Brian Watson has garnered far and away the MOST bipartisan public support statewide. Which just makes sense when you're not going to play politics or activst with Colorado tax dollars.
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When I reflect on who Brian Watson is, so many powerful traits come quickly to mind; intelligent, leader, honest, dependable, visionary. He excels in most anything he is involved with, but what impresses me above all is his relentless and keen interest in people and his constant desire for the greater good. Originally from the Western Slope of Colorado, Brian has worked hard to earn every success. He has overcome obstacles and never gives up. He embraces challenge with innovation and true problem solving.
As a teacher with retirement on my horizon, these are the traits and this is the man I trust in office working in my best interest towards PERA. Simply, Brian’s combination of grace and strong work ethic make him the right man to take on the responsibility of Colorado State Treasurer.
High School Teacher | Physical Education, Health & Wellness, Computer/Online Academics Courses
Fruita Monument High School
Brian Watson is a dedicated, hard working individual who truly wants to give of his time and service. His natural business sense and aptitude in handling enormous financial transactions make him the right person to handle Colorado's finances. He brings a fresh set of eyes to the issues plaguing PERA and would represent Colorado with dignity and strength.
Educator, Meadowlark School
Boulder Valley School District
I am writing this letter to express my support for Brian Watson for Colorado Treasurer. Brian is a great supporter of Colorado teachers. I want him in office because he will protect my retirement and will not allow those greedy politicians to take not only my PERA away but PERA from all Colorado teachers. Teachers don’t get a lot of money, or have any other perks per say, and the only thing they can count on is their PERA. Brian will not allow public school teachers and state employees to lose their retirement. He understands teachers and the importance of protecting their money.
Concerned Colorado Public Teacher, Fruita Monument High School
I am proud to stand behind Brian Watson as Colorado's next State Treasurer. Given the current political climate, Colorado desperately needs a leader in the State Treasurer's office who truly has the experience and expertise to serve our state well. Brian has decades of financial experience managing large budgets and making smart investment decisions. The choice is absolutely clear. Brian Watson is just who Colorado needs as our next State Treasurer.
President & CEO, Colorado Bankers Association
Brian’s desire to work for all of Colorado is apparent through his extensive work in both the local community and with Coloradans throughout the state. His business experience combined his utmost integrity is why I believe Brian Watson should be Colorado's next State Treasurer.
Co-Founder & Principal, Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs
It is my distinct pleasure both to endorse Brian Watson’s candidacy for Colorado State Treasurer as well as call him a friend. Having known Brian for many years I have no doubt he is the right man for this crucial job. These are trying financial times in America, Colorado being no exception. Effective, efficient and ethical management of the people’s money and budget has never been more necessary. Through his handling of myriad private-sector transactions Brian has established a reputation and track record of successful financial management that is second to none.
Further, as an activist in the black community myself I have time and again seen Brian make personal sacrifice for the benefit of his fellow man regardless of race, creed or political orientation. The sensitivities and delicate balance with which elected officials must approach their duties and responsibility to work on behalf of constituents is a difficult one. I have seen Brian actively seek counsel, implement community outreach and involvement and work toward harmonizing all Coloradans in a way that is highly unique and necessary as our state becomes a more diverse melting pot.
This kind of awareness, leadership, lack of political ties and cronyism is exactly what our state capitol is in dire need of. Because of his actions, not words, Brian Watson has earned my strongest possible endorsement.
Vote for Brian Watson for State Treasurer because:
-Brian brings unity in diversity!
-Brian builds bridges in the community
-Brian has extensive financial expertise
-Brian is running as a statesman and not another politician
Founder and CEO of National US India Chamber of Commerce (NUICC)
Of all the candidates, the one that stands out and the one I'd urge your strong support is Brian Watson. I've worked alongside Brian for that last 4 years on the Board of a non-profit and I've known him for a decade. I've seen him first hand guiding his successful business and in speaking in detail in public policy. I've seen him interact with our states most powerful and our states most needy, from urban to rural interactions and conversations. Brian is completely dedicated towards creating opportunities for all Coloradan's regardless of their background, Party Affiliation, economic situation, and life's philosophy.
Brian Watson is an extraordinary candidate for Colorado State Treasurer. I am confident that Brian Watson will gain your support and vote, and that he'll be our next Colorado State Treasurer.
Former Arapahoe County Commissioner and Former President & CEO of South Metro Denver Chamber
Brian Watson is uniquely qualified to serve as our State Treasurer. He understands all of Colorado and has a record of financial success, stewardship and high ethical standards that will provide the trust and confidence we need in this position. Brian's commitment to Colorado is evident by his support of nonprofits, charter schools and developing business and community leaders. He is making a deep and lasting impact on the lives of many in Colorado and will continue to do so as our State Treasurer.
Former Representative Ken Summers
Fort Collins, CO
I've had the pleasure of getting to know Brian Watson both as a business partner and as a friend. I've found him to be incredibly astute, hard-working, capable, and, most importantly, honorable. He has great skills He will make a great treasurer for our state and I wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy.
CEO of WickedThink Marketing
The Office of State Treasurer requires the highest degree of integrity and trustworthiness. It is my strong belief that Brian Watson has these qualities and will be a memorable Treasurer for our State.
Mayor of Greenwood Village
He has been very successful by creating innovative financial approaches and negotiating transactions solving complex business challenges.
With turmoil in our State economically, including PERA and a plethora of economic tests approaching Colorado, I can think of no greater skill for the position of State Treasurer !
Vice Chairman of Integrity Bank and Trust
If there's one thing I know about Brian, it's that he knows exactly how to make ideas become a reality. Brian will connect the right people and show true leadership every day while in office. He'll be one of the best State Treasurer's Colorado has seen. I know he will turn problems into solutions and bring everything together to deliver for the people of Colorado.
Vice President - Business Relationship Manager III, JPMorgan Chase
I've known Brian Watson to be one of utmost character and integrity in all my dealings and interactions with him. I've seen Brian get in to this race for all the right reasons and am more than confident he will show up well in the Treasurer's office just as he has in every other task he's committed to.
President of Water Valley Land Company
Brian Watson is truly a man of the people. He's running for Colorado State Treasurer because he knows this is about you, me, and every single one of us before it's about political games and talking points. He has the heart of a servant leader and is a genuine statesman - not a politician. His expertise in managing large financial matters from a business perspective will allow him to bring the right fresh ideas to the Treasurer's office to tackle vital issues liker PERA head on. Let's get Brian in there to get the job done right!
Maria del Carmen Guzman- Weese
Colorado deserves a fresh perspective from someone with an extensive and proven business background like Brian offers.
Coloradans deserve and expect a State Treasurer that understands business while offering a fiscally responsible approach allowing Colorado to compete at a national and international level. Brian Watson brings skills unmatched by others and is the right person for this job at this time!
President and CEO of YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
It is my pleasure to heartily endorse my friend, Brian Watson, for Colorado State Treasurer. Brian has a heart for people. It is evidenced by the several different organizations and non- profits he started to connect people, build relationships, and create dialogue amongst different groups within Colorado communities. His business background and management of large budgets also makes him highly qualified for the office of treasurer. Brian understands what it means to be a good steward of our precious Colorado resources and comes to the table with positive people driven solutions to our state’s economic issues. We need to build a better economic future for our children. Brian is the man I trust to have the vision and make complex decisions with our tax dollars.
USAF Veteran and Homeschool Mom
Colorado faces serious challenges when it comes to our massive growth. We’re all feeling it and we need leadership whogets it. Brian Watson has successfully navigated the highs and lows of our state’s complex economy A top business leader, he’s so unlike his politician competitors. I trust Brian Watson—as a person and also as—our next State Treasurer.
Attorney at Law
Brian Watson is a man of passion and integrity. His commitment to making Colorado the best it can be has been evident in his private and business efforts for many years. I have no doubt he will bring this same expertise and dedication to his public service as our State Treasurer.
Realtor, CRS, GRI of The Kentwood Company
Past President of the Cancer League of Colorado
It is my honor to endorse Brian Watson for Colorado State Treasurer. Brian's resourceful ideas, unique business background, and expanse of expertise make him uniquely qualified to hold this position in office. Brian's leads with a true servants heart. He does not just talk about how to change our state and futures for the better: he acts on it. Brian's fresh and innovative ideas are absolutely what Colorado needs, and his leadership and knowledge will truly help to create a better Colorado.
Maria Garcia Berry
Community Leader, Founder and Chairman of CRL Associates, Inc.
As a friend, Brian shows genuine care for our growing family, including both our son and the children we've fostered in parties, and special family outings. He's been a generous sponsor of my nonprofit work for kids and families in foster care. Brian Watson has earned my trust over the years, which makes me happy to vote Brian Watson for Colorado State Treasurer.
Founder of Foster Together
As a 30 year Colorado Entrepreneur, I have developed a healthy skepticism of people in government. That’s why I am so excited about Brian Watson’s run for public office. For nearly a decade he has been a friend, partner and tireless servant to our great community.
CEO of Synq3 Restaurant Solutions
I have rarely ever met anyone who exemplifies the American ‘dream’ like Brain. He overcame challenges early in his life and learned how hard it is to just earn a living. Despite his success he has never forgotten his roots. He also has the courage of his convictions to make time for others, both family and friends. Moreover, now he’s willing to step up for the people of Colorado and with his business experience, help our state address the challenges today and better prepare for the future. We need people like Brian who can just get things done, not politicians with false promises.
Managing Director of The Pelley Group
I can think of no person better suited for the Colorado State Treasurer's role than Brian Watson. Not only is Brian someone who is committed to serving the people of Colorado, he is a person of great integrity. He is a dedicated team player, who always gets the job done. I am honored to support and endorse Brian for State Treasurer.
CEO, Founder | Conexiune
I’ve known Brian for over 10 years now and have come to respect him as a competent businessman, consummate family man and passionate about the state of Colorado and its environment. He is detail oriented, fiscally responsible and a real pleasure to do business with.
For these reasons, I am proud to support his candidacy as Colorado Treasurer.
Richard E Franklin
Chairman Emeritus Cleantech Open & Father of U.S. Olympian, Missy Franklin
As a mom of two amazing young adults who I hope will settle in Colorado, I am supporting the one candidate for Treasurer with the business experience needed to manage our State's funds and keep Colorado's economy expanding. I also know how much our under funded State Retirement system takes from our ability to pay our teachers and state staff well; I am supporting Brian because we need his expertise to help bring transparency to the system.
Wife, Mom, Business Leader, Former School Board Member & Community Activist
Brian brings integrity, trust, energy, intellect, thoughtfulness and strong listening skills that will ensure the Colorado Treasury Department serves the very best interest of the state and citizens of Colorado. Brian has a keen sense of the financial issues and opportunities for the entire state, and will be able to be a strong and transparent steward of the state’s finances.
The State Treasurer's Office requires integrity, collaboration, and a strong history in problem-solving. Brian Watson exemplifies these qualities. When it comes to the next State Treasurer in Colorado, I am looking for actual solutions, not politicians who propose the same ideas over, and over again but have never truly solved problems in the past. Because of Brian's unique background and experience, I will be voting for him as State Treasurer, and I urge you to do the same.
Founder of I am Created Equal
Brian is a proven successful businessman that places respect & high value on people! His promise to not take a paycheck from the State of Colorado when elected says that he is genuinely in this race for US, not himself. Without a doubt, I support Brian Watson for Colorado Treasurer.
Director of Operations at SWS Polifi
It has been my pleasure to know Brian for several years now. His interest and commitment to making Colorado a better place for all is without question. His background and personal experience in the financial world in my opinion makes him an extremely qualified candidate for the position of State Treasurer. I have found no other candidate with the commitment and experience to match Brian's. His work here in Colorado and investment not only from a personal financial but personal giving and support for the community are beyond reproach. I highly recommend that all voters look at Brian's as the best candidate for this position and support him in any manner they are comfortable with.
Mayor of Westminster
Brian Watson is a natural leader whose business skills qualify him to guide Colorado finances. Better, Brian is motivated by service to others, not the hope for a government job.
Chairman, CEO, and owner of the Considine Companies, CEO & Chairman of AIMCO, Former US Senator, Founder of LPR
I immigrated from the United Kingdom in 2005 and became an American citizen in 2013. I view my right to vote as a privilege; one that I do not take lightly. I pay close attention to local and national politics and I believe it’s vital that we vote our core values.
I endorse and will be voting for Brian Watson for State Treasurer of Colorado.
I have known Brian for several years and have witnessed his leadership capabilities first hand. From the ground up, he built one of the largest and most successful privately held Commercial Real Estate firms in the United States.
Brian shares his success by not only creating hundreds of jobs, but also by engaging in a number of philanthropic efforts, including the Opportunity Coalition, Community Bar-b-ques and the Brian Watson Foundation.
Brian actually does what most political aspirants just talk about doing, and importantly, he doesn’t need to be a politician. He is a successful businessman first, and a politician second. As such, he offers a wealth of financial expertise to an office very much in need of it and pledges not to take a salary.
I especially appreciate Brian’s thoughtful leadership. He actively seeks out new ideas and different perspectives from a variety of sources, weighs the alternatives and develops reasonable and pragmatic positions – his proposed approach to PERA being a primary example.
Finally, Brian is truly engaged, and genuinely committed to the well-being of Colorado and its citizens. His experience on several town and county committee boards, gives him a unique understanding of how state government works at the local level – and how it can be made to work better and more efficiently.
Please join me in voting for Brian Watson for State Treasurer of Colorado!
Community Relations at Northstar Commerical Partners
I am proud to endorse Brian Watson for the office of Colorado State Treasurer. Brian will bring to that office valuable private enterprise business experience that is rare in politicians and a firm grounding in America’s First Principles.
President of the Akin Law Firm, LLC and Co-Founder of the Steamboat Institute
I have known Brian for a number of years now. He has been successful in all aspects of his life, but most importantly, in all the things that he does, he puts others first. Whether it is business, the Opportunity Coalition, family or friends. That is why he will make a good public servant and Colorado Treasurer because he already is a public servant. It is my honor to wholeheartedly endorse Brian.
Greenwood Village City Council
My name is Nosh Tarachand. I’ve known Brian Watson for many years. We have several good candidates for CO Treasurer. However, I believe Brian is the most qualified and best candidate for the office of CO Treasurer. Brian has an exemplary record for managing his businesses, and I’m convinced he will do the same as CO Treasurer. Additionally, he has the best interest of Coloradans at heart, and it’s refreshing to meet someone who is not willing to accept a salary for his service to our state.
This is the era of political change globally where more “non-politicians” are entering public service for the benefit of our state and our country. I cannot say enough good things about Brian; I wish him well in this important role as Treasurer.
Chairman and Co-founder of NAIRA
I am a business owner and lawyer in Colorado. Voting at the state level is critical in my opinion, as decisions made by state officials directly affect my business and my family. This makes ensuring that those officials are truly qualified to meet the challenges of their respective offices vital. For State Treasurer, that candidate must be a successful businessperson. Only someone who has actually owned and operated a business, and done so successfully, can be expected to properly manage expenses at the state level, and to have the judgment to know where (and where not) to spend taxpayers’ money.
I am therefore, endorsing Brian Watson for State Treasurer. Brian founded Northstar Commercial Partners 18 years ago in Denver, and has since built it into one of the most successful privately held commercial real estate firms in the country.
Beyond his success as a businessman, Brian engages in a wide range of philanthropic efforts, mentors disadvantaged youth, and makes his financial and management expertise available to county and local committee boards as well. Doing so not only gives Brian a unique perspective on how government operates at the state and local levels, it also gives him a clear understanding of how the decisions of elected officials affect their individual constituents. This, coupled with his business acumen, enables him to establish realistic and achievable goals for ensuring the continued prosperity of Colorado and its citizens – his stance on PERA being a primary example.
Please join me in voting for Brian Watson for Colorado State Treasurer in 2018.
James R. Waite
Brian is a superior business man with strong Colorado roots. No one is better suited to serve as our next Treasurer, it is with great pleasure that I endorse and support his bid for Treasurer.
Mayor Randy Ahrens
City & County of Broomfield
Count me in as a proud supporter of Brian for Colorado State Treasurer! Brian is hard working, driven, battle-tested, and dedicated. With 20 years of financial success from having built his company from the ground up, Brian will bring the wisdom and knowledge that only experience in the real world can teach. Colorado's Treasurer's office will again be in the best of hands!
President, Schuck Communities
Why have we encouraged and supported Brian Watson since he announced his candidacy for State Treasurer?
Brian is a man we can trust to invest the state's funds and to judiciously monitor state revenues against expenses.
Colorado's economy thrives because our state government matches revenues to expenses. Brian understands p+l statements, balance sheets, liquidity investments, and off balance sheet obligations. He is qualified for the position.
As a financial conservative, Brian will manage the state treasury in a manner which serves Coloradoans.
Our state has some deep rooted, unfunded, obligations. We can count on Brian to expose these issues and to offer viable solutions to these overhanging problems.
We count on Brian to manage the state's investments with the same diligence, understanding, and commitment inwhich we manage our own financial resources, expenditures, and investments.
So why do we support Brian as State Treasurer? The answer is simple...it is because he will manage the tax payer's money better than anyone else.
Geoff and Kendall Bailey
Concerned Grandparents, Active Community Members
Brian Watson has my endorsement for Colorado State Treasurer. He conducts himself with the utmost integrity. He is a successful businessman with the financial experience necessary to understand and manage our investments. He will watch out for the people’s money. His work ethic is truly admirable, and he’ll bring that same work ethic to being our State Treasurer.
City Council Member, City of Aurora
Brian Watson is clearly the most qualified candidate to be our next Colorado State Treasurer. His extensive financial stewardship and business accomplishments are evident all over Colorado. I've had the pleasure to work by his side in several of his community outreach programs and to serve as an advisory board member with him for many years. His work ethic, generosity, and commitment to Colorado and Coloradans is impressive. He's a true collaborator and inspires us to give of our time, talent and treasure; leading by example. His qualifications are too many to list, but the Brian I most admire is the man who is never too busy to lend a hand when needed, always ready to support and champion a worthy and charitable cause, prays with you when you're in need and never passes up an opportunity to give a child a ride on Apache. I'm proud to call this "Man for all Seasons" my friend and encourage all of you to get to know him before November. He's exactly the right person at exactly the right time. #becauseeverydollarmatters
Retired Mortgage Banker
I am pleased to endorse Brian Watson as the very best candidate for Colorado State Treasurer. His knowledge, business expertise and integrity are a perfect match for the fiscal needs of Colorado.
Brian Watson is one of the most hardworking people I know. In the years that I have known him, Brian has continued to display honesty, integrity, and dedication in every single area of his life. He invests time and money into the community to build bridges between people, and serve those around him well. Brian is not looking to be a politician, but rather, to continue investing in the state of Colorado with his vast financial expertise and knowledge. For these reasons and more, I will proudly be voting for Brian Watson for Colorado's next State Treasurer!
Founder, Camp Bow Wow and CU Regent
It is an honor and privilege to support Brian Watson for State Treasurer. He is a man of integrity who cares about building bridges across all communities. With first hand experiences and a passion for making the world an even better place he's breaking down barriers and authentically connecting people with one another. Brian is running as a statesman and not another politician. He's a private citizen and businessman. Brian's financial expertise surpasses anyone I know.
Es un honor y privilegio apoyar a Brian Watson para Tesorera de Colorado. Brian es un hombre integro que construye lazos entre nuestras comunidades. Ha dedicado el desarrollo de su carrera, a su gran pasion que es, hacer este mundo mejor, rompiendo barreras. Brian esta realizando su campaña para Tesorero de Colorado como un ciudadano privado y empresario, no como político. La experiencia financiera de Brian asi como el manejo de altas inversiones exitosas lo convierte en un excelente tesorero de Colorado.
President & CEO of Inventiva Consulting, LLC
I've know Brian Watson for a long time -- I've witnessed and personally worked with him through some of the most trying and deeply challenging times both personally and professionally. Through it all, Brian has shown to be a man of consistent true character, reliability, and honor. I'm proud to call him a friend and I'd be thrilled to see him in the State Treasurer's office. No matter what challenges lie ahead in that role, I know Brian won't rest until the right thing is done and accomplished. The people of Colorado will be better off because of it.
Former Officer, Director and Community Banker
Having spent a great deal of time with all of the candidates who did make the ballot, I have a good idea of who is the best candidate and who should be the most effective in this high office. My choice is Brian Watson. I believe Brian has the best skills, passion and resources to go the distance in the election and to serve our state with distinction as our next state treasurer.
In a year where we select the next governor not much attention is given to the state treasurer, but I recommend you take the time and look into every candidate. I trust you will come to the same conclusion as I: Brian Watson is the best person for the job.
Senator Kevin Lundberg
State Senator, Joint Budget Committee Member, Former Candidate for Treasurer
Brian Watson is a man of integrity. Having built his commercial real estate company from the ground up, he brings years of financial expertise, hard work, and unique wisdom to the table. Brian's positive and people-focused vision for the State Treasurer's office is exactly what the state of Colorado needs. For these reasons and more, I am proud to endorse Brian for Colorado's next State Treasurer!
Frances W. Owens
Former First Lady of Colorado, Co-Chairman for the acquisition committee for The Mask Project, Community Leader, Associate Director of the Colorado Council on Economic Education
I'm pleased to endorse Brian Watson for Colorado Treasurer. It's important that Colorado taxpayers continue to have a conservative and fiscally responsible voice in the Treasurer's office as we address budget issues like transportation, education, Medicaid and pension reform.
Mayor of Colorado Springs
Former Attorney General of Colorado
Brian Watson deeply cares about people and the community. He works tirelessly to find new ways to contribute and give of himself. Brian embodies the free market spirit and supports the creation of enterprise, entrepreneurship, and financial stability among every community he serves.