Bob Watkins, Chair Emeritus
R.J. Watkins & Company
Bob Watkins established his business consulting firm R. J. Watkins & Company, Ltd. in 1980 with offices in San Diego, San Francisco and London. His experience includes President and CEO of a $280 million operating company and Managing Director for the San Diego office of the international executive recruiting firm of Russell Reynolds Associates. He has held executive positions with American Hospital Supply Corporation, serving on the corporation's acquisition and divestiture team. He also served as a Management Consultant for the national accounting firm Deloitte & Touche.
Bob sat on the Board of Trustees for National University and was an Advisory Board Member for San Diego State University, School of Business. He served three terms as the President of the San Diego County Board of Education. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences and a member of the Education Advisory Committee for the United Way of San Diego County..
Bob currently sits on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committees of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the World Trade Center San Diego. He is the past Chairman of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; and in 2008 he was a candidate for U.S. Congress. Bob is an active member of the Boards for Regenesis Biomedical and Power Waste Gasification. He is a founding member and Trustee of the San Diego National Sports Foundation, the organizer and builder of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego. He served on the Board of Directors for San Diego International Sports Council and the YMCA of San Diego County; was Chairman of the Board of the San Diego County American Red Cross; and was the President of the San Diego Natural History Museum's Board of Trustees. He is also a founding member and three-term President of United States Rugby Union. He is a partner in Tollbridge Ventures, Aztec Venture Network, a seed capital venture fund. In 2010, Bob was named Director of the Year by the Corporate Directors Forum for his work in Economic Development.
Bob is a graduate of San Diego State University.