Charles E. Watts, Jr. (Charlie) was born in Gadsden, Alabama on November 11, 1951. He is the son of Charles and Josephine Watts. Charlie graduated from Gadsden High School in 1970. After high school graduation, he entered Auburn University where he became a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Charlie graduated from Auburn in 1974.
Watts has grown up in the highway construction business. His father and uncle started Watts Construction Company in 1951. That company later became Charles E. Watts, Inc. Charlie worked summers with his father during his teen years, and after graduating from Auburn, he joined the company full time. Charlie realized at an early age the importance of hard work and developing skills to become more efficient in the company’s operation. He has worked in all phases of the company, from labor when he was in high school to equipment operator. Following the death of his father, Watts assumed the role of President.
Charlie has always understood the importance of building strong person relationships with not only the other contractors with which his company works, but also the Alabama Department of Transportation and other government agencies. He and his company have the reputation of performing quality work in an efficient manner. Charlie believes in always being honest and truthful with everyone he works with, and his employees respect him because they know that he would never ask them to do any task that he would not do himself. His company has worked in every county in Alabama, along with several projects in Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina. Charles E. Watts, Inc. primarily specializes in Bituminous Surface Treatments as well as Macro-surfacing paving.
Watts has served on many boards, including the local boards of AmSouth Bank, Commerce Bank, The Bank and Superior Bank. In addition, Watts has served on the Gadsden Municipal Transportation Board, along with several other boards in the highway construction industry. Charlie served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Road Builders Association for over twenty years, including a term as President in 1999. Watts serves on the board of the Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame and he is past Associate Director for the Alabama Asphalt Pavement Association.
Charlie and his wife, Jan, have been married for thirty-eight years and have two children; their son Blake Watts and daughter Haley Watts Carn. They are active members of Rainbow Presbyterian Church where Charlie serves on various financial and building committees.
Watts is still active in the industry and cherishes his relationships that he has developed over his years in the business.