Sandy Watkins is a Senior Executive and industry veteran with over 35 years of experience in Corporate Finance, Accounting, Leadership, and Operations.
Sandy has served as the Chairman of Open Lending, LLC since 1999. He has significant experience and expertise launching start-up companies in the areas of both finance and technology. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of business development, risk analysis, and accounting systems. Sandy’s leadership has been instrumental in the company’s exponential growth.
Under his leadership, Open Lending has been named to the Austin Business Journal’s “FAST 50” list five times, recognizing the fastest growing private companies in Central Texas. The company has also been named to the “INC 5000” list of fastest growing private companies nationwide and been named a “Best Place to Work” in Central Texas three times.
Previously, Sandy co-founded Advanced Computer Systems, Inc. (ARC Systems), an Austin-based technology company specializing in automated underwriting systems for the mortgage industry. He was Chairman & CEO of Homeowners Mortgage and Equity for four years. Sandy was formerly a Corporate Bond Salesman with Goldman, Sachs & Co. earlier in his career and additionally, he spent five years directing United States investments for foreign investors. He is a Certified Public Accountant and served as a CPA with Haskins & Sells (Deloitte & Touche).
Sandy earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Austin, Texas.