About the Candidate
Britton Watson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Texas Christian University. For three decades she has worked as a strategic consultant and since 1999 she has been the small business owner of Blue Olive, LLC, currently located at 1205 N Wood Avenue in North Florence.
Britton writes and implements strategic plans and oversees budgets of all sizes. She negotiates daily with third party suppliers and marketing partners and is entrusted by clients to advise, guide, and grow their businesses.
When Britton isn't happily wrapped in an excel spread sheet or researching data in the late night hours, she enjoys playing tennis, or cards, or Maj Jongg as she has quite a competitive nature. She likes music, mostly country, and she and her family enjoy singing. In fact, they have a karaoke set-up in their basement - videotaping for YouTube is not allowed. Though she is not known for her cooking skills, her children and their friends claim her turkey sliders, brownies, and chess pie are some of the best.
Britton is the wife of Gregory Watson, Jr., born and raised in Florence, mother to Win (FHS Valedictorian, Class of 2015), Austin-Hall (FHS Class of 2017), and Lotti (FHS Class of 2022).
Britton was born and raised in our neighboring state of Mississippi. She has three younger brothers, and her mother, Sandra Atkinson was a certified K-12 teacher, who retired after 30 years as a teacher and school administrator. Britton spent many hours helping her mother grade papers, decorate bulletin boards, and tutoring so she has a firsthand appreciation for the work and dedication it takes to be an excellent teacher.
In elementary school and high school she enjoyed singing and acting in various school productions and in high school she played basketball, cheered, and was the photographer and editor of her school paper.
Her last two years of high school were spent at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, where she claims to have found her voice and learned the mechanics of writing. Her most influential teacher was Mrs. Easterling, who patiently guided her writing style and helped her overcome the fear of a blank piece of paper. She was adopted into JSG, the acapella junior singing group on campus and the following year she was the head of 12-Tones, a senior acapella singing group.
Britton entered Texas Christian University in August of 1985 and graduated in August of 1988. While at TCU she was an active member of the Chi Omega Fraternity. She participated in Frog Follies each year, played intramural softball, was on the newspaper editorial staff, got to wear the frog suit for one quarter in one football game, and enjoyed participating in student government and Young Republicans. She volunteered at a half-way house for teen girls, took calls for Rape Crisis, and also worked part-time at a local bank, The Gap, and waited tables at a few local restaurants.
My only regret is graduating in three years! I wish I had slowed down and really enjoyed my time in college, rather than being in a rush to graduate and grow-up."
After a brief time in Memphis, Britton landed in Atlanta in 1989 where she worked for John Huey, at Southern Progress. She went on to work for several advertising and marketing firms over the next half a dozen years before meeting her husband, Gregory, son of Beverly Beadle and Greg Watson, Sr. Gregory and Britton moved from Atlanta to Birmingham, then later to Nashville, and eventually in 2005, they brought their three children to his hometown of Florence.