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.


Steven P. Wathen

Chief Executive Officer

Steve established Equity in 1987, and since that time, 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 seven 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 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.


Howard Fickel, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Howard has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate and construction industry. A graduate of The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business, he began his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers. In his current position, Howard has final P&L authority for the organization, including operational and financial planning, analysis and reporting, cash management, and legal/risk management initiatives.

Patrick Wathen

Senior Vice President

Patrick provides leadership at Equity in a variety of critical roles.  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.

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.


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.

His background includes all facets of real estate practice including sales, leasing, property management, and development.   Previous assignments include the management of a 2M square foot portfolio in seven states, high rise property management of USX Tower and CNG Tower in Pittsburgh, PA and facilities management consultation on PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  A Certified Facilities Manager and member of ICSC, Dwight is passionate about creating value for his clients and teammates.


Lee Jackson, CCIM

Senior Vice President, Business Development – Southwest

For over 20 years, Lee has served as a manager in the development, acquisition, leasing, and management of commercial real estate firms in Texas and nationally. Lee provides leadership and oversight to Equity’s operations in San Antonio and Austin and provides strong analytical and financial skills including acquisition and development JV structuring and feasibility. He also secures business development in the Southwest.

As a broker, Lee has experience sourcing equity and debt for healthcare properties and negotiating ground leases, development agreements, and leases with hospital systems and physician partners.


Angi Carey

Senior Vice President, Property Management

Angi’s experience spans over 19 years in real estate management of office buildings (including flex & high rise), industrial buildings, retail, and multi-family housing. She oversees all aspects of Equity’s national and local property management division.   She holds a Bachelors degree from Xavier University and is a Certified Property Manager, Past President of the IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) Columbus Chapter, and current Columbus Chapter IREM Board Member.  Angi is committed to meeting clients’ goals and objectives by achieving optimal property financial performance and increasing asset value.

As a broker, Lee has experience sourcing equity and debt for healthcare properties and negotiating ground leases, development agreements, and leases with hospital systems and physician partners.


Austin Wathen

Senior Vice President, Brokerage and Business Development

In his role as Senior Vice President of Brokerage and Business Development, Austin is responsible for managing the nationally-scaled brokerage division of Equity. He also works very closely with market leaders and company agents to ensure Equity’s brokerage solution continuously adheres to the company’s best-of-class standards, all while promoting optimal client satisfaction.

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.

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