Willis Watkins


mckinney-11jun14-038Willis is currently the Talent Acquisition & Development Manager for McKinney Capital, where he works with senior management to identify and hire for strategic positions throughout McKinney Capital and Landscape Workshop. Prior to joining McKinney Capital, Willis was a Partner/Manager at a Birmingham-based executive search firm, placing Information Technology and Engineering professionals with corporations throughout the Southeast, building relationships that generated multi-million dollar revenues. Willis’ background is in the IT industry, having been employed with SouthTrust Bank as a System Administrator for over 10 years. Willis has learned several bits of advice over the years which include the values instilled in him from his late father, “Do not lie. Do not cheat. Do not steal.” While these values may be simple, they are applicable in every facet of life. Willis’ philosophy is best summed-up in one quote, “Fortitudine Vincimus”, which means “by endurance, we conquer.” He believes that no matter the situation, persistence through faith will win all the time.

Willis attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and stays active in the community by sharing his expertise on hiring and job search best practices with various users groups, colleges, and civic organizations. Away from work, he enjoys training for triathlons, ATV racing, and most of all, spending time with his wife Meredith and their three boys, Rhys, Easton, and Cullen.