Commissioner Frank Williams
Frank Williams is a small business owner and Brunswick County native who was elected Brunswick County Commissioner from District 5 on November 6, 2012 in his first run for public office. He was elected to a second term on November 8, 2016 and served as Chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners from December 5, 2016 until December 7, 2020. He lives in Leland with his wife, Lori.
Frank was sworn in as the 105th President of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners at the association’s annual conference on August 14, 2021. During the installation banquet he announced his presidential initiative, “100 Counties Prepared.” Drawing on his experience as Chair of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during Hurricanes Florence, Dorian, and Isaias, Frank will incorporate several lessons learned as part of his initiative. Visit 100CountiesPrepared.com to learn more about the initiative.
Frank grew up in the rural community of Northwest, located ten minutes west of Leland, and is the among the fourth generation of his mother’s family to live in the community. His first leadership role came as a teenager, when he served as a Patrol Leader in Leland’s Boy Scout Troop 265, and his first job was working as a busboy at the Sandpiper Seafood House in Leland. He also spent two summers working in the summer student program at what was then Federal Paper Board (now International Paper) in Riegelwood. He graduated from North Brunswick High School in 1988 and earned his undergraduate degree from N.C. State University in 1993.
Frank has represented Brunswick County in a number of capacities, including:
- Board Member, Brunswick Business & Industry Development (2017-2020)
- Board Member, Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority (2017-present)
- Chair, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Policy Committee (2018-19)
- Chair, Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee (2014-present)
- Rail Relocation Task Force (2015-17)
- Greater Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (Board Member 2012-present; Vice Chair, 2016)
- Cape Fear Council of Governments (Board Member 2012-2016; Vice Chair, 2015-16)
- Southeast Economic Development Commission (2013-14)
Frank also takes an active leadership role in the community, having served on the boards of directors of Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Leland Area Rotary Club. He has also served on the Brunswick Community College Small Business Center Advisory Committee, chaired the Boy Scouts’ 2010 and 2011 fundraising breakfasts in Leland and served on the executive board of the Cape Fear Council, Boy Scouts of America.
In August 2013, then-Governor Pat McCrory appointed Frank to the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service, a role in which he served until April 2017. He also served as chair of the General Government Steering Committee for the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, on the association’s legislative goals committee and board of directors, as 1st Vice President in 2019-2020 and as 2nd Vice President in 2018-19. He has served on the National Association of Counties’ International Economic Development Task Force since September 2019 and was appointed to both the NaCo Rural Action Caucus and the NaCo Broadband task Force in 2020.
Frank is a former member of the N.C. Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). He was a member of Class 14 of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Citizens Academy in the Fall of 2013 and is a Spring 1996 Fellow of the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership.
Professionally, Frank is president of Pioneer Strategies, a public relations and strategic communication firm he founded in August 2001, and co-owner of Pioneer Specialties, a promotional products distributorship he and Lori co-founded in January 2019.
Frank received both the N.C. State University Communication Alumni Circle’s Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award and the Triangle Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ leadership award in 2006. He received the Cape Fear Council of Governments’ Lynwood Norris Regional Champion Award in 2015. In 2018, Frank was one of two recipients selected by Southport Magazine’s readers to receive the Maggie Award for the Local Official Who Worked the Hardest During Hurricane Florence.
Frank is an avid N.C. State Wolfpack fan and enjoys fishing, reading, movies, nature photography and relaxing on the beach. He self-published his first novel, After the Republic, in 2015, and completed the sequel, Convergence, in late 2017. Frank and Lori attend Northside Baptist Church.