Thank you to our co-brokers for bringing two new deals and a renewal to City Center in downtown St. Petersburg.
Read the feature in the Business Observer on City Center tenant and Feldman Equities vendor CREModels. The commercial real estate platform offers comprehensive analysis: underwriting, audits, lease abstracts, development modeling, specialized due diligence, debt and equity examinations and asset and portfolio management.
Mike Harris has always had a way with numbers. Computers, too. Growing up in Ocean City, Md., he always had the latest gadgets and electronics around, courtesy of his father, a foundations contractor and gizmo junkie. At 10, he could take apart and rebuild the family’s computers.
Gregory, Sharer & Stuart CPAs has renewed a 16,192 square foot lease at City Center in downtown St. Petersburg. Special appreciation to our Feldman Equities, LLC leasing team Mike Diblasi and Ceci Tricoli along with co-broker K C Tenukas of Cushman & Wakefield for representing the firm in the transaction.
Gregory, Sharer & Stuart is one of the largest independent public accounting firms in the Tampa Bay area. Founded in 1984, the firm has eleven shareholders and more than fifty employees. They have the financial strength and depth of resources of many national accounting firms and CPA firms, with the accessibility and attention typically found only at much smaller firms. The resulting benefit for clients is exceptional value for the fees paid for accounting services. Gregory, Sharer & Stuart objective is to provide owners and executives with a level of tax, accounting and auditing support they can’t find anywhere else. http://www.gsscpa.com/
One City Center tenant continues to gain recognition for its innovative office space design.
Bay News 9: The list of perks for employees of one downtown St. Petersburg company might seem beyond belief. The workplace includes a waterfront view, a pool table, games and an open bar, and employees can make use of two company boats and unlimited paid vacation.
10News WTSP stopped by SquareMouth’s City Center offices in downtown St Petersburg featuring the Company’s unlimited paid vacation and unique company culture! The company is not just growing, it’s booming growing by 15-20% each year since moving to City Center 5 years ago.
Squaremouth out-of-the-box approach to customer service earned a Gold Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year in 2017! A tenant at City Center, Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from every major provider in the United States. Travelers are able to quote, compare and purchase travel insurance plans using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and over 40,000 customer reviews. All policies purchased through Squaremouth come with a Zero Complaint Guarantee.
Watch the video about their award here. Did we mention we love their office build-out?
Squaremouth is headquartered in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, with offices in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Squaremouth staff are featured as topic experts in national publications including The New York Times, CNN, and USA Today. Established in 2006, Squaremouth has grown to over $17 million in annual sales.
The company has also been recognized for
- Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America 2013-2016
- Customer Sales and Service World Awards, Gold Winner, 2016
- Fortune Magazine’s No. 2 best Workplace for Women, 2015
- Fortune Magazine’s No. 20 Best Small Workplace, 2015
We love to celebrate the growth our of valued clients! Congratulations to Kobie Marketing, Inc. on their expansion which gives them the space to add 85+ new team members this year!
Kobie Marketing has announced plans to hire at least 85 new team members in the Tampa Bay area by year-end to support its ever-increasing business portfolio. New positions being filled this year include project managers, developers (.Net, Java & Front End), QA testers, creative designers, copywriters, strategists and consultants.
The St. Petersburg, Florida loyalty marketing company hired 75 new employees during 2015. In the past 26 years of doing business, the company has grown from 2 employees to over 200. “Despite our continued growth year over year, we work very hard to maintain the Kobie family spirit. It truly is our staff that makes our culture so unique and special,” said Selena McLaughlin, Senior Director of HR and Administration. The Kobie office boasts an open collaborative space with amazing views of the St. Petersburg marina, Al Lang Stadium and the incredible Firestone Grand Prix. This year promises to be an exciting time for Kobie, both in business, employee growth and office expansion.
With the help and collaboration of their landlord, Larry Feldman of Tower Realty Partners, Kobie expanded their downtown offices at City Center (Northern Trust Building). “We look forward to the collaboration and support of the city, county and state as we continue to attract and retain some of the best and brightest resources in the country.” said Ashby Green, CFO of Kobie Marketing.
Interested candidates are encouraged to explore opportunities for building a dynamic career with Kobie Marketing by visiting http://www.kobie.com/careers
About Kobie Marketing
Kobie Marketing is a global leader in loyalty marketing and an industry pioneer, delivering end-to-end strategy, technology and program management solutions. For over 25 years, Kobie has provided innovative loyalty experiences to the world’s most successful brands, helping clients receive incremental revenue, product and household penetration, and brand advocacy. Kobie drives results and ROI through Kobie Alchemy®, a best-in-class loyalty marketing technology platform. To learn more, visit www.kobie.com.
The 242,000 square foot City Center office building reached 100% occupancy earlier this year. In a little more than two years following a major renovation, the ownership increased occupancy at City Center from 44% to 100% leased. Larry Feldman, CEO of Feldman Equities spearheads leasing and redevelopment efforts while Tower Realty Partners handles management responsibilities.
This is the second downtown St. Petersburg office building the joint venture has renovated and brought to 100% occupancy. The nearby Morgan Stanley Tower just reached 100% occupancy. The 17-story, 190,000 square foot office building was 65% occupied just two years ago when a joint venture consisting of affiliates of Feldman Equities, Tower Realty Partners and Second City Capital Partner acquired the building.
“We’ve had incredible success in the Downtown St. Petersburg market,” commented co-owner Larry Feldman, CEO of Feldman Equities whose company’s focus has been on purchasing underperforming assets and increasing value through renovation and building upgrades while using their lower cost basis to implement an aggressively priced leasing program. “Of course one of the most important amenities has been built into the deal – the incredible downtown St. Petersburg location, continued Feldman. “St. Pete has one of the largest urban waterfronts, a truly walkable downtown with 7 museums, over 45 restaurants, a theater for the performing arts, a major league baseball stadium, soccer stadium and nearly a dozen marinas.”
A third acquisition, First Central Tower is currently under renovation with over three full floor deals executed since its acquisition just a year ago – including Twinlabs’ relocation from New York. Redevelopment plans for First Central Tower include an extensive Gensler designed lobby renovation, upgraded tenant floor elevator lobbies, tenant corridors and restrooms. In addition, ownership is nearing completion of an amenity package which will include a new concierge desk, a state-of-the-art luxury fitness center and conference center. In keeping with current office space trends towards hip, high-tech spaces, space has also been allocated to a tenant lounge area with a 24/7 “chill zone” with the look and feel of a first class airport lounge. The lounge area will include soft seating, large flat screen TVs, iPad chairs and free WIFI. In addition, renovations will include a completely new modern elevator system, new elevator cabs and an upgrade to the air conditioning system. The parking garage will be upgraded with upgraded lighting, paint and graphics.