Mr. Arthur Tab Williams, Jr. is co-founder of WILCOHESS, a chain of more than 300 gasoline stations, travel centers and restaurants in seven southeastern states. Mr. Williams graduated from NC State in 1950 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy. After returning from military service during the Korean War, Williams was appointed sales supervisor for the Winston-Salem Tobacco Market in 1955. In 1957, Mr. Williams joined Taylor Oil Company, later branching off with his wife, Elizabeth, to form A. T. Williams Oil Company in 1963. Mr. Williams has been active in giving back to his community, serving on the Boards of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce; Winston-Salem Business, Inc.; The Winston-Salem Foundation; BB&T; WFU Baptist Medical Center; NC State Alumni Association; Senior Services; Hospice and Palliative Care Center; The Salvation Army; Forsyth County Day School, which he also helped to establish; and on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission.
Throughout his career, Mr. Williams has been an active leader in major fund-raising efforts at NC State, and in 1996, he established a trust fund that contributes annual gifts to support three scholarships at this alma mater. He and his wife opened the Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Care Center of Senior Services, which assists seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease and other chronic health problems, providing respite for their family members. He has been the recipient of NC State’s Watauga Medal, the Winston-Salem Foundation Man-of-the-Year Award, the Boys Scouts of American Distinguished Citizen Award, The Salvation Army’s William Booth Award and the NC Entrepreneur of the Year Award.