Brian's Colorado History In Photos
Brian is an entrepreneur, a community leader, and an all around people person. Here's his story and why he wants to serve you as Colorado's next Treasurer...
"Unlike most of the political insiders, I grew up in the tiny rural town of Olathe on Colorado’s Western Slope. I went to school in Boulder. I built my businesses in Denver and created jobs throughout the state.
I always say those San Juan Mountains formed me from my childhood. They taught me what it’s like to come from little - to start from square one. I saw hardworking Coloradans show up day in and day out. I learned about grit and stewardship. I showed my livestock at the county fair, I laid brickwork in town, and my family and I literally built our home from the soil up: nailing boards, hanging drywall, setting a foundation.
And just like our home outside of Olathe, that my mom still lives in today, I built my business with the same mission: to create real value and make a lasting, positive impact...and that’s the work ethic and stewardship I’ll bring to the Treasurer’s office.
Having been battle-tested in both the political and business (capital/financial) worlds, I'm confident my experience brings a very unique set of skills and strengths to this race:
I've managed large budgets, I've restructured complex debt, I've signed the front of checks and employed people throughout our great State.
Just look to my business I started over 18 years ago and its people-driven approach to commercial real estate. I know what it's like to take vacant properties or distressed assets, and place them back into thriving productivity time and time and time again.
That's the kind of creative positive thinking, work ethic, and stewardship I will bring to the Colorado Treasurer's office.
I also founded one of Colorado's leading coalitions, facilitating statewide dialogue, bridge building among diverse people, and action every month between innovators, entrepreneurs, public servants, and business leaders. I've spent years highlighting the golden nuggets of what WORKS in Colorado from those with proven success.
That's the kind of energy and collaboration I will lead with as our next Colorado Treasurer.
I'm not here to play politics, but rather to do just what I've always done: be truly present and 100% invested in our community. As one of my campaign pledges, I will not take a salary from the government for serving as Colorado’s Treasurer, as I want to truly serve you, and set a precedent from day one of saving every tax dollar possible to improve our quality of life.
Have I been challenged before in my personal, business, and political endeavors? Absolutely. In the Great Recession, I lost nearly everything (after starting from nothing). It was a daily struggle for me, my family, my company. But, I pressed on and rebuilt from square one.
Those are the hard, painful life stories that will shape my grit and integrity as Treasurer."
- Brian Watson
Brian loves his three kids: Taylor, Cole, and Chase.
He’s also one of Colorado’s BIGGEST BRONCOS FANS - GO BRONCOS!