Meet Our Leadership Team

Thomas W. Watts IV

CEO, Chief Investment Officer

Tom Watts founded Watts Capital Partners and is committed to building the firm to consistently deliver a World Class Client Experience. Tom brings focused investment expertise in alternative investments, including real estate, private equity and hedge funds.  He has also developed specialized expertise in providing financial planning for individuals and couples prior to, during, and after divorce. Tom previously worked at major Wall Street firms including Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch. He was elected repeatedly to the Institutional Investor All-Star Team and named by the Wall Street Journal as a Home-Run Hitter for his stock picking record. Tom began his career at McKinsey & Company. Tom has a personal commitment to social justice and tries to reflect that in his personal and professional activities. His spare time is dominated by his passion for horses and equine competition.


David F. Wilson


Managing Director, Financial Planning

David Wilson joined Watts Capital shortly after its founding and is a Partner in the firm.  David is committed to serving the firm’s financial planning and investment management clients.  David leads the firm’s financial planning practice and co-leads the firm’s investment activities for private clients and trusts.  David began his career in the Fixed Income Division of Lehman Bros and Barclays Capital.  David holds the distinction of having represented Guam in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. 


Kara F. Sweet

General Counsel

Managing Director, Client Relations

Kara Sweet serves as General Counsel of Watts Capital Group, and also oversees Client Services. This includes working with Watts Capital’s family office and institutional investors. Kara has been honored by her peers and clients as a Rising Star by New York Superlawyers for the past five years. Kara previously served as a commercial and securities litigator with major New York law firms.  Kara is committed to giving back to her community.  She is active with the NY/NJ Baykeeper and the Wildlife Conservation Society and provides pro bono legal services as often as possible. 

Jed Aber

Managing Director, Real Estate Private Equity

Jed Aber originates real estate private equity investments in the New York region and across the country.  Jed worked previously for the New York Life Insurance Company managing a $500+ million real estate portfolio.  While caring for his elderly parents, Jed became passionate about eldercare and completed a program in Geriatric Care Management, a critical topic for many of Watts Capital Partners’ clients. 

Mitchell R. Hauser

Managing Director, Technology Private Equity

Mitchell Hauser originates investments in the technology sector with specialized expertise in the Clean Technology and the Telecommunications sectors. Mitchell brings to Watts capital prior operating experience having led wireless telecom company MariTEL as President and CEO. Mitchell also has a long history of investment and strategic advisory experience, including being a partner in private equity firm MCT Investors. Mitchell indulges his personal interests through ownership of a wine store in New York City.


Timothy L. Hoffman

Managing Director, Technology Private Equity

Tim Hoffman originates investments in the technology industries, with specialized expertise in the Renewable Energy and Clean Technology sectors.  Tim brings more than 18 years of investment banking experience to Watts Capital Partners, LLC.  Tim is tri-lingual and has a passion for mentoring clean technology companies in New York State, where is an Entrepreneur in Residence at NYSERDA and the NYC Metro Director for cleantech accelerator program Cleantech Open. As a leader in the New York and national clean technology communities, Tim is a frequent contributor and quoted widely in industry media.

David Prunier

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer

David Prunier is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of Watts Capital Group and its affiliates. Dave has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.  His children Justin, Brad and Jacqulin are the light of his life.