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Watt Plaza | Class-A Office | Century City, CA

A diversified real estate company

Our partners rely on us as a full-service solution. Our platform includes, homebuilding, commercial development, asset management and the sponsorship of capital investments, all here to ensure a seamless, consistent and reliable experience.

  • 50

    Shopping
    Centers

  • 3

    First-class
    Hotels

  • 16K

    Multifamily
    Units

  • 6

    Master-planned
    Communities

  • 100K

    Family
    Homes

  • 8M

    SF of Office &
    Industrial Space

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Developing opportunity

At Watt Companies, every project offers a chance to change lives when we build a new, exceptional place to live, work, and grow. Through creativity, collaboration, and a legacy of world-class real estate services, we identify opportunities that will make valuable additions to our communities, recognizing opportunity where others may not.

As we develop properties, we also build strong relationships, actively adapting to the needs of our partners, tenants, employees and investors. As a result, our reputation as one of the nation’s premier real estate companies has only grown over time.

Guiding Principles

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Proudly and passionately working together to build a better quality of life

House

Building up the community and people we serve

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Excited by the unique challenges
 and solutions in each project

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We want everyone involved, from shareholders to community members, to have a voice in each development

Our People

Dedicated to bridging our company’s legacy for integrity, trust, and quality with the demands of our evolving and modern market.

J. Scott Watt, Watt Companies

J. Scott Watt

Chairman of the Board

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After joining Watt in 1976 as Senior Vice President of Forward Planning, Scott Watt is now the company’s Chairman. Prior to joining, Scott founded and led Scottfield Building Corporation, a company that built more than 1,000 residential units and a shopping center during its six year history. During his time as SVP of Forward Planning, Scott completed $50 million in office buildings, shopping centers and industrial building development. In 1986, he became President of W & B Builders, parent to several Watt subsidiaries. Under his leadership, the division completed over a million square feet of commercial and industrial properties during a three year span. From 1998 to 2006, Scott was a partner in the award-winning John Laing Homes, a company that built more than 3,000 houses per year and generated over $1.1 billion in revenue. Scott took over as Chairman of Watt Companies in 2009 and has successfully engineered the transition from Founder to 2nd generation.  Watt Companies has grown from revenues of $117,000,000 in 2009 to $174,000,000 in 2014.  Scott is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a Master’s Degree in Education, with an emphasis in counseling, from the University of Miami. Scott is, or has served as, a Board Member for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Union Rescue Mission, Chairman for Christian Associates Los Angeles, and the Board of Brentwood School. He was a chapter chairman of the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of the Y.P.O., a member of the Development Committee at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a member of Pepperdine Associates, Malibu. He is currently a member of the University of Southern California (USC) Associates Board of Directors, the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Executive Committee, the USC School of Business Advisory Board and a member of the USC Alumni Executive Board of Governors. Scott is also an Elder at Bel-Air Presbyterian Church.

Nadine Watt, Watt Companies

Nadine Watt

CEO & Board Member

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Nadine Watt is CEO of Watt Companies. Nadine brings 20 years of real estate expertise and an entrepreneurial drive to her position, where she oversees day-to-day activities and strategic planning for all commercial investment activities including acquisitions, development, and asset management for the company’s 6 million-square-foot portfolio.

Previously, Nadine served as President of Watt Companies. In 2011, she led a strategic reorganization of the company that moved the firm beyond traditional property management and leasing to a focus on acquisitions and real estate development, as well as joint venture opportunities. Nadine played a key role in launching Watt Companies’ acquisition division – Watt Investment Partners – that now actively invests $60 million in a variety of property types across the Western United States.

Throughout her 20-year tenure at Watt Companies, Nadine has touched all facets of the company’s operations, including the development of hundreds of apartment units and multiple shopping centers. Nadine was also responsible for a widely celebrated multi-million-dollar renovation program at Watt Plaza, a 920,000 square foot, Class-A office building in Century City. The building was certified Platinum LEED and was recognized by BOMA International with an award for Outstanding Building of the Year.

Nadine is a member of the University of Southern California Board of Governors and the Sol Price School of Public Policy Board of Councilors and serves on the Executive Committee of the Lusk Center for Real Estate as well as the USC Associates Board of Directors. She was the first woman to be named Chair of the Los Angeles Business Council, a position she still holds. She is a Board Member of Visionary Women and the City of Hope Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council.

Nadine received the Century City Citizen of the Year award in 2017 and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018. Nadine has also been the subject of a spotlight piece in the Los Angeles Times highlighting her career path and business success.

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Nadine also holds a Master of Arts degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

Nadine currently resides in Beverly Hills with her husband Andrew Jameson and their two daughters, Keira and Reese Jameson.

Tony Dolim

Senior Vice President of Finance & Accounting

Tony Dolim serves as Senior Vice President of Finance & Accounting for Watt Communities. Tony oversees all of Watt Communities’ financial activities, including debt and equity financing, accounting, financial reporting, and strategic business planning.

Tony has more than 25 years of experience in real estate financing, strategic business planning, joint venture structuring, and accounting. His experience covers land development, homebuilding, commercial and multifamily property.  Tony earned his undergraduate degree in Real Estate Finance from the Marshall School of Business at USC, and an MBA in Finance from the Anderson School at UCLA.  He is a licensed real estate broker in California.

Jennifer McElyea, Managing Director, Watt Investment Partners

Jennifer McElyea

Senior Managing Partner

Jennifer is a Senior Managing Partner with Watt Investment Partners, the commercial real estate acquisition arm of the Watt Companies, a 70 year-old development company based in Los Angeles. Jennifer’s responsibilities include sourcing and executing real estate investment opportunities on behalf of Watt and its equity partners. Within that mandate, she lends her extensive expertise in land use, affordable housing and public policy.

Prior to joining Watt, Jennifer was a Vice President at OneWest Bank where she managed a portfolio of distressed commercial real estate debt in partnership with the FDIC. From 2006 through 2009, Jennifer was a Vice President at Apollo Real Estate Advisors where she was responsible for West Coast acquisitions. Previously, Jennifer held positions at Arch Street Capital Advisors, an international real estate investment advisory firm, and at Deutsche Bank Securities in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group.

Jennifer holds a Master of Real Estate Development from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and German Literature from the University of Virginia. She is a Vice Chair of the Urban Land Institute Public Private Partnership Council, a graduate of the Coro Southern California Women in Leadership program, and is a member of the BizFed Institute Board of Directors. Jennifer was recently appointed by the California State Insurance Commissioner to serve on the California Organized Investment Network (COIN) Advisory Board as an expert practitioner in the affordable housing space. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Adam Siegman, Managing Director, Watt Investment Partners

Adam Siegman

Managing Director

Adam Siegman is a Managing Director and co-head of Watt Investment Partners, and is responsible for the sourcing and execution of real estate investment opportunities.  Adam has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate investing with a focus on opportunistic and value add real estate strategies with a primary focus on the office and multifamily sectors. In his role, Adam is responsible for transaction capitalization and predevelopment activities, including entitlements and leasing oversight, on WIP’s commercial properties.

Prior to joining Watt, Adam was a Vice President at LoanCore Capital where he was responsible for the origination and acquisition of over $700 million of mortgage and mezzanine loans on commercial real estate properties. Previously, Adam was a Vice President at OneWest Bank, where he was involved in the acquisitions of First Federal Bank and La Jolla Bank in structured transactions with the FDIC. Prior to OneWest, Adam was an Associate for Citi Property Investors, where he focused on West Coast acquisitions and investments.

Adam holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute where he serves on the UDMUC Green Product Council. Immediately following Stanford, Adam played a season of professional soccer in the USL for the San Francisco Bay Seals. Adam’s other pursuits include an active role in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and serving on the Board of Directors for STOKED, a charity organization focused on underserved students. Outside of the office, Adam enjoys surfing and spending time with his growing family in Manhattan Beach.

 

 

Laus Abdo, EVP Portfolio Manager, Watt Funding

Laus Abdo

EVP Portfolio Manager

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Manages origination and underwriting of loans by the Fund. Serves on the Board of CDF Capital, a $650 million specialty lender to churches (Since 2012). President of AGP Capital, a Commercial Real Estate Advisory Firm (Since 1993). Laus has 30-years of commercial real estate experience and has been involved in over $500 million of real estate transactions. Previously was Executive Vice President for a commercial real estate development company.

Jason Wolanzyk, SVP Operations and Underwriting, Watt Funding

Jason Wolanzyk

SVP Operations and Underwriting

Underwrites and structures loans made by the Fund. Previously, CFO of one of the largest private home builders in the southwest, building over 1,000 homes per year. Involved with over $700 million in acquisition, development, construction and investor capital.

Michael Von Quilich

Vice-President of Construction

Mike joined Watt Communities in 2014. His professional experience of nearly 30 years covers a broad range of experience in the homebuilding industry. Mike has worked through many different levels of management throughout his career, starting as an Assistant Superintendent, Project Superintendent, General Superintendent, Purchasing, and Architecture development, and now Operations. In his current role, Mike is responsible for all field and purchasing operations starting from due diligence during the acquisition process through home production and completion. Mike has also sold residential and commercial real estate, and brings knowledge and expertise of real estate law with him.Mike has held a California General Contractor’s license, and currently holds both California and Florida Real Estate Salesperson’s licenses.

Audra Arbini, Watt Companies

Audra Arbini

Board Member

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Audra Arbini serves as a Board Member for Watt Companies, providing special oversight for the company’s multifamily and Section 8 housing portfolio. Previously, as Senior Asset Manager, she directed the company’s entire portfolio of residential and commercial properties.

For more than 15 years, Audra has served as an integral part of the Watt Companies team. Involved with accounting, payroll and human resources in her early years, Audra was selected to serve as a founding member for a new business venture, Agua Dulce Vineyards. Next, she transferred into the company’s Residential Management Division to oversee the company’s 2000+ unit residential portfolio.

Most recently, as Senior Asset Manager, Audra oversaw many of the company’s development and redevelopment projects, serving as the owner’s representative throughout the planning and construction process. One of her most significant accomplishments was the redevelopment of the 150,000 square-foot Edinger Plaza Shopping Center in Huntington Beach, California.

Audra is deeply involved in community organizations, reflected in her recent appointment as a Board Member of the YWCA of Santa Monica, as well as her leadership in several non-profit organizations including Union Rescue Mission, Hope Gardens, Help the Children and Casa Pacifica. She is also committed to humanitarian assistance and has supported the work of orphanages overseas, including the BMA Orphanage in Ghana and the Lake Albert Orphan School in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Audra received her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University. A third generation member of the Watt Companies family, she currently resides in Southern California with her husband and son.

R. Sally Oxley, Board Member, Watt Companies

R. Sally Oxley

Board Member

Sally Oxley is a Board Member of Watt Companies. In this role, she draws on her many years of experience to provide guidance, insight and direction to the company.  Sally’s career at Watt began at the age of thirteen when she started doing filing and acting as the office assistant. Over the years, she has maintained her service to the company in numerous capacities. Sally is extremely committed to carrying on her father’s legacy by creating a sense of family among every single employee at Watt Companies.

In addition to her work with Watt, Sally is currently a member of many associations including Trojan Club of San Diego, Trojan League Associates of San Diego, Town and Gown Associates, USC Alumni Association, USC Associates, San Diego Crew Classic Stewards, Fairbanks Republican Women’s Federation and San Diego Kid’s Aid.

Shannon Richter

Board Member

Shannon Richter is a member of Watt Company’s Board of Directors. Shannon is serving in her 6th year as Chair of the Watt Family Council where she assists the family in navigating complex transitions, coordinates educational programming, and guides the planning of the annual Shareholder Meeting and Family Reunion. Shannon lead the family team to establish the Family Council. Under Shannon’s leadership the Council wrote and ratified a Constitution and developed Committees. As Chair of the Council, Shannon continues to oversee policy development and family philanthropy.

Shannon serves on the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation Board where she plans and runs events; she also volunteers in the schools initiating and managing educational experiences throughout the district. Shannon has served on the board of the Mama Ada Foundation funding tuition for students and seeds for farmers in Kenya. Previously Shannon worked as a Food Scientist at The Pillsbury Company.

Shannon holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science degree from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University. She recently earned a certification in Project Management from the University of Minnesota. Shannon currently resides in Minnesota with her husband, Bradford, and three children, Raymond, Ethan and Aubrey.

 

Brian M. Jones

Board Member

Brian M. Jones’ career with Forest City Enterprises spanned 30 years and included the development of 17 million square feet of Class A commercial development projects, with an estimated value of 3 billion dollars.

As Forest City Commercial Groups Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – West Coast Commercial Development, Brian provided senior executive level strategic support to the commercial group and explored new international business opportunities for the company. He oversaw all aspect of the development process, from acquisition, entitlements and design, to the physical development.

Jones has been in the commercial real estate industry since the early 1970’s. He joined Forest City in 1978 as vice president and project developer on the Charleston Town Center, a major, urban, mixed-use project located in Charleston, West Virginia. Moving west, he was subsequently responsible for the following commercial developments: The Galleria at South Bay – Redondo Beach, Antelope Valley Mall, The Mall at Victor Valley, The Promenade at Temecula, Simi Valley Town Center, Galleria at Sunset in Henderson, Nevada and the Northfield Town Center in Colorado, Victoria Gardens and San Francisco Center.

Before joining Forest City, Jones worked in a variety of real estate development and construction management positions, including Bovis Ltd. in the UK and in Canada.

His affiliation with the Urban Land Institute includes a seat at the ULI – Los Angeles District Council’s Board of Advisors. Brian Jones is also a member of Watt Companies Board of advisors.

 

Allison Lynch

President Asset Management

Allison Lynch joined Watt in 2004.  As Vice President of Asset Management for Watt Properties, Allison is responsible for all aspects of asset and property management on a portfolio of 60 properties comprised of retail, office, industrial and multi family.

Prior to joining Watt, Allison was Vice President of Asset Management for CNA Enterprises where she managed a portfolio of 30 assets throughout the Southwestern United States.  She has worked in various Asset Management and Property Management positions overseeing all types of commercial real estate for real estate firms such as Burnham Pacific, CB Richard Ellis, MBK Northwest, and Terranomics Retail Services.  Some of her key accomplishments include implementing policies and procedures and Y2K compliance for over 100 properties throughout the Western United States for Burnham Pacific and working on the team that managed the $52 million Jantzen Beach SuperCenter redevelopment project for MBK Northwest.

Allison obtained a B.A. in liberal studies from Mount St. Mary’s College and is a Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX). She serves as a Regent of Mount St. Mary’s College.

Courtney Trujillo, Vice President, Watt Properties

Courtney Trujillo

Vice President

As part of the Watt team, Courtney manages a diverse portfolio of assets which include a mix of retail, office and industrial totaling 1.3 million square feet.

Courtney brings extensive commercial real estate experience to her role at Watt, having managed commercial retail portfolios for companies such as Burnham Pacific Properties, Center Trust Properties, Summit Commercial and Red Mountain Retail Group. Highlights of her career include executing the strategic plan of assembling portfolios of grocery-anchored centers through acquisition to disposition, completing several retail redevelopment projects and overseeing the construction and leasing of a one million square foot regional shopping mall.

Courtney holds a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech and is an active participant in ICSC.  She also sits on the PVPUSD school site council and is an active member of the National Charity League.

Megan Samples Smith, Senior Asset Manager, Watt Properties

Megan Samples Smith

Senior Asset Manager

Megan Samples Smith is responsible for managing a portfolio of retail assets in Northern and Southern California and Arizona, as well as a portfolio of alternative real estate debt and equity investments. Megan began her tenure at Watt as an Associate, focusing on strategic valuation analysis and debt refinancing of the commercial real estate portfolio.

Prior to Watt, Megan was an Assistant Relationship Manager at US Bank in the Los Angeles Commercial Real Estate lending group where she underwrote and managed a $300 million loan portfolio comprised of multi-family, office, retail and industrial properties.

Megan previously served as Development Manager at RED Development, LLC in Kansas City, overseeing $450 million of ground-up retail projects.  Megan also worked as a Series 7 & 63 licensed investment analyst at a bank-sector focused hedge fund in New York City.

Megan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Southern Methodist University with a Spanish Minor.  She also obtained a Certificate in Real Estate Finance & Investments from New York University’s Continuing Education Program and holds her CCIM designation.

Megan is involved in the Junior League of Los Angeles, Upward Bound House and City of Hope’s Building Hope council.

Bryan Breverman, Analyst, Watt Properties

Bryan Breverman

Senior Analyst

Bryan joined Watt Companies in 2018 as an Analyst for Watt Properties. His primary responsibilities include acquisitions, underwriting, data analysis, and market research. In his time at Watt, Bryan has evaluated 500+, primarily multifamily, investment opportunities and has contributed to the due diligence and financing efforts of recent acquisitions.

Before his time at Watt, Bryan was a Senior Financial Analyst within AECOM’s Corporate Real Estate division. He developed complex financial models supporting strategic and tactical real estate projects/transactions, reviewed lease structures, and evaluated capital financing alternatives. Additionally, he analyzed and provided guidance on the sale of owned real estate assets, as well as sale-leasebacks.

Bryan was born and raised in Southern California and holds a degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

 

 

Kathy McKay, Vice President-Leasing & California Salesperson, Watt Plaza

Kathy McKay

Vice President-Leasing & California Salesperson

Kathy McKay joined Watt in 1997 and is Vice President of Leasing for Watt Plaza, an office project consisting of twin 23-story office buildings located in the submarket of Century City in Los Angeles, California.  Kathy is responsible for all aspects of leasing Watt Plaza, containing approximately 900,000 square feet of Class “A” office space, from marketing through lease negotiations.

Prior to joining Watt, Kathy worked for real estate organizations including JMB Realty Corporation, The Water Garden, J.H. Snyder, Prudential Real Estate Investors and PM Realty Group.

She is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business.  Kathy is a member of Los Angeles Commercial Realty Association (LACRA).

California Salesperson – License  #01216419

Cameron Kennedy, General Manager, Watt Plaza

Cameron Kennedy

General Manager & California Broker

Cameron Kennedy joined Watt Companies in 2008 as the General Manager of Watt Plaza.  Prior to joining Watt, she was employed at CBRE where she served as Senior Real Estate Manager at Pacific Corporate Towers, a campus comprised of three commercial office buildings totaling 1.6 million square feet. Before working at Pacific Corporate Towers, Cameron managed a mixed-use portfolio of office and industrial buildings for Walt Disney Company, as well as several commercial office buildings for the Koll Company.

Cameron has 23 years of real estate management experience and is an accredited CPM, RPA, FMA, CCIM, LEED AP, as well as a licensed California real estate broker. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Jamie Bergantz, Creative Director, Watt Plaza

Jamie Bergantz

Leasing Director

Jamie’s expertise to re-imagine, design and implement – both interior and exterior space – can be seen in her work. She utilizes her 10+ years of expertise and collaboration, with a simple purpose: to create experiences of beauty and functionality. She is the lead in curating the art, design and creative atmosphere for projects in New York, Los Angeles and London. An avid traveler and student of architecture and design – Jamie is able to bring those elements to each and every project, maintaining sustainability and functionality as core practices.

Ryoko Yakata, Executive Vice President, Watt Companies

Ryoko Takata

Executive Vice President

Ryoko Takata first joined the Watt team in 1979 as corporate controller. During her tenure with Watt, her assignments have included approval responsibility, guidance and training for company controllers, accounting, insurance, tax, payroll, cash management, financial review, information technology, internal audit and acting as shareholder liaison.

Ryoko received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business.  She is a California Certified Public Accountant.

Prior to joining Watt, Ryoko was an audit and tax manager with Kenneth Leventhal & Company and the corporate controller for the Mayer Group, a Southern California-headquartered real estate developer.

 

Masako Lorrin, Corporate Controller, Watt Companies

Masako Lorrin

Vice President, Accounting

Masako Lorrin joined the Watt team in April 2016. In her role as Corporate Controller, Masako oversees all accounting and financial functions for all the divisions and entities of Watt.

Prior to joining Watt, Masako was the Director of Treasury at American Homes 4 Rent (AH4R), a publicly- traded REIT, and had a crucial role in AH4R’s rapid growth, Initial Public Offering, securitization of debts totaling $2.5 billion, as well as mergers and acquisitions of other companies including another publicly- traded REIT.

Masako started her career at Andersen, LLP and KPMG, LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and California. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany.

Christopher Chase. General Counsel, Watt Companies

Christopher Chase

General Counsel

Chris Chase is responsible for coordinating the provision of legal services for all aspects of the company’s business operations.  In addition to providing legal counsel to the board and management, his duties include direct participation in the company’s transactional matters, including, without limitation, purchases and sales of real property, financing transactions, leasing, joint ventures and related contractual matters.  Additionally, Chris oversees the engagement of outside counsel and works closely with the company’s Risk Management department to address, minimize and mitigate issues that might create legal liability for the company

Chris joined the Watt organization in 1987 with an extensive background in real estate matters, particularly real estate financing.  He was appointed General Counsel in 1994.

He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1978.  He is a 1982 graduate of Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the California Law Review.  Prior to joining the Watt team, Chris worked at the firm of McKenna, Conner and Cuneo in Los Angeles.

Mark Humphreys

Vice President, Litigation & Risk Management

Mark Humphreys has been part of the Watt team for more than three decades. He is responsible for overall facilities risk management (including contractual, reputational and physical risk), as well as acquisition and maintenance of all insurance for the Company’s widespread ventures. Mark also manages the handling of all claims and litigation involving Watt’s various business operations, coordinating with outside counsel on discovery and litigation strategy. Beginning his career as a paralegal specializing in liability insurance claims, Mark eventually took on all aspects of facilities risk management, particularly in the area of construction operations liability and the various risk issues facing owners of commercial property.

In his career at Watt, Mark has dealt with the wide range of coverage and underwriting issues necessary to obtain quality insurance protection for Watt and its various enterprises. He has gained the trust of brokers, consultants, contractors and insurance professionals by understanding the importance of carefully maintaining a balance between the need to manage risk and the entrepreneurial imperative of real estate developers, managers and investors to create and grow. At the same time, Mark’s vast experience working with outside counsel, combined with his institutional and operational knowledge of Watt’s business, has provided him with a keen eye for evaluating and strategizing claims and litigation, both operationally and in terms of insurance defense.

Mark is a longtime member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and serves as Chair of the RIMS External Affairs Committee (RIMS’ legislative advocacy group) for the years 2020 and 2021.   He is also a board member of Meals on Wheels West, one of the nation’s largest Meals on Wheels chapters.

Mark continues to maintain his status as a paralegal through continuing legal education.

Jennifer Hall-Awni, Chief Administration Officer, Watt Companies

Jennifer Hall-Awni

Chief Administrative Officer

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Jennifer Hall-Awni joined Watt Commercial Properties in 1989.  As Chief Administrative Officer, Ms. Awni serves as a strategic business partner who actively participates in the development and growth of the organization.  She has over twenty years of human resource experience; fifteen at Watt on the residential side and for the last eight on the commercial side.

Jennifer works closely with the Executive Team in strategic planning, overseeing employee relations and the performance management processes, accessing the competitiveness of programs and practices against comparable companies, acts as a senior-level advisor on human resources issues to all levels of employees throughout the company, develops proactive and progressive compensation and benefits programs, and maintains a current knowledge of regulations and practices and new developments and applicable laws in human resources.

She is a member of many professional associations and received her certificate in Human Resources Management from California State University at Northridge.

David Schlecter, Senior Financial Analyst, Watt Multifamily

David Shlecter

Senior Financial Analyst

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David Shlecter joined the Capital Markets team in early 2016. As a Senior Analyst, he provides crucial underwriting and analysis to upper management. The Capital Market team supports all divisions at Watt in securing financing for a multitude of real estate projects. David has underwritten tens of thousands of multifamily units. His expertise ranges from value-add to ground-up development.

His integral role at Watt begins by sourcing potential deals, comprehensive underwriting, and sourcing financing options. By utilizing the resources borne by the Watt name, he is able to facilitate fortuitous ventures. Most recently, he refinanced the construction loan and preferred equity on a 220 unit multifamily development with a low-interest rate bridge loan. By facilitating effective communication between owners, property management and debt sources, the team was able to execute a timely recapitalization. Recently, David underwrote and worked on sourcing the construction loan and preferred equity totaling $60MM for a 304-unit luxury ground-up apartment project in the Southern Highlands area of Las Vegas.

David graduated with a Masters of Accounting from the Ross School of Business in 2012. As a CPA, he practiced in taxation, with heavy casework in family offices with significant holdings in real estate. The transition from accounting to finance honed his analytical skills in valuation, planning, and execution of real estate financing.

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Through the Years

Watt Companies was founded in 1947 by Ray Watt, as a home builder for troops returning home from the war. Since then, we have expanded our capabilities and grown into one of the nation’s largest owners, developers and managers of real estate on the West Coast.

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