Watkins Wellness President Steve Hammock Plans to Retire in 2022

Executive Vice President VJ Teenarsipur to become President on January 1, 2022

Vista, California, Nov. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Watkins Wellness, leading manufacturer of hot tubs and aquatic fitness products, announces the retirement of Steve Hammock, who has served as Watkins’ President for 25 years. 

Over his 40-year career at Watkins, Mr. Hammock held several key positions, including Marketing Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing, General Manager, and Executive Vice President, prior to being appointed President in 1997. During his tenure he focused on establishing a clear vision and shared goals for the workforce and driving his team to achieve its full potential. 

Under his leadership, Watkins consistently delivered results, “From the very beginning we set a very big vision of what was possible for the hot tub category and this company, and we achieved all the goals we set for ourselves.” 

“One of the keys to business success is an engaged workforce,” Hammock, who sees himself as “communicator in chief” explains, “We established the Watkins Way as a set of values that reflects who we are as a company. Among those values, transparency stands out head and shoulders above the rest in its effectiveness at delivering results, and in where I see my role.”

VJ Teenarsipur, Executive Vice President at Watkins, will be taking over the role of President on January 1, 2022. At that time Mr. Hammock will move into an Emeritus position until his last day at Watkins on Friday, April 1, 2022.

In his current position, Mr. Teenarsipur supports commercial functions including sales, marketing, product development, and strategic planning and feels well equipped to transition to his new role. “It has been a wonderful experience learning from Steve. I am most excited about the exceptional team we have at Watkins. We have a strong foundation and will continue to build on it.”

Mr. Hammock is confident about the future of Watkins Wellness. “Our executive leadership team is outstanding, as are our team members at every level. We have a dynamic, optimistic strategy in place and a clear path toward achieving the goals we have established.” 

After retiring, Mr. Hammock looks forward to enjoying more time with his wife and five adult children.

Watkins Wellness has been improving people’s lives for more than 40 years as the global maker of the world’s best-selling hot tubs and aquatic fitness systems, including Hot Spring® SpasCaldera® SpasFreeflow® SpasFantasy® Spas and Endless Pools® Fitness Systems.

About Watkins Wellness
Watkins Wellness, established in 1977 in Vista, Calif., is dedicated to promoting wellness to consumers who live active lifestyles and are health conscious. The company’s growing portfolio of well-being products and systems for at-home use provides multiple pathways to wellness. Whether a consumer seeks a place for improved physical, mental or emotional well-being, or an environment to relax and reconnect with others, Watkins Wellness has developed a best-in-class product to meet those needs. Watkins Wellness is a wholly owned subsidiary of Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS), a Fortune 500 company whose products include BEHR® paints and Delta® faucets.   ###


Steve Hammock, Watkins Wellness President

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