Skip Watkins has lived in Wilmington for over 35 years. He met Valerie, his wife of 30 years, at UNCW in 1979. They have two children. VJ recently completed her MS in Mathematics at UNCW and Brian is wrapping up Mechanical Engineering and Welding at CFCC. Their nephew, James, resides with them also studying Culinary Arts at CFCC. Skip earned his BS in Business Administration and his MBA from UNCW. Skip has spent his life in the coastal region of NC.
Skip has been in the financial services industry for nearly 25 years. He is currently an Independent Financial Advisor with Capital Investment Group. He has also taught Economics part-time at the Wilmington campus of the University of Mount Olive. Skip and Valerie have been involved in the community for 25 years as well. Both have served on the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Fair and Expo. Skip has been the Fair Manager for over 15 years and also serves on the Executive Board. They have also served in various capacities with the NC Azalea Festival. They currently serve as Co-Chairs of the Circus Committee. For the last five years, Skip has spoken at the UNCW’s Cameron School of Business’ Business Week. They are also involved in various other volunteer capacities.
New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Representative
- Airlie Gardens Foundation Board of Directors
- Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
- Legion Stadium Commission
- Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority
- New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees
- Wilmington Urban Metropolitan Planning Organization – Transportation Advisory Committee
Elected to serve a four-year term from 12/22/2014 to 12/2018