Leadership

Management Team

Stephen H. Watkins

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Hatfield

Chief Technology Officer

Charles Everhardt

Chief Community Officer

Our Headquarters

Cottage Home Communities is headquartered in ever growing Boca Raton, FL a long standing community in the heart of South Florida.

Stephen H. Watkins

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman

Stephen is an experienced entrepreneur founding several businesses; two of which grew to billion dollar market cap companies.

He is responsible for the overall business strategy, development of key strategic relationships and marketing strategy.

His past companies have been involved in nationwide deployment of franchise locations across the nation and around the world inclusive of Boston Chicken, McDonalds, Country Companies, Chrysler and others: managing upto 5000 facilities at any one time.

With the development of the 2017 Jobs and Tax Act these experiences inspired Mr. Watkins to conceive a nationwide deployment of communities in opportunity zones across the nation.

Cottage Home Communities' mission is to offer residents a place to Live, Work and Play - with a vision to develop 500 Communities nationwide.


Thomas Hatfield

Chief Technology Officer

Thomas brings over 40 years of expertise creating optimal systems for handling the custom information of a wide variety of organizations.  He spent 10 years of computer programming of database applications, during the earliest years of personal computers -- with deep experience in communications and information systems -- including the US Army, US Air Force, General Electric Space Systems, Vanguard Research Inc, and the Quad Cities Times newspaper.

He has also worked for the US Air Force creating automated navigational planning for heavy aircraft flying complex training missions and has been working over 20 years as an independent consultant for custom software solutions for a spectrum of small and large organizations, mostly in Silicon Valley -- rapidly creating high-quality, mission-critical automation for custom data workflow.

Mr. Hatfield has over 20 years as a highly-skilled, successful expert using the superb "IBM stack" to best meet clients' complex needs for custom handling of data including clients:  Agile Software (Cimmetry Systems), PeopleSoft, Flextronics, FDBL, Century Theatres, NEC Electronics, The Dialog Corporation, Exis Inc, InfoImage Inc, The Automation Center, KyCon, Infinity Financials, Cadence Design Systems, Advanced Microdevices, DataTools Inc, First Data Resources, EXXE Data Systems Inc (and others)

 

Charles Everhardt

Chief Community Officer

Charles brings over two and a half decades of real-estate development experience to the team.   Charles has been active in many aspects of real estate, brokerage, development, construction, lending, banking, and purchasing of distressed assets.  He started his career at Oppenheimer in New York City which developed into a role managing the commercial real-estate division for GMAC advising various REITs. 

Charles' Real Estate development started in Chicago through a joint-venture with Lehman Brothers buying and managing a series of 50+ Speedway Gas Stations across the mid-west.   Subsequent to the gas stations he managed various franchise real-estate development transactions including Wolfgang Puck, Dunkin Donuts and others.  Post the franchise development he focused on larger commercial opportunities included 400,000 +/- luxury apartments and condos including 188 West Randolph, the Randolph Tower, and the Plymouth Building among a series of a dozen or so downtown office buildings.  Charles experience as a leading developer of communities was culminated when he developed the award winning Rainbo Village in Chicago.