President, The Friedkin Group, Inc.
Effective January 1, 2011 Mr. Watts joined The Friedkin Group as President. The Friedkin Group serves as an umbrella company overseeing various business interests that are principally automotive related, including Gulf States Toyota, Inc., a wholesale distributor of Toyota vehicles and products. 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. Mr. Watts served on the Board of Complete Production Services, Inc. from March 2007 until February 2012, at which time Complete Production Services, Inc. was acquired by Superior Energy Services. Mr. Watts currently serves on the board of a private real estate company, Highland Resources, Inc., and various civic and community boards including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Houston Branch), The Salvation Army of Greater Houston Advisory Board, United Way of Greater Houston and the YMCA of Greater Houston.