Leadership 2017-01-02T10:48:02+00:00

Leadership

Tim Watkins

Co-Owner, President

As founder and President of Vector Concepts, Tim Watkins has over 30 years’ experience in the flooring industry and 25 years leading his own company. He started his career in the medical equipment industry, but made a life-changing decision to move into flooring when he met Terry Edwards and began sales for Edwards Carpet Services, which was exclusively commercial installation. In 1991, Tim and his nephew, Jody Skaggs took an entrepreneurial leap of faith and opened the doors of Vector Concepts. Tim and Jody were Vector Concepts and have comical memories of demo-ing floors in the middle of the night on job sites before their installers arrived in the morning.

They handled every aspect of the company and it began to grow quickly. Now he oversees all company operations in addition to reviewing every project for successful customer satisfaction and profitability. Tim absolutely loves going to work every day and the Vector family means the world to him. Tim is a Dallas, TX native but also spent time in Houston during the early 1980’s. Tim and his sons have always been into extreme hobbies, and Tim started his boys building and flying Radio Control model aircrafts when they were toddlers. His hobby shop has always been the most important room in his house. He also enjoys traveling, Cabo San Lucas being one of his favorite relaxing escapes. He loves historical destinations, as well. His family time is ultimately most important to him; spending weekends by the pool in the summer is one of his favorite pastimes with his wife of 35 years, Kelly, and sons Chase and Cameron. Tim enjoys golfing and bike riding, as well. Tim is one of the original board members and founder of the Colleyville Prayer Room and has been a member of Compass Christian Church for over 18 years. His faith comes first and is quite evident in his leadership as well as his community involvement. Tim is a strong supporter in Vector’s favorite charity, Family Legacy, which provides much needed assistance to children in Africa.

Jody Skaggs

Co-Owner, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer

Jody Skaggs acts as VP, Secretary and Treasurer, but he is actually a co-founder of Vector Concepts. His illustrious career in flooring began in April of 1983. After working for various flooring companies, Jody partnered with Tim Watkins and opened Vector in 1991. Over his many years of experience in the flooring industry, Jody has forged long lasting relationships with his customers, who remain loyal to this day. Jody’s early role at Vector was labor scheduling and warehousing duties.

Today, he prepares quotes, acts as a Project Manager, purchases inventory and collaborates with the Vector Operations, Sales and Sports Teams. He is always willing to lend a helping hand or his expertise to whomever needs it. Jody truly believes his primary role as owner is to ensure those who work at VC have the tools to be successful at their jobs. His distinctive laugh can be heard at any given time within the Vector walls. He loves to jokingly warn the staff, if they are standing high up on warehouse racks, forklifts or even atop their desks, You fall –you’re fired before you hit the ground! Jody is especially grateful that he is able to work with his friends. When he’s not at Vector, Jody can be found golfing, playing softball with his buddies or quietly sitting in his backyard watching hummingbirds for hours on end. His preferred weekend pastime is hanging out poolside with his loved ones, his favorite beverage in hand. A true Dallas, TX native, Jody resides with his wife Terri and enjoys spending time with their 2 daughters and 2 sons. They also have 7 grandkids: 4 girls and 3 boys. He loves sports of all kinds and is a big fan of the DFW teams. As a leader, Jody remains focused on God’s plan for him. The Skaggs family attends Gateway Church in North Richland Hills and support the Family Legacy charity as well as the Concerned Women for America organization.

Bill Austin

VP- Sales & Marketing

Bill is a sales management executive with extensive experience in the areas of sales, sales training, contract negotiations, marketing and business development. He has been particularly effective in showing positive gains in market shares, increasing profitability and growing revenues while managing costs. Mr. Austin has honed these skills through his diverse career. 

For the past twenty plus years, Bill has served in various management capacities, his last 10 with Vector Concepts as VP of Sales & Marketing. Prior to joining Vector, he spent part of his career with several major manufacturers in both the world of sports and commercial flooring finding what appears to be a career niche after playing college basketball. His unique formula of success and commitment to helping make Vector a solutions provider within the industry has aided in the expansion, growth and exposure of the company. A firm believer that “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital,” he develops plans and strategies for developing business while achieving the company’s goals. Bill strives to create a culture of success for ongoing business and goal achievement, and to provide leadership and coordination of company sales, delivering profitable growth. He directs and coordinates company sales & marketing functions and also analyzes effectiveness of sales, methods, costs and results. He works closely with Senior Management, VC Business Development, Operations and both sales teams for the Commercial and Sports Divisions. Born and raised in North Carolina, Bill now resides in McKinney with his wife Jane, daughters Ansley, Ruby and Maggie. He also has with two grandchildren Caroline Grace, and Austin. Bill likes to play golf, travel, fish and hunt.

Mike Harris

CPA, Vice President & CFO

As Chief Financial Officer, Mike works with the owners to ensure the financial integrity of the company. His responsibilities include corporate governance, risk management, banking, human resources, accounting and finance. Mike holds a Business Management degree from The University of Texas and is a licensed CPA. His background includes ten years in mergers and acquisitions and progressive financial responsibility in industrial manufacturing, distribution, construction and service companies. Organizations that he worked for include $6 billion conglomerates to venture capital start-ups.

Originally from Oklahoma, Mike currently lives in Bedford, Texas with his wife Kimberlee and has two grown children, Chris and Amanda. He has also lived in Tulsa, Philadelphia, Houston, Austin, and once upon a time, in Abu Dhabi. Mike feels fortunate to have traveled extensively throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America. He has served in the TSCPA Educator’s forum and as a CPA Jobs Workshop outreach volunteer. Spending time with his children, Mike was a YMCA Indian Guide and Indian Princess tribal officer and nation leader. He is also a contributor and volunteer to numerous charities. Mike stays active as an avid rock climber and mountaineer. He is a member of the Access Fund and the American Alpine Club; he has competed in numerous team sports and martial arts. He quips, “Life has taught me to never start a chainsaw while holding a cat… but I do sometimes anyway. Just ask my wife.”

Billy Dotson

Director of Business Operations

Billy Dotson recently celebrated 22 years as an employee at Vector. One could say the flooring industry is in his blood. His father was a flooring installer who relocated his family from Dallas to East Texas and opened a floor covering store. Billy went to work with him before he was old enough to attend school; as he grew up, he continued to work with his dad, learning tricks of the trade and as an adult, became a flooring contractor himself. In 1979, he met Brenda, the girl of his dreams. The family moved back to Dallas and eventually specialized in sports flooring.

Billy was unknowingly charting a course that would lead to Vector Concepts. In 1989 Billy met Tim Watkins and Jody Skaggs and began installing for them. When Tim and Jody started Vector Concepts in 1991, Billy joined them and became the first full-time Installation Coordinator/Warehouse Man. Because of Billy’s engaging personality and problem solving skills, in 1995 Tim persuaded him to try sales and project management. Then in 2010 Billy was chosen to oversee all aspects of the operational side of the business. If there is a challenge, it’s Billy’s job to orchestrate the solution. When Billy isn’t performing as The Fixer at Vector, he and Brenda enjoy traveling to watch Sprint Car races and perusing Antique Malls. Their family is completed by kids Bud and Amber, son-in-law Adam, future daughter-in-law Kim, 3 grandsons (Colby, Jaxon, and Tuff) and 1 granddaughter (Landry). Billy is quick to say, “I am blessed to have spent the past 27 years learning more each day about the flooring industry, being mentored by Tim and Jody, two of the greatest men I’ve ever known.”