the competitions, all facets of a building's operations are thoroughly evaluated. Buildings are judged on everything from community involvement and site management to environmental and ‘green’ policies and procedures.

    The following properties were honored with 2017 Tulsa TOBY®Awards:

    In the Corporate Facility category, the winner is US Cellular, Tulsa Customer Care Center. The building is managed by Denise Elias and owned by US Cellular Corporation.  Elias, Facilities Manager II, was proud to be honored with this award. “We felt the large corporate call center in Tulsa truly exemplifies US Cellular’s commitment to superior customer service, continuous improvement for driving operational efficiencies while building strong relationships in the communities we live in and serve.”

    In the 250,000 – 499,999 Square Feet category, the winner is One Warren Place.  The building is managed by Gemini Rosemont Property Management Services and owned by Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate.  “As one of only two buildings in the State of Oklahoma to have been awarded the prestigious BOMA 360 Performance Program designation, we are thrilled to have won the TOBY®award in our category” says Scott Mitchell, Senior Property Manager.  “We look forward to competing against other premier properties in the Building Owner’s and Manager’s Association’s regional TOBY®competition this spring.”



    In the 1 million Square Feet category, the winner is CityPlex Towers. The building is managed by Trinity Corporate Real Estate Advisors, LLC and owned by Oral Roberts University. “The TOBY is a great honor for Cityplex Towers and a testament to the commitment and creativity of the building’s ownership and management team” says Derek Bateman, Principal at Trinity Corporate Real Estate Advisors.  “It’s their ongoing initiative over recent years that has transformed this property into what it is today.”

    There are three levels of competition, the BOMA local association level, the regional level and finally the international level. The three Tulsa winners will advance to the regional level which will be awarded in Dallas, TX April 1 2017.  The winners of the regional level, will advance to the international level. The international TOBY Awards will be presented at the BOMA International Conference in Nashville, TN on June 27, 2017.

    It was through the vision of BOMA Tulsa treasurer and Gemini Rosemont assistant property manager, Susan Walker, that sparked BOMA Tulsa to begin hosting TOBY® Awards on a local level.  After returning from the Southwest BOMA Regional TOBY® Awards in the spring of 2016, Walker knew Tulsa needed to be represented in the competition. 

    “We are thankful for Susan’s vision and hope in the future we will be able to award winners in each of the 15 TOBY® categories” says Alana Kennon, BOMA Tulsa Association Executive. “We are very proud of the 2017 winners and know that they will represent Tulsa well at the Regional TOBY® Awards in April.”

    BOMA Tulsa would like to thank JK Janitorial for sponsoring the Tulsa TOBY Awards.  And thank Chad Burden with THG Energy, Kelly Baker with Oklahoma Property Investors and Mark Cohlmia with Tropical Plant Design for performing building inspections.  And to our judges Donna Davis with Boston Avenue Management, LLC,  Deann Johnson with Williams Companies and Jennifer Root with CBRE.

    About BOMA Tulsa

    Tulsa Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Tulsa) is the premier commercial real estate business network that thrives to the be the advocate and business partner for commercial real estate owners and managers in Tulsa through legislative and regulatory activities, offering timely education and training, and promoting and advancing the commercial real estate industry.


    About BOMA International

    The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at


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