About the RDA

The RDA is comprised of seven members of the Watertown community involved in enhancing the economic vitality of the city through their professional and/or civic affiliations. RDA members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Watertown Common Council.  

Robert Marchant, chair


Nathan Salas, vice-chair


Nathan Salas grew up in Watertown WI and is a 1998 graduate of WHS.  While in High School, Nathan participated in the National Honor Society and Student Council; plus, he was a member of the football, basketball, and track teams.  After graduation, Nathan entered Basic Training at the United States Air Force Academy prior to entering his freshman year at the Academy, and graduated from basic training in August of 1998.


While at the Academy, Nathan successfully completed skydiving training, glyder training, and survival school training.  He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in May 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering with a major in Political Science.  Upon graduation, Nathan entered federal agent training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and completed the federal investigator course with fellow agents from the Secret Service, ATF, DEA, US Marshals, and State Department.


Nathan went on to serve in the Air Force at Aviano Air Base in Italy until 2005, and then he left the military and joined the business world.  Since leaving the Air Force, he has held various management and leadership positions in the financial industry, and is currently President of Partnership Bank. Since 2005, Nathan earned a MBA in Finance and Management from UW-Whitewater and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison.


Nathan resides in Watertown, WI with his wife Nikki and his three children: Sofia, Ava, and Brody.  Nathan enjoys spending time with his family, kettlebelling, movies of all genres and watching the Green Bay Packers, UW Badgers and Air Force Falcon football. Nathan is actively involved in various community groups and events in the Watertown community, such as: YES! Watertown, Watertown City Branding Commission, Watertown Education Foundation, Leadership Watertown, Main St. Board and the GHDP for Jefferson and Dodge Counties.  Nathan is passionate about the community and is dedicated to making Watertown a remarkable community.

Matt Zastrow


Brad Kuenzi


There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional - integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work.

That said, in my experience as a Watertown real estate professional, I've also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs. This "Client First" philosophy has always been my approach, and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business.

As a lifetime Watertown Resident, I am passionate about the City of Watertown, and I want to do everything within my power to see it succeed. 

Bill Maron


I retired from a 38-year career in the Electronics Industry in late 2013.  My career consisted of 18 years in a technical capacity and 20 years in various management roles, with responsibility for personnel and financial performance for a cost center with an annual budget in excess of $4,000,000.

At that point, I decided to become involved in local government.  I ran for the 8th District Alderman position on the Watertown Common Council and was elected in spring of 2014 and re-elected in 2016.  In this time, I have served on various City committees including Finance, Public Works, Licensing Board, Community Development Authority, Public Safety, Executive Committee of the Watertown Economic Development Organization, and now the Watertown Redevelopment Authority.

I have a very strong interest in the future of Watertown having been a lifelong resident.  I look to enhance and develop the downtown area which I believe is vital to a vibrant city.  I also look to continue to draw additional business and industry to Watertown in order to increase the tax base in the City as well as to provide additional employment opportunities for the citizens of Watertown.  I believe the future of Watertown is very bright and look forward to working on the RDA to make Watertown the best it can be.

Kristen Fish, executive director


Ms. Fish has 20 years of direct experience leading the business development efforts of a municipality, and working in both media and manufacturing sectors. In 2009 she and two colleagues started Redevelopment Resource, an economic development consulting firm which operates throughout the Midwest. She has managed all aspects of business development and adaptive reuse programs including business recruitment, retention, entrepreneurial programming, loan fund management, deal structuring, blight elimination and policy/program development. She managed development in a 400+ acre industrial park, and also managed multiple Tax Increment Financing Districts from creation to fulfillment.


Her passion for downtown revitalization is what drives her work in Watertown.  As Executive Director for the RDA, Ms. Fish is energized by the redevelopment opportunity that awaits the RDA's attention and is excited to be a part of it.​

Rick Tortomasi

My wife and I fell in love with Watertown.  We chose to move here for our retirement home, selling our home in Waukesha to locate in the middle of our children and seven grandchildren all about one hour drive from Watertown.

After moving here I quickly became involved in city government. I ran for District 2 Alder position, which I won in 2018.  With my background of being an alder in Waukesha during their downtown revitalization, I felt I could contribute that experience to Watertown. The major things that helped Waukesha's downtown can be applied to The RDA in Watertown. A river walk, removed one way downtown streets, created a Business Improvement District (BID) and increased downtown parking.

I retired from a career as a Sales Engineer designing and selling electro-hydraulic control systems for constriction, farm equipment, automotive and mobile equipment. I attended MSOE Engineering and Marquette Business schools.

My past positions include Vice President of SilverCreek Estates Condos, member of River Valley Alliance Church, American Legion Post 189 (US Army), Watertown Country Club, and Northern Bay Sunset Condo.

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