SANTA MONICA, CA, August 21, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Gerald L. Katell, President of Katell Properties, LLC, has been named a Worldwide Branding Executive of the Year in Real Estate Development. While inclusion in Worldwide Branding is an honor, only a small selection of members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, years of service, and the credentials they have provided in association with their Worldwide Branding membership.
Mr. Katell has 50 years of professional experience, with 38 years as president of Katell Properties, LLC. As an expert in real estate development, he is primarily responsible for developing commercial and industrial projects. Mr. Katell has developed over five million square feet of real estate, participated in condo conversions of over 2,000 units, and is also an accomplished actor (www.jerrykatell.com
) and photographer (www.katell.us
). His firm has been included in the Los Angeles Business Journal's list of largest commercial real estate developers for over 20 years. His Katell Productions firm has helped produce movies and musicals around the U.S. and internationally. Despite facing the hardship of his mother's passing when he was 10 years old, he was very disciplined and independent and eventually went on to achieve many goals he set his mind to, including graduating third in his class from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and in the top 10 percent of his class at MIT. He is currently involved with an oil development and production company in western Kentucky.
Looking back, he attributes his success to his tenacity, independence and experience in several areas. He became involved in his profession after gaining experience in real estate planning and development. Mr. Katell received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from MIT. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, served as the chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization, and as a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Los Angeles Music Center. He served as Board Chairman of LA's BEST, an organization providing after-school education and enrichment programs to the poorest elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. During that period, he directed its growth from 3,000 students in 21 schools to 28,000 students in 180 schools.
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