CHAIRMAN & CEO, UNIVERSAL PARKS & RESORTS, ORLANDO
Williams, a graduate of the California State University Fresno, began his career with Universal Parks & Resorts (formerly Universal Studios Recreation Group) at Yosemite Park & Curry, where he was vice president of hotels and restaurants. In 1987, he joined Universal Studios Florida’s opening team. He led the design and development of all operational aspects for the new park, which opened in 1990.
In his current role, Williams oversees Universal parks and resorts worldwide, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan. In addition, he serves on the NBCUniversal executive committee.
Williams has led Universal on a massive expansion — both nationally and internationally. He oversaw the creation and development of new attractions, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. He is currently overseeing development of Universal Beijing, and the development of Universal Orlando’s third theme park, Epic Universe.
Williams has been inducted into the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Hall of Fame and is a member of Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame. He is a founding trustee of World Class Schools (Florida) and United Arts of Central Florida. He is also on the advisory board for Give Kids the World.