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David Williams, Jr.

David Williams, Jr.

Anchor Buick GMC
Elkton, Maryland

“I am a second-generation dealer, and my father gave me an opportunity and a work ethic which enabled me to succeed.”

“The automobile industry has been very good to my family,” nominee Williams said. “I am a second-generation dealer, and my father gave me an opportunity and a work ethic which enabled me to succeed.”

A 1974 graduate of Elkton High School in Elkton, Williams studied criminal law at the University of Maryland in College Park. He has always worked at the store founded by his father as Anchor Pontiac Buick in 1963, becoming the dealer in 1983. They relocated the business in 1999 and formed the Williams Family Automotive Group, which now includes Anchor Buick GMC, Williams Chevrolet and Williams Used Cars & Trucks, all in Elkton.

“We have grown our businesses and are now able to give others that same opportunity for success,” he said of the auto group he owns with his two brothers and cousin. “Most rewarding to me is the ability to provide for my wife and seven children and to enjoy a lifestyle of hard work and lots of fun.”

An ardent supporter of effective leadership in government, Williams is the chairman and founder of the Cecil Business Leaders for Better Government, which he established in 2011. “Our mission is to recruit and support qualified candidates for public office,” he said. “We have recruited nine candidates who have won their elections and are now serving locally. And we have turned an unresponsive, antigrowth government into one that truly serves the people and is responsive to its constituents.”

He is also proactive in furthering education initiatives and in 1994, helped establish the Tall Oaks Classical School, a Christian school for grades kindergarten through 12 (now located in Bear, Delaware), where he recently retired as board chair. “The school began with 23 students and has increased enrollment to 236,” Williams said. “Children without a good solid educational foundation will struggle in the world’s competitive economies, so I’m happy the school provides the groundwork for their futures.”

In addition, he has supported the Union Hospital Foundation in Elkton and the NADA Charitable Foundation’s Ambassadors Program, Saint Andrews College and the Logos School. He has also worked on behalf of dealers by contributing his time to the political action committee for the NADA.

Williams was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Peter Kitzmiller, president of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Tracey, have seven children and 20 grandchildren.