We provide development, leasing, asset and property management, and brokerage services for our portfolio, thus maximizing stable value for our clients and shareholders.
We deliver first class grocery-anchored shopping centers, single tenant assets and mixed-use properties that meet retailers’ needs and offer consumers a convenient, enjoyable experience.
We develop quality, functional apartment homes with amenity-rich environments in safe, desirable locations.
We seek market-driven development opportunities in the retail, multi-family, and senior active living asset classes.
We are retail. We are multi-family. We are so much more. We are Watkins.
The Watkins team is a family of professionals, each respected for their knowledge, experience, integrity and dedication. As established market veterans with long-standing relationships, we are trusted partners of retailers, brokers and vendors. Aligned with trustworthy experts, our cohesive and experienced team delivers exceptional and consistent service. Known as accessible, stable and loyal, Watkins associates treat clients and colleagues with dignity and respect.
The Watkins team differentiates itself through consistent service, longstanding relationships, quality projects, financial stability and unswerving dedication to people and community. Our hardworking approach and diligent attention to all facets of our business relations have been keys to our success. Watkins’ nimble operations ensure our ability to offer superior and attentive service to all our clients and collaborators, whether a land holder, retailer, lender or developer.
James G. Levy President
Jay Levy has been President of Wilwat Properties, Inc., the real estate subsidiary of Watkins Associated Industries, since he joined the company in June 2014. Jay oversees all of the strategic planning and day-to-day operations for the Watkins Real Estate Group.
Before coming to Wilwat, Jay served as CFO of Brand Properties, an Atlanta-based developer of retail, office and multi-family properties. Before Brand, he served as the Executive Vice President, Asset Manager for Equity One’s (NYSE: EQY) retail shopping centers in the Southeast U.S. In this role, Jay directed all aspects of property management, leasing, and development for Equity One’s Southeastern region. Before going to Equity One, Jay was the Chief Financial Officer for IRT Property Company (NYSE: IRT), an Atlanta-based REIT.
Prior to IRT, Jay was the Chief Financial Officer for Ewing Southeast Realty, an Atlanta-based real estate management and brokerage firm. Jay began his professional career in the tax group of the Atlanta office of Arthur Andersen & Co.
Jay is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Georgia Society of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs. He holds a master’s degree in taxation from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia.
Lee Freeman Vice President Development
Lee Freeman is responsible for site acquisition and development for both retail and multi-family projects. He has over twenty-eight years of commercial real estate experience specializing in retail development, leasing and management. During his career with Watkins he has been responsible for multiple grocery-anchored shopping center developments and multi-family community developments all over the southeast.
Lee serves on the Executive Board of Watkins’ parent company, Watkins Associated Industries, Inc. He is also a Trustee for Greater Atlanta Christian School. Lee received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Georgia State University.
Greg Everett Vice President Construction
Greg Everett directs all aspects of the construction of Watkins’ neighborhood shopping centers and apartment communities. Prior to his role as Vice President of Construction, he was an owner’s representative for construction in the retail division.
Greg joined Watkins in 1994 as an Estimator/Project Manager in the apartment division, responsible for procuring and writing all subcontractor agreements and purchase orders. In addition, he acted as the general contractor in the renovation of Watkins Associated Industries’ headquarters office and several other retail projects.
Greg graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Building Science.
Marni Pittman Real Estate Controller
Marni Pittman joined the Watkins team in October 2017 wwith more than 15 years of leadership experience in property, joint venture, and development accounting. Marni oversees the financial reporting of operations, strategic planning, and budgeting for Watkins Real Estate Group.
Before coming to Watkins, Marni served as the Director of Accounting for Gateway Facility Services, an Atlanta-based property management company focused on student-housing, office and retail space. Prior to Gateway, Marni’s career experiences include serving as the VP of Property Accounting for Cortland Partners, leading an accounting team of over 20 property accountants with 98+ properties. She also served as the Director of Accounting at IDI Gazeley, an industrial real estate developer, overseeing all accounting functions related to the development, acquisition, sales and operations of wholly-owned real estate assets and joint ventures.
Marni holds a BBA Accounting degree from Georgia State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the AICPA and GSCPA.
Robert M. Peck Vice President Development
Bob Peck has more than 30 years of real estate experience. As Vice President of Development, Bob is responsible for identifying markets and properties for retail development, acquiring and entitling the land, securing anchor store approval, negotiating anchor store leases, creating design, and overseeing the development of the project.
He joined Wilwat Properties as Director of Property Management in July 1989. In this role, Bob was responsible for developing and implementing Watkins retail asset management policies. Prior to Watkins, Bob served as Market Analyst for The Landmark Group, an Atlanta based developer of office properties.
Bob is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He holds a MBA from the Rollins Crummer School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.
Scott Lindstrom Director of Development
Scott Lindstrom has over 20 years of experience in real estate and development with expertise in the single tenant retail segment of the industry. As Director of Development, Scott is responsible for identifying and acquiring properties for the development of single tenant assets on behalf of the company.
Before joining Watkins, Scott served as Director of Real Estate & Development for the Garrard Group. Prior to Garrard, he was co-owner of Iron-Horse Development Group. Scott has extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry, having developed more than 50 hotels for national hotel chains.
Scott is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
He graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Development and a minor in Construction Management.
Robert Stumpe Real Estate Asset Manager
Robert Stumpe joined Watkins in August 2016. He oversees and directs the multi-family portfolio’s operations team to ensure optimal property performance from lease-up through disposition. He is responsible for the overall management of asset sales including underwriting, marketing, contract negotiations, and closing. He helps drive strategy on new developments, analyzes new investment decisions, and assists with due diligence.
Prior to joining Watkins, Robert acted as a consultant for a number of real estate firms in the Atlanta area. He is formerly the Vice President of Investments for the Carroll Organization. His experience includes positions at both Morgan Stanley and Deloitte.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a MBA from the University of Georgia. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Robbie Swan Real Estate Development Manager
Robbie Swan joined Watkins Real Estate Group as Real Estate Analyst in January 2015 being hired as an intern less than a year before. He is responsible for financial and cash flow analysis, location prioritization, and all tenant and investor prospectus packages.
Prior to joining Watkins, Robbie interned for Keller Williams Realty where his responsibilities included preparing sales contracts, hosting open houses, and planning marketing events.
Robbie is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an economics minor from Florida Southern College.
Matthew Cawthon Construction Manager
Matthew has joined the Watkins Real Estate Group construction team to assist with all retail and multi-family projects. Matthew brings significant experience to the team, having worked as a project manager for Walton Construction Services, and for Hathaway Construction Services, both multifamily construction companies. He also worked for residential construction company KB Homes.
Matthew holds a BS in Building Science from Auburn University.
Nancye Vernier Director of Retail Property Management
Nancye Vernier is the Director of Retail Property Management for the Watkins Real Estate Group’s retail portfolio. She oversees the maintenance, operations, third party vendor contracts, tenant relations, and budgeting for all retail properties.
Nancye has been part of the Watkins family since 1979, when she managed and leased the Watkins Center in Norcross, Georgia. Since then she has filled many roles within the Watkins group of companies. In 2003, she became the retail Tenant Coordinator, responsible for assisting all new tenants with landlord construction and tenant build-out issues that occur between lease execution and opening for business.