Christopher Judson Williams Fortune Magazine named Mr. Williams as among the most powerful blacks in corporate America in 2002, and spoke of him again in 2004 saying Williams Capital “sets itself apart in the investment banking patch” by being consistently profitable, even during down markets. Crain’s New York also lists Mr. Williams as one of the top 100 minority business leaders in 2003 and stated that his understanding in the field of derivatives and his emphasis on customer service have attributed to his success. Williams’ modest beginnings as an electrician’s son instilled the values of hard work, determination, and faith in capitalism and democracy. Those values seem to be the corner stone of the Williams Capital Group. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth. He is featured in two academic textbooks on using financial derivatives in capital markets. Before he founded Williams Capital Group he was employed at Lehman Brothers in New York, working in its derivatives department. Mr. Williams and his wife, Janice Savin Williams, also started the Allen L. Williams, II Memorial Scholarship in memory of his father, who served the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Williams serves on the Board of Directors of Caesar’s Entertainment Operating Company, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Wal-Mart and its Board of Directors has recently come under scrutiny over bribery allegations in Wal-Mex, its largest foreign subsidiary. Mr. Williams received overwhelming support from the shareholders’ vote this past May to continue his role on both the Executive Committee and as Chairperso n of the Audit Committee, receiving 86.74% of the vote.
Mr. Williams is founder, chairperson, and CEO of Williams Capital Group. Mr. Williams is described as soft-spoken but straight talking. His unique focus on customer service has created an extremely loyal client base. The discipline demonstrated by Mr. Williams against fast buck temptations saved his clients and also secured his Moody’s and S&P triple A rating earlier this year.