Rick Scott at Heat Pipe Technology

I had the pleasure of witnessing an act that will help Florida manufacturers as a whole. On Friday, May 17, Governor Scott signed a Manufacturers’ Sales Tax Exemption Bill at the site of one of our clients, Heat Pipe Technology in Oldsmar.

The bill offers a new sales tax exemption for Florida manufacturers that are purchasing machinery and equipment. The bill won’t take effect until April of next year, but some manufacturers are already moving forward based on the additional profit they’ll receive because of the tax break in 2014. QTM, a machined metal manufacturer in Oldsmar has already purchased two pieces of equipment and hired nine people since the bill was signed.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us Florida is home to nearly 18,000 Manufacturing establishments that employ close to 371,000 people. Florida’s Manufacturing companies have a total payroll of more than $18.0 billion and an average wage of approximately $48,630.

Think about it. If the majority of these companies increase their number of employees by as little as .5%, it will mean an additional 2,000 Florida jobs with above-average earnings. Good news for non-manufacturers as well since these new jobs will allow Floridians to spend more in restaurants, retail, travel, etc.

 

The Dikman Company is fortunate to be located in the heart of what Tampa residents know as ‘SoHo’, or South Howard, in historic Hyde Park. Hyde Park dates back to the 1880′s when railroad financier Henry B. Plant built the first bridge across the Hillsborough River at Lafayette Street (now John F. Kennedy Blvd.). Over the past several years, we watched this area, like all others, become crippled by the economy. Today, however, we are glad to report that the area is buzzing with new business and especially new apartment and hotel construction activity.

Near the corner of Swann and Howard, the epicenter of SoHo’s busy nightlife, Post Properties is underway with its construction of 231 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail space. Apartments are said to average about 880 square feet in size and are scheduled for completion in early 2014.

A few blocks north of Kennedy Boulevard, NoHo Flats, a campus of over 300 apartments, is under construction for the Pollack Shores Real Estate Group.  The apartments will cater to the young professionals that are drawn into downtown Tampa by its offices and the surrounding nightlife.

At 319 Bayshore just south of the Platt Street Bridge, Crescent Resources is constructing a $68  million dollar, 500 unit apartment complex called Circle Bayshore. The amenities at the Spanish Eclectic-styled development include a two-story health club and a resort-style swimming pool. Apartments will have private balconies and full-sized washers and dryers.

Closest to The Dikman Company’s office and across the street from Bern’s Steakhouse, the 137 room Epicurean Hotel is also nearing completion.  The hotel, one in Marriott’s Autograph Collections, will be one of 34 in their high-end boutique resort collection. The resort will give gourmands and business travelers a luxurious food-themed dining and lodging experience, as well as a neighborhood bistro, spa, and bakery to visit. Construction is scheduled for completion prior to the 2013 holiday season.

With the economy digging out of a hole, housing starts are booming and people are beginning to feel more confident with their spending. It is good for us here at The Dikman Company to be in a place where we can physically see the return of confidence and the positive momentum that is also building along side these new construction projects.

Please feel free to send your comments and suggestions to info@dikman.com.


 

 

Bob Dikman races Porsches. It’s intense and exhilarating. Racing puts your mind and body on high alert and can be a great adrenaline rush.  After all, a mistake at 150 miles per hour is not the same as a mistake made while sitting at one’s desk. But for as much fun as racing is, Bob Dikman is equally passionate about being a spotter for TRG (The Racers Group) a Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series team owned by Kevin Buckler. TRG is one of the acknowledged leaders in sports car racing.  A spotter in auto racing is a trained team member whose job is to relay information to the driver, keeping him or her alert as to what is occurring on the race track, outside of the drivers own view. Spotters are typically positioned high above the track, atop one of the grandstands or other support buildings, with a bird’s eye view of the circuit. At the Rolex 24, Bob Dikman will spot standing above the tower.  Spotters keep in constant contact with their drivers, crew chief and owner via two-way radio communication while monitoring race control.  Spotters are considered the drivers’ “eyes in the sky”.  Lapses in a spotter’s concentration can have significant consequences to the team’s performance. In addition, the spotter also has to look out for his driver’s well being because when something happens on a race track, it happens in the blink of an eye.

 

The same can be said for managing The Dikman Company. Professional designations such as SIOR, CCIM, CRB, and ALC all convey the level of education attained so you are assured that your team member has the highest level of training. Bob’s job, much like that of a spotter, is to clearly relay information to you about a particular property or current economic condition, to keep you,  the client alert and current as to what is going on in the market.  Just as a driver must trust in his spotter’s ability to see the broad picture on the race track, clients must trust that his or her broker can see and anticipate changes in the road ahead.  He must be well trained in the art of careful attention and good communication.  A successful transaction is largely the broker’s responsibility, and having one with as much knowledge, training and ability as The Dikman Company, is the key to spotting good investments that will drive your financial success to the checkered flag.

 

By: Ben Dikman, Vice President, The Dikman Company

There are many different ways to market your company, your services, and your available listings. There are traditional methods such as fliers, direct mail pieces and print advertising. Now, thanks to technology, there are also many non-traditional methods of marketing such as social media, e-blasts, and virtual tours.

We’ve witnessed many changes to how you promote in the marketplace. However, there is one tried and true method of marketing that I believe has the highest ROI, if done properly, and that is good old fashioned networking! READ MORE »

Bob Dikman, Chairman & CEO

As some of you may know, I am an active member of SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors). This year I am honored and proud to have been appointed to the position of Speaker of the Council of Presidents. I am a strong believer and supporter of this excellent commercial and industrial real estate association.

One of the newest endeavors set forth by SIOR was the formation of the Independent Brokerage Group in May of last year. The purpose of the Independent Brokerage Group (“IBG”) is to create and sustain a network of highly qualified, independent SIOR brokers across the country to collaborate, share information and enhance business opportunities for its members. READ MORE »

Ben Dikman

In the ever changing world of  real estate, one thing I have learned is that your life can get pretty crazy.  Between listing appointments, showing property, managing properties, dealing  with tenants and landlords our days are often non-stop, action packed, and at times stressful. Our personal lives and  activities sometimes get pushed to the back burner as we try to accomplish (and  complete) our never-ending ‘to do’ list.
Before I made commercial real
estate my profession, I spent several years in the corporate sector. Life was
pretty structured. I worked from 9 – 5 pm, came home and worked out, had dinner
at 7, went to bed at 10….and then got up the next day and did the SAME
THING
. Needless to say, that type of monotony can get pretty old.

Bob Dikman

We recently welcomed a new tenant into our offices at 1315 S. Howard Avenue. His name is Dr. Radley Griffin, and he is a medical physician who provides his clients with concierge medical care. Not only is he our newest tenant, he is also my personal doctor.

Dr. Griffin’s practice is  unique. Some people call it concierge or boutique medicine, but Dr. Griffin  prefers to call it ‘good, old fashion, family medicine.’ Dr. Griffin’s services are all inclusive, and he even makes house calls!  His patients know they can contact him at anytime for any medical need and they won’t  have to wait a month to get an appointment. His services are specialized and customized to meet the needs of each of his patients. He has created a ‘concierge relationship’ with his patients. READ MORE »

By: Ben Dikman, Vice President, The Dikman Company
I’m a big fan of  CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) shows on
television. I especially enjoy the final court room drama scenes that
always come up during the final 15 minutes of the show. Those powerhouse
attorneys battle it out to the bitter end, pulling out all punches, and doing
whatever it takes to get their case to win. That’s pretty impressive
stuff!

By: Bob Dikman ALC, CCIM, CRB, SIOR

Chairman & CEO, The Dikman Company

 

 

 

Auto racing and commercial realcestate have more in common than you might think. This past month I hadcthe opportunity to participate in a race that drove (no pun intended)cthat message home to me on all levels. I was honored to be asked to serve againcas an official spotter for the Rolex 24 the weekend of January 28th. If you are
not familiar with what a spotter actually does during the race, let me explain.

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