Tim Watson loves the Buckeyes.
After moving to Colorado Springs, he and his wife were searching for ways to meet new people and decided to create the area’s first Ohio State Alumni Association chapter.
From an initial 15 members, the organization has grown to more than 150, with a strong community and philanthropic presence.
Watson, a 2002 graduate of The Ohio State University, works at Strategic Financial Partners as an assistant vice president, a position he’s held since 2005.
“I think it’s important to help people build, transfer and preserve their wealth effectively,” he said.
Watson is responsible for offering wealth management strategies, which are unique to each client. He works with small businesses, families and individuals.
John Ferguson, president and CEO of Strategic Financial Partners, nominated Watson as a Rising Star.
“As an assistant vice president, Tim collaborates with the management team regarding firm operation and new adviser recruiting and management,” Ferguson said. “He has also taken on the role of lead facilitator for weekly training sessions provided to all advisers at SFP.”
When he isn’t working, Watson spends a lot of his time with the Pikes Peak Buckeyes — always a good networking source, he said. The group holds an annual picnic, offers scholarships to deserving students who want to attend Ohio State and takes part in community service events.
Last year, the Ohio State Alumni Association participated in the United Way’s “Make a Difference Day.”
Members buffed, sanded and polished several historic streetcars at the Pikes Peak Historic Street Railway Foundation.
Watson also is involved in the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs, serving as chairman of the annual Rotary Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker Tournament, which is held each March at the Sky Sox Stadium Banquet Hall.
Proceeds from the event will be used for InterQuest Rotary Club projects, including the Third Grade Dictionary Project, which is active in several Colorado Springs school districts.
Watson is chairman of the American Heart Association’s new teams committee for the 2007 Heart Walk.
The committee’s goal is to raise $360,000 to fight heart disease.
He also received the Strategic Financial Partners Junior Adviser of the Year award last year and was named Adviser of the Year by the staff in 2005.
Watson was a national qualifier for the Leader’s Conference in San Francisco, and was invited to the President’s Club by the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. for Advanced Adviser Training in Philadelphia.