The couple often shares arelaxing ride on horseback.
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Patricia Uhrig visits her grandmother in Jacksonville, Fla., as a toddler.
Brian Watson at age 2
Brian Watson was born in upstate New York, grew up here in Olathe, where he graduated from Olathe High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in real estate. Patricia Uhrig was born in Jacksonville, Fla., where she graduated from Lyman High School and the University of Central Florida with a degree in English literature.
They could be Watson to Watson, a present-day version of the TV series Hart to Hart. Because when they met, it was quickly two hearts beating as one. There isn’t a Max around to take care of them. They take care of each other as well as three accomplished children, three horses – Apache (the Paint), Hank (the Bay) and Justin (the Quarter Horse); two dogs and Mr. Kitty – a rag doll cat that is too charming for words.
A friend introduced them when Patricia took a break from law school in September 1996 to visit Colorado. Brian told his friends within a week he had met the girl of his dreams and would marry her. They were on the phone for hours every day after Patricia returned to Florida. On New Year’s Eve of that same year, in a rowboat off Key West, he proposed with a ring tied to champagne. Patricia finished law school at Florida State, studied for the bar and they were married in Beaver Creek on Sept. 20, 1997.
The couple settled in Denver – Patricia practicing law and Brian brokering real estate for Cushman Wakefield Colorado from 1997-2000. Brian, who had grown up in a family of entrepreneurs who discussed business around the dinner table, founded his own company in 2000.
He thoughtfully names various entities. His Northstar Commercial Partners choice of names is meaningful for a number of reasons, including the guiding star. The couple found the perfect, idyllic setting in Greenwood Village on which to build their home. Patricia, who serves as Northstar’s legal counsel (which allows deals to be turned around quickly), as well as property management and construction management for Northstar, was the general contractor for the project that includes a pool as well as stables.
“It’s good character development for kids to clean stalls and care for animals,” said Brian.
The Watson wedding in Beaver Creek – Sept. 20, 1997
After Brian, a conservative, ran for House District 3, he reflected upon the experience and noticed people were disconnected logistically, politically and businesswise. In 2013, he founded Opportunity Coalition (remember, Brian likes to name things) with the idea of building bridges of communication, creating opportunities for others and moving our state forward. Once per month, Opportunity Coalition meets at the Northstar-owned Innovation Pavilion (that naming again) with a speaker series that features an array of intriguing non-partisan, professional people sharing their success stories after a networking session with refreshments. Half of the $20 meeting charge goes to charity (the very first was to Young Americans Bank). The remainder of the fee pays for the appetizers and beverages with the Watsons underwriting when necessary. Attendees have found jobs, found charities to support and picked up new accounts. It’s a powerful gathering that is podcast twice per week, can be heard on iTunes or the website, plus Brian interviews people from around the world.
If that’s not enough, in 2014, he started the Brian Watson Foundation. Maybe it wasn’t enough. Believing in educational options, they also have launched the Education Opportunity Fund – connecting passion with professionals. The concept is to buy existing vacant school, office and industrial buildings throughout Colorado – many in high-risk educational environs – to be converted into charter schools. They also own Colorado Party Rentals.
The family enjoying C Lazy U Ranch – Chase, Taylor, Brian, Cole and Patricia
Their 22-year-old singer/songwriter daughter Taylor was in the first graduating class from Valor Christian. She recently graduated from Belmont in Nashville with a music degree. She has been on Fox News, worked with Paul Worley, recorded an album and is hoping for a signing. Their son Cole is 14, a freshman at Valor, who enjoys golf and excels academically having recently been asked to join the President’s Honor Society. Chase, who attends Denver Christian, is 11 and is all about sports. He has been a lineman and linebacker in football and plays basketball and lacrosse.
With their European cream retrievers Cody and Teddy
Patricia and Brian are involved in the business world, philanthropy and politics trying to make an impact. They are gracious hosts, opening their doors often to various organizations for events.
When asked to what they attribute their marriage success, Patricia quickly replied: “Love.”
Brian thinks focusing on communication is essential.
“Patricia is my absolute best friend and I cannot imagine not being married to her. I have a soul mate and partner – one of the greatest blessings. Faith is at the center of how we conduct ourselves and our lives. We would rather be known for our love and service to others than anything else,” Brian said.
The family motto and mission is summarized on the plaque that hangs in their kitchen from Joshua 24:15 that reads: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Patricia and Brian Watson enjoy the Colorado outdoors to the fullest.
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