Date: Tuesday September 25, 2007
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Hyde Lounge - 8029 W Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood
Tickets: SOLD OUT. NO WALK UPS WILL BE ALLOWED.
This event is only open to paid Alumni members of Wharton So Cal.
What to expect: Networking with heavy appetizers and cocktails. Discussion led by Mr. Nazarian.
Sponsors: Reznick Group. Eastdil Secured. Steckbauer Weinhart Jaffe, LLP.
About Sam Nazarian
Sam Nazarian brings entrepreneurial instinct, cultural acumen and considerable business experience to his role as founder and CEO of SBE Entertainment Group. Under his leadership, SBE and its affiliate divisions are the creative wellspring for sought-after lifestyle brands that bridge the interrelated worlds of modern hospitality, real estate development and film production. Focused on setting new standards for excellence and synergy in these diverse arenas, Nazarian balances and directs SBE’s operating groups – which include SBE Hotel Group, SBE Restaurant & Nightlife Groups, SBE Real Estate Group and ElementFilms – in all phases of acquisition, development and management.
Since founding SBE in 2002, Nazarian has parlayed his considerable skills and growing assets into an unparalleled and diverse portfolio. In restaurants, SBE Restaurant Group debuted Katsuya in Brentwood, which quickly become a critical and popular favorite. Katsuya represents the first project designed under SBE’s exclusive agreement with celebrated designer Philippe Starck, and will be the first of several Katsuya restaurants to open in the coming months and years, beginning with Katsuya Hollywood in Fall 2007. In nightlife, SBE Nightlife Group operates veritable destinations which are arguably among Los Angeles’ hottest and most influential. In 2005, SBENG opened the white-hot Hyde Lounge and popular Area nightclub, in addition to its high-wattage clubs, Privilege and Lobby.
For his emerging SBE Hotel Group, Nazarian counts in its portfolio such properties as the Ritz Plaza in Miami’s famed South Beach, which will reopen in mid-2008 with a Starck design, and Le Meridien at Beverly Hills, which will be redesigned and debut in early 2008 as the first property in SBE’s new luxury hotel brand, SLS Hotels. In March 2007, Nazarian’s SBE Entertainment Group announced that it, in partnership with Stockbridge Real Estate Funds, reached an agreement with Gordon Gaming to acquire Las Vegas’ renowned Sahara Hotel & Casino.
He also has personally invested in several other boutique hotels and flagged properties, among them Viceroy hotels and resorts in Santa Monica, Palm Springs and Anguilla; Chamberlain West Hollywood; Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica; Sheraton Gateway LAX, and Hilton Garden Inns in resort locales in Southern California and Florida.
Nazarian’s handprint is also evident in his role as a film producer. As a partner in the fast-growing independent production company, Element Films, Nazarian has executive produced such celebrated projects as Down in the Valley (Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse); Five Fingers (Laurence Fishburne, Ryan Phillippe); Waiting (Ryan Reynolds, Ana Faris, Luis Guzman; and Mr. Brooks (Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt), which opens in Spring 2007. In May 2006, Element Films signed a nine-picture distribution agreement with Lionsgate and in November 2006, Element secured a $220 million loan facility to cover its prints and advertising (P&A) budgets.
Nazarian’s ongoing duties also include direction of SBE’s highly successful real estate investment arm, SBE Real Estate Group. With direct investments in over 4,300 multi-family residential apartment units in Southern California, Florida and Illinois, the company also maintains an interest in two million square feet of ground-up industrial space, plus over 1.7 million square feet of commercial space in Southern California. In the prestigious luxury housing market, the SBE Real Estate Group is also responsible for the profitable development of numerous homes in Brentwood, Beverly Hills and other exclusive Los Angeles suburbs.
In 2006, Nazarian was the youngest executive to be named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Southern California” by West, the Los Angeles Times’ Magazine and was named among “The Influentials” in Los Angeles magazine. He has also been featured and quoted in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, W, Variety and The New Yorker. The 2006/7 Zagat Los Angeles Nightlife Guide referred to him as “Super Sam: Nobody in SoCal has left as dominant an A-list imprint in recent memory as young club impresario Sam Nazarian...”
Nazarian began his career by successfully diversifying his family’s assets into real estate holdings, beginning with the establishment of 3Wall Development in 1999. Under his watch, 3Wall developed superior strategic partnerships, quickly becoming one of Southern California’s largest owners of multi-family housing. At the forefront of the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles, Nazarian concentrated company initiatives on the repurposing of commercial space into multi-family housing – including the standout transformation of the former Sanwa Bank building into 322 sought-after loft-style apartments.
Before forming 3Wall Development, Nazarian established Platinum Wireless, a telecommu-nications business specializing in the distribution of Nextel software. Within one year of its founding, Nazarian guided Platinum Wireless to prominence, and earned ranking as the number one Nextel distributor in Southern California.
Raised in Los Angeles, Nazarian studied at New York University and the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Beverly Hills.