Leadership

Tommy Bryant

AZFA Past President

Tommy Bryant
Director of Facilities, Oklahoma City Zoo
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Tommy Bryant
Director of Facilities, Oklahoma City Zoo
Tommy Bryant is the director of Facilities at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical garden. He has been with the zoo for ten years, where he has been strategically involved in six major projects, from design to completion, totaling somewhere around fifty million dollars. He started his career as a machinist in the agriculture industry working his way up to lead position. He was there for six years when another opportunity came open and he accepted a position as a machinist in the fine paper industry where he worked for six years working in tight tolerance production. Iscar Metals approached him as a factory representative assisting clients with problems and applications for many industries from aerospace to medical implants. After six years, he changed professions and entered into plant maintenance for a local hospital working closely with all staff to maintain buildings and systems in the facility. After a short two years here, he moved to Oklahoma City to take the position as Maintenance Manager for OU medical Center. Here he was responsible for the compliance to Joint Commission and all local and state health codes for three hospitals and two clinics. Upon leaving OU Medical Center he went to work for a local architectural firm as a construction manager, it was while working in this position he was approached about the position at Oklahoma City Zoo. He accepted this position and never looked back. Tommy has been a member of AZFA since he accepted the position at OKC.
Florence Tang

AZFA Treasurer-Elect

Florence Tang
Project Manager, Houston Zoo
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Florence Tang
Project Manager, Houston Zoo
Florence is an architectural designer, project manager, journalist, and design activist trained in architecture and mass media studies. She has orchestrated and was a core part of architecture, design-build construction and renovation projects that have garnered local and international press.  She has also edited and written numerous articles that have been published in The (Brazosport) Facts, Houston Chronicle, Modern Luxury Texas Interiors, Texas Architect, The Architect's Newspaper and Cite of the Rice Design Alliance. Florence received her degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio and Rice University in Houston.  She manages and designs small, medium and large Capital Expenditure and Centennial projects in-house for the Department of Design and Engineering of the Houston Zoo, a beloved cultural institution and leader among wildlife conservation. A past project that she managed and led the design efforts is the Brooklyn Studio in New York for award-winning artist Sean Kenney who works with LEGO bricks. It was double awarded with AIA Houston Design Awards for Interior Architecture and Renovation/Restoration.  As a young editor, she received an Honorable Mention Citation for editorial design from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. Florence is a community leader having served on the Executive Board of Directors of the Rice Design Alliance, Youth Leadership Council and Sunflower Mission, a grassroots nonprofit NGO, directing the communications and media campaign, helped raise more than $2 million dollars, built more than 114 classrooms, and awarded more than 8,000 scholarships to impoverished students. She is a Founding Member of Women in Architecture Houston and AIAH JE:DI. She is also a member of both AZA and AZFA.