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Equity's Leaders: Excellence From the Top Down

At Equity, we are driven by absolute integrity and a passion for excellence. With this focus, Equity’s diverse team of professionals bring practical experience in all aspects of real estate, construction, development, and operations to give you custom real estate solutions tailored to meet your needs. And, we’ve been doing it for more than 30 years.

Building Greatness From the Ground Up

We know that we are only as good as the company we keep. Our people create your experience, they dictate the limits of our potential, and they define our reputation in the marketplace. So, we work to recruit the best of the best to work for Equity, and for you.

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Steven P. Wathen

Chief Executive Officer

Steve established Equity in 1987, and since that time, the company has become a leader in commercial development, construction, brokerage, and property management. Equity has a robust history in most real estate product types – with an emphasis in healthcare, retail, and office. The expansion of the firm to nine cities across the country, is due to Steve’s focus on growing the company.

Steve also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Equity Construction Solutions (ECS), an affiliated, independent construction company.

In his free time, Steve serves on four not-for-profit boards, and is chairman of three. His philanthropic activities include being 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.

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Patrick Wathen

President

Patrick has achieved a successful career spanning more than 15 years in commercial real estate, most recently being honored as one of GlobeSt’s 50 under 40 and has been inducted into the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. As president of Equity, Wathen oversees the firms real estate operations including property management, asset management, and the firm’s construction department.  He drives investment strategy for Equity and oversees asset management of the current portfolio of +/- $500MM in assets.  He also serves as co-founder and managing partner of Equity Velocity Funds, working directly with investor partners and internal teams to deliver superior risk adjusted returns.  These two roles are closely tied together and represent a true differentiator for Equity’s partners with the integration of financial and physical asset management.

Patrick has co-lead the market strategy brokerage team since founding it in 2008, which has served as a pioneer in the convergence of healthcare delivery in a retail setting.  This team provides strategic growth analysis, site selection, and portfolio management services for location-based healthcare users nationwide.  They have been nationally recognized by GlobeSt as Influencers in both Retail and Healthcare markets and have completed more than 1,000 transactions across 45 states.

He’s extremely passionate about his team at Equity & EVF and achieving client and partner goals.

After starting his career in healthcare leasing, Patrick still leads the market strategy team that he founded.  This team provides strategic growth analysis, site selection, and portfolio management services for location-based healthcare users nationwide.  This team has been nationally recognized for their impact on both retail and healthcare markets and has completed hundreds of transactions across 40+ states.

He’s extremely passionate about his team at Equity & EVF and achieving client and partner goals.

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Kerry Tribble

Chief Operational Officer 

Kerry is an Operational/HR Executive with over 20 years of unique multi-industry experience leading organizational change, operational transformations and performance improvement for turnaround and high growth organizations. As Chief Operational Officer (COO), Kerry is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Equity ECS and oversees key operational divisions, office administration, people strategy and Human Resources.

Austin Wathen

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President of Equity ECS, Austin will be responsible for creating, expanding and managingstrategic business relationships with key clients, customers,partners and vendors. Austin will drive the development of newbusiness opportunities and growth initiatives. As the EVP, Austinwill provide strategic business development guidance to theoperational leadership team and external marketing efforts.

He began his career as an independent contractor. Throughout the duration of his career in the industry, Austin has dedicated much of his time to learn the ins and outs of brokerage and to develop long-lasting relationships with market leaders.

Greg Sutton

Chief Financial Officer

Greg has 33 years of operations, finance, and accounting experience. Most recently, he served as the CFO of an auto insurance company located in Columbus, Ohio for over 20 years. His wife, Cara, blessed him with 4 daughters, and he has also been blessed with two fantastic sons-in-law. The majority of his free time is spent taking care of his property, playing golf, and vacationing at the beach.

Tom Rocco

General Counsel

Tom has extensive experience with business and real estate transactions in both the public and private sector. As corporate counsel for Equity, Rocco represents Equity and its affiliated entities in development and construction projects; financing and refinancing transactions; and in general corporate matters. He also manages outside counsel engaged to provide services to the corporation or related entities, to the firm’s offices around the country. Previously, Tom served as a senior assistant attorney general with the Ohio Attorney General’s Business Counsel Section.

CaSundra Perry

Senior Vice President of Property Management

As the Senior Vice President of Property Management CaSundra provides strategic planning to improve overall property performance, develops organizational policies, and leads the property management role in due diligence while building trusting relationships with clients and potential clients. CaSundra joined Equity in 2022 with over 15 years of commercial property management experience in Southern California, where she managed property leases with companies such as AEG Management, AT&T, Hilton and the U.S. Navy.

 

CaSundra holds a Master of Science in Management, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, and is a graduate of the City of San Diego Manager Academy. She is a previous member of the San Diego BoMA Chapter where she served as Co-Chair of the Disaster, Preparedness and Energy Sustainability Committee.

Jessica graduated from Miami University and has devoted her career to all sides of commercial real estate including commercial banking, project management, financial analyst, business development and prior to joining the Equity team, she lead the acquisitions and dispositions department at a leading investment firm in Cincinnati, OH.  Throughout  her career, she has facilitated over $400M in transactions and with the wide span of experience, she can bring different perspectives to any project.

Jessica is past-president of the Commercial Real Estate Women Greater Cincinnati and is a member of the UC Real Estate Advisory Committee, CREW Fundraising/Golf and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

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Todd Dicken

Director of Program & Project Management

As the Director of Program Management Todd is responsible for overseeing the health and growth of Equity’s client-referred, national commercial real estate expansions and tenant improvement programs. Establishing the highest levels of standard operating procedures and maintaining industry best practices, Todd provides support, management, and training of all EPM (Equity Program & Project Management) team members, ensuring their status as the best in the field.

Todd joined Equity with 18 years of project management, construction and team building experience. He has created and implemented operations on projects with a focus on key national account program management including commercial building renovations, tenant improvements, ground construction, museum exhibitions and other client-focused projects.

Todd is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) and recipient of the 2021 Equity Award. He attended Cincinnati Christian University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Ethics, magna cum laude.

Jaimine Johnson

Managing Director, Brokerage

With an impressive background in commercial real estate spanning nearly two decades, Jaimine Johnson brings a wealth of expertise and a proven track record of success to her role as a Managing Director, Brokerage, which focuses on advisor recruitment and expansion of brokerage services.

Prior to joining Equity, Jaimine served as the Director of Commercial Operations, Leasing, and Sales for DRK, where she played a pivotal role in developing and implementing long-term strategies for the commercial asset division. Her leadership resulted in the management of over $225 million in assets, with a remarkable focus on driving revenue and increasing overall business profitability.

She was named a 2023-2025 Columbus Realtor Directors winner; she was awarded a 2-year Commercial Realtor-At-Large Position from 2023 to 2024 on the Columbus Board of Realtors Board. Jaimine has also been elected to be on the 2024 Commercial Advisory Board and has joined the Ohio REALTORS® in 2024 Strategic Planning Committee. Her dedication and strategic vision were further recognized through numerous accolades, including being named among the “Top 20 to Know in Real Estate” and “Top 20 Women in Business” by Columbus Business First, as well as one of the 10 Most Successful Businesswomen to Watch in 2022.

Jaimine’s extensive experience extends beyond her time at DRK, having served as the first vice president of Colliers Healthcare Real Estate Group and as senior vice president of commercial real estate at Huntington National Bank. Her contributions to these organizations earned her recognition as a Costar Power Broker in 2014 and her placement in the “Top 100 in Real Estate” for 2021.

Regional Brokerage Leaders

Bob Palffy

Managing Principal- Chicago

Bob leads Equity’s Chicago office. Bob has practiced tenant representation for major corporations and professional service firms throughout the spectrum of services including: leasing, subleasing, purchase and build-to-suit.

His additional experiences as partner, manager, and developer provide his clients focused insight in creating real estate solutions. He has represented clients in the acquisition and disposition of several million square feet. He has been President of the Chicago Real Estate Organization as well as The University of Michigan Greater Chicago Alumni Board. He currently is Chairman of the Facilities Committee for Tony Award winning theater Lookingglass.

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Todd Seaman

Market Director- Atlanta

Todd Seaman, Market Director of Equity’s Atlanta office, has over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.

Todd’s strengths include financial analysis, marketing, relationship management and lease negotiation. He specializes in office and industrial real estate.

In his free time, Todd enjoys traveling, playing golf, and supporting his gymnast daughter.

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Jim Ploetz

Market Director- San Antonio

Jim’s primary responsibility is creating opportunities for Equity Inc., and its affiliates, in the San Antonio market to acquire, develop, lease, own and manage medical office buildings and other healthcare facilities.

Additionally, he is tasked with building a brokerage presence in the Texas market through recruitment of real estate sales and management professionals.

Jim has over 27 years of experience in real estate brokerage, development and management. He has spearheaded investment and equity developments of specialty medical clinics and has built a network relationship with major healthcare providers such as Methodist Healthcare System, Christus Santa Rosa Health Systems and Knapp Medical Hospital.

Jim has held leadership positions with several of the largest commercial real estate/ financial firms in the country, including CBRE, Dominion Healthcare Realty, NAI REOC Partners, and Bank One. His former clients include Excel Realty Investors, American Mutual Life Co., JPI Development, GE Capital, Sprint PCS, and Washington Mutual.

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