Following a national search, Williams was selected for his exhaustive experience in global branding, international trade and finance, public and industrial policy, and administration and management to TAG. His 25 years of working in economic and technology development includes his current role as president and CEO of The Beacon Council in Miami-Dade and former life as vice president of technology development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
“With a solid reputation as a true consensus-builder and communicator, Larry not only has the skills needed to work effectively within Atlanta’s complex business environment, but also the relationships,” said Barry McCarthy, executive vice president and head of network and security solutions at First Data and TAG board immediate past chair. “Larry is the right leader for the next great chapter for TAG.”
Williams will follow in the footsteps of Tino Mantella, who, over a decade of leadership, catapulted TAG to more than 30,000 members and a board made up of more than 60 of Georgia’s leading technology stakeholders. While Mantella’s legacy casts a big shadow, Williams is ready for the challenge.
“My time in Miami has been amazing and the business and civic leaders there are incredible so leaving is bitter sweet,” says Williams. “I am looking forward to again working with Georgia’s forward-facing technology and business leaders to continue to build on TAG’s success and execute on the quantum growth strategy the TAG board rolled out earlier this year.”
TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community, and foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. It offers more than 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Its regional chapters include Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah.
For more information about TAG, visit http://www.tagonline.org/.