Duncan Williams

Duncan Williams is the Founder, Chairman, and driving spirit of Duncan Williams Asset Management. DWAM is a local investment advisory firm managing more than $1B in Assets-Under-Advisement that specializes in financial management for individual investors, businesses, and non-profit organizations. DWAM's Mission Statement is: "Serve our Clients. Improve our Community." Mr. Williams served as President of Duncan-Williams, Inc. since 2000 and shepherded its growth to one of the country's largest women-owned investment firms. He also oversaw the acquisition in 2021, when SouthState Bank acquired the firm as a wholly owned subsidiary. He now serves as Chairman of the Board of SouthStateⅼDuncanWilliams Securities Corp. He served on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Board of Governors for three years, from 2007 to 2010. He 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 has served on FINRA's Statutory Disqualification Committee. He served on the NASD District Nominating Committee and the NASD District Business Conduct Committee and was the committee's chairman in 2002. Mr. Williams currently serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, previously served as Co-chair of its Chairman's Circle, and is still an active member of the Chairman's Circle. He recently served on the Memphis Tourism Board (previously the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau). Mr. Williams is a past Chairman of The Leadership Academy (New Memphis Institute) in Memphis and still sits on their Board today. Mr. Williams is a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Professional Advisory Board member. Mr. Williams is a past Board member of Presbyterian Day School, a former Board Member of the Memphis Economic Club, 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, 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. He is a member of the President's Cabinet, the Commerce Executive Society, and the Board of Visitors. In 2022, he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Culverhouse College of Business School of Commerce.
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