Bob Watkins was introduced to the game of rugby by his Welsh father but it wasn’t until he attended San Diego State University in the 1960s that he actually took the field. Bob enjoyed a good playing career but it was off the field that he left his mark on US Rugby. Bob is a past two-term president of the United States of America Rugby Football Union. He also served in a number of other capacities for the USARFU, including manager of the National Team, the Eagles. Bob was also the three-term president, founder and first commissioner of the USA Rugby Super League. Along with being a Trustee of the Foundation, he also serves as its Chairman.
Bob established R.J. Watkins & Company, Ltd. in 1980, an executive recruiting firm in San Diego. He serves as the company’s President and Chairman. He is currently President of the San Diego County Board of Education and serves on the Board of Trustees for National University, the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, San Diego International Sports Council, Corporate Directors Forum, La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine, Regenesis Biomedical, Inc. and the Hubbs Research Institute.
Bob is a partner in Unigate Technology Ventures, a tech-transfer company, and Tollbridge Ventures LLC; Aztec Venture Network, LLC, a seed capital venture fund. He also serves as an Executive Committee Member and Trustee of the San Diego National Sports Foundation, the organizer and builder of the US Olympic Training Center in San Diego. Bob previously served as Chairman of the Board of the San Diego County American Red Cross; on the Board of Directors of the YMCA; and President of the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Board of Trustees.