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Billy J. Watterson is a serial entrepreneur and has founded more than 20 companies in the past 18 years. His holdings company, Watterson Brands, currently owns and operates 15 of these companies. Billy has led these companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes.
His most recent endeavors are BC Distillery Holdings, Burnt Church Distillery, Pizza Co., and the Watterson Family Foundation all of which have been inspired by his recent move to the Lowcountry.
In 2018, Billy founded Watterson Brands to allow him to view all his unique brands as a family of companies. He had three distinct purposes: leveraging the leadership expertise within the brands; leverage common spends to provide services to each brand at a better cost and value; and to harmonize culture and the vision of purpose beyond profit.
One of Billy’s favorite start-ups, g2 revolution® was born as a result of a client's desire to uniformly recycle within its stores without using waste companies. Since that initial request, he has submitted multiple patent applications and created more than 20 new recycling innovations. As a passionate innovator Billy’s drive and determination has brought a new realm of possibility to a tired and reluctant industry. Thus the theme "Changing the Way the World Recycles®" was born.
Billy is married to Brenda Watterson, the most patient woman on the planet. They both grew up in Ohio and have four lovely children with ages ranging 24 to 11. Billy and Family attend Low Country Community Church in Bluffton. Billy enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs, building brands, and good whisky.
Billy began his career at Sears, Roebuck and Co. in July of 1996 as an Environmental Specialist and quickly became Manager, Hazardous Materials and Safety. During his tenure, he created ground breaking retail oriented DOT and numerous Environmental and Safety programs for hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. Billy worked aggressively with the environmental and safety to teams to promote environmental compliance for more than 3,500 operating facilities.
Billy graduated from the University of Findlay in 1996 with a BS in Environmental and Hazardous Materials Management.