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March 30, 2014

John D. Williams: Claremore’s Progressive Citizen of the Year


There are few opportunities to make choices that will guide the future direction of our lives, let alone the impact on our community.
Those points in our lives — selecting a university, a vocation, a spouse and place to live — are critical for our own formation and those around us.
Early in his life, John D. Williams was influenced by his parents. They purchased a ranch —Co-Line Ranch — in Rogers County and he spent plenty of time there getting to know this region.
When it came time for him to plant himself and begin his family, he chose Claremore.
“I loved Claremore and all the possibilities it had to offer, so we made it our home,” Willaims has said.
That love and commitment to Claremore and Rogers County is why he has been selected as this year’s Progressive Citizen of the Year by the Claremore Daily Progress.
Williams says his parents instilled three principles in him — honesty, integrity and character. Those qualities continue to shine bright through his life.
When he came to Claremore, he was encouraged by Frank  Robson to go to Real Estate school. This step was the first among many that broadened Williams perspective and placed him in a position to help grow Claremore and Rogers County.
From the humble beginnings in a one-room office to one of  the largest volume real estate brokerage firms in the county, Williams has played a role in some of the significant residential and commercial developments that have been a foundation for what our community is today.
Williams has more than 45 years of experience and education in various aspects of the real estate industry.
He was a major contributor in developing residential subdivisions, including Westwood, Colonial Estates and six other developments in Rogers County.
Williams worked with Sam Walton in the site selection for Claremore’s Walmart. In his relationship with Walton, Williams helped locate sites for more than 50 Walmart stores throughout several states.

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