Mike Watson has been a market leader in the central and south Texas commercial real estate markets for over 18 years and is a founder and Managing Partner of Independence Commercial Advisors.
Mike began his career in commercial real estate in the Austin office of a national real estate investment brokerage firm specializing in multifamily investment sales. He went on to become the #1 producing agent for the Austin and San Antonio regions, earning several national sales awards as well as recognition as a “Top 10” producer for all of Texas.
In 2008, Mike was promoted to Regional Manager for the firm, responsible for market growth and leadership of the San Antonio market initially, adding the Austin office in 2009. Additionally, he went on to open offices in Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Albuquerque. Under his leadership his offices grew to over 50 investment sales and financing agents throughout his multi-state region and he was awarded the Vice President designation 2012. He was recognized nationally for his leadership in agent development where he facilitated numerous national training events and was instrumental in developing the firm’s training and development curriculum. Throughout his career he has led the sales and marketing efforts for more than $3 billion in investment sales and financing transactions and trained and mentored many agents that have gone on to be top producers in real estate investment sales and financing.
Prior to his career in real estate, Mike served as a U.S. Marine for more than 13 years, holding leadership positions in both field artillery units and recruiting commands. After his military career, he held several corporate finance positions at Advanced Micro Devices in Austin. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in geology and an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University.