Board of Directors
Effective January 1, 2011 Mr. Watts joined The Friedkin Group as President. The Friedkin Group serves as an umbrella company overseeing business interests that are principally automotive related, including Gulf States Toyota, Inc., a wholesale distributor of Toyota vehicles and products, and various private investments, including companies specializing in real estate and hospitality.
Prior to joining The Friedkin Group, Mr. Watts was Vice Chairman and Managing Partner-Houston of the 700-attorney law firm of Locke Lord LLP, with over 26 years of experience in corporate and securities law, governance and related matters.
" J.D., Harvard Law School, 1984
" B.S., Texas A&M University, 1980
" Board of Directors, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Houston Branch)
" Board of Directors, Service Corporation International
" Board of Directors, Highland Resources, Inc.
" Board Chair, United Way of Greater Houston, 2015-2017; Campaign Chair, 2014
" Board and Executive Committee Member, Greater Houston Partnership; Board Vice Chair, 2017
" Past Chairman, Houston Area Advisory Board, Salvation Army
" Past Chairman, Board Member, Society for the Performing Arts
" Board and Executive Committee Member, Houston Ballet Foundation
" River Oaks Country Club, Houston, TX
" Diamond Creek Golf Club, Banner Elk, NC
" Castle Pines Golf Club, Castle Rock, CO
" The Los Angeles Country Club, Los Angeles, CA