Don Williams, Founder, Retired

Don, the founder of D. Williams & Co., P.C., came to Lubbock in 1948 from Alma, Arkansas at the age of eighteen. After working as a brick-mason, a turn in the Army, several years with the U.S. Postal Service, and graduating from Texas Technological College, Don began his career in public accounting in 1959. In 1960, he joined the Edwin E. Merriman & Co. firm in Lubbock. Edwin E. Merriman & Co. grew into one of the largest firms in Lubbock and the premier firm in Texas serving agri-business and agricultural cooperatives. Don became a Merriman partner in 1970.

In 1981, the Merriman & Co. firm merged into the national accounting practice of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., now known as KPMG. Don was a partner in the Lubbock office of Peat Marwick until December, 1986. Realizing that Peat Marwick's philosophy of client service was less than ideal, Don was convinced that the West Texas agricultural community would respond favorably to a firm providing proactive, personal service. History has proven him right. In December, 1986, he founded the firm that bears his name today. D. Williams & Co., P.C. is proud to carry on the tradition of service to Texas agri-business that began with Merriman & Co. in the 1940's.

Throughout his fifty plus year career in public accounting, Don demonstrated the highest integrity and devotion to advancing the development of agricultural cooperatives and agri-business for the benefit of the farmers that own them and the rural communities of which they are a part. In 2001, the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award for his dedication to Texas cooperatives. His dedication to the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives and the Texas chapter in particular, led to over forty years of service to that organization and to the development of his reputation as a teacher and leader. A true gentleman, Don's warm wit and empathetic, easy-going manner helped him to be a great teacher, mentor, and friend to his many clients, co-workers and partners.

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