Watson Team

Watson Coatings Management Team

Gary Watson – President/CEO

Veteran who served from 1981 through 1984 in the 101 Airborne Division before being hired as the first salesman by the company.  Became Sales Manager up until purchasing the company with Tom in 1992, becoming President.  Total of 28 years with the company and experience in Sales and Sales Management.

Tom Watson – Vice President/COO

The first employee of the company in 1979 working in the plant.  Became Plant Manager and managed the plant up until purchasing the company with Gary in 1992.  Currently handles raw material purchases for the plant and oversees companies overall financial health.  Has a total of 33 years with the company and experience in Coatings Production, Raw Material Procurement and Management.

Jerry Mitchell – Vice President / CFO

Accounting Degree from Michigan State University (80) and MBA from University of Missouri, Columbia (84).  Worked as Controller of St Louis Steel Products until it was purchased by Chicago Heights Steel in 1992 and was hired as Controller by Watson in 1992 and became CFO in 2005. 28 years experience in Accounting and Financial Management of manufacturing facilities.


Watson Coatings Sales Management

Rick Noles – Director of Sales & Marketing

Majored in Chemical Engineering at University of Missouri, Columbia. Worked as a Technical Service Engineer and Technical Service Engineering Manager at Carboline Co. from 1980–1987. Worked as a Marketing Sales Manager from 1989-1992 for Rust-Oleum Corp. and has worked for Watson Coatings from 1992 to present. Has a total of 30 years experience in the Paint & Coatings industry in Sales, Marketing and Technical Support, including 19 years with Watson Coatings.

Gary Meyer – Pipe Coatings Manager

Began working for Rockford Coatings in Rockford, IL in 1981 after serving in the Navy. Worked in the Plant until 1989 rising to the position of Plant Manager. Was hired by Watson Coatings as Plant Manager in 1989 until 2010 when he became Pipe Coatings Manager. Has a total of 31 years of coatings experience in Production and Sales, including 23 years with Watson Coatings.

Paul Powers – National Sales Manager/Structural Steel Division

Has worked for Sherwin Williams (1984-1988), Carboline Company (1988-1992), Rust-Oleum Corp. (1992-1996), Devoe Coatings Co. (1996-2006) which are all Industrial Coatings manufacturers. Paul is a NACE Certified Coatings Inspector (#5643) and belongs to NACE, SSPC and the PDCA. Has 28 years of Sales and Sales Management experience in the Coatings Industry, including 6 years with Watson Coatings.

John Markowski – Marketing Manager

Graduated from University of Missouri, Columbia with a BS/BA in Marketing. Worked for Carboline company from (1978-1985) as a chemist. Worked for Rockford Coatings and Premiere Coatings from 1985-2011 as a chemist and specialist in UV Cure Coatings. Currently working as chemist developing Solvent-based coatings and on Marketing of Solvent and Water-based coatings. Has 34 years of coatings experience as a Chemist and in Sales and Marketing.


Watson Coatings Plant Management

Mel Meyer – Technical Director

Has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Worked for Rockford Coatings as a Chemist from 1964 until rising to become Vice President and managed the company until 1989. Started his own company Premiere Coatings in 1989 which he ran until 2010. Merged Premiere Coatings with Watson Coatings in 2010 and is currently acting Technical Director for Watson Coatings in Charge of the Lab and Plant. Has a total of 48 years experience in Coatings Development, Technical Support, Plant and Sales Management.

Jeff Thompson – Plant Manager

Worked for Rockford Coatings from 1981-1989. Worked for Premiere Coatings from 1989-2008 where he worked in plant and was in charge of color matching and color computer and QA/QC for all products. Began working for Watson Coatings in 2008, in charge of QA/QC and was promoted to Plant Manager in 2010. Has 31 years experience in Coatings Production, Color Matching and Plant Management.

Alan Girard – Plant Supervisor

Worked for Rockford Coatings, Mid-States Paint Company from 1986-1991. Began working for Watson Coatings in 1991 in the plant, becoming Plant Supervisor in 2010. Has a total of 26 years coating experience in Production and Supervision, 21 years with Watson Coatings.


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