Advisory Board Member
Mr. Watts joined the Farragut team as Senior Partner and Senior Advisor in July 2011. In addition to his efforts with Farragut Capital Partners, Mr. Watts serves as Chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies, a corporate and government affairs consulting firm that he founded in 2002. Mr. Watts and his management team provide strategic focus and program leadership to the firm's business engagements, alliances and initiatives. Through this role, Mr. Watts serves as advisor to a number of leading businesses including John Deere, Wells Fargo, NASCAR, and AT&T. Mr. Watts has served as a corporate director since 2003 for several Fortune 500 corporations, including Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Clear Channel Communications, Dillard's Department Stores, and Terex Corporation. He is a regular weekly analyst on CNN and writes a twice monthly column for more than a dozen newspapers. Mr. Watts was elected to the U.S. Congress from the 4th district of Oklahoma in 1994. In 1998, he was elected by his peers to the fourth-ranking leadership position, Conference Chairman, in the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a Member of Congress, Mr. Watts served for eight years on the House Armed Services Committee. He authored legislation to create, and then served on, the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. He also served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the House Banking Committee. Mr. Watts earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.