Management ● Development ● Marketing ● Construction ● Hospitality ● Design ● Solutions ● Vision
Often referred to as a “Renaissance Professional,” Tom Nizetich has literally built his entire career on just that definition. A highly creative, ethical, and multi-skilled manager, Tom approaches each and every business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem solving, and cost-conscious management to consistently drive bottom-line improvements and while increasing customer satisfaction. As the youngest of four children, and only boy, Tom grew up in a home where organization, style, discipline and hospitality were equally emphasized. His father, a government affairs attorney and lobbyist for a global corporation, traveled the world, sometimes with the entire family in tow. His mother, an interior designer and preeminent hostess, often entertained at their homes in Washington D.C. and Palos Verdes, CA, eventually opening one of the South Bay’s most appreciated fine-dining restaurants. After attending USC, Tom became general manager of this $2M operation, continually refining operations, developing winning marketing strategies, and keeping customer satisfaction as his priority. After the family sold the restaurant much to the public’s dismay, Tom applied his hard earned skills consulting for a number of independent and multi-unit restaurant companies. He also was instrumental in assisting his father Anthony establish a well known public affairs and legislative advocacy consultancy group.
Recognized as a natural leader and intuitive problem solver, in 1997 Tom’s career leaped forward when he formed Nizco Hospitality, a management firm based in the South Bay. His first client was a large Japanese global trading organization which needed guidance in running two Los Angeles & Orange County based casual dining restaurant chains it had purchased years before and were in trouble. Tom built a management team from the ground up—hiring operations, accounting, and support staff—in only 90 days and quickly made an impact. As hands-on managing director of both chains (600+ employees, $20M revenue), he initiated a cost-cutting and unit growth strategy that quickly improved the bottom line while increasing per unit income, customer satisfaction, and food and service quality. Sought out as an advisor by other hospitality operations, his lightning fast and intuitive analysis of a client’s management, marketing, and brand identity strategy, earned him a reputation for being the “go to” professional for a number of different industries.
In 1998 as the Asian financial crisis hit its peak, his turnaround efforts were interrupted by having to liquidate both chains for their Japanese parent. At this time, he purchased one of the chains. When financial challenges and the national economic climate prevented him from continuing his strategy of closing underperforming units as well as opening other more focused locations, he sold the company. Tom then turned his attention to commercial property management and development. For several years he assisted many single asset LLCs in the acquisition, management, leasing, and divestiture of a $15M portfolio of properties located throughout the LA Harbor area. It was during this time that he further honed his diplomacy and negotiation skills, developed an intuitive sense of the real estate market, and worked closely day to day with architects, designers, and mechanical trades. For many years he utilized this diverse skill set by directing operations, facilities and construction at his alma mater USC. In this role he has streamlined operations, increased efficiencies, and successfully spearheaded numerous major construction projects. A highly respected member of the USC family, he is proud of his numerous accomplishments in cutting costs, streamlining schedules, and improving end-results. If you want it done right, on time, and under-budget, while building both value AND the bottom line, he’s the one. Today Tom lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with his wife Jana (a popular fitness instructor and Esthetician) and their two teenage sons. A lifelong resident of the South Bay, Tom is always seeking challenging and rewarding opportunities that will allow him to utilize the many valuable skills he has developed in his exciting and diverse career. His charming and personable nature, innate design sense, sincere appreciation for travel, fine décor, food, art, literature and music, and prolific “customer centric” managerial and business experience combine to earn him a well deserved reputation as a true “Renaissance Professional”