EOY winner Nadine Watt spotlighted in L.A. Times’ “How I Made It”

Nadine Watt is president of Watt Cos., a 70-year-old real estate firm in Santa Monica that was founded by her grandfather, Ray Watt. The 106-employee operation has developed homes for more than 100,000 families, built more than 8 million square feet of office space and developed more than 50 shopping centers. It’s also developed three hotels and six master-planned communities.

When she became president in 2011, Watt led a reorganization that expanded the company’s range of business to acquisitions, real estate development and entrepreneurial joint ventures to lessen its exposure to the volatile retail market. Her company won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Los Angeles area.

“[My grandfather] always taught me to treat everyone with respect. He always looked everyone in the eye and said hello, and he asked them questions. He knew a little bit about everyone from his janitors to presidents. The last thing he ever said to me was, ‘Do your homework.’”

Read the full article: Nadine Watt tried to avoid the family business. Now she helps run it. (Los Angeles Times)

July 6th, 2018|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , , |

EOY finalist spotlighted in L.A. Times’ “How I Made It”

Rosie O’Neill, 38, is co-founder and co-chief executive of Sugarfina, the artisan candy company based in El Segundo that she runs with Josh Resnick, 51, the other founder and CEO. From a 2012 start with just $60,000 in savings, the duo has traveled the world looking for unusual and tasty sweets for adult connoisseurs. Sugarfina employs more than 500 people and racked up $40 million in 2017 sales. O’Neill and Resnick were 2018 finalists in EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for the Los Angeles area.

On her third date with Resnick in 2010, the couple went to see “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” The film sparked a question, then an idea. “We were thinking, ‘Why are there no candy stores for adults?’” O’Neill said. “The entrepreneurial bug was calling me. Josh and I just finally got to a point where we said, ‘Let’s give this a shot, and if it doesn’t work we can always go back to what we were doing before.’”

Read the full article: She left toyland for candyland, finding a sweet spot with Sugarfina

EY Announces Winners of The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Greater Los Angeles Awards

EY announced the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Greater Los Angeles on June 20th at a gala event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The winners were:EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Greater LA winner group photo

  • 9to5 Seating | Dara Mir, President | Hawthorne, CA | Manufacturing & Distribution category
  • Dollar Shave Club | Michael Dubin, Founder & CEO | Marina del Rey, CA | e-Commerce category
  • Legalzoom.com, Inc. | John Suh, CEO | Glendale, CA | Business Services category
  • MarketShare | Wes Nichols and Jon Vein, Co-Founders & Co-CEO | Los Angeles, CA | Technology category
  • NewMark Merrill Companies | Sandy Sigal, Founder, CEO & President | Woodland Hills, CA | Services category
  • Scopely | Walter Driver, Co-Founder & CEO | Culver City, CA | Consumer category
  • SteelHouse | Mark Douglas, Founder & CEO | Culver City, CA | Emerging category
  • SusieCakes | Susan Sarich, Founder & CEO | Santa Monica, CA | Hospitality category

“It’s pretty incredible knowing that EY has been celebrating entrepreneurs through this program for 30 years, but this is definitely just the beginning,” said April Spencer, Co-Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program in Greater Los Angeles.

Read the full release: EY Announces Winners of The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Greater Los Angeles Awards.

June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

24 companies in Northern California named finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year

Ernst & Young announced its finalists for the 30th annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards for the Northern California region. The program is the premier business awards program worldwide. Contestants in more than 145 cities and 60 countries compete for regional, national and global awards as judged by an independent panel of their peers. The represented companies nearly doubled their workforces during the past two years – from 5,991 to 11,631 employees. Combined revenues grew 160 percent from $1,895,126,673 to almost $5 billion during the same period.

Winners will be announced at a special gala on June 24, 2016 at The Fairmont San Jose.

Read more about EOY and the finalists here.

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , |