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Watt Communities

16 Ocotillo | Phoenix, AZ

About Watt Communities

Watt Communities has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Southern California’s premier home builders. Of course, any mention of Watt Communities must start with its rich history and the name of its founder, Ray Watt.

Watt Communities is highly regarded by the home buying public as a premium quality builder. The company has established relationships with city officials, community leaders, financial institutions, and brokerage communities for its expertise in land acquisition, entitlements, development, homebuilding operation, and financial management.

Led by sound, prudent, management philosophies and an exceptional team of leaders that have guided the companies through every economic circumstance, Watt is a business built on reputation and relationships. With such solid foundations, it becomes very clear why Watt holds a commanding position of leadership in the new-home marketplace.

Originally conceived as a Los Angeles-based, infill homebuilding company, Watt Communities has grown into a regional development company through its Watt Communities brand in Northern and Southern California, Arizona through a joint venture with New Leaf Communities and its Palisades Development arm in the Washington D.C. area.

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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.

  • Brian Burdzinski, Chief Financial Officer, Watt Companies

    Brian Burdzinski

    Chief Financial Officer

    310.314.2536
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-burdzinski-912b4329/

    In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Brian Burdzinski analyzes deals from a financial perspective and provides strategic financial guidance to the shareholders.  He also provides appropriate and efficient financial reporting to the business units within Watt Companies.

    Brian has more than 20 years experience in both the public and private sectors, including top management positions with such well-respected real estate developers and homebuilders as John Laing Homes, Western Pacific Housing, Dale Poe Real Estate Group, and KB Homes. Brian earned his certified public accountant designation while working at KPMG Los Angeles.

  • 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.

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