Who We Are

Who We Are


OUR MISSION:

To provide exceptional customer service and innovative solutions; give back to our communities; and grow our team personally and professionally.

Watts Group is a family business with unique, vertically integrated capabilities dealing in every aspect of real estate.We deal with residential and commercial development and construction, commercial tenant improvements, custom homes, real estate sales and residential and commercial property management.  We are proud to have been called the “one-stop shop” for all things real estate. Our number one priority has always been to deliver top-notch customer service.  Watts Group’s vision is founded on our culture of respect for our co-workers, our customer, the surrounding communities, and the land that provides us resources for our business.

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Our Team

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Gary Watts

Gary Watts

President & CEO

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Gary Watts

Gary Watts

President & CEO

It is my responsibility to set the vision that enables the growth of a long-lasting company, create ways to help our people thrive, and form strong relationships with the communities we serve. I hold myself and our employees to high standards and create a culture of accountability as we live our core values. I look for opportunities that allow Watts Group to develop projects that will benefit our community’s future and build family focused neighborhoods. Commercial or residential, we want to transform this area and help families and businesses grow deep roots.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group:

This has been my passion for the past 40 years. I am so proud that we get to build lasting memories for the community and families we serve. I love our team! We hire GREAT people who also share the same passion, work hard, and are customer focused. It is especially rewarding bringing in opportunities and watching them progress through our process and seeing the joy we bring when our customers take ownership. We are helping create spaces for people to live or work. We contribute to the energy and excitement in the Corridor.  One of the best parts is going back to previous projects and seeing them continue to thrive in our community or as strong neighborhoods.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor:

Seeing the growth and vibrancy the area has to offer; participating in activities around the community including world-class performances at Hancher and Hawkeye sporting events; and experiencing the diversity of people who live and work in the Corridor. We have a great education system and cutting-edge hospitals. Trails and roads connect each of the Corridor cities between North Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids. This really is a great place to live. There is so much growth and opportunities in such a small area – very exciting to see how else we grow.

Years of Experience:

Celebrating 40 years in 2018.

Hometown:

Oskaloosa IA

Favorite hobbies or activities:

I enjoy competing in triathlons; working out by riding my bike, swimming, or running; spending time with my family; and fundraising for children who would not have a chance to take swimming lessons. I love supporting our Hawkeyes and watching all sports in general.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Mike Van Dyke

Mike Van Dyke

General Manager & Broker, Licensed Realtor®

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Mike Van Dyke

Mike Van Dyke

General Manager & Broker, Licensed Realtor®

I oversee all business activities of Watts Group and am responsible for the business of Watts Group Realty.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: We’re a full service Real Estate Group that helps to shape neighborhoods and communities as well as providing opportunities to the area.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty area activities and services; schools; parks; Friendly minded neighborhoods and communities.

Years of Experience: Licensed to sell Real Estate in 1984.

Hometown: Seattle (area), WA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Outdoor Activities – Rocky Mountain Adventures

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Brian Watts

Brian Watts

Director of Business Development, Licensed Realtor®

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Brian Watts

Brian Watts

Director of Business Development, Licensed Realtor®

Born and raised in Iowa City, Brian has grown up in and around the real estate and development business. His knowledge of the industry and the local area gives his clients the competitive advantage when it comes to buying or selling a home.

Before entering the real estate business, Brian served in the Air Force as a jumpmaster and F-16 pilot. His military experiences solidified a strong attention to detail and steadfast commitment to a job done right. These values, along with glowing recommendations from his clients have brought Brian recognition as a Gold Star Award recipient from the Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS®.

After his deployment, Brian’s investment in the community brought him back to the Iowa City area. As a licensed Realtor with the Watts Group, he reliably conducts all business involved in listing and selling both residential and commercial real estate. He also works alongside custom homebuilders to help realize their dream home.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Justin Bohlke

Justin Bohlke

GM, Residential Construction

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Justin Bohlke

Justin Bohlke

GM, Residential Construction

I monitor the entire construction process for all of our residential custom and spec projects. I’m actively involved in coordinating subcontractors, working and abiding by municipality codes, and consulting with owners to implement design changes that best fit their needs while staying within their budget.

Why do you enjoy working at Watts Group? I enjoy working for a place that can provide a turnkey project.  Since we offer development, real estate, and property management services I get exposure to some of the activities that happen before and after construction takes place.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor? I like the small community feel with all the entertainment and activities.

Years of Experience: I started working on construction projects 16 years ago as my first paid summer job.

Hometown: Kingsley, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: College football and wrestling, hunting, fishing, and anything related to the outdoors.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Jake Bullins

Jake Bullins

Commercial Superintendent

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Jake Bullins

Jake Bullins

Commercial Superintendent

I oversee the commercial construction jobsites, coordinate all contractors and execute requests for information regarding the sites in order to complete projects on schedule.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: The high level of my co-workers.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor: I don’t live in the Corridor, but I enjoy the quality of the people I get to interact with while I’m here for work.

Years of Experience: 2 years at Watts Group and 20 years in construction overall.

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Favorite hobbies or activities: Golf and hunting

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Keaton Burge

Keaton Burge

Maintenance Supervisor

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Keaton Burge

Keaton Burge

Maintenance Supervisor

I manage the general upkeep of rental units and provide preventative maintenance of the buildings and the grounds. I ensure our tenants get the best service and help resolve their issues.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: I enjoy the family atmosphere here. It also keeps me on my toes because there’s always something different to take care of each day.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor: I live in Mount Vernon, so I’m not technically in the Corridor, but I love that I am able to live in a small town and have easy access to the city area.

Years of Experience: I’ve been with Watts Group for 3 years, but have over 15 years in maintenance experience.

Hometown: Mount Vernon, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Football, wrestling, bowling league and farming with my family

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Donna Coblentz

Donna Coblentz

Office Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Donna Coblentz

Donna Coblentz

Office Manager

I oversee the daily operations here at Watts Group by ensuring efficiency in all processes and departments. I’m responsible for Accounts Payable and Receivable, and also manage project budgets. I make sure all information is up to date and help every single department.

Why do you enjoy working at Watts Group? It’s a fast-paced environment and I am always learning. We have a great “work family” who is willing to pull together for the success of the company.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor? I’ve really enjoyed seeing the continuous growth and wealth of opportunities and experiences available to such a giving and caring community.

Years of Experience: I’ve been working in property management, development, and real estate since 1993.

Hometown: Dundee, IA “Tiny in Size, Mighty in Pride”

Favorite hobbies or activities: I enjoy working out, participating in and watching sports, cooking, and being outdoors.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Sarah Fields

Sarah Fields

Marketing Intern

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Sarah Fields

Sarah Fields

Marketing Intern

I create marketing materials to reach our clients and engage the community.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: The atmosphere and people are so great to be around!

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: There’s always something to do here!

Years of Experience: 5

Hometown: Waukee, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Photography, running, and game nights!

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Ann Fletcher

Ann Fletcher

Chief Financial Officer

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Ann Fletcher

Ann Fletcher

Chief Financial Officer

I oversee the accounting functions and preparation of financial and operational reporting for the company. I also evaluate the financial performance of our company, set goals and budgets, and create projections for financial performance and cash flow.

Why do you enjoy working at Watts Group? The people! I also really enjoy tackling new challenges here every day since it’s so fast paced here.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor: The people, the culture, and the simplicity of live.

Years of Experience: 25 years

Hometown: Independence, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Family time, cooking, and gardening!

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Adam Flockhart

Adam Flockhart

Commercial Superintendent

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Adam Flockhart

Adam Flockhart

Commercial Superintendent

I oversee the daily operations of our commercial projects to ensure efficiency as well as provide updates to our team on the status of the projects.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: I get to do something different every day.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor: I don’t live in the Corridor but enjoy interacting with the people who live here when I’m working.

Years of Experience: 15

Hometown: Mount Vernon, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Spending time with family. Spending time farming and when there is time left over – hunting.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Maggie Frerichs

Maggie Frerichs

Rentals Accountant

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Maggie Frerichs

Maggie Frerichs

Rentals Accountant

I am responsible for getting the Rentals bills paid, entering rent payments, calculating owner to Rentals reimbursements, serving and filing for FEDs, collecting payments from past customers, auditing, and processing security deposit refunds.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: I love our team! Everyone that works here makes work enjoyable. We participate in a lot of fun activities, like golf and yoga. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work for a company that works hard and plays hard.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: I LOVE Iowa City. Everything from the University of Iowa, football, UIHC to Taste of Iowa, Northside Oktoberfest, and the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Iowa City has the best mix of things to do! Did you know you that you can attend a farmer’s market nearly every night of the week around here?

Years of Experience: I have seven years of well-rounded property management experience, with two years of account specific duties.

Hometown: Born in Ogallala, Nebraska, raised in Colorado, Wyoming, and Iowa. Graduated high school from Ames High, Ames, Iowa.

Favorite hobbies or activities: Trivia nights, Iowa football, comedy movies, “Pinterest projects,” caring for my foster animals, and being with friends.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Kye Grenko

Kye Grenko

Assistant Project Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Kye Grenko

Kye Grenko

Assistant Project Manager

I ensure the construction process goes smoothly from beginning to end by assisting in management tasks. I monitor and prepare residential job sites for closings as well as maintain Watts Group warranty issues. I assist office managers with contracts, scope of work and permits.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: I enjoy learning new things and working with everyone here.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: The community here is unmatched by any other area I’ve been.

Years of Experience: 3 Years

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Spending time with friends and family, fishing, camping, and spending time outside.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Adam Hahn

Adam Hahn

GM, Commercial Construction

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Adam Hahn

Adam Hahn

GM, Commercial Construction

I oversee every new development and commercial project from concept to completion.  I work with architects and engineers on designs, assemble the construction estimates, and work with construction superintendents to see the projects through completion.

Why do you enjoy working for Watts Group? We have a great group of positive, self-motivated, happy people that make every day enjoyable no matter what challenges the day brings.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor: I love being 20 minutes from just about anything your heart desires.  On any day you can spend the morning fishing in a secluded farm pond and the afternoon at a Hawkeye game with 70,000 people.

Years of Experience: I started working residential construction during the summer and weekends when I was in middle school.  When I was in college I started working commercial construction and have been full time in the industry since graduating college in 2002.

Hometown: West Branch, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities:  I love camping with my family, coaching youth sports, cutting firewood during the winter, and I always have a DIY project going on at home.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Rose Irlbeck

Rose Irlbeck

Executive Assistant

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Rose Irlbeck

Rose Irlbeck

Executive Assistant

I assist the President/CEO in managing all facets of the company. I also organize company events, provide support to all departments, and assist with Marketing.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group:

There are multiple reasons:

I love the people I work with!

I learn something new every day.

I love seeing our projects from the very early stages to the beautiful finished project.

Favorite Part of Living in the Corridor:

It’s so diverse and has so much to offer – from sports to the outdoors. There’s no place like home!

Years of Experience: I’ve been with Watts Group for 3 years

Hometown: Carroll, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Volunteering and doing local/global mission work as well as spending time with my friends and family.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Morgan Koch

Morgan Koch

Receptionist

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Morgan Koch

Morgan Koch

Receptionist

I take care of all day-to-day activities, starting with welcoming and accommodating our guests! I also manage and distribute phone traffic, collect and code payments and mail, contribute to the upkeep of our office, and assist all departments with any projects or clerical tasks. I also help to facilities they company’s internal communication, organization, and events!

Why do you enjoy working at Watts Group? I love that it’s a family based company that understands internal growth means company growth.

Favorite part of living in Corridor: Big city activities with a small-town vibe.

Years of Experience: My first day at Watts Group was the first day at our new building in February 2017!

Hometown: Winfield, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: I enjoy attending family friendly events, spur of the moment weekend trips, and “momming”. When seldom date nights arise, we enjoy trying new restaurants and still being home by 10.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Charles Lair

Charles Lair

Asst. Maintenance Supervisor

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Charles Lair

Charles Lair

Asst. Maintenance Supervisor

I maintain the integrity of our rental buildings by responding to maintenance requests and providing upkeep to the building. I aim to ensure our tenants receive the best service possible.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: It’s a great team to be a part of.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: Being so close to my Hawkeyes.

Years of Experience: 15 years in the trades.

Hometown: Burlington, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Hunting, martial arts, and being a husband and father.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Jerod Lyons

Jerod Lyons

Property Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Jerod Lyons

Jerod Lyons

Property Manager

I oversee all activities for the property management department. I show and lease our units, prepare and execute leasing documents, collect rent, and maintain both our commercial and residential assets. I also oversee our maintenance team, cleaning, prospect for future tenants.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: It’s fast-paced, growing company and we have GREAT leadership in the office as well as the community.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor: It’s a safe environment to raise a family, there are remarkable schools no matter the level of education, and the University area has great overall culture.

Years of Experience: 18+

Hometown: Marshalltown, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: I enjoy camping, travelling, and attending sporting events with my family and also collect sports memorabilia.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Katie Nguyen

Katie Nguyen

Leasing Agent

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Katie Nguyen

Katie Nguyen

Leasing Agent

I set up showings and show apartments, manage ads and rental inquiries, and help people to find their perfect fit for a home!

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: It’s a rapidly growing company within my hometown community with a tight knit staff that work hard and have fun.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: It’s my hometown. It’s growing a lot but still has a small town feel.

Years of Experience: 3 years in property management

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: I love trying new places to eat, traveling & roundtrips, kayaking and snowboarding.

 

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Holly Russell

Holly Russell

Leasing & Maintenance Coordinator

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Holly Russell

Holly Russell

Leasing & Maintenance Coordinator

I set up showings and show apartments, facilitate and address all rental inquiries, and take care of maintenance correspondence to ensure all requests are being handles in a timely fashion.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: The people we work with.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor: How much it has grown and how much there is to do here.

Years of experience: 2 years

Favorite hobbies or activities: Cooking, spending time with my family and animals, and participating in trivia nights!

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Michael Sears

Michael Sears

Cleaner

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Michael Sears

Michael Sears

Cleaner

I upkeep and beautify properties and ensure they are kept clean and sanitary so they’re looking their best.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: I get to clean without all the hassle of being a business owner – and it’s an excellent group of people to work with!

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: I live in Tiffin right now until I move again – not sure if Tiffin is considered a part of the Corridor though.

Years of Experience: More than 10 years.

Hometown: Honestly don’t have one. I move every single year – I’m nomadic!!

Favorite hobbies or activities: Music/Singing,Volunteer cleaning for IVHFH, and making people laugh and smile.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Steve Stewart

Steve Stewart

Commercial Superintendent

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Steve Stewart

Steve Stewart

Commercial Superintendent

I work with the sub-contractor, trades, and office to ensure that all work is completed on time and on budget.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: It’s a great atmosphere and the people are the best.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: It’s laid back!

Years of Experience: 25 total years in construction

Hometown: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Favorite hobbies or activities: I enjoy going to the gym and golfing.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Olivia Stoutner

Olivia Stoutner

Property Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Olivia Stoutner

Olivia Stoutner

Property Manager

I perform HOA and COA management, association correspondence, handle legal notices, rental marketing, and assisting with the leasing process.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: I love the culture at Watts Group and working with a team that values you.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: All of the great restaurants! I am a foodie!

Years of Experience: 4

Hometown: Sigourney, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Hiking, Volleyball and Traveling

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Megan Theis

Megan Theis

Licensed Realtor®

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Megan Theis

Megan Theis

Licensed Realtor®

I work with buyers to find the right home for them. Whether it’s a tenant looking to move into home ownership, someone relocating to the area, or just someone looking to upsize or downsize, helping people have a good experience while finding and purchasing a home is always my goal.

Why do you enjoy working for Watts Group? Watts Group has a great team that is so passionate about our area and helping our community thrive and grow. We participate frequently in events around town and love to be a part of whatever new and exciting things are going on here.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: I love how much the area is continuously growing. It seems like there is always a new restaurant to try or I’m hearing of a new business opening. It’s exciting that our area is a place where people can thrive and make their goals happen.

Years of Experience: 1.5

Hometown: Dubuque, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: I love to travel and try new things, spend time with family and friends, and I like to be crafty! I always seem to be finding some type of DIY project.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Karlie Throckmorton

Karlie Throckmorton

Client Concierge, Executive Assistant, Licensed Realtor®

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Karlie Throckmorton

Karlie Throckmorton

Client Concierge, Executive Assistant, Licensed Realtor®

I assist the Real Estate Team in all aspects of the real estate process to ensure our clients receive top notch service. My top priority is to make the process of buying, selling, or building a home stress free and enjoyable. I assist in all facets – which can include showing homes on the fly, drafting up paperwork, scheduling photographers and inspections, and keeping constant tabs on lenders, other agents, and attorneys to make sure the process is efficient and easy.

Why do you enjoy working at Watts Group? I enjoy working in such a positive team-oriented atmosphere. It’s also rewarding being part of such a vertically integrated company that provides services in all aspects of home ownership.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: I love the culture and way of life here. I also love being able to attend every home Hawkeye football game. I’m proud to be an Iowa Alum!

Years of Experience: I’ve been with Watts Group for just under two years.

Hometown: Carroll, Iowa

Favorite hobbies or activities: I love spending time with my family and husband, being active outdoors and cheering on the Hawkeyes!

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Terry Warder

Terry Warder

Assistant Property Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Terry Warder

Terry Warder

Assistant Property Manager

I oversee the cleaning of all rental properties and the office space here at Watts Group.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: Every day is different here.

Favorite part of living in the Corridor: There’s always something new to do and I never get bored.

Years of Experience: I’ve been with Watts Group for a year.

Hometown: Oskaloosa, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Taking care of my 100-year-old home and watching sports

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Brandi Webster

Brandi Webster

Assistant Property Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Brandi Webster

Brandi Webster

Assistant Property Manager

I communicate with residents, owners, and vendors regarding different inquiries and all rentals. I draft leasing documents, coordinate renewals and turnovers, manage/audit tenant files, maintain and track availability of all our units, and coordinate with the City and vendors for inspections. I also assist with marketing.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: I enjoy the atmosphere.  We’re a small, consistent group.  We grow but we don’t lose people.  It takes a special group of people to make that possible.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: I love the music community.  I play in the Iowa City Community Band and just joined the Iowa City Community String Orchestra.  There’s Orchestra Iowa and Hancher Auditorium whenever I’m in need of an evening out. There are also plenty of environmental and animal welfare volunteer opportunities.

Years of Experience: 2 ½ years with Watts Group with nearly 8 years total in customer service with 2+ years management experience and 5+ years training experience

Hometown: I don’t really have one.  I’m a Michigander who went wherever the Army sent us.

Favorite hobbies or activities: Playing my cello and clarinet, painting, landscape photography, yoga, and anything that means spending time outside.

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Brent Yirkovsky

Brent Yirkovsky

Res. Construction Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Brent Yirkovsky

Brent Yirkovsky

Res. Construction Manager

I manage all job sites for residential construction. This includes creating schedules to ensure all projects are fully staffed and overseeing sub-contractors and vendors to ensure Watts Group quality standards are met. I communicate with buyers throughout the construction process and do a homeowner orientation before closing to make sure the buyers are familiar and 100% satisfied with their new home.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: I’ve been with Watts Group for almost 6 years and have been a part of the growth we have experienced in that time frame. It’s exciting to come to work not knowing exactly what challenges will need to be tackled that day. There is never a “slow” day at Watts Group!

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: My family and I live in between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and I have worked in both markets. It’s neat to experience the differences between a university city like Iowa City and a mostly manufacturing city in Cedar Rapids.

Years of Experience: I have been in the construction industry for over 20 years but have been overseeing the construction projects for 15 years.

Hometown: Shueyville, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: I have two daughters that truly love volleyball. Most weekends in the fall and winter you will find me in a gym somewhere cheering them on.

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