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PETER J CATALANO

Company President & Real Estate Broker (RI, CT, NY)
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Peter J Catalano was born, raised, and educated in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York. Shortly thereafter he became a Registered Architect and a Member of the National and NY State Association of Architects. Throughout the 80’s & 90's, Catalano enjoyed a successful career as an architect and real estate developer acquiring significant properties on Park Avenue South and Broadway's Fashion Center. For the renovations of major commercial office and residential properties, New York City honored him as a "Living Treasure".

Catalano is a licensed real estate broker in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

In December 1985, he purchased for his wife, singer Dana Valery Catalano, the "Watch Hill Inn", a National Landmark, located in the Village of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Together they spent twenty successful years in the hotel and restaurant hospitality business with an eye on creating a first class resort property. Today it is known as the Watch Hill Inn Villa Residences, operated by Ocean House Management for Relais & Chateaux properties.

In 2006, they transformed the Watch Hill Inn property into a Residential Condominium complex consisting of a completely renovated Watch Hill Inn and the new Bayside and Harbor View buildings.

At the same time, Catalano formed Watch Hill Properties LLC, ("WHP") a Rhode Island Real Estate Broker Company specializing in high end luxury homes and waterfront condominiums.

Since 2006, Peter Catalano has served on the Board of the Watch Hill Inn Condominium Association and the Bayside Condominium Association.

MARK A SZARO

Real Estate Broker (RI & CT)
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Mark A Szaro has been practicing real estate in Watch Hill and the surrounding area for over 25 years. He is dedicated to providing the finest real estate service to his clients. He is a million dollar producer with the Kent Washington Association of Realtors. Mark was the seller’s agent when the Watch Hill Inn was purchased by Peter and Dana Catalano in 1985. Mark became General Manager of the Watch Hill Inn from 1986 to 2005, overseeing the day to day operations of the hotel, banquet facility, and restaurant. Between 2005 and 2007, he oversaw the renovation of the Watch Hill Inn and new construction of the Bayside building on Bay Street.

Mark serves on the Bayside Condo Association Board. Mark also works as the Club Room Manager at the Ocean House, a Relais & Chateaux hotel in Watch Hill.

He has been a resident of Westerly for 37 years.

DANA V CATALANO

Real Estate Sales Agent (RI)
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Dana V Catalano was born Dana Valery in Milan, Italy. Later, at the age of five, moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, then spent several years in New York City. In 1985, Dana and her husband Peter purchased the Watch Hill Inn and spent twenty successful years in the hotel and restaurant business. When the property was converted to condominiums in 2006, she became part owner of Watch Hill Properties. Her personality, charm, and knowledge of the area make her an excellent fit as Sales Agent at Watch Hill Properties. Dana is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian. She resides in Miami and Watch Hill.

ERIKA POTENZIANO

Sales Agent / General Manager / Property Manager
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Erika has been a dedicated member of the Watch Hill Properties team since the fall of 2013.  She is an RI Real Estate Sales Agent and oversees the Property Management for the Bayside Condominium Association.  Working closely with the Association Board Members, she is responsible for maintenance, repairs, and billing for the fourteen residences. She was promoted to General Manager in 2015 for all administrative operations. Erika earned a Speech Pathology degree from the University of Maine.

Erika resides in nearby Mystic, Connecticut.

ROB TREBISACCI

Head Parking Attendant / Front Desk Assistant
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Rob has been an essential member of the Watch Hill Properties team since summer 2014.  He is the full-time head parking attendant during the summer season and assists the office staff part-time while he is in school.  He is studying Business at the University of Rhode Island.

Rob resides in Westerly, Rhode Island.

 

 

 

 

LAURIE CHARPENTIER

Bookkeeper
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Laurie is a professional bookkeeper/controller and HR professional (PHR designation) with over 30 years experience.  She attended UMUC and studied organizational psychology, business law and accounting.  When not diligently crunching numbers, she operates Max's Farm, a local lavender and herb farm, with her husband Mark and their two Daschunds.

JANICE LEPIKKO

Administrative Assistant / Parking Manager
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Janice is the full time Administrative Assistant for Watch Hill Properties.  Joining the team in the Winter of 2015, she enthusiastically brings over 20+ years experience in administrative assistance + customer service and 8 years experience in HR. 

Janice is a life-long resident of Rhode Island and has been in the town of Westerly for 35 years.

HEIDI NOTHSTEIN

Front Desk Assistant
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Heidi is the newest member of the office team, serving as one of the front desk assistants.  She joined the team this spring and brings with her 25yrs of customer service experience.  In her free time, Heidi is an avid photographer and also enjoys spending time with her 10yr old German Sheperd / Black Lab mix girl named Harley.

Heidi resides in East Greenwich, RI