Dad Talk with Leading Alum Eric Watson

Eric Watson is many things—marketing guru, Mazda guy, and Marriott School grad—but the title he enjoys most is dad. That was clear during our interview last March. Watson talked openly about the joys of parenting his three sons and about the role his own father played in his early years.

“I always looked up to him,” Watson said. “I respected him and tried to follow in his footsteps.”

Reaching back into his teenage years, Watson shared this story, which unfortunately didn’t make the final cut for “Full Speed Ahead.”

“One of the best memories I have of my dad is when we went to Lake Powell with a bunch of friends.  A group of us had climbed to the top of a thirty-foot cliff to jump off into the water. We were all chicken and wondering who was going to be the first one to jump off. Then here comes my dad running from the back of the group and jumping straight into the water. He led the way for all of us, calling out for us to jump. He was always there to be a good example to me and my friends.”