At age 16, Terry Williams bagged his first groceries part-time at a Houston Safeway. Four decades later, the Sam Houston State University alumnus is a leading executive with H-E-B as regional vice president. With more than 30 years of grocery experience, he is regarded as an expert in his field, as well as a respected and influential leader and mentor.
An SHSU Alumni Association Life Member, Williams previously served as vice president and president of the SHSU Alumni Association board of directors. Williams is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He has also inspired fellow Bearkats as a commencement speaker for the university.
Williams strives to make a difference in his community as an active member on the boards of numerous charitable organizations. Most recently, he became the first president on the Aldine ISD Foundation Board. He is also a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, End Hunger and the United Way.
As the former president/chairman of the board for the United Negro College Fund State of Texas, Williams lead the council’s fundraising efforts. Through his work, the UNCF awarded more than $1.7 million in scholarships to 405 Texans. Additionally, H-E-B has contributed more than $275,000 to UNCF.
Williams is a two-time Community Leadership Award winner within H-E-B and was awarded the H-E-B Diversity Leadership Award in 2008. Mentoring, growing and promoting deserving employees also earned him Manager of the Year.
He has been recognized with the Houston Diversity Leadership Award, the David Ashworth Humanity Award and has been cited among the Who’s Who of African American business leaders.