James “Watty” Watson has spent a 35-year career in the commercial real estate investment, development and management business. He currently serves as President and CEO of CT Realty Investors in Orange County, California.
CT Realty Investors has enjoyed a twenty year history of successful and profitable real estate investment, development, and management activities and has acquired and sold over $2.5 Billion in real estate. Since 1994, CT has invested in industrial, office and multi-family properties, as well as distressed commercial debt. CT’s investment platform has cultivated and fostered a community of sophisticated and diverse private and institutional investors.
Previously, Watty served as President of the Koll Development Company where he was responsible for real estate investment and development in the Western United States and Mexico. Koll developed or acquired more than 75 million square feet of institutional quality commercial real estate including office, industrial, and retail properties during its history.
Prior to Koll, James was President of SDC Investments, successor to the Santa Anita Development Company. SDC developed several million square feet of commercial real estate throughout the southwest United States prior to Watty merging SDC operations into the Koll Company in 1990.
As a graduate of the University of Southern California, he earned a bachelor's degree in Public Administration. James was President of the Orange County Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and served on its National Board of Directors. He is also a member in the ULI and was appointed by Governor Wilson as State Racing Commissioner on the California Horse Racing Board and served for four years.
Watty is Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of the UC Irvine Center for Real Estate at the Paul Merage School of Business. He resides in Newport Beach with his wife and three children.