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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 Charles Lair

Charles Lair

Rental Service Technician

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Charles Lair

Charles Lair

Rental Service Technician

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.

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

Director of Property Management

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Jerod Lyons

Jerod Lyons

Director of Property Management

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.

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 Duane Musser

Duane Musser

Land Acquisition and Development Coordinator

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Duane Musser

Duane Musser

Land Acquisition and Development Coordinator

I research potential properties for development and prepare concepts and estimations for each site. I  work with the engineers and municipalities through design and approval stages. I also oversee new developments throughout the construction phase.

Why you enjoy working at Watts Group: I have worked as a subcontractor for Watts Group for the past 25 years. I know their drive and determination to provide a high-quality product and excellent reputation. It’s a great team atmosphere with friendly coworkers all working towards the same goal.

Favorite Part of Living in Corridor: I live in Iowa County but enjoy the fact that I can live and work in close proximity to the Corridor and experience all the growth and amenities.

Hometown: Riverside, Iowa

Favorite hobbies or activities: Spending time with my family, gardening and hunting/fishing when time allows.

 

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.

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

Property Management Customer Service

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Holly Russell

Holly Russell

Property Management Customer Service

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.

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

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!

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!

Hometown: Sigourney, IA

Favorite hobbies or activities: Hiking, Volleyball and Traveling

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.

Why do you enjoy working at Watts Group? I enjoy working in a 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.

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 Department Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Terry Warder

Terry Warder

Assistant Department 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.

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

Property Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Brandi Webster

Brandi Webster

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 help manage our commercial rental portfolio and homeowners associations. 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.  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.

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

Residential Construction Manager

Watts Group Who We Are Our Team Brent Yirkovsky

Brent Yirkovsky

Residential 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.

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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