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OUR 2017 JOHN R. MOTT AWARD WINNER IS RICHARD "STICK" WILLIAMS

Stick Williams knows something about gathering a community together to create action. For 37 years, Stick invested his talents and leadership to efforts intended to improve quality of life in this community and the communities served by Duke Energy. He retired at the end of 2015 as the Vice President of Corporate Community Affairs at Duke Energy and as President of The Duke Energy Foundation, where he led the company’s philanthropic efforts. A native of Greensboro, NC, Stick worked for Duke Energy since his graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a degree in accounting.

In his years at Duke Energy, Stick served in a variety of management roles including those overseeing diversity and business ethics, policies and practices and employee development. Additionally, he has served and continues to serve on multiple community boards, most of which aim to improve the educational outcome for our children, the overall health of people in our community and quality of life.

Stick joined the YMCA of Greater Charlotte Board of Directors in 2003 and served on the fundraising, nominating and governance, operational effectiveness and executive committees. He also led the board as chair in 2010 – 2011 and was elected YMCA Trustee in 2012.

Stick is a current board member for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated and HomeTrust Bancshares. He is co-chair of Project LIFT, an innovative philanthropic initiative to address educational issues in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ West Charlotte Corridor. He also serves on the boards of National Association of Corporate Directors - Carolinas Chapter, Carolinas HealthCare System, Central Piedmont Community College, Read Charlotte, the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science, Hope Haven, Inc. and The Good Fellows Club.  In addition, Stick has served as chair on various other boards throughout his career, including UNC Chapel Hill - Board of Trustees, Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce, UNC General Alumni Association, Durham Chamber of Commerce, The Mint Museum, and Bank of Commerce.

In 2015, Stick was named one of the "Heroes of the Fortune 500" for good works by employees of the nation's largest companies. Fortune magazine recognized him for his leadership in the Project LIFT initiative. Stick was also a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of North Carolina's most prestigious honors.  

Stick and Teresa Williams are proud of their three daughters and one granddaughter.