Patrick Watkins, president of Austin, Texas-based Watkins Insurance Group, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Independent Insurance Agents of Austin (IIAA.
The award is not offered every year, only when a candidate has distinguished him or herself in service to the insurance community. Patrick Watkins and his late father David Watkins are the first father and son to both receive this award.
Watkins has a long standing involvement with IIAA. He is past-president in 2002 and was the youngest member to receive the IIAA ‘President’s Award’ at the age 31.
At his agency, he leads by example at Watkins Insurance Group by encouraging community involvement, which in recent years has benefitted such organizations as the Austin Children’s Shelter, Celebration of Love (armed forces family support), the State Firemen’s and Marshal’s Association (SFFMA), victims of Bastrop and West, Texas disasters, the Austin Humane Society, Austin Pets Alive and the Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas.
Since he signed on with the family business in 1994, the Austin-based firm has grown from a four-member staff to over 100 insurance professionals in seven locations across Central and East Texas. Watkins Insurance Group has been named “Best Place to Work” by the Austin Business Journal and “Top Workplace” by the Austin-American Statesman multiple times over the last seven years.
Watkins Insurance Group has had the honor of being named a ‘2013 Best Practices Agency’ in an annual study by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) and Reagan Consulting. Watkins has demonstrated commitment to relationships and service leading to invitations to serve on companies’ agent advisory councils including; Travelers, America First and Central Mutual, Safeco, The Hartford, and United Fire Group.
Watkins is an active member of the insurance community locally and at the state level. He was named ‘Young Agent of the Year’ by Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) in 2005 and served as the association’s president for 2012-2013.