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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Kimberly-Clark Professional and Mars Drinks to Co-Sponsor BOMA International’s 2015 TOBY® Awards

April 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(WASHINGTON, D.C.—April 10, 2015) Kimberly-Clark Professional, a business unit of global health and hygiene leader Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB), and Mars Drinks, a 100 percent workplace-dedicated segment of Mars, Incorporated and a leading supplier of drinks to offices and businesses around the world, have signed on to co-sponsor The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY®) Awards for 2015. The TOBY Awards, awarded by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International at its annual conference each year, recognize excellence in commercial building management and operations.

As two global companies listed among the Best Companies to Work For® by the Great Places to Work® Institute, Kimberly-Clark Professional and Mars Drinks are dedicated to creating better workplaces. For more than a decade, Kimberly-Clark Professional has been a supporter of BOMA International's critical industry programs at the highest level as a Cornerstone Partner, and their commitment to the commercial real estate industry is shared by Mars Drinks, who currently serves as a Supporting Partner. Kimberly-Clark Professional first sponsored the TOBY Awards in 2001 and has consecutively sponsored them since 2011.

The TOBY Awards are the commercial real estate industry's highest recognition honoring excellence in building management and operations in specific categories of building size and type. To win an International TOBY Award, a property first must win both local and regional competitions.  Judging is based on community impact, tenant/employee relations programs, energy management systems, accessibility, emergency evacuation procedures, building personnel training programs and overall quality indicators. The 2015 TOBY Awards will be presented on June 30 at the BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles.

The two sponsors will provide TOBY Award winners with "Tenant Experience Events" as a way to celebrate the prestigious award in their buildings with their owners, building staff and tenants. These events will include free product giveaways, such as KLEENEX® and fresh-brewed drinks such  as Dove® Hot Chocolate, Peet's® Coffee, SEGAFREDO ZANETTI® espresso  and other Mars Drinks' specialty coffee and tea. Winners will also receive a complimentary webinar by the Great Place to Work® Institute focused on building and maintaining a great workplace culture and the associated financial benefits.

"We are very pleased that Kimberly-Clark Professional and Mars Drinks, two companies with strong track records of supporting both BOMA International and the commercial real estate industry, will be sponsoring this year's TOBY Awards," commented BOMA International Chair John G. Oliver, BOMA Fellow, managing principal for Oliver & Company. "The TOBY Awards are the commercial real estate industry's highest honor and the support of these two companies will help us enrich the TOBY program to ensure that it remains the industry's most prestigious form of recognition."

"We are excited to be sponsoring the TOBY Awards alongside Mars Drinks," said Jamie Britton, associate marketing director for Kimberly-Clark Professional. "We look forward to enhancing this prestigious award by offering all International TOBY Award winners personalized Tenant Experience Events, which are opportunities for all the winning property management teams to share the excitement with their owners, building staff and tenants and support efforts that help create Exceptional Workplaces*."

"The International TOBY Award is a great accomplishment for commercial building owners and managers," Frank LaRusso, vice president of Business Development for Mars Drinks, added. "With our partner, Kimberly-Clark Professional, we want to help the winning property management teams celebrate their exceptional work with all of the people who contributed to the win."

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About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 17 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.4 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.8 million jobs and contributes $227.6 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 www.boma.org​.

About Kimberly-Clark Professional
Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with businesses to create Exceptional Workplaces, helping to make them healthier, safer and more productive. Key brands in this segment include: Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech and Jackson Safety. Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, Georgia, is one of three Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB) business sectors. To see how Kimberly-Clark Professional is helping people around the world to work better, please visit www.kcprofessional.com.

About Mars Drinks
Mars Drinks creates great-tasting moments at work by being at the center of workplace engagement, collaboration, productivity and well-being. Throughout North America, Europe and Asia, Mars Drinks supports businesses who want to provide great working environments for their people. Part of Mars, Incorporated, Mars Drinks focuses its energy and resources on the workplace, with the belief that people are the most important asset to any business. In 1973, Mars Drinks introduced KLIX®, the first-ever fully automatic in-cup drinks vending machine that serves large manufacturing channels across Europe. In 1984, Mars Drinks pioneered the single serve hot drinks category, introducing FLAVIA®, the first system for making hot drinks using fresh ground coffee and leaf teas sealed in individual servings. Through its ALTERRA® Coffee Roasters coffees, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.® teas and DOVE® Hot Chocolate, Mars Drinks creates more than one billion great tasting moments at work. Find Mars Drinks online at www.marsdrinks.com.

 

Contact
Jessica Bates
Manager of Communications & Marketing
BOMA International
(202) 326-6348
jbates@boma.org​

Richard Marriott
Senior Target Market Leader
Kimberly-Clark Professional
(678) 352-6313
Richard.Marriott@kcc.com

Bethany Cramer
Geben Communications for Mars Drinks
(585) 750-7773
Bethany@GebenComm.com

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