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Jim and Judy WatsonJ.R. Watson & Associates Development Corporation was founded in January 1972 by James R. Watson, President and CEO. Before forming the Company, Mr. Watson received a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Real Estate Finance from San Jose State after which he spent 1967 – 1971, as Chief Real Estate Appraiser and Director of Real Estate for Downey Savings and Loan.

In 2010, James R. Watson received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from California State University of San Bernardino, CA in recognition of his many accomplishments and for his and his wife, Judy Watson’s extensive contributions to the University and the community.
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Judy Rodriguez Watson was recognized as of one the University’s most ardent supporters of art and education with the naming of a public art project after her. The “Judy Rodriguez Watson Public Art Project” enables art students to create public art for display at designated sites at CSUSB, the surrounding community, and around the city of San Bernardino.
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In 2015 Judy Rodriguez Watson, who has supported education and arts programs at California State University of San Bernardino as well as a number of charities and foundations throughout Southern California, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. (To read a full article, please click here)

Since its inception, the Company has focused on high quality, community sensitive development of mixed-use, residential, retail and office complexes exceeding $1 Billion in market value. With more than 35 developments in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington. J. R. Watson & Associates Development Corporation prides itself on consistently developing projects that set new and higher standards for the community aesthetic. Residential projects by J. R. Watson & Associates Development Corporation integrate the environment and a sense of community into warm, inviting living spaces.

The Company has also developed over one million square feet of neighborhood, downtown and specialty shopping centers that reflect this sensitivity to community needs. Furthermore, J. R. Watson & Associates Development Corporation have completed over 25 redevelopment projects throughout Southern California.