Since joining REDICO in 2002, Mr. Watchowski has overseen the growth of REDICO’s portfolio to over $2 billion in value, encompassing nearly 18 million square-feet of space nationally. In addition to leading the development and execution of long-term strategy and investments, he plays a hands-on role in day-to-day operations.
He has more than 30 years of real estate expertise in both local and national platforms, with a diverse spectrum of experience in acquisitions, development, capital markets and operations.
Prior to joining REDICO, Mr. Watchowski was chief investment officer at Kojaian Companies, where he was instrumental in growing the company into a national full-service real estate organization. He has also held senior management positions at some of the nation's largest financial institutions including Travelers/Citigroup, HSBC and J.P. Morgan Chase.
In addition to his role at REDICO, Mr. Watchowski serves as president and CEO of American House Senior Living Communities, one of the nation’s largest senior housing companies, and Continuum Services, a facilitates maintenance and management company.
He currently serves on the board of The American House Foundation, AQUIS, the executive advisory board of Argentum (Assisted Living Federation of America), the advisory board of the American Seniors Housing Association and is a trustee at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
He holds a B.A. from Michigan State University, as well as a State of Michigan real estate brokers license.
Mr. Watchowski has been the recipient of several awards and has appeared on a number of industry-related lists, including, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award (2006 for REDICO and 2016 for American House), Crain’s Detroit Business’ Newsmaker of the Year (2015) and Crain’s Detroit Business’ 50 Names to Know in Real Estate (2016).