John A. Williams serves as chairman of the board and a member of the CSI Executive Committee. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1962, earning a Bachelor of Science, with majors in accounting and economics. John then practiced accounting and management consulting with Arthur Andersen & Co. in St. Louis. From 1963-65, as a UK ROTC graduate, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, directing development of experimental data processing systems at 7th Army Headquarters in Germany. In 1965, he served as the founding CEO in the creation of Computer Services, Inc. (CSI), headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky, becoming president in 1968 and chairman in 1979.
Over the years, John has been intensely involved with community, state and national organizations. He has served Burroughs Computer Users Group (president); Association for Financial Technology (president); Four Rivers Boy Scout Council (president); Scoutmaster, and Webelos leader; Area Six (KY/TN) Boy Scouts (president); Southeast Regional Board Boy Scouts (director); National Museum Board Boy Scouts (director); National Eagle Bound program (creator); Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce (president); Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (vice president); Federal Reserve-Louisville (chair); and Carson Four Rivers Performing Arts Center (chair). John also served as a lecturer in banking schools at UK, LSU, Nebraska, and Georgia, and as a faculty member at the Paducah Community College.
For Kentucky, John has served on several state commissions, including: Science and Technology; Economic Development; Unemployment Insurance; Career Ladder Education; Tax Reform Commission; Transition for Governor Fletcher for Finance and Revenue Cabinets; Kentuckians for Excellence in Education Task Force; Kentucky State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education; the Higher Education Study Task Force; and Chair of the Leadership Institute for School Principals.
John has been presented the Silver Antelope from Boy Scouts of America. Murray State University has honored John by naming its annual Telecommunications System Management Entrepreneurship Award the John A. Williams Entrepreneurship Award. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Murray State, and received an Honorary Doctorate in Business & Technology in 2017 for service over five decades including design input on two degree programs. John was named a Paducah Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2004, and in 2009, he received the Summit Award for leadership in education and Impact Poverty; John has also received the Technology Leadership Award as outstanding technology leader in Kentucky from the Governor. He is recognized in the Paducah Tilghman High School Hall of Fame, the UK Gatton Business School Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Leadership Kentucky presented John their fourteenth Flamethrower Award in 2015.
John is married to Vivian Gray Williams, and they have three sons, John, Jr., Kevin, and Brett; three daughters-in-law; eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.