Don Williams, Chief Financial Officer, began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Young and Deloitte & Touche. After leaving public accounting for the private sector, he joined Altec Industries, serving as a Senior Vice President and CFO during his 25-year career. Don later formed JD Williams & Associates, a consulting firm with an emphasis on strategic planning, family businesses, and M&A advisory services. His company first consulted with ESS and Don officially joined the company as Chief Strategic Officer in 2013, transitioning to CFO in 2018.
Don attended Jacksonville State University on an athletic scholarship and completed his studies at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), earning his Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree in 1973.
Today, Don is a committed supporter of his alma mater, dedicating significant time and resources to UAB academic and athletic programs. Don is also a long-time supporter of The Boy Scouts of America, founding a successful sporting clays fundraiser that provided over $2,000,000 in donations directly to the Scouts.