Adm. Charles Williams
CEO - Commercial Realty
Rear Adm. Charles A. Williams graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1972, and received his MBA from St. Louis University in 1981 where he later taught in the Business School as an adjunct professor.
After earning his commission through Aviation Officer Candidate School, Williams attended the Navy Supply Corps School and Joint Aviation Supply/Maintenance Program. In 1977, he was selected to the Naval Acquisition Contracting Officer (NACO) Intern Program and assigned to the Aviation Supply Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, contracting for aircraft parts and repair services. He subsequently attended Army, Navy and Air Force Defense Contracting Courses and Executive Programs at the University of Virginia and Naval Post Graduate School.
After release from active duty, Williams continued his naval career. Assignments included five Commanding Officer tours within DLA and the Naval Supply Systems Command. He last served as Deputy Commander, Naval Inventory Control Point, a 3,000-person organization with $5 billion in sales responsible for aviation, ship and submarine parts. He attended Executive Programs at Harvard and North Carolina focusing on International Relations and Logistics, the Naval and Army War Colleges, the NATO School in Germany with Foreign Military and Political Leaders, the Transportation Management School and Center for Creative Leadership Courses. He often served on selection boards for promotions, billet assignments and Navy Policy Boards.
Williams is active in the St. Louis community. He served on committees with the Regional Commerce and Growth Association and St. Louis Realtor Association for economic development, Special School District educational committees, and as the Missouri State Representative for Tuberous Sclerosis. He also participated in various fund raising activities. He has been a speaker to local organizations on naval sea power. He is past President of the St. Louis Navy League and the Ritenour Foundation.
Williams is CEO of Commercial Realty, a commercial real estate firm in St. Louis, specializing in client representation for office, industrial, retail and investment properties. He has been recognized in The St. Louis Business Journal “Heavy Hitter” report for top real estate executives in the community. He is a certified diver with experience in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea.