As President and CEO of North American Properties, Tom Williams is driven in many ways but if there was one word at the heart of every action it would be: altruism. He deeply believes in “giving” and the acts of both investing in and giving back to our communities is where he finds tremendous satisfaction and fulfillment. Tom’s heart and soul are woven into the fabric of North American Properties’ purpose-driven culture and manifested in his leadership style. He is known for empowering people to question conventional wisdom, find meaning in their work, and discover better ways of building great places.
After joining the family business in 1986, Tom led the diversification of North American Properties’ portfolio and expansion into the Sunbelt with the opening of offices in Ft. Myers, Dallas and Atlanta. Under his 30+ years of leadership, North American Properties has built a strong balance sheet and track record of successful developments in 67 cities and 15 states, providing a stable platform upon which to execute the company’s current pipeline. In the past three years alone, North American has launched 36 projects totaling $1.1 billion in total capitalization. Prior to North American, Tom was an associate with the law firm of Frost & Jacobs.
As a Cincinnati native, Tom is passionate about the Queen City. He is Vice-Chairman and one of the principal owners of the Cincinnati Reds. He is a former owner of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2006 and, prior to that, was an owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
Tom is one of the principal owners and a board member of Skyline Chili, Inc. He completed a purchase agreement in December 2020 to assure this iconic Cincinnati brand will remain privately held by local ownership with deep Cincinnati roots, while simultaneously positioning itself for continued success and growth.
Mr. Williams is a co-founder of Nehemiah Manufacturing Co. Nehemiah was founded in 2009 with the mission to build brands, create jobs, and change lives. Nehemiah is committed to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the inner city of Cincinnati to stimulate community development and economic growth. Nehemiah is a second chance company. Many employees who come to Nehemiah just need a chance to prove themselves.
Tom currently serves on numerous Boards including JobsOhio, The Western and Southern Financial Group, Skyline Chili, Inc., Nehemiah Manufacturing Co., The Cincinnati Equity Fund, The Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), Cintrifuse, and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. He is also a member of JobsOhio Executive Committee and Investment Committee. He is a member of Western and Southern’s Executive Committee and Finance Committee and is Chairman of the Western & Southern Foundation. He chairs 3CDC’s Development and Finance Committee, and he is a member of the Cintrifuse Executive Committee.
Tom is a member of the Commission for Inclusive Capitalism. He is a Co-Chair of the Child Poverty Collaborative. He is an advisory member of The Cincinnati Chamber’s Workforce Innovation Center. He is a member of the RESTART Task Force convened to lead the Cincinnati region through the COVID-19 economic crisis and a member of the RESTART Economic Development Subcommittee. He is a member (past Chair) of REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) Cincinnati, and he is Co-Chair of Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition.
Tom is a member and past Chairman of the Cincinnati Business Committee (CBC), Co-Chair of the CBC’s Economic Development Committee, and Co-Chair of the CBC’s Education Committee. He is one of the founding members and past Chairman (August 2012 – April 2015) of the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee (CRBC) and serves on the Economic Development Committee, the Education Committee, and the Government Affairs Committee.
Tom is a board member of Accelerate Great Schools and Teach For America. He is Chairman Emeritus of the LISC Local Advisory Committee and a member of the Cincinnati Art Museum Nominating Committee. He is also a member of the World Presidents’ Organization and past member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (past president), and a member of the Chief Executives Organization. He is a member of the Commonwealth Club of Cincinnati (past president) and a member of the Commercial Club of Cincinnati (past President).
Some of Tom's past activities include membership of the boards of AAA Cincinnati, the Children’s Home of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cincinnati Zoo (past president), Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., Georgetown University’s Board of Regents, Leadership Scholars, PNC Bank Ohio, The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, St. Joseph Home, Summit Country Day School, and Xavier University.
Tom is a member of the Camargo Club, the Cincinnati Country Club, Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, Naples Yacht Club, Northport Point, the Queen City Club, Royal Poinciana Golf Club, and the Snowmass Club.
Tom is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Tom Williams is married to Jenny Williams. The Williams have three children.