In her 20 years here at Appalachian Land Company, Connie Watkins has been so much more to Joey Reid than an office assistant. Connie makes sure each transaction goes smoothly from start to finish, aiding the customers as well as the agents. She oversees all paperwork for Joey, answers telephone calls, organizes schedules and more.
Born and raised in the Marble area, Connie was the 11th of 13 children. Her husband of 30 years, Bob Watkins, is also from Marble. They grew up together and started dating after they met at church. They have one daughter, Amanda, age 26, and one grandson, Kole who is 8 years old. Connie said she likes the friendliness of the people and the beautiful mountains, and that is what makes this area home.
Connie graduated from Andrews High School in 1981 and worked most of her life at area sewing factories. When the Levi’s plant closed, she was given the opportunity to go back to school. Connie attended Tri-County Community College and graduated with an Associate’s degree in accounting. She said it is wonderful how God closes one door and opens another. Soon after graduating, a friend told her about Appalachian Land Company and she began working here because she liked it so well.