Today, Gov. Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Robert Watkins to the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.
Watkins, 64, of Tampa, is a certified public accountant and president of Robert Watkins and Company P.A. The Tampa-based company focuses on full-service management, tax and bookkeeping services for growing businesses.
He currently serves as a member of the Florida and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.
His wife Nancy Watkins, also a CPA, is known around the Tampa Bay area as an influential Republican political booster and fundraiser at both the local and national levels — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan and former Florida Secretary of State and U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris have employed her services as campaign treasurer.
Watkins, himself a multiengine-rated pilot, was previously tapped by the Scott administration back in 2011 when the newly sworn-in governor sought a replacement for longtime chairman of the aviation board Al Austin, who left the body after a dozen years.
Watkins also serves as an auditor for the Republican National Committee and South Tampa’s Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, where he and his wife are members.
He is reappointed for a term beginning July 31, 2015, and ending June 30, 2019.