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Having escaped from Devil's Island in French Guiana as a lad, he found it as perfect training for his eventual career in marketing and advertising. In addition, he further honed his survival skills during his tour of Vietnam, and his first marriage. Realizing that the human body is not easily killed with psychological torture and alcohol, he knew there had to be a better place, perhaps a faraway land where songs filled the air and the warm sun brushed your cheeks --- so he migrated south to Florida and worked for the Disney Mouse. Pixie dust it was for 7 years and then…. he met a beautiful young maiden - Nina who captured his heart and continues to nurture his soul.
In December of 2012 Gary launched his latest book: "100 Marketing Trade Secrets for any Business" www.100marketingtradesecrets.com. It's a 43-page book packed with the best-of-the-best ideas, techniques, & strategies, to grow your business. 100 Easy-to-Use creative marketing, advertising, publicity, promotions, and public relations ideas! Real world marketing communications concepts shared by award winning marketing guru Gary Watts who has worked with some of America’s best companies and served in high-profile staff positions with, or as a marketing consultant to world-class firms like Walt Disney World, PBS Washington, Buena Vista Television, CBS, Hilton Hotels, and Kraft Foods.
Mr. Watts continues to serve as a marketing consultant to a variety of clients. His creation of prototype business-to-business, retail, and consumer direct programs provide numerous clients with creative marketing and sales support.
Watts has developed his award-winning marketing and communications expertise through local, regional and national marketing activities. His talents are reflected in the development of innovative, cutting edge programs in web-site design and architecture, high-impact creative and collateral, advertising, promotions and public relations programs.
An accomplished expert in consumer marketing, he held the position of Senior National Marketing Manager for Walt Disney World, where he coordinated various awareness activities with major corporations and national media. This included comprehensive programs to launch Epcot and event coverage with NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, SIN, CBC, BBC, as well as other major print, radio and television outlets.
Watts is a graduate of Marshall University and has completed comprehensive postgraduate work in broadcast journalism at West Virginia University. He also served as the University’s Assistant Director of Information and Publications prior to his 2 year tour of duty as an officer in the US Army where he earned a bronze star for his service. Watts also has worked as Community Relations Director for several radio and television stations and won several national awards for his on-air promotional campaigns.