About Us

Warren B. Watkins, III

Mr. Watkins’ experience includes over  30 years in the real estate development industry including construction, sales, finance and investment and development. Experience includes apartment upfitting and renovations, small unit apartment building construction, large scale master planned community development & infrastructure development and contract management. Additional experience includes overseeing club operations and real estate sales and personnel management.

Past professional employment includes real estate asset management and master planned community development with the H. Smith Richardson Testamentary Trust (Greensboro, NC), apartment management and development with Frederick Investment Corporation & The Marshall-Blackwell Group (Raleigh, NC) and large scale master planned community  development and real estate investment with Montrose Capital Corporation (Durham, NC).

Mr. Watkins founded SouthStar Development in 1994 to provide real estate asset management services and for development ventures. In 1996 Mr. Watkins started Virginia Fine Properties, a high end residential sales company which he sold in 2006.

Mr. Watkins founded SouthStar Construction with his wife, Suzy Howell Watkins, in 2009 to complement her talents as a licensed ASID Interior Designer and with the construction expertise of long time associate  Mr. Charles ‘Ted’ Brewer.

Mr. Watkins’ education includes a BA from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. As a Washington & Lee University R.E. Lee grant recipient, Mr. Watkins provided research and detailed analysis of many of the historic buildings in Lexington, Virginia under the direction of Dr. Pamela Simpson.