September 2022 Newsletter

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September 2022 Newsletter

Build To Serve


September has been a month of many milestones at Watkins Landmark Construction. We have had a ribbon cutting at the United Methodist Church of Vista project (see next month’s newsletter), our largest concrete pour to date at the Frontwave Arena project, obtained the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy on our Union Apartment (formerly Bonita Glenn) Complex project as well as the WLC Annual Company Meeting. As impressive as those accomplishments are, that is only a highlight reel of what our team has accomplished this month. September has been incredible and started our ramp up into the 4th quarter. The 4th quarter is on target to be our biggest quarter of 2022. The 4th quarter into 2023 is looking very opportunistic with upcoming projects from our repeat clients as well as new clients we have made this year.

This month’s newsletter contains articles on the ribbon cutting at our Soapy Joe’s El Cajon project, the Illinois Street Apartment Building project award with our new client, the SDRE Homebuyers LLC, as well as our culture section which covers the WLC Annual Meeting. Unfortunately, my choice to wear a politician / funeral director’s suit makes the whole event look quite stiff. From the pictures in the culture section, you will see our team had a good time as well.

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Soapy Joe’s El Cajon Ribbon Cutting
Logan Avenue ADU – Project Started

By Krysten Santiago, Business Development Coordinator

It’s here! Location #17 of the Soapy Joe’s Car Washes is freshly built and waiting for you to come down and try it out! The official ribbon cutting, and grand opening event was held on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at 816 N 2nd St El Cajon, CA 92021. The locally loved, family-owned car wash partnered with Pepper Drive Elementary School, and 25 percent of the proceeds from their grand opening day was donated to the local El Cajon school to celebrate the new location and the community. The number of memberships signed up at this event set a record for Soapy Joe’s Car Wash grand openings.

At the event, our own Jody James Watkins & Dennis Dizon were among other honorary guests and attendees that included members from the East County Chamber of Commerce, City Manager Graham Mitchell, and COO of Soapy Joe’s, Megan Ragsdale.

Watkins Landmark Construction would like to thank all of those who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and we hope to build many more Soapy’s community landmarks in the future.

The Project Management team consists of Obhi Dewan (Project Manager), Flynn Grace (Superintendent), Jose Ramirez (Project Engineer) and Lisa Karp (Project Coordinator).

New Project Awarded: Illinois Street Apartments

By Krysten Santiago, Business Development Coordinator

Watkins Landmark is pleased to announce our most recent project award, with a new client, SDRE Homebuyers LCC., the Illinois Street Apartment Building. This project consists of a ground-up, four-story building, containing 20 units, a 12-car enclosed garage on the first level, with a proposed building floor area of 20,417 SF. The project site itself is 7,262 SF and is anticipated to start early October 2022.

SDRE Homebuyers is one of San Diego’s premier real estate investment groups who specialize in maximizing the potential value of their properties. Founder & CEO Christian Spicer leads his team of talented individuals who deep dive into everything from property management to residential sales, multi-family projects etc. We look forward to this new partnership and a bright future building projects together.


Culture Section: WLC Annual Company Meeting


September 23rd, 2022 – Watkins Landmark held our Annual Company Meeting this month. In this meeting, we cover a variety of topics from the status of the company as well as the vision for the future. Our team gives feedback to our executive staff via a SWOT Analysis. They also compete in an Ice Breaker Game consisting of building structures with straws, marshmallows and tape. Jarisa Welles and Krysten Santiago get credit for running the game. Following those activities, our President Dennis Dizon gives a state of the company followed by our CFO Todd Lawson’s financial update. After a break for lunch outside, several of our staff give updates on our current projects. This is followed by a review of our backlog by our Director of Business Development. Then a review of our current human resources policies and procedures by our HR Manager Brianne English. We wrap the meeting up with a vision of the company by our CEO / Founder Jody James Watkins. And of course, the end of the meeting is marked by a happy hour.

While our Annual Company Meeting is a good strategic conference focused on moving forward, it is also a good team building event where our employees can spend time together in person and catch up. These events are vital to maintaining our company culture, something we all take great pride in. Special thanks to Brianne English and Jarisa Welles for planning and preparing this event. A lot of effort goes into this meeting, and they deserve a huge amount of credit.