Bret Watson has over 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, product management, and lean operations in the hearth products industry. Using this experience Bret has helped drive Continuous Improvement activities during his 16 years at Jøtul North America, including Leadership Training tied to the Jøtul Idea System, a web-based dealer portal (Crik-IT) that is rapidly becoming industry standard for manufacturer/dealer interface and numerous other Operational Excellence/Lean activities (among them TPM, Kanban, A 3, Lean Accounting, DFM).
During Bret’s tenure as CEO, Jøtul North America has been named one of Best Companies to work for in Maine in 2006, 2008, and 2010. In 2008 Jøtul received the #1 Best Company ranking for medium and large companies in Maine. In 2009 Jøtul North America received the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in the State of Maine. Prior to becoming President of Jøtul North America, Bret was National Sales and Marketing Manager for HearthStone Stoves, Inc. in Morrisville, VT for four years. Bret holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Psychology from St. Lawrence University and a Masters Degree in Business from the University of Vermont.