Gardner-Webb Alumnus Recognized for Business Success and Community Service

Keon Williams Jr. ’14 Named to Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce 30 Under 30


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Since graduating from Gardner-Webb University in 2014, Kyeonta “Keon” Williams Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., has endeavored to serve others on the job and in the community. Recently, he was recognized with an award that acknowledges his business success and volunteer efforts. He was named to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce 30 Under 30 Class of 2018. He was nominated for the honor by five of his colleagues from Wells-Fargo Securities.

“It was really cool to be recognized by my co-workers, not only as a professional but also for my work as a community volunteer,” offered the economics/finance major.

Williams has been promoted to a short-term sales analyst, and his job involves trading municipal bonds. He believes it is important to base his decisions on his Christian principles. “I have a ‘we’ mentality of putting others before myself that is rooted in my Gardner-Webb experience,” he related. “I understand the importance of doing things the right way. Christianity is not separate from business—both go hand-in-hand—and that is what I’ve been able to implement into my day-to-day.”

The former Runnin’ Bulldogs cornerback participates in various ministries in the Charlotte area, such as mentoring college football players through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, participating in volunteer initiatives sponsored by Wells-Fargo, and spending most Friday evenings at the Dream Center distributing food to people living on the streets.

Williams hopes to share with others that they can become whatever they choose to be with God’s help and their own hard work. He said his professors at GWU showed him how to weave his faith and career goals. “The curriculum of the Godbold School of Business helped mold me into a responsible professional,” he elaborated. “Most importantly, my experience gave me a sense of moral discernment and ethical awareness that is needed for a career in an industry plagued by conflicts of interest.”

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