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 is 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 currently serves on numerous Boards including JobsOhio, The Western and Southern Financial Group, The Cincinnati Equity Fund, The Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), and Cintrifuse, a venture capital firm he co-founded to bolster Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and tech-based economy.
He 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 a co-founder and original 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.
He is a Co-Chair of the Child Poverty Collaborative. He is a co-founder and original Chairman of REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) Cincinnati. He is Co-Chair of Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition and is a board member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. He is a founding board member ofAccelerate Great Schools and Teach For America. He is Chairman Emeritus of the LISC Local Advisory Committee.
He is also a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, past member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (past president) and a member of the Chief Executives Organization. He is 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, 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, Northport Point, the Queen City Club, Royal Poinciana Golf Club and the Snowmass Club.
He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Tom is married to Jenny Williams. The Williams have three children.