Meet Our Leaders

KW Commercial Tampa Bay is ideally positioned to service all your commercial real estate needs.  Our team covers the entire Bay area through six offices located in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Brandon, Seminole, Apollo Beach, and St. Pete Beach.  Our agents have hundreds of years of combined real estate experience, with a focus on the local real estate market. 

While the Buying and Selling of commercial properties has traditionally been a significant segment of our business, we also have agents that specialize in Office, Industrial, Hospitality, Multi-family, Restaurant/Beverage, and Retail spaces.  Most recently we’re focusing additional resources on Urban Development/Site Sourcing, Development Services and Business Brokerage services.

Our team has the experience and tools to handle projects of almost any size, assisting clients with selling or purchasing land or developed properties ranging from $100,000 to $500 million with some of our urban tower projects.

KW Commercial’s national headquarters is located in Austin, Texas.  The HQ staff provides a broad array of support services to over 2,000 KW Commercial agents nationwide. KW Commercial Tampa Bay’s primary office is located in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg (360 Central Ave. Suite 600).

Leadership Team

Kevin Chadwick – Principal

Mr. Chadwick is Founder of the Keller Williams Chadwick Franchise Group, largest KW Franchise group and the largest brokerage in Tampa Bay, and is a co-founder of KW Commercial Tampa Bay.  With many years of brokerage and varied real estate experience under his belt, he decided to launch KW Commercial Tampa Bay with Jon Wittner in 2012.  Today he provides top level guidance to the organization while simultaneously engaging in other business and philanthropic endeavors.  Mr. Chadwick is a third generation St. Pete native and a founding member of the St. Pete Economic Development Council. His most recent project is renovating the State Theater, a St. Pete landmark since 1924.

 

Jon Wittner – Founding Director

Mr. Wittner is a Tampa native who earned degrees in real estate & finance at Florida State University before returning to Tampa Bay to pursue a real estate career.  He joined forces with Mr. Chadwick to found KW Commercial Tampa Bay and has been managing the business for the past 7+ years.  Prior to founding KW Commercial, he spent 7 years in medical facilities development, 6 years in retail development with Strategic Properties Group, and 5 years in golf course residential development & sales at Black Diamond Ranch. In 2010 Wittner shifted his real estate focus to brokerage activities and achieved a listing portfolio of $76 million before co-founding KW Commercial Tampa Bay. Jon now leads by example with a practice focus on urban brokerage for development/redevelopment, strategic acquisitions, off-market sourcing and city/government liaison.

Jon LaBudde – Director of Retail, Food, & Beverage

An entrepreneur born and raised in St. Pete and an FSU graduate, Mr. LaBudde has an understanding of retail, restaurant and downtown St. Pete space that others simply cannot match.  He is an entrepreneur who has launched several retail businesses himself.  He supports our community by being active in the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association. He also owns and operates a local, family owned marketing firm.  Jon LaBudde’s dance card is always full between the Big Catch at Salt Creek, Jonny Reno’s, Reno Beach Surf Shop, and of course, KW Commercial.

Jake Wollman – Director of Urban Brokerage

Mr. Wollman earned multiple degrees in real estate and finance from the University of Florida. He spent time at two other firms before finding a home at KW Commercial Tampa Bay.  Over the past 7 years he’s built a tremendously successful career in real estate while inspiring our team to embrace technology.  He has a great work ethic and is completing his CCIM after serving as a CCIM Board Member for University Alliance and the lead of a new St. Pete CCIM group.  Along the way he’s built strong relationships in the St. Pete business community and city administration.

Alan Thompson – Director of Mentorship & Training

Mr. Thompson provides guidance and training to new agents at KW Commercial Tampa Bay. His real estate experiences began in the early 1990s when he began teaching real estate courses. With extensive experience in real estate instruction, brokerage, title insurance, and serving as SVP of Bank of America’s South East Region. Mr. Thompson had his pick of real estate opportunities. It’s our good fortune that he matched our culture and chose KW Commercial of Tampa Bay. Our new recruits and mentees are in caring and capable hands with Alan.

Brian Stephens – Director of Business Brokerage

Mr. Stephens has been helping entrepreneurs buy and sell businesses since the late 1980s.  Equipped with a degree in psychology and an MBA, he’s always been able to help people navigate the emotional waters of buying or selling a business.  He founded the Legacy Venture Group and Buy Biz USA in 2004. He’s worked with over 400 CEOs in various capacities and over his 30-year career he’s seen every twist and turn in business brokerage as he successfully brought buyer and seller to the closing table.

Jay Wittner – Commercial Operations Director

Mr. Wittner graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.  He then handled financial analysis for Wittner Companies, on insurance and real estate development. He served for a decade as Vice President of Jess Jewelers. He joined A.G. Edwards as a Financial Consultant where he assisted clients with their investments. He then moved into business consulting where he helped organizations raise funds for special projects. As Commercial Operations Director for KW Commercial Tampa Bay, his responsibilities include managing financial, key infrastructure, marketing, planning, and research activities.