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March 30, 2014

John D. Williams named Progressive Citizen of the Year



Local attorney Bill Higgins said, “First and foremost, John Williams is a family man, having been blessed with his wife, Penny, who epitomizes the old adage ‘behind every successful man is a strong woman.’ Throughout their marriage, Penny has provided unwaivering support and encouragement which no doubt has contributed to John’s success.”
Early Real Estate Business
With the encouragement of Robson, Williams went to real estate school. Upon completion, he began work with Whiteside Grant Realtors, where he worked for two years before beginning his own company — John Williams Company.
It began in a one-room metal building across from the old Rogers County courthouse. Williams has moved his office several times. It was once located where Carl’s Jr. is and then where the city’s first QuikTrip on J. M. Davis Boulevard is located.
The John Williams Company quickly became the largest volume real estate brokerage company in Rogers County for 19 of the 25 years they were active in the residential aspect of the business. 
During this time, Williams 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.
Today, the company places its emphasis primarily on commercial real estate.  In addition to Walmart locations, he has worked with QuikTrip, Mazzio’s, Kum & Go and Pizza Hut.
Williams has more than 45 years of experience and education in various aspects of the real estate industry.
In 1980, Pat Burns sought Williams out to help bring Borg Warner to Claremore. It became Centralift Inc., now known as Baker Hughes.
Community Involvement
In 1982, he was encouraged to help established the United Way in Claremore and Rogers County. 

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