Steven Watt retires as President and Chief Executive Officer
Denver, CO – January 7, 2021 – Wilson & Company, Inc. Engineers & Architects, a national engineering and architecture firm with award-winning multi-disciplinary projects and a culture defined by exceptional relationships, today announced James Brady, PE, as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2021. Brady has also joined the company’s board of directors. Steven Watt, PE, who has been President and Chief Executive Officer since 2010, retired at the end of 2020.
Brady has been with Wilson & Company for 20 years, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer since March 22, 2014, and has been an integral part of the company’s continued growth. With experience in transportation planning and design, project management, and construction management, Brady has served in various leadership roles, including overseeing the transportation and rail services. His leadership is defined by creating an environment where everyone can experience a meaningful connection between their career at Wilson & Company and what matters most to them in their personal lives.
Watt has been with the firm for 34 years. As Chief Executive Officer, he unified an entrepreneurial spirit across multiple locations and services into a One Company business approach. Personifying the Wilson & Company ideal of Higher Relationships, his leadership has been a commitment to helping communities find collaborative and innovative solutions to today’s transportation and environmental challenges. Through his dedication, Watt created a place that continues to bring people together to practice their craft, create value, and accomplish great things.
“For the past 10 years Mr. Steve Watt has provided the leadership as President and CEO for Wilson & Company while we completed the transition from a partnership to an S-Corporation financially and structurally, and then focused on alignment and unity of our shareholders and leadership,” said Daniel Aguirre, PE, CFM, Wilson & Company’s Senior Vice President and Chairman of the Board. “Steve leaves Wilson & Company financially stable, with unified leadership, and a well-defined purpose with an opportunity to seize this moment. The Board of Directors followed a succession planning process to select Mr. James A. Brady as the new CEO to lead the company in the next evolution as a growing organization. Mr. Brady has been part of the leadership team for over 20 years and has held multiple roles, including division manager for our transportation and rail divisions and the last six years as our Chief Operating Officer. Jim’s proven leadership, passion, and commitment to the company make him a great choice for this role. We are proud to support Jim in this new role and excited about the future of the company under his vision and guidance.”
“The people of Wilson & Company are change-ready and poised to seize this moment in the present unprecedented era – it is a privilege to lead this outstanding team. We are fiercely dedicated always to do what’s right even when no one is watching, and going beyond the scope of services with our clients to understand their greater mission and achieve what success truly means to them,” said James Brady, PE, Wilson & Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Steve’s passion and vision for Wilson & Company have led the company to a growing and thriving organization achieving increased employee count, revenue, and profit margins,” said James Ross, Wilson & Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Now the Company’s CEO/President, Jim [Brady] shares that same passion and vision and will no doubt continue our progress through his personal leadership style. It has been an honor working with Steve, and I’m excited to get to work with Jim in his new role.”