Steve Wathen

Steve Wathen EVF III Headshot - Feb 2016 (cropped)Chief Executive Officer


Steven P. Wathen established Equity in 1987. Since then the company has become a leader in commercial development, construction, real estate brokerage and property management. Equity has a robust history of diverse development, construction and brokerage in most real estate product types – with an emphasis in healthcare, retail and office.

While Steve provides leadership to Equity at an enterprise level, he provides direct management of the firm’s development and brokerage activities. The expansion of the firm to additional offices, now in nine cities across the country, has been particularly due to Steve’s purposeful effort to grow the company.  Equity is a company with national reach across all service lines and product types due to this continually expanding network of offices.  In addition to serving as CEO of Equity, he is also the Chief Executive Officer of Equity Construction Solutions (ECS), an affiliated, independent construction company.

As founder of Equity, Steve has set an aggressive vision for growth, with an equal emphasis on core values and sustaining a healthy and open business culture. This emphasis on values and results has produced many repeat clients. Steve greatly influences the quality and integrity of the company and its business operations and is actively engaged in the affairs of running the company and serving key clients.

Away from the office, Wathen currently serves on four not-for-profit boards, and is chairman of three. His philanthropic activities include Founder and Chairman of Youth Aviation Adventure, co-founder and Chairman of Franklinton Rising, and President of Gainesville Council on Aging. He is also on the Advisory Board for Pregnancy Decision Health Center. Steve is an instrument rated pilot, scuba diver and avid outdoorsman.