Jerry Watkins - Senior Real Estate Manager

Jerry Watkins

Senior Real Estate Manager

Jerry Watkins joined Riedman Companies in 2012 continuing a 30-year career in the real estate industry.

His primary focus with Riedman Companies is the procurement and development of new investment opportunities.  Duties include purchase negotiations, economic feasibility, project design and municipal approvals.

Jerry started his career in banking, spending over 10 years in that field.  He was Vice President of Columbia Banking where he managed Loan Operations, moved on to underwriting construction and permanent loans for multifamily, office, retail and senior housing developments and later managed the banks REO portfolio.

His first stint in real estate development was as Director of Acquisitions and Development with Wegman Companies, a development firm diversified in projects including senior housing, mixed use business parks and home building, spending 5 years in this position.

Continuing in the real estate field, Jerry spent 15 years as Vice President of the Farash Corporation, a firm heavily invested in multi-family, office and retail developments.  At Farash, Jerry managed all aspects of development projects, including site selection, purchase negotiations, project design and municipal approvals, along with lease and sale negotiations. Other responsibilities included the oversight of property management for more than 1,000,000 square feet of commercial property, along with construction management for new buildings and renovations of existing properties.

Jerry is a life-long resident of the Rochester area.  He holds a New York State Brokers License.