Vice President of Economic Development
Robert Watts joins the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Economic Development to lead business recruitment and expansion efforts
Watts’ most recent position was Director of Regional Operations for the Austin affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in a fast growing five county region developing real estate, construction, and funding efforts involving multimillion-dollar projects and programs.
With over twenty years of economic, business, and community development experience, Watts’ prior career history includes executive leadership positions with the Austin, San Marcos, and Hillsboro Chambers of Commerce. Before entering Chamber work, Watts held roles with two area municipalities – the City of Temple and the City of Waco.
Watts grew up in the Killeen/Temple area and his family has a strong military background with Watts’ grandparents serving in the United States Army and his parents attending Killeen ISD schools. After attending regional community colleges, to include Central Texas College, Watts graduated from Baylor University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Public Administration with a focus in Economics & Urban and Regional Planning and Analysis. Watts is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management with the United States Chamber of Commerce. He has served on several community and nonprofit boards and is an active volunteer in his young son’s school and sports activities.
In his ‘spare time’ Watts officiates high school football throughout Texas which he has done for over 20 seasons. Watts enjoys freshwater fishing and clay shooting as hobbies.
“It is a privilege to be able to join the Greater Killeen Chamber team that is doing tremendous work on behalf of the community and its existing and future businesses. Returning home to this area and being able to enter back into the Chamber and Economic Development industry is something I am very excited to be able to do. Not many people are afforded the opportunity to give back to the community in which they were raised and this for me is an extreme honor. I believe the outlook for the Killeen area is a bright one and I cannot wait to be able to help and serve our community in every way possible to help our leaders build the local economy.”