Scott and Nadine Watt of Watt Companies

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  • J. Scott Watt, Watt Companies

    J. Scott Watt

    CEO, Board Member & Chairman

    310.314.2430
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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

    President & Board Member

    (310) 314-2430
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    Nadine Watt is President of Watt Companies, where she oversees all commercial investment activities including acquisitions, development, and asset management for the company’s 6 million square-foot portfolio of multifamily, industrial, office, and retail properties.

    In 2011, Nadine led a strategic reorganization of Watt Companies that moved the firm beyond traditional property management and leasing to a focus on acquisitions and real estate development, as well as entrepreneurial joint venture opportunities. Later that year, she was instrumental in launching a new acquisition division – Watt Investment Partners – that is actively investing $60 million of debt and equity in a variety of property types across the Western United States.

    Throughout her 20-year tenure at Watt Companies, Nadine has played significant roles in nearly all facets of the company’s operations. She has developed hundreds of apartment units and multiple shopping centers. Nadine was also responsible for a multi-million dollar renovation program at Watt Plaza, a 920,000 square foot, Class-A office building in Century City, that was instrumental in securing the building’s Platinum LEED certification in 2013 and a TOBY award in 2011. She also oversees Watt Companies’ oil and gas operations.

    An active business and community leader, Nadine is a member of the USC Board of Governors and the Marshall School of Business Board of Leaders, the USC Price School of Public Policy as well as the Lusk Center for Real Estate and the USC Associates. She is the first female Chair for the Los Angeles Business Council; and she recently joined the Board of Visionary Women. Nadine received the Century City Citizen of the Year Award in 2017 and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018. She served on the publicly traded companies’ boards of both First Century Bank and the New Home Company. She used to serve on the Board of Brentwood School until 2019. LA Times also featured her story and accomplishments in the summer of 2018.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Jim Maginn, Watt Companies

    Jim Maginn

    Managing Partner & Board Member

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    Jim Maginn joined Watt in 1986 as Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. In this position, he was responsible for all of the development, permanent, and mortgage financing related to residential and commercial operations.

    In the early nineties he assumed the position of President of Watt Companies where he worked on restructuring the organization which included selling one residential subsidiary to Beazer Homes which subsequently went public and forming a joint venture with Goldman Sachs with another residential subsidiary. This JV eventually evolved into John Laing Homes which built over 3,000 homes per year and generated over $1.1 billion in revenue. Mr. Maginn was a member of the John Laing Board of Directors until the company was sold in June 2006.

    In 2003, he established a joint venture with Australia’s Centro Properties Group known as Centro Watt, which sought to build a significant national shopping center ownership and management platform in the United States. During the next four years, the venture acquired over 700 retail centers, with more than 155 million square feet, with properties located in 38 states and a total asset value in excess of $11.0 billion. After reaching the shared objective of building a strong U.S. retail platform, Watt successfully exited the JV as planned. Mr. Maginn was also President/CEO of Centro Watt. In 2010, Mr. Maginn stepped down as President/CEO of Watt and Nadine Watt assumed his responsibilities. He and an associate started a division which focuses on investing directly in commercial and residential ground up and redevelopment projects.

    Before coming to Watt, he was Manager of Corporate Banking for California First Bank (Union Bank), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of Tokyo/Mitsubishi Group. In this position, he was also responsible for the U.S. business in the Far East and spent three years in Tokyo.

    He received his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and MBA from UCLA. He is on the Board of Governors for ULI, treasurer / board member of the National Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance and a member of both ICSC and the California Business Property Association. He spent 20 years in the Navy, both active duty and reserves. He retired as a Navy captain.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Cleveland, Asset Manager, Watt Properties

    Jennifer Cleveland

    Asset Manager

    Jennifer joined Watt Companies in 2017 as an Analyst.  Shortly after she took on responsibility for managing Watt Headquarters, a 100,000 square foot office building, and continues to be a key member of the Asset Management team.

    Previously, Jennifer managed a diverse portfolio of commercial retail, office, and multifamily properties for Levy Affiliated in Santa Monica. She has extensive experience working with municipal governments and community organizations, including LA Metro, Expo Line light rail, City of Los Angeles, City of Santa Monica, LA Water Board, and federal government agencies.

    Jennifer is an Upstate New York native. After graduating from business school at St. Bonaventure University, she began her career as a financial analyst for GE Capital. Jennifer is an advocate for alternative transportation and sustainable development; she has lived in Los Angeles car-free for the past six years and rides the Big Blue Bus to work every day.

  • Bryan Breverman, Analyst, Watt Properties

    Bryan Breverman

    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.

     

     

  • Howard Press, President of Watt Communities, Watt Companies

    Howard Press

    President

    Howard originally joined Watt in 1987.  He currently is President of Watt Residential LLC with management and oversight responsibility for all of Watt’s residential activities.  This includes For-sale and Multi-family operations in Southern and Northern California, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. His career in the homebuilding industry has spanned over 30 years and has managed the development of more than 70 communities.

    Howard received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge in 1982.  He earned his Certified Public Accounting certification 1984.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Los Angeles and Ventura Building Industry Association in a variety of positions, including President and 2010 Builder of the Year.

  • Bella Espiritu, Division Controller, Watt Companies

    Bella Espiritu

    Division Controller

    Bella M. Espiritu joined Watt in May 1984.  Since that time, she has worked for various Watt divisions covering areas of Northern to Southern California, and even neighboring states like Utah, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. Currently as a Division Controller, Bella is responsible for the direction, control and coordination of the accounting activities of the Watt Residential Division. She oversees and manages the accounting functions for the division’s entities and projects including Watt Communities LLC, Watt Communities of Arizona, Palisades Development and Watt Investments LLC. Bella also interacts with the accounting group forthe projects in Hawaii such as Ki’ilea Estates LLC and Wailea MF-9 Associates LLC.

    Bella received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines. She is a member of IMA, an Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business.

    Bella has been an integral member of the Watt organization for over 30 years.

  • Nam Joe, President, Watt Communities

    Nam Joe

    Division President

    Nam Joe brings over 13 years of experience in homebuilding, residential land acquisitions and development to Watt Communities. As Division President of Southern California, Nam oversees all operational functions for the region comprising Land Acquisition, Engineering, Development, Operations and Sales & Marketing. Nam’s extensive experience in land acquisition and development spans submarkets throughout both Southern and Northern California, and he has worked on projects across multiple residential asset classes including greenfield, urban infill, multi-family, mixed-use and master-planned communities. 

    Nam has held a number of senior level positions in the homebuilding and land development industry with both publicly-traded and privately-held entities such as John Laing Homes, Pulte, Richmond American Homes, Van Daele Homes, Emaar and Province West. 

    Nam received his BA degree from Tufts University and is also a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) where he earned a JD degree with an emphasis in Business Law and a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development.

  • Brett Trebil, Vice President of Operations, Watt Communities

    Brett Trebil

    Vice President of Operations

    Brett Trebil serves as Vice President of Operations for Watt Communities. He manages the construction operations from Watt Corporate in Santa Monica, California. Brett is responsible for overseeing operations for on-site/off-site construction development, purchasing, customer service, green building, quality control, value engineering, and safety compliance. He also provides operational support to other Watt Residential Divisions.  Brett worked within the construction industry his entire career, starting in the field with trades by framing homes while in high school. He had his official start with homebuilder, Pulte Homes, in the purchasing department as a Supply Chain Analyst in Irvine and moved to Los Angeles with Pulte as a Purchasing Agent.  Brett continued his career in Purchasing with Standard Pacific Homes.  More recently, he started his own company, Trebil Construction and helped build Cal Urban Construction. With Cal Urban Construction, he specialized in infill projects within the City of Los Angeles.

    Brett graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management and a Master’s Degree in Finance from Pepperdine University.

  • Matt Gibson, Vice President & Land Acquisition, Watt Communities

    Matt Gibson

    Vice President of Land Acquisition

    Matt Gibson brings over 8 years of experience in residential acquisitions to Watt Communities. Matt has experience in urban, suburban, and exurban markets consisting of small lot ordinance, single family detached, and luxury product. In his role as Vice President of Land Acquisition, Matt works closely with private land owners, brokers, and municipalities to convert under-utilized properties into new home communities.

    Prior to joining Watt Communities, Matt has held senior level positions in the homebuilding industry with KB Home and Richmond American Homes where he was responsible for acquiring projects for future development in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties. Matt has closed 40 transactions comprised of over 2100 units with a $480MM total acquisition value.

    Matt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

  • Efrem Joelson, Director of Forward Planning, Watt Communities

    Efrem Joelson

    Vice President of Forward Planning

    Efrem Joelson joined Watt in 2005.  He has over 14 years of real estate development and planning experience in both the public and private sectors. As a Senior Project Manager of the Southern California Division of Watt Communities, he is responsible for the due diligence, entitlement, and permitting processes for all projects. He collaborates closely with the President, Vice President, operation managers, marketing managers, and consultants. Since joining Watt, Efrem has managed numerous residential projects ranging in size from single family detached to townhomes, condominiums and podiums. He saw many projects through from acquisition to completion.

    Before joining Watt, Efrem worked as a Planner for Sikand Engineering and as a Project Manager for KB Home. He also obtained public experience in the planning department and community development department for the City of Campbell, CA and City of Costa Mesa, CA, respectively.

    A California native, Efrem graduated from the University of California at Irvine School of Social Ecology. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California.

  • Kevin Webb

    Division President

    Kevin S. Webb serves as Division President of Watt Communities Northern California,. Kevin oversees land acquisition, planning, entitlements, development, construction, and marketing for Watt’s Northern California residential portfolio.

    Kevin brings more than thirty years real estate experience to the Watt Communities Northern California Division. Kevin has been instrumental in re-establishing Watt Communities back into the Northern California market where they once developed in the 1980s.  Kevin rejoined Watt Communities after seven years of running his own development company with land projects in Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon and California.  Kevin began his real estate development career with Watt Investment Properties in 1986, with the development, construction, and asset management over several classes of real estate, including; office/commercial, parking structures, business parks, and other commercial projects.

    Kevin also oversaw the Southern California residential real estate division in the early 2000s where he and was responsible for successfully developing over six separate infill residential projects in Southern California.  Overall, Kevin brings a career of development that involves mastering a variety of product types and project challenges.

  • 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.

  • Kellie Anderson

    Vice President of Sales and Marketing

    Kellie Anderson serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Watt Communities. Kellie oversees sales and marketing initiatives, along with design options, model merchandising, escrows and development of a talented team of professionals to represent the Watt Companies’ brand.

    Kellie brings over 20 years of homebuilding experience in both single-family and multifamily residential homebuilding. She has a passion for providing and assisting individuals and families obtain the dream of homeownership.  Kellie has held a number of senior level positions in the homebuilding industry with publicly traded companies such as KB Home, Beazer Homes, and Lennar.

    Kellie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Business from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kellie hails from the Midwest; however, has resided on the West Coast a majority of her adult life.

  • 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.

  • Miles Musalman, Director, Finance, Watt Multifamily

    Miles Musalman

    Director, Finance

    Miles Musalman runs financial analysis and financing for all of Watt’s projects. Within his role as Finance Manager, he underwrites value-add and for-sale construction projects, sources debt and equity partners, and works on deal terms to deliver anticipated returns. Past work experiences include the financing of all of Watt’s construction for-sale projects since 2013 ($150MM +) and the refinancing of over $500MM in debt for Watt’s income properties portfolio. In 2016, Miles underwrote and worked on securing the financing for the 220-unit, Class A+, ground-up apartment construction project in Las Vegas called South Beach. In 2017, Miles underwrote and worked on securing financing for another of Watt’s 135-unit, ground-up apartment construction projects in Phoenix, AZ called View 32.

    As a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA), Miles has experience in tax preparation and accounting. With over 15 years of active accounting and finance experience in real estate, he has worked in family offices and corporate structures and brings forth ample experience in underwriting multi-family value-add transactions as well as deals within other real estate asset classes. Miles also worked as a Controller for a 3000-unit owner/property management firm in San Diego and brings forth that education and experience in his value-add multi-family underwriting.

    Miles is a Bachelor of Science in Finance graduate from the University of Louisville and received a Master’s in Business Administration degree from San Diego State University’s EMBA program.

  • 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.

  • Sankeerth (SP) Pulusani

    Director of Acquisitions

    Sankeerth (SP) Pulusani joined Watt Multifamily Corp. in October 2018 as Director of Acquisitions where he is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and leading due diligence on value-add and ground-up multifamily opportunities.   In addition, he supports the team on the procurement of debt and equity capital.

    Sankeerth has over twelve years of real estate acquisitions experience as both an operator and equity provider. Previously, Sankeerth was Director of Acquisitions at Holualoa Companies where he played a critical role in investments representing a total capitalization of over $800 million. Over his career, he has been involved in the acquisition/development of over 2,300 multifamily units.

    Sankeerth graduated highest honors from Georgia Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a concentration in Finance. Sankeerth lives with his wife and daughter in Santa Monica, CA.

  • Jennifer McElyea, Managing Director, Watt Investment Partners

    Jennifer McElyea

    Senior Managing Partner

    Jennifer is a Senior Managing Partner and co-head of Watt Investment Partners, and is responsible for sourcing and executing real estate investment opportunities. Jennifer has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate investing with a emphasis on development, land use and the entitlement process. As such, she has spent considerable time at the intersection of finance, public policy, community engagement and law. More recently, Jennifer has focused on public-private-partnership opportunities and the use of innovative financial structures to address the affordable housing crisis.

    Prior to joining Watt, Jennifer was a Vice President at OneWest Bank where she managed a portfolio of distressed commercial real estate debt. From 2006 through 2009, Jennifer was a Vice President at Apollo Real Estate Advisors where she was responsible for West Coast acquisitions and completed the entitlement of a 1.0mm square foot development in Hollywood. 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 University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and German Literature from the University of Virginia. Jennifer has been recognized as a “California Woman of Influence” by Real Estate Forum and “40 under 40” by Southern California Real Estate. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a guest lecturer at Loyola Law School and the University of Southern California, and sits on the Boards of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and USC Price Real Estate Affiliates. 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

    310.314.5089
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/laus-abdo-02414729/

    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.

  • Mark Sato, Fund Controller, Watt Funding

    Mark Sato

    Fund Controller

    Mark Sato is responsible for investor relations, Fund administration, compliance and financial reporting for Watt Funding. Prior to joining Watt, he was an Assurance Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in Investment Management and Real Estate. Mark is in the process of obtaining his MBA from UCLA Anderson, with a specialization in Real Estate and Finance. He previously served as a risk manager on UCLA’s Anderson Student Asset Management (“ASAM”), applying “Quantitative” investments strategies to a portion of UCLA endowment’s portfolio. In 2016 Mark completed a 6 month long consulting project for a Swedish technology start-up as part of UCLA’s Global Access Program (“GAP”) and was awarded the prestigious 2017 GAP Fellowship Award for his efforts.

    He received his Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles, where he graded cum laude in 2004. He is also a Certified Public Accounting with the State of California.

  • 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.

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