Edwin Ilcken – CEO
Founder and President Edwin Ilcken has been in the building industry for over 12 years. You could say his European upbringing, and the notion that home and family is of unmatched importance, was the driving force behind his early desire to become a custom home builder. He married into the business. Wanting to continue his new family's rich heritage of home building, he went to work for his father-in-law learning the home building business from the ground up. He worked with all trades, became a construction supervisor and ultimately took over as General Manager and owner of a large development company MAK Homes.
While the building company was very successful, he had an artistic vision that he felt he still needed to realize. He desired to make a change and refocus the business. He knew the best way to do this was to evolve into a true custom home builder. In 2006, he did just that. Over the next several years, he began to hone his craft as a builder and designer. This has allowed him to realize that vision and truly express himself as a home building artist.
His continued involvement in all aspects of the building process has allowed him to earn the respect and trust from each existing customer. These customers have allowed Edwin to expand the business year over year. Over the course of the past 12 years, Edwin has built over 400 homes in the Tampa Bay area in communities such as Hunters Green, Tampa Palms, Avila, South Tampa, Lake St. Claire and other premier locations across the bay area. In 2014, he created the new concept Waterstone City Homes, Inc. As the trend for families desiring to live in established cityside locations continued to increase, the opportunity for Edwin to put his artistic "extra touches" on these new properties emerged.
Edwin earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Lee University and expanded his education by obtaining a Master Degree in International Management from European University in Brussels followed by a Master Degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas. Prior to Edwin's involvement in the building industry, he spend 12 years in the Corporate world as a financial specialist for a large IT company located in Dallas, Texas. The experience he's gained over the years as a custom home builder, his artistic vision, and his educational background, has made Edwin into one of the most successful and sought after builders in the Tampa Bay Area.
Michael Carrier – CFO
Michael's entry into the building industry began as a top mortgage professional specializing in construction loans for custom home builders. He achieved great success from his early days by earning the "Rising Star" award at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in 2003. In 2006, he earned the "Circle of Excellence" award for being a part of the top 2% of all loan officers for Countrywide Home Loans. At the time, Countrywide was one of the nation's largest lenders financing one out of every seven homes in America. Michael also earned an award in 2006 as the Top Originator for the Southwest Florida Region, focusing on new construction.
In 2008, after the acquisition of Countrywide Home Loans by Bank of America, he left the banking industry to join a team of business professionals as part owner in a start-up manufacturing company. He operated as the company's top financial executive and helped grow the business to industry prominence as one of the leading manufacturers of engineered construction products. With 52 representatives in 23 countries, QuantumFlo, Inc. has been the industry leader in product innovation and technology. He sold his ownership in the company at the end of 2014 but still maintains a seat on the Board of Directors.
With his knowledge of construction financing, and his background as a financial executive, Michael was a natural fit for the Waterstone concept. Having financed construction projects with Edwin's previous company, MAK Homes, he teamed up in 2014 to help realize the vision that became Waterstone City Homes, Inc. Michael personally assists all Waterstone clients to make sure that the right construction financing options are secured and that they work seamlessly with the client's unique financial profile.
Michael's formal financial experience and education began while attending the University of South Florida and attaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. He was then employed by Paine Webber in The Private Client Group, as a licensed financial advisor while holding his series 7, 65 and 66 state licenses as well as his state life, health, and variable annuities licenses. He worked with high net worth individuals developing financial and estate plans. These valuable experiences allowed him to seamlessly move into the banking arena where he turned his attentions to lending money, carrying with him a deep sense of the client's perspective. He took a position with Wells Fargo where he "cut his teeth" in construction financing. In 2005 he joined Countrywide Home Loans, then spent five years with his company QuantumFlo, Inc. and then on to his new position with Waterstone City Homes, Inc.