Profession: President of United Disposal of Bradley, mayor of Bradley
Personal: Age 57. Son of Melvin “Sonny” and Patricia Watson, of Bradley. He is the father of three: Julie, Michael and Matthew.
Education: Bradley elementary schools and Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society.
Profession: A hard worker, he got his first job at 16 at the McDonald’s on Route 50. Then, he went to work pumping gas at Harper’s. He mowed lawns and shoveled snow for cash as a youth.
He took a few classes at Kankakee Community College, but decided it was not for him. He had a grandfather in the garbage business and decided to try that. He loved it, he said. In 1981, he approached the village of Bradley for the applicable permits and got into the business of picking up commercial refuse.
His firm now, United Disposal, handles commercial and industrial waste. He employs 10 people. It’s a business where early morning hours, before the traffic gets going, are important. “You can set your watch by the regular runs our trucks make,” he said.
Community: A member of the Bradley Lions for 15 years. Through his business, he supports a lot of charitable events. “I’m an easy target for any charity involving food,” he said.
He has supported National Night Out, the Kankakee River Fishing Derby, the River Cleanup and a scholarship at Bishop McNamara Catholic High School.
Hobbies: Watches TV, including “Game of Thrones” and “Billions.” He cheers for the Bears when they are winning, but lives in a Packers household. He was a big Bulls fan when Michael Jordan was playing. As a kid, he was a Cubs fan, but finds himself moving toward the White Sox now because the games are easier to get to.
He’s a tinkerer who loves being inventive. He dabbles in agriculture and wind and solar technology.