5 questions for J. Blount Williams
You oughta know
J. Blount Williams is the chairman and CEO of Alfred Williams & Co. A native North Carolinian, Blount joined AWC in 1981 and is a direct descendant of company founder Alfred Williams. Blount represents the fifth generation of family ownership and is the majority shareholder of the Raleigh-based office-furniture company, which was founded in 1867.
Williams earned a bachelor’s in history from UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He serves on the Board of the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, is the past chairman of the WakeMed Foundation, serves on the board of trustees for Wake Education Partnership, is the former chairman of the board at Marbles Kids Museum, and served on the executive committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Blount is a former senior warden at Christ Church. He is married with four grown children and twelve grandchildren.
What do you like best about your job?
The best thing about my job is the people that I work with – they are bright, hardworking, collaborative and fun.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by great design, inspired clients and business success. And most importantly, by my twelve grandchildren!
Who is a role model?
My role model is my father in law, Ben Morris. He was a humble leader (newspaper publisher), intelligent and a very open-minded individual.
What was your biggest challenge this week?
My biggest challenge this week was balancing the emotional extremes of burying two close friends and welcoming a twelfth grandchild, while running a business…
Favorite NC vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot is in South Carolina – because I married a South Carolinian. It is a beach called DeBordieu.