Tommy Williams is the President and Founder of Williams Financial Advisors, LLC, one of the leading independent wealth managers for Private Client Services. The firm serves clients with holistic financial planning, disciplined investment strategies, and proactive personal service. He founded Williams Financial Advisors, LLC in December of 1997 following an 11 year stint as a CFP® and retirement planning specialist with Royal Alliance Associates.
Tommy developed a foundation for a career as a CFP® Professional with a 9 year career in Human Resource Management where he held responsible corporate positions both domestically and internationally in the oil and gas industry. This platform evolving from success in the corporate world has been a key component in the organizational design of the firm over which he now presides.
In 1974 Tommy graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Sociology and Business Management. An active community leader, he has served on numerous boards including President of the Financial Planning Association Ark-La-Tex Chapter, President of the Board of the Samaritan Counseling Center, a board member of Live Oak Retirement Community, a member of the Coordinating & Development Corporation, a board member and Chairman of the Membership Committee for the Committee of One Hundred, and for nine years he chaired the Junior Achievement of North Louisiana Business Hall of Fame. In recognition for his civic and business accomplishments, he was inducted into the North Louisiana Business Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2006 and 2007 he was a Co-Chairman of the fundraising campaign for Community Renewal International, and he remains passionate about the expansion of its mission by serving on their National Advisory Board. Tommy served on the Board of the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, and in 2011 and 2012, he served as Chairman of the annual campaign for United Way. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Shreveport, a supporter of Volunteers of America, Louisiana Tech Alumni Association, and a member of First United Methodist Church of Shreveport.
Tommy has been actively sought as a public speaker and in all forms of the media. For five years he co-hosted a weekly radio talk show, “Your Financial Future”. He is a perennial guest on both national and local television broadcasts when expert financial commentary is needed. During the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009, he appeared on CNBC, Fox Business, and other national broadcasts 59 times in 18 months. His quotes were frequently sought by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reuters, The Associated Press, and other news services around the globe. For ten years he appeared on a weekly news broadcast with the CBS affiliation in Shreveport Louisiana. Every Sunday beginning in 2009, he has authored a column on the front page of the business section of the Shreveport Times entitled “Financial Fundamentals”.
Tommy enjoys running (has completed 14 marathons including Boston, New York, Dallas, Houston, and Big Sur California). He is known for finding humor in the everyday things of life, and the notion that the world will be a better place due to his having been here. He has a passion for rock music-primarily that of the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. He thoroughly enjoys professional baseball, though he supports no specific team (primarily pulls for the presumed underdog).
Getting to know Tommy
Favorite Hobbies: Reading, running, solving world problems (and laughing) with great friends
Favorite Food: Seafood Platters
Favorite Drinks: J&B scotch and Starbucks coffee
Favorite Quote: “I was born at night, but not last night.”
Best piece of financial advice received: Spend less than you make
Favorite Song: Your Song by Elton John
Favorite Books: Many, but: The Way to Love, Meditations For Life by Anthony DeMello, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, and The Art of Possibility by Ben Zander
Favorite Movie: The Jerk with Steve Martin
Favorite Destination: Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California
If Tommy could meet anyone past or present: Bob Dylan
Most interesting meeting: Once spent a day in the Bahamas with Sir John Templeton
Biggest Accomplishment: Knowing my parents were extraordinarily proud of me
Something few people know: Though an active Methodist, Tommy has done numerous 9 day silent retreats with Jesuit Catholics in Grand Coteau, Louisiana and another 9 day silent retreat in a Buddhist monastery in California.
Most Rewarding Experience: Positive feedback from clients who value our relationship.