Tom Williams possesses a wide range of experiences in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He worked in the Executive Branch of federal, state, and county governments, in corporate America, small businesses, internationally renowned charitable organizations, and as a government contractor.
To earn money for college Tom worked as a newspaper boy, a gravedigger, a farm hand, grocery bagger, jewelry store clerk, and in a steel foundry. After military service, he was employed in a state social services department and later as a county emergency manager. In private industry, Mr. Williams worked for an insurance company and in customer service for a high-end jewelry business. As a volunteer and later employee of non-profit organizations, he helped people find jobs, performed fundraising activities, and trained volunteers to aid citizens affected by natural disasters. Tom rejoined the government helping communities face the challenges of terrorism and other crises like active shooters.
He is a disabled veteran who lived, served, traveled, and vacationed on six continents in more than forty countries. Mr. Williams has appeared on local morning television and noontime radio talk shows and has conducted crisis management seminars in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Tom was born in the Sandhills region of western Nebraska. He attended private and public schools and, as was typical for young boys, participated in Scouting and played several sports. Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant, United States Army. Tom achieved magna cum laude honors obtaining a Masters from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
Since retirement in 2011, he has focused on writing. Tom’s first effort, completed in 2015 for his family, was a 600-page genealogy from their arrival in the New World in the late 1600s until today. In addition to Letters to a G.I., My Life in Lists, President You, and his family history, Mr. Williams has other books in various stages of research and completion.
Tom, his wife Judy, and their silver-haired Maine Coon cat “Nora” now reside in Kansas.
Letters to a G.I. It is 1971. The war in Vietnam is winding down. Amy Palmer, a young working woman, eyes a uniformed soldier, Scott Morris, at the local Pizza Hut. From that point on, follow her three-year letter writing as she, and their relationship, transitions from infatuation to enduring love.