President, IAAT, Shareholder
Rodney Watkins joined Watkins Insurance Group in 1994 at the urging of his uncle, David Watkins. Rodney is a current shareholder with Watkins Insurance Group and the Insurance Agents Alliance of Texas (IAAT). Rodney serves as President of IAAT.
Rodney is active in the East Texas community previously serving as Mayor of Mineola, and a board member for UT Health East Texas hospital in Quitman. Past positions include a trustee on the Mineola Independent School Board, Mineola City Councilman, President of Wood County Chamber of Commerce, President of Mineola Chamber of Commerce, President of Leadership Lake Country, President of Mineola Youth Foundation, President of Mineola Optimist Club, President of Mineola Advocates for Safe Schools, Chairman of the Certified Retirement Community Designation program for the City Of Mineola and board member for Main Street Mineola.
Rodney was awarded the Honorary Chapter FFA degree by the Mineola FFA in 1998, Mineola Man of the Year by the Mineola Chamber of Commerce in 2001, and the Community Builder Award by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas in 2006.
Professional involvement includes serving on the IIAT Board of Directors for 2015 and 2016 and as Regional Vice President for IMPACT (the largest insurance-producer political action program in Texas). Past positions include serving on the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) Budget and Finance Committee, being elected President of Independent Insurance Agents of Tyler, and serving on agent advisory committees for various insurance carriers. Rodney has earned the prestigious professional designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM).
Rodney spends his spare time being actively involved in political and community activities that benefit both the insurance industry as well as customers.