Christopher J Williams - From a degree in Architecture to the Board of Directors at WalMart Christopher J. Williams - his story is testimony to what is possible when dreams are pursued with vigor and determination. Williams was artistic as a child, which led him to take up Architecture as his major in college. Graduating with a B.A. in Architecture from the Howard University, Christopher J. Williams always demonstrated the talent and skill required to succeed at a career in finance. After two years in a declining construction market, Williams adapted to the economic realities and entered Dartmouth to earn his M.B.A.. After receiving his MBA, Mr. Williams started working with derivatives at Lehman Brothers in 1992. After two years, Williams resigned from his job at Lehman Brothers. He partnered with his colleagues and founded Williams Capital Group. Mr. Williams is the Chairman and CEO of the Williams Capital Group. He directs the firmâ€™s strategic efforts in investment banking. Mr. Williams also serves on the board of directors at Caesarâ€™s Entertainment, Inc., Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. At Wal-Mart, Mr. Williams has served as the Audit Committee chairperson since 2004 and is ranked among the brightest talents in capital management today. In 2002, Mr. Williams was selected by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful Blacks in corporate America. In that same year, Williams Capital was ranked as the largest minority owned investment bank in Black Enterprises June 2002 issue and once again in the June 2004 issue.
Published on Oct 31, 2012