Meet Our Team


Hartwell K. Smith » (Retired)
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Hartwell has 30 years of experience in commercial real estate. Serving his clients primarily as a property manager and asset manager Hartwell has worked on many office, retail and industrial projects in throughout the Southeast.

Hartwell has helped a wide variety of owners maximize the return on their investment. Clients include individuals, partnerships and institutional investors.

Hartwell majored in advertising at the University of Alabama. He holds a broker license in Alabama and North Carolina.
Emile Hughes » (since 2019)
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Emile is a Birmingham native and enthusiast. With a diverse background in healthcare, retail, and business operations, Emile takes pride and passion in finding ways to add value for his clients.

Prior to joining the Watts Realty team, Emile spent 4 years spearheading the development and operations of urgent care clinics across the state of Alabama.

Emile holds a BA from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with distinction.


W.A. "Chip" Watts IV, CCIM, CPM » (since 1998)
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Our President and Executive Certified Property Manager of Watts Realty and active in various civic and industry organizations, Chip graduated from Auburn University in 1996.

Chip was awarded the national professional designation of Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) in 2002 and received his Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in 2004.

Chip continues to expand his education in commercial investment sales and management and helped Watts achieve the prestigious Accredited Management Organization (AMO) designation from IREM in 2007. Chip was elected to serve as President of IREM in October of 2020.

Chip provides energetic approaches to services in sales, leasing, and business development. Licensed in real estate. Please visit Chip's profile.
David Watts, CPM » (since 2007)
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Our Vice President, Qualifying Broker, Property Manager, and Business Developer which includes sales and leasing.

David graduated from Auburn University with a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Family Business Management and brings to Watts his educational expertise & experiences in business administration and processes.

David received his Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) in 2011.

David furthers our company's commitment to continue to excel in customer service by exploring needs and opportunities for Watts Realty to expand its customer and client base while maintaining our maintenance needs. Licensed in real estate. Please visit David's profile.
W.A. "Bill" Watts III, CCIM, CPM Emeritus, CRB, GRI » (since 1970)
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Chairman of the Board of Watts Realty and leader in various civic, religious and industry organizations; a Certified Property Manager (CPM), Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and Certified Real Estate Broker (CRB).

He served as the 1988 President for the Birmingham Association of Realtors and the 2006 President of the Alabama Association of REALTORS. Bill was appointed in 2007 by Governor Bob Riley to the Alabama Real Estate Commission Commissioner for United States Congressional District 6 for Alabama which includes parts of Birmingham. Licensed in real estate and insurance.

Office Personnel

Leigh Ann McMahan » (since 2002)
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As our Office Manager and Bookkeeper Leigh Ann has over 15 years of experience in real estate management.

Leigh Ann is our key person responsible for managing all client funds and escrows, monthly and annual reports as well as virtually every administrative function in our office for our clients and agents.

Along with spending free time outdoors and with her family, Leigh Ann also gives her time to the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research.

Leigh Ann is Licensed in Real Estate.
Kati Weber » (since 2013)
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Kati is our Commercial Lease Administrator. As our Commercial Lease Administrator, she performs the necessary administrative tasks to facilitate large projects & leases as the deals come to fruition, and assists Chip and David with those projects.

She also oversees communications with our Independent Contractors, handling issues for commercial tenants and landlords.
Terry Kaye Smith » (since 2021)
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Terry Kaye is our Residential Property Manager. She performs the necessary management tasks to facilitate the residential assets of our Clients. She also oversees communications with our Independent Contractors handling various issues for our residential Landlords.

She has extensive experience in management, previously handling a large indoor mall as well as an outdoor lifestyle center.
Morgan Brashier » (since 2020)
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Morgan is our Residential Lease Administrator. She processes applications, collects rents, maintains files, invoices utilities and handles all aspects of leasing. If there is a question in regards to Tenant's needs or clarification of lease terms, she will be able to help.

She greets customers in our office every day with a friendly smile, handling tenant/prospective tenant requests.

Selena Colston » (since 2020)
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Selena is the main welcoming voice you hear when you call into our office. She provides response to leasing leads, works with prospective tenants as they go through the viewing & showing process, and helps the Residential Lease Administrator complete all the multiple tasks associated with property management.

A majority of the time, she is the first point of contact for Customers, Tenants, & Landlords.

Michael Watts » (since 2006)
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As our Marketing Director, Michael furthers our company's commitment to continue to excel in the technology arena by exploring opportunities for Watts Realty to provide more efficient marketing communications and data management tools to our clients, contractors and customers alike.

Michael graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham with a degree in Communication Studies.
Mark Putnam » (since 2021)
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Mark is our Maintenance Supervisor. As our Maintenance Supervisor Mark records maintenance requests from tenants, coordinates with contractors for repairs, and handles all maintenance invoice. Mark has 38 years of experience in the customer service industry.
Anna Rebecca Watts » (since 2020)
Anna Rebecca is an Administrative Assistant. As an administrative assistant, she assists the Office Manager keep and maintain office records, as well as any other office tasks throughout day.