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
Robert (Rob) Marchant is the President and Partner of the Wisconsin office of Michael Best Strategies, LLC. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the firm, he assists in developing short- and long-term plans for client growth.
Rob received a Doctor of Law (J.D.) from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His passion is working with C-Suite leaders to create opportunities and solve business challenges through proactively engaging with their communities and their government.
In his spare time, he is the Chief Statistician for the Green Bay Packers.
Nate Salas, vice-chair
Nate Salas is Chief Development Officer and a member of the management team at Maas Brothers Construction Co.
He grew up in Watertown and graduated from Watertown HS. In May 2002, he graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering/major in Political Science. He served in Italy at Aviano Air Base until 2005.
He makes his home in Watertown with his wife Nikki and his three children: Sofia, Ava, and Brody. Nate is actively involved in various community groups and events including: YES! Watertown, Watertown City Branding Commission, Watertown Education Foundation, Leadership Watertown, Main St. Board, and the GHDP for Jefferson and Dodge Counties. He is passionate about the community and is dedicated to making Watertown a remarkable community.
Strategic Initiatives and
Alex Allon began in his role as Strategic Initiatives and Development Coordinator with the RDA and City on March 15, 2021. This full time position was created to further advance the work of the RDA and strategically align RDA goals with City initiatives. He will be under the direction of the Mayor.
Allon received his undergraduate degree in Project Management from Colorado State University and master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Economic Development from UW Madison. He has been involved in a number of projects including consulting work with the City of Middleton and the City of Durand, both located in Wisconsin
Dan Bartz is a lifetime resident of the Watertown, a graduate of Watertown High School and holds an MCS degree in Computer Science from UW-Whitewater.
He and his wife Vicki (Yenser), also a WHS and UW-Whitewater grad, have three adult children and four grandchildren. A USAF veteran, Dan retired from GE Healthcare after 32 years of service. He was elected to the City Council in 2020 to represent the City’s 4th District. Dan has served on many church committees and shares leadership of a local, non-profit organization.
A handyman, Dan lovingly restored a 1890s Queen Anne Victorian home which was featured on the 2019 Watertown Parade of Homes. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and any events that involve his children or grandchildren.
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 Brad works.
That said, in Brad’s experience as a Watertown real estate professional, he's also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting his clients first. This means keeping himself accessible, being a good listener, as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to client’s needs. This "Client First" philosophy has always been his approach, and it requires him to continually improve his skills and ways of doing business.
As a lifetime Watertown Resident, Brad is passionate about the City of Watertown, and wants to do everything within his power to see it succeed.
Chris and his wife have lived in Watertown for about 15 years. Together, they have 5 children from 1 to 15 years old. Chris works in Waukesha at Ruekert and Mielke as a Professional Land Surveyor.
He was elected to his first term on the City Common Council in the spring of 2019. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking, attending his children's events.
Matt grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Watertown. He graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Production/Operations Management. In 2001, he began a career in community banking. Matt is the Senior Lending Officer at PremierBank where he oversees the bank’s lending team.
Matt and his wife have 2 children, Britin and Braeden. He enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his kid. He has been a member of Trinity Church his entire life and has served on the Church Council and on the School Board. Matt is also active in the Watertown Rotary.
David Zimmermann was born and raised in Watertown. After 15 years of college and teaching in Minnesota, he and his wife, Nancy, returned to Watertown to teach in the Watertown Unified School District. David was the choir director at Watertown High School for 16 years before “retiring” to become a pastor at River Valley Alliance Church in Watertown.
David has always had a special connection with his hometown and jumped at the opportunity to join the RDA to help in the efforts to revitalize the city.
c/o Watertown City Hall
106 Jones St.
Watertown, WI 53094
Strategic Initiatives & Development Coordinator