Member spotlight


Name: Gary Watkins
Job title:  Head of Discipline, MRO Human Factors
Company: Aviation Services Research Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Industry:  Aviation
Member since: May 2017

Where is home?

I am originally from Elizabeth, New Jersey (just outside of New York City) and I’m entering into my 4th year here in Hong Kong.

Favourite thing to do in Hong Kong? 

I have found a very wonderful Tai Chi group that I have joined at Lai Chi Kok Park. They are a very loving group and the site is, in my opinion, the most beautiful park in all of Hong Kong.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? 

I led a multi-site, one billion U.S. Dollar business with 800 employees, managing a fleet of 200 fighter jet aircraft for the Department of Defense, at the age of 30 (before I graduated college).

If I wasnt a business leader, I would be

A psychologist. Since I was a pre-teen I've always been a self-proclaimed student of human behavior and have always spent a lot of my personal time and resources investing in people.

First ever job? 

I'm often embarrassed to share, but I was a telemarketer for a mortgage company.  I cold called random people across the U.S. and convinced them to refinance their loans.

Share some advice.

Stay busy working on all the things that develop your moral character, so you don't have time to do the things that destroy it.

Where can we find you outside of work?   

On Flower Market Road in Mongkok pretty much every weekend shopping for new herbs and plants for my indoor garden.  

Next destination on your travel checklist?

Cape Town, South Africa.

What attracted you to AmCham? 

The diversity of committees to join, and the long and significant standing of AmCham in the Hong Kong business community.

Where will we run into you next?

At the next Young Professional Committee event!