American Academy of Family Physicians’ Chief Financial Officer Named Vice President of Financial, Administrative Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Friday, April 30, 2010

Contact:
Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
mmoriarty@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named Robert Watchinski, C.P.A., vice president for financial and administrative services. Watchinski has served as the AAFP’s chief financial officer for more than 15 years, and will continue his work in that function in addition to the responsibilities of this newly created position.

“I am excited for Robert to assume this new position and further utilize his wealth of leadership experience,” said Douglas Henley, M.D., AAFP's executive vice president and chief executive officer. “Having Robert as a part of our senior management team will allow the AAFP to move forward in an efficient and positive manner.”

As vice president for financial and administrative services, Watchinski is responsible for the financial operations of the AAFP, including financial reporting, budgets, investments and cash management. He will oversee the approximately 70 AAFP staff members that make up the Finance and Accounting Division, the Administration Division and the Information Technology Division.

Watchinski will act as a financial consultant to the AAFP Board of Directors and the AAFP’s executive vice president, deputy executive vice president, and other division vice presidents; and will serve as staff executive to the Commission on Finance and Insurance.

“Robert’s expertise has been instrumental to the AAFP’s ability to successfully adapt its financial structure during challenging economic climates and as professional medical societies reexamine their funding models,” Henley said.

Watchinski joined the AAFP in 1993 as the organization’s first chief financial officer having responsibility for the budgeting, financial statements, financial operations and treasury management of the organization.

Before coming to the AAFP, Watchinski served as associate executive director of finance for Humana Prime Health. Previously, he was senior vice president of finance for Prime Health Management Services Inc., and coordinated its conversion to a for-profit corporation and negotiated the sale of the company to Humana Inc.

Watchinski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he graduated cum laude.

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