Ben Watkins – Director
Ben commenced his career as an apprentice wood machinist in a joinery in 2001. On completion of his apprenticeship and with the realization that he did not want to spend his working life in the workshop he went on to complete his second trade as a carpenter. He progressed to become a registered builder and at the age of 23 founded Watco Constructions in the Mackay region. A keen interest in the housing industry is central to his experience; buying his first house at 18 he spent nights renovating the home and the days completing his apprenticeship – not much time for sleeping! This house was the first of many renovators and Ben brings this wealth of knowledge and passion to the table when helping create and realize people’s lifestyle dream.
Within Watco Constructions Ben enjoys an active role as Director and is hands on in the company on a daily basis; whether this means talking clients through important decisions, handing over the keys on a just completed custom home or giving an apprentice some handy tips on site. Awarded the Mackay & Whitsunday Master Builders Rising Star Award in 2011, Ben moved the business to Townsville in 2012 for lifestyle reasons and has quickly become a respected builder of choice for the discerning client. Recognizing that many people’s experience of building is less than satisfying, Ben’s philosophy is that every client should enjoy the building process. “Much of our business stems from referrals and happy customers – we strive to make the building process as simple and straightforward as possible and recognize that good communication is essential. Our past clients frequently comment that we did what we said we would, when we said we would; and our world-leading online project communication software gave them clarity and reassurance throughout the building process.”
Cameron has recently joined Watco Constructions as Supervisor. Cameron is a great asset to add to our team – he has his builders licence and has run his own custom home business in the past including building on sloping sites. We look forward to working together and the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings.
Helena has been with Watco Constructions for 4 years and has been pivotal in putting in systems and processes to ensure the smooth running of the business and to enable us to deliver our new homes within our guaranteed build-time period. Helena is the point of contact for clients during the building process and assists with selections and coordination of the project.
Emily takes care of all the estimating including discussing client’s needs and wants, pricing the new home and detailed specifications and proposals.
“I used Watco …. and was very happy I made this choice. The quality of the finish is excellent and the work is obviously built to last. The Watco representatives were all very approachable, even if last minute changes needed to be made. The building work was finished slightly before schedule allowing us to move in early. I highly recommend this team.” C Adagra, Townsville