Most of my experience was acquired right here as I have been with Watkins since 1982.
Over that time, I have held a variety of positions. My various roles have been Marketing Assistant, Marketing/Advertising Manager, National Sales Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing, General Manager, Executive Vice-President, and now President.
Watkins has always done a lot of things well, but one of the things it has done best of all is focus on the customer. I have always believed that if you take care of your customers, they will take care of you. I try to see things through their eyes, put myself in their shoes. That said, the customers are not always right. As a part of our organization by extension, like most groups, our customers are looking to be led. By this I mean they want to know that someone here is looking ahead, trying to be innovative, and has the wherewithal to take appropriate risks at the appropriate time. So to sum it all up, our goals are to do right by our customers and employees, but also to focus on the future– what’s next–and whenever possible be the first to get there.
People choose to work here because we actually “walk the walk” here. We post our values and do our very best to live by them. Also, there is nothing boring here. We try things here, we push the envelope, we’re never standing still.