The Century City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its Citizen of the Year honorees for 2017: Houlihan Lokey—a premier global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting with more than 25 offices around the world—andNadine Watt—President of the renowned real estate firm Watt Companies.
For 35 years, the Century City Chamber of Commerce has bestowed its highest civic recognition award, Citizen of the Year, on a company and an individual who exemplify excellence in corporate and community relations. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at The Beverly Hilton (9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills).
The 2017 Corporate Citizen of the Year, Houlihan Lokey, was founded in 1972 and has since grown to be a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide, with offices in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of the firm’s commitment to client success across their advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor for all U.S. transactions, the No. 1 global restructuring advisor, and the No. 1 global M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 20 years, according to Thomson Reuters.
Nadine Watt, the 2017 Individual Citizen of the Year, 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 17-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, as well as the Lusk Center for Real Estate and the USC Associates. She is also on the Boards of Brentwood School, and The New Home Company. She is the first female Chair for the Los Angeles Business Council and also serves on the executive committee for the Los Angeles Real Estate and Construction Council for the City of Hope. 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.
“We are thrilled to name Houlihan Lokey and Nadine Watt as our Corporate and Individual Citizen of the Year,” said Nancy Wood, President and CEO of the Century City Chamber of Commerce. “Both are dedicated to the needs of their clients and care deeply about the community, making them very deserving of the award.”