Meet Our Team
Paul Bensman - CEO
Paul Bensman is a born entrepreneur. He began his business career in grade school - selling penny candy to neighborhood children. He started three successful businesses while still in college, including a tool importing business and a chain of retail stores known as Crazy Benzy’s.
As he set out to expand Crazy Benzy’s, he discovered that brokers weren’t always interested in helping small companies. Today, after 18 years in the world of commercial brokerage, he still remembers when brokers wouldn’t give him the time of day. As a result, he is known for his willingness to work with new and small businesses; offering consultation at the critical stages of start-up and expansion, in addition to advice on franchising or selling a business.
Bensman has experienced firsthand how real estate decisions impact the bottom line for a business owner. He understands that the right location, at the right price and terms, is crucial for success. After a lifetime of doing business in Metro Detroit, he has insight into not just the current state of the real estate market, but also the history and trends that will affect the market going forward.
A regular contributor to the media, Bensman has been quoted extensively in the business pages of Crain’s Detroit Business, The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News on commercial real estate, the potential of Detroit retail and the future of the market in Michigan. Throughout his career, he has coached and counseled business owners with his uncanny ability to find the right solution for each business need - especially the right location. Bensman currently works with local, regional and national clients, including Stein Mart, Save-A-Lot, and several franchises.
Haytham A. (Harry) Dikho - President
Harry Dikho’s introduction to business began when he operated a small family-run beer and wine store located in Detroit. The experience he gained there led him buy a larger liquor store in Detroit, which he ran in the '80s and '90s. As an owner/operator, he used his business skills and experience to make changes that resulted in a 40% increase in business by the second year.
One of those changes was adding video rentals. Customer demand soon led to an expanded video section, which quickly outgrew the space in the liquor store. Seizing the opportunity, Harry opened a 6,000 square foot store in St. Claire Shores, stocked it with over 10,000 videos - and "Movie Mania" was born. With operating partners, Movie Mania expanded to nine stores during the peak of the video rental boom. During this time, Harry acquired a number of the commercial properties which housed the video stores and gained valuable experience in site selection and property management.
Always in tune with consumer trends, he also opened a pager/cell phone store and later purchased a coffee store in Oakland Mall. Taking his interest in business development to the next level, he acquired his real estate license and began working with broker Paul Bensman at Locations Commercial Real Estate. Today, Harry uses his keen business sense to help business owners find optimal locations for both start-up and expansion. He currently represents Save-A-Lot grocery stores in the Metro Detroit area, and throughout Michigan.