It was an unseasonably damp Halloween this year that gave way to a bright and breezy day across San Diego on Nov. 1. However tricky the evening prior might have proven for the city’s revelers, honored guests at Watkins Landmark Construction’s 10th Anniversary celebration, hosted aboard the Maritime Museum’s Star of India (1863), were served up the sweetest of treats.
The celebration capped an impressive 10 years of growth and personal development, not only for President and CEO Jody James Watkins, but also for his cherry-picked team of professionals. It has been stated that “General contracting is anything but general,” and this year saw Watkins Landmark Construction put the finishing touches on several of its most diverse and impressive projects to date.
The stunning Stadium 2 and Site Expansion Project at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden debuted for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, pulling rave reviews from everyone who set foot inside the intimate 8,000-seat sports and dining facility. It is important to note WLC also built the iteration of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s renowned NOBU culinary empire, which served up many a tasty impression to tournament spectators. Furthermore, Watkins Landmark completed, to the great pleasure of clergy and parishioners, the second phase of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church’s ongoing campus development. More recently, the company was awarded another hotel in Los Angeles, a site development in San Marcos, a new church in Cathedral City, a massive community park and amphitheater in Rancho Mirage, and a multiplex movie theater in La Quinta. Steady, measured growth has been Watkins’ plan since day one, and the company is poised to continue this trajectory well into its second decade.
Back on the boat, Watkins served as the master of ceremonies at a well-deserved celebration not soon to be forgotten. On top of toasting his company’s 10 incredible years -- to the day -- in Southern California, Watkins and his team also hoisted glasses to their recent acquisition of a new building in Carlsbad that will serve as the company’s San Diego headquarters. The fact that Nov. 1 also marked Watkins’ birthday was just icing on the cake. Fortunately, for all in attendance -- and the requisite liability policy -- the acting captain of the Star of India was not asked to blow out 47 candles on the historically significant (and very wooden) seafaring vessel.
Everyone on the Watkins Landmark roster was in attendance, along with family, close friends, and even a few musically inclined stowaways. As entertaining as the company and conversation might have been that night, the musical styling of San Diego’s own The Fooks brought an authentic Celtic-folk sensibility and plenty of foot-stomping revelry to the proceedings.
As the end drew near on the evening’s festivities, and Watkins Landmark Construction’s first 10 years, Watkins made certain to keep the focus on those who matter most: “Thank you to all our Watkins Landmark employees who made this night an epic night. I greatly appreciate all of your hard work.” In that moment aboard the Star of India, truer words were never spoken
-Submitted by Watkins Landmark Construction.