A lot has been happening here at The Dikman Company! The team has been hard at work finding the best properties for our clients.

Earlier this month, Erika Matscherz was able to quickly secure office space in Downtown Tampa for Phoenix Marketing. This was such a pronounced success because the Rivergate Tower has struggled with vacancy over the past few years. Both Erika and the building owner worked together to coordinate the necessary alterations to the building, to ensure the best choice for the client.

Phoenix Marketing, a global marketing services firm headquartered in New York, has operated in Tampa for over thirty years, but a new location and work environment were needed to support their continued expansion. In just three months, a lease was signed and the office space was a match for what Phoenix was looking to find.

In mid-July, we co-brokered a seven-year lease with Centric Commercial/CORFAC International in the beautiful Sabal Industrial Park in Tampa. This property was leased to 50 Floor, one of the fastest growing residential carpet and flooring companies in the US. 50 Floor was eager to expand into the Tampa market, but their in-home shopping business model required a very unique warehouse and office space. We were able to provide our local market knowledge and find a building that met all of the client’s needs.

This brand-new building has a 21,900 square foot sister-building that is still available for lease. Check out www.dikman.com for additional information on this property.

Erika also represented HEPACO as they signed an 18,859 square foot lease in Tampa. This 5-year lease was HEPACO’s first Tampa location. Even in this tight market, Erika was able to locate and secure a property near the Port of Tampa, which was very important to the client.

Location was key for HEPACO, a leader in emergency response and industrial services. To ensure the property would truly be operational for HEPACO, the Owner agreed to renovations which included new offices, bathrooms, as well as re-skinning the building. A December move-in date is expected.

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Racing Update

When I accepted the position of team Spotter for Alegra Motorsports last November, the team owner and two-time Rolex winner and friend, Carlos deQuesada, asked me to join them for 4 endurance races in the IMSA Weathertech Series. These races included: The Rolex 24, Sebring (12 hours), Watkins Glen (6 hours) and Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta (10 hours).

After Sebring, the plan changed when Alegra became the Porsche points leader after winning the Rolex 24 and competing well at Sebring.

Porche Motorsports persuaded Alegra, the storied Rolex 24 winner, to continue with the 12 Race Series. The team moved on to Long Beach, Circuit of Americas (COTA), Detroit and Watkins Glen.

Located at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen is one of the beautiful finger lakes located in the wine country of upstate New York. Racing has a rich 60-year history there that has included NASCAR, Formula 1 and IMSA. The region and track are absolutely beautiful. The track looks more like a state park and camping facilities are second to none. The atmosphere is very friendly and truly embraces die-hard race fans.

Team Alegra was ready for a grueling 6-hour race. Michael Christensen, Porsche factory driver, left the 24 Hours of LeMans to join us for his fourth race with the team. Daniel Morad and 17-year old Michael deQuesada joined Christensen for the quest for a win. Skillful driving, pit stops and spotting during six hours of incident-free racing unfortunately did not yield a winning result. IMSA’s attempt at balancing the performance (BOP) of various manufacturers’ race cars i.e. Porsche, Ferrari, Acura, Lexus, BMW, Lamborghini and Mercedes was not favorable for our Porsche GT3R. Christensen, one of the fastest race car drivers in the world, could not narrow the two-second lap deficit needed to win.

The quest for the win continues!