- Watt Capital Partners
- Board Members
Nadine Watt is CEO of Watt Capital Partners. Nadine brings over 25 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 thousands of apartment units and numerous 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 was recently inducted as the President of the University of Southern California Board of Governors and serves as Vice-Chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate, as well as on the USC Associates Board of Directors. She was the first woman to be named Chair of the Los Angeles Business Council, a position she held for 7 years and is now the immediate past chair. She is a Board Member of Fisker Inc. (FSR) chairing the Compensation Committee, 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. She has also previously held Board Positions on two other publicly traded companies, The New Home Company (NWHM) and 1st Century Bank.
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.
J. Scott Watt
Scott Watt is the CEO of Watt Capital Developers. Having been in the business of Real Estate and building for 50+ years, he and the Watt name are a bedrock of the industry.
Scott joined Watt Companies in 1976 as Senior Vice President of Forward Planning. 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.
Ray Watt is a co-owner of Watt Capital Partners and serves as a board member. Since 2003, Ray has been developing and managing rental properties in Nashville, TN.
Ross is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management. Ross oversees Gerber Kawasaki’s corporate and investment management operations as well as serves individual clients. Ross has become one of the most influential investors on social and in traditional media. His investment ideas and advice have made him a regular in global business news as well on many of the most popular investment podcasts. He is a regular on Bloomberg, Reuters, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance, CNN, CNBC and Cheddar TV. He has appeared on many of the most popular podcasts including Meet Kevin, HyperChange TV, The Dave Portnoy Show, The Pomp Podcast and many more.
Ross and the Gerber Kawasaki team oversee ~$1.8 billion of investments as of 9/30/22 focused on technology, clean energy and transportation, consumer discretionary, media, and entertainment companies for clients and the firm. Gerber Kawasaki is a leader in Fintech innovation leveraging technology and social media to work with a large diverse client base providing financial advice in scale. GK has grown to over 10,000 clients and was listed in 2020 as one of the fastest-growing companies in Los Angeles according to the LABJ. GK received several Diversity and Inclusion Awards in 2020 within the financial industry and prides itself in representing the diverse community of Southern California.
Senior Vice Presidenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/david-shlecter-73b0b334/
David Shlecter is the Senior Vice President of Watt Capital Partners and is responsible for the overall investment strategy and execution of the business plan. Reporting directly to CEO Nadine Watt, he provides crucial guidance with clear direction between the team and external parties.
David graduated with a Masters of Accounting from the Ross School of Business and a Bachelor of the Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan. He began his career as a CPA, and practiced in real estate taxation, employing both popular and less known tax advantageous strategies. The clients he serviced prioritized intergenerational wealth preservation, with respect to their real estate holdings.
He joined Watt Companies in 2016 on the Capital Markets team. Over the years, he applied his knowledge towards structuring leveraged acquisitions and developments in commercial and residential real estate. His diverse experience honed his analytical skills, which he applies at the executive table. David is part of Urban Land Institute and YPONextGen. He and his wife live in Santa Monica and enjoy spending time at the beach and discovering local restaurants.
Mark Geissler serves as Corporate Controller for Watt Capital Partners. In this role, Mark has overall responsibility for the Company’s accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, tax and treasury activities.
Mark has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining Watt Capital Partners, he was Assistant Controller of Watt Companies for 3 years. Before joining Watt Companies, he spent 6 years as Assistant Controller at American Golf Corporation and 6 years as Senior Financial Analyst of Global Financial Reporting at CBRE. Mark has also worked at Computer Sciences Corporation, Occidental Petroleum Company and DeCrane Aircraft Holdings.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
Vice President, Operations - MH Division
Candace “Candy” Holcombe – Although new to the Watt Capital team joining in 2022, Candy brings with her over 35 years of knowledge and VP leadership experience in manufactured housing, manufactured housing home sales and community asset management. Specializing in oversite of operations, resident-community relations and crisis/turnaround management. Extensive experience in leadership, coaching, team building and asset management for multiple real estate assets owned by individuals, family partnerships, trusts, nonprofit organizations and municipalities. As Vice President, Operations – MH Division for Watt Capital, she is responsible for helping to spearhead the company’s operation and growth for the manufactured housing division while also providing asset management for the multi-family and manufactured housing portfolios.
Holds her manufactured home and DMV sales license and a pending HCD dealer’s license.
Currently serving as Past President of the Board of Directors for the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WMA), as well as chair of the Western Manufactured Housing Educational Group (WMEG) and on several committees, she is also a frequent speaker and industry educator throughout California.
Alexandria Bonilla joined the Watt Asset Management team in 2022. She oversees a $300 million portfolio of Retail and Industrial assets in the company’s southwestern region, comprised of approximately 900,000 SF.
She started her career in brokerage which provided a foundation for her work as an asset manager.
She has successfully negotiated, structured, and closed over 1,000 retail, office, and industrial lease deals during her 16-year career. Her strong negotiating experience has positioned her to enhance property revenues and increase portfolio valuations.
Alexandria earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate in 2010 and then her MBA from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2017. She resides in South Bay with her husband, and just celebrated the welcoming of her first child, a little boy.
With more than 20 years of experience assisting global executives, financiers, and moguls alike, Ryan is ecstatic to join the Watt Capital Partners ‘Watt Family.’ As executive assistant to the CEO, he has the extreme privilege of being under the tutelage of Nadine Watt, icon of the real estate industry.