Black History Month and Advance Community Health – Featuring Director of Human Resources, Aubrey Williams
By: Kelly Wright, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications
To start off this first week of Black History Month we’d like you to meet Aubrey Williams, the Director of Human Resources for Advance Community Health. Williams was raised in Anchorage, Alaska, with his five other siblings while their father served in the United States Air Force.
Williams earned his B.S. in Business in Texas at Bishop College. His first job out of college was as an Accounting Manager for Glass of Alaska, over time he advanced to Controller of the corporation. Wishing to relocate, he returned to Texas and took a position with the Dallas County Community College District as the Purchasing Manager for Technology. During that time he learned to write code in Basic, Cobol, Fortran and C+. His best friend’s father was the VP of Engineering at LTV and they needed someone to write code for their Finite Element Analysis programs. So, Williams entered the aerospace field as a Software Systems Manager, working on projects for Hughes Aircraft, American General Aircraft, Northrup Grumman and General Dynamics. He completed his Master’s in Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Once the defense industry started winding down Williams sought to do something that interacted more with people. He joined Cytec Engineered Materials as the HR Manager. “I have loved HR ever since and never looked back,” he says. Over his eight-year career there he developed in HR, six sigma, lean, project management, and at the time was one of only seven graduates of Cornell University’s dual labor relations program. As a labor relations expert he has held Director of Employee and Labor Relations positions with LifeBridge Health, Georgetown University Hospital and Rivermend Behavioral Health.
Williams says, “Black History Month is an opportunity to show gratitude and respect for what the people that came before us fought for. I have spent my life pursuing opportunities through education, occupation and life that many have not had the chance to purse. I feel that it is my obligation to give back and to help others achieve through the knowledge that I have gained.”
Williams moved to the North Carolina area due a relocation by his wife’s job. They have one daughter and two sons, and they have instilled in their children the importance of getting a competitive education. Two of their children have their master’s degrees while the other one is finishing up his bachelor’s degree.
When asked who his influential role models are, he remarks, “My biggest role models are my father and mother. Through them I have learned more about life than any book or experience could teach me.”
We at Advance Community Health celebrate his life and accomplishments and hope they inspire you during Black History Month and beyond.