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June 29, 2005

Ed Watson Hired As new Barbershop Society CEO.

Ed Watson, a career Navy Captain with thirty-three years’ experience as a Barbershopper, has accepted the position of Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

“Ed brings us an impressive background in managing staff and Navy Reserve volunteers, logistics, and an operations budget,” said Society President Rob Hopkins. “Ed has exceptional problem-solving skills and a proven ability to enroll diverse people as effective members of teams. Throughout his distinguished Navy career, he has demonstrated particular strengths as an effective communicator, project manager, and mobilizer. We’re fortunate that our national executive search process has brought us such a fine leader and Barbershopper.”

An F-14 aviator with carrier experience, Watson rose through the command ranks to serve as Executive Officer of the Navy Air Reserve/Santa Clara, Chief of Staff of the Navy Air Reserve Force, New Orleans, and Commanding Officer of Navy Air Reserve Norfolk. In 2002, his command was selected in an annual competition as the single best Navy Air Reserve in the country. He recently served as Operational Support Officer for the Navy Air Force US Atlantic Fleet, coordinating all Reserve support of the aviation community of the Atlantic Fleet for the Commander, supervising 16 Reserve units, three major staffs and 13 augment units for nuclear aircraft carriers.

“I’ve always been committed to thoroughly understanding the mission before me,” said Watson. “Strategically, you must know where you want to go. Tactically, when a 60,000 pound airplane is approaching a steel carrier deck at 130 miles per hour, you better make the right decision every time.”

“That’s how I will approach new challenges as the CEO. Powered by the enthusiastic esprit de corps of our tremendous volunteer organization and staff, and guided by our Board of Directors, I want to take the Barbershop Harmony Society to new heights of membership, synergism with like organizations, performance excellence, and unrivalled fun.”

Up beat and enthusiastic, Watson is an avid Barbershopper of long experience. He has moved twenty times in the past thirty years but never interrupted his Society membership. His quartet credits include Gold Rush, On Location, Spare Parts and The Quackenbush Quartet. As a chorus singer, he has appeared on the international stage with the San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus with whom he served as music VP and wrote numerous shows and contest packages. He has carried those same roles with his current chapter, the Norfolk Commodore Chorus. Active in community theater, he has played Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man, and directed productions of Godspell and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

Watson is retiring from a successful military career with his wife, Cathy, by his side. Two of his five children, Gillian and Amanda, are grown and living in North Carolina; two, Catharine and Randall, will be in college, and his youngest daughter, Corrinne, will be a junior in high school. His two greatest loves, work and barbershop, now will be the same thing.

Appropriately, Watson is expected to commence his work on the Fourth of July. Interim CEO Roger Lewis will remain in place to coordinate the Salt Lake City convention and ensure a smooth turnover of responsibilities. Both men will be in Salt Lake City to meet the membership and sing tags, and then will return to Kenosha to continue the transition. Watson will move his family to Kenosha this summer, assuming the CEO role on July 20.

Posted by acapnews at June 29, 2005 1:00 AM