2016-17 Recipient

DUNCAN F. WILLIAMS is the President of Duncan-Williams, Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee.  Mr. Williams has been with the firm since 1993 and has served as President since 2000. Duncan-Williams, Inc. is a full-service broker-dealer, employing more than 100 employees, with branches in Atlanta, Boulder, Charlotte, Houston, New York, Tampa, and Jackson, MS.  Since its founding in 1969 as a municipal bond dealer, the Company has expanded in sales, finance and underwriting of all fixed-income securities to the general public and financial institutions. 
Mr. Williams served on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Board of Governors for a three-year term from 2008 to 2010 and is currently serving on FINRA’s Statutory Disqualification Committee.  He has also served on the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) for FINRA and is a past member of the FINRA Small Firm Advisory Board and the NASD Small Firms Impact Task Force.  He served on the NASD District Nominating Committee, the NASD District Business Conduct Committee and was the committee’s chairman in 2002.
Mr. Williams is a member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce and serves as Co-chair of its Chairman Circle.  He is currently serving on the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, is a past Chairman of The Leadership Academy (New Memphis Institute) in Memphis and still sits on their Board.  Mr. Williams serves as an Advisory Board Member of SunTrust Bank and a member of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board.  Mr. Williams is a past Board member of Presbyterian Day School, a former member of the Memphis Economic Club Board and previously served on the Capital Campaign Committee of Shelby Farms.  In 2012, he was selected as “Communicator of the Year” by the Memphis Public Relations Society of America and was named “CEO of the Year” by MBQ, and in 2013, he was inducted into the Society of Entrepreneurs.  In 2012, Mr. Williams became one of the local owners of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team.
Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Alabama in 1990 and is a member of the President’s Cabinet, Commerce Executive Society, and the Board of Visitors at the University of Alabama. 
Duncan is married to Abigail (Abbie) Ware Williams, and is the father of three children.