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Preston Williams III is Senior Partner & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at GBC® Global Services. He is a pioneer and futurist with 20+ years of Big 4, Fortune 500, Global 100 and entrepreneurial ...

Preston Williams III is Senior Partner & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at GBC® Global Services. He is a pioneer and futurist with 20+ years of Big 4, Fortune 500, Global 100 and entrepreneurial experience. That experience includes Senior Auditor with Price Waterhouse (PriceWaterhouseCoopers), Controller for Lynn-Phill, IT Consultant with McGladrey & Pullen and Andersen Consulting (Accenture) as well as Project Executive at IBM® Global Services. He also worked as the first Product Manager for Global Data Collection with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Langston University.

From 2002 to 2004, Preston served as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Partner at GBC®. Incorporated in Delaware, USA; the firm operates in Kenya, Liberia, Uganda and the United States. He has successfully implemented sound, reliable, dynamic and robust IT systems integration and financial management solutions in North America, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Mr. Williams is Chairman of the GBC® Board of Directors, a recipient of the IBM® Global Services Leadership Award, a member of the Global CIO Think Tank and a member of the Internet Evolution Executive Clan.

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  • GBC® Global Services provides Customer-CentricSMInformation Technology Solutions.Member: American ITILMember: Global CIO Think TankMember: Internet Evolution Executive ClanMember: TechRepublic
  • Founded in 1897, Langston University offers several academic options for Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines on its main campus in Langston and its urban campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Reference(s): “Langston University Gazette”"New CIO hopes to improve LU through technology.""Langston partners with Dell Computers."Chairman: Technology Committee - Oklahoma State Council on Information Technology (CoIT). Member: Executive Council (CoIT).Member: Oklahoma Innovative Technology Advisory Council (InnoTech).Member: EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group
  • D&B (NYSE:DNB) is the world's leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses. D&B is the leading provider of business information for risk management, sales & marketing, supply management decisions worldwide. Founded in 1842, D&B provides solution sets that meet a diverse set of customer needs globally.
  • Reference: “New D&B Service Offers Deeper Corporate Linkage Data”. InfoCommerce Report: USA March 2005, Vol 15, Number 3, Page 6Data Publishers Association (DPA): UK. April 18, 2005♦ Served on DNB’s first Global Standards Committee (GSC).DUNSRight™ Certified.
  • GBC® Global Services is an innovative and dynamic Information Technology & Services company. Incorporated in Delaware, USA; GBC® operates in Kenya, Liberia, Uganda & the United States. Founded as General Business Consultants in 2002, GBC® designs, implements and manages efficient technical infrastructures which improve rapid response to changes in business processes. The company’s expertise ranges from IT strategy and business development to systems integration and business intelligence. GBC®’s core competencies: IT Asset Management, Engineering, IT Consulting, Networking, Outsourcing, Social Services & Web Design.
  • Recipient: GBC®Leadership Award.Member: MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge.
  • International Business Machines  (IBM) (NYSE: IBM) is an  American  multinational technology and consulting firm headquartered in Armonk, New York. Founded in 1911 as the Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation through a merger of four companies: the Tabulating Machine Company, the International Time Recording Company, the Computing Scale Company, and the Bundy Manufacturing Company. CTR adopted the name International Business Machines in 1924, using a name previously designated to CTR's subsidiary in Canada and later South America.
  • IBM Signature Selling Methodology (SSM™) certified professional. Recipient: IBM® Global Services Leadership Award.
  • CIS - Certified Implementation Specialist: Great Plains Software (Microsoft Dynamics).
  • CPA - Certified Public Accountant: LICPA.
  • Reference: Microsoft Press Pass – Microsoft News Center – March, 10. 2000“The United Negro College Fund Announces Technology Enhancement Capital Campaign.”

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  • Preston Williams III Curriculum Vitae
  • Preston Williams III SUMMARY Preston Williams III is Senior Partner & Chief Information Officer (CIO) at GBC® Global Services. He is a pioneer and futurist with 20+ years of Big 4, Fortune 500, Global 100 and entrepreneurial experience. That experience includes Senior Auditor with Price Waterhouse (PriceWaterhouseCoopers), Controller for Lynn-Phill, IT Consultant with McGladrey & Pullen and Andersen Consulting (Accenture) as well as Project Executive at IBM® Global Services. Mr. Williams also worked as the first Product Manager for Global Data Collection with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Langston University. From 2002 to 2004, Preston Williams served as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Partner at GBC®. Incorporated in Delaware, USA; the firm operates in Kenya, Liberia, Uganda and the United States. Preston has successfully implemented sound, reliable, dynamic, scalable and robust IT systems integration and financial management solutions in North America, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Williams is a member of the American Business Network (ABN), former Technology Committee Chairman of the Oklahoma State Council on Information Technology (CoIT) and a former member of the Innovative Technology Advisory Council of Oklahoma (InnoTech). He is a member of the EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group, the Carolina Information Technology Professionals Group (CITPG) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. Preston is also a member of the International Entrepreneurs Club, the International Technology Channels Association (ITCA), Tech Republic and the Global CIO Think Tank. Mr. Williams is DUNSRight™ certified with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and an IBM Signature Selling Methodology (SSM™) certified professional. Preston holds a B. Sc. Degree in Economics from Cuttington University College and a M. Sc. in Regional Planning with a Specialization in Resource Allocation & System Dynamics from the University of Liberia. He studied Auditing at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and holds a CPA from the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Preston has a CIS from Great Plains Software in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. He also studied Comprehensive General Management at the Executive Education Program of the Harvard Business School at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Preston Williams III is a contributor to CloudBook and Enterprise Efficiency. He is Chairman of the GBC® Board of Directors, an Associate Member of ExecuNet, recipient of the IBM® Global Services Leadership Award, Published Author and a Moderator of the Internet Evolution Executive Clan.
  • Preston Williams III Executive Profile Visionary, success-driven Business Information Technology Executive (CIO) with 20+ years of Big 4, Fortune 500, Global 100 and entrepreneurial experience. Leader of top performing, cross-functional and geographically dispersed teams. Stellar track record for improving enterprise workforce effectiveness by implementing sound, reliable, dynamic, pragmatic and robust information technology and financial management solutions. Specialties: • Sales, Marketing & Business Planning • Organizational Leadership • Innovative Product & Services Development • Global Market Expansion • Program / Project Management • Strategic Alliances & Partnerships • Staff Management & Team Building • Corporate Identity – Entrepreneur • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) • Budgeting & Cost Control (P&L) • IT Architecture & Service Delivery • Systems Integration & Deployment • Information Technology System Management (ITSM) • e-Commerce: Strategy & Development
  • Preston Williams III GBC® Global Services Senior Partner & CIO Pinebrook, NJ, January 2002-Present Provide thought leadership & articulate IT vision & strategy. Formulate, evaluate and implement technology initiatives, policies, and procedures to improve operations. Ensure infrastructure integrity by aligning technology integration with Line of Business (LoB) processes & operational metrics. Responsible for development and execution of all Business Information Technology functions in the enterprise: ITSM, ITIL & SOX compliance, business analytics, voice, data, imaging, office automation, network agility and security. Assess & communicate risks/benefits associated with IT investments. Collaborate with peers to deploy innovative technologies including virtual, “pure-play”, telepresence & convergence solutions. Ensure Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) through Research & Development (R&D). Increase staff productivity through sound planning, proper training and efficient execution. Hire, train, coach, counsel, supervise, mentor and evaluate performance of Direct Reports. Manage network performance in line with Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Ensure compliance with IT-related statutes and regulatory guidelines including HIPAA and Sarbanes Oxley (SOX). ■ Key Achievement(s): ♦ Established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure timely delivery of appropriate, effective, cost-efficient, scalable, sustainable and secure high performance IT services. ♦ Created guidelines for outsourced services and negotiated strategic alliances and partnerships to deliver competitive, robust & reliable solutions to satisfied clients: Microsoft, Global Trade & Technology Network (GTN), CISCO, IBM, DELL, Avaya Communications, Nortel Networks, SAP and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ♦ Established Technology Standards Board (TSB) & developed disaster prevention/recovery & business continuity plans to ensure timely and effective restoration of IT services.
  • Preston Williams III Langston University Chief Information Officer (CIO) Langston, OK 2006 – 2007 Served as Langston University’s first CIO. Provided leadership as head of Information Technology Services (ITS). Advised the President on technology and created IT component of universitys First Ten Year Strategic Development Plan. Responsible for IT budget and technology infrastructure at multiple sites: Langston, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. ■ Key Achievement(s): ♦ Managed IT Division’s successful certification with North Central Higher Learning Commission – Langston University received NCA accreditation: 2007 - 2017. ♦ Negotiated new cost-efficient TELECOMM contract & standardized cell phone service from 28 individual contracts to single “Corporate” contract resulting in over $20,000.00 savings. ♦ Created viable partnership with Oklahoma State Board of Regents. Relationship resulted in assistance with SAS, UDS & FOCUS reporting. ♦ Introduced network security controls using several protocols and applications including encryption (CWID), biometrics and BOSS Assist to address possible system vulnerabilities. ♦ Created new “Acceptable Use”, “Network”, “E-mail” & “Cell Phone Usage” policies. ♦ Implemented HelpBox™ System to manage service requests and customer support calls.
  • Preston Williams III Langston University ■ Key Achievements: ♦ Used Quality of Service (QoS) analyses to improve Virtual Private Network (VPN)/VVoIP, network connectivity, bandwidth capacity, privacy, security and social responsibility. ♦ Successfully submitted Title III Grant application for funding Learning Management Systems (LMS): BlackBoard, WebCT and Desire 2 Learn (D2L). ♦ Used “Best Practices” to standardize enterprise architecture: PCs, laptops, hubs, routers, switches, access points, servers, network printers & peripherals. ♦ Deployed virtualized servers (VMWare) to increase architecture scalability and performance. ♦ Implemented wireless infrastructure (Enterasys) to ensure “any time” network access. ♦ Installed new, intuitive e-Commerce web site to enable online transactions 24/7/365. ♦ Established Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) and created robust virtual interactive learning environment via “smart classrooms” and online course delivery through CaseNEX. ♦ Ensured compliance with state/federal regulations: HIPAA, RIAA and The Clery Act. ♦ Created strategic partnerships with Biometric Signature ID, DELL & The Williams Company to improve Full Time Enrollment (FTE) and encourage development of business incubation unit. ♦ Created Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) & IT component of “Articulation Agreements”.
  • Preston Williams III Dun & Bradstreet Product Manager – Global Data Collection Short Hills, NJ 2004 - 2005 Served as first Product Manager for Global Data Collection with DNB Sales & Marketing Solutions. Used key global data variables to develop new products for North America, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Was responsible for flagship products including Worldbase, WorldBase Online (WBO), D-U-N-S Decision Maker (DDM), Executive Home Address (EHA), Global Standard Record Layout (GSRL), E-mail Solutions and E-Contacts. Utilized various sources to identify new opportunities and make adjustments to existing product life cycle strategy. Managed product development teams in: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, The Netherlands & The United States. ■ Key Achievements: ♦ Developed Innovative Services & Strategic Product Development plans: From conceptualization, business requirements analyses, platform evaluation and design, through channel distribution review /development, marketing, integration, benchmark analyses to sunset. ♦ Engaged leadership team and subject matter ex♦ Developed Innovative Services & Strategic Product Development plans: From conceptualization, business requirements analyses, platform evaluation and design, through channel distribution review /development, marketing, integration, benchmark analyses to sunset. ♦ Engaged leadership team and subject matter experts (SMEs) to create breakthrough products.
  • Preston Williams III Dun & Bradstreet ■ Key Achievements: ♦ Assessed market trends and emerging technologies to define & develop new, robust and innovative products & services for demanding customers in traditional and digital market space. ♦ Passion for achieving excellence in a demanding client service environment. Represented customers and acted as a liaison between business and technology. ♦ Conceptualized & challenged diverse teams (Business Leaders, Account Executives, Sales Representatives, Engineers/Developers, Lawyers, Financial Gurus & User Groups) to develop and sell outstanding market-driven, customer-centric products/services to satisfied clients. ♦ Applied New Product Development (NPD) and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) principles to develop global products which enhance customer insight and help clients mitigate risk while improving and sustaining business performance. • Corporate Family Tree Plus (CFT+) – Enables upsell/cross-sell opportunities. Est. ROI: $25 M. • Customer Defection Alert (CDA) – Prevents client abandonment. Est. ROI: $15 M ♦ Used PowerPoint presentations to deliver “Talking Points” to Account/Sales Executives. ♦ Provided product training through Webinars. ♦ Provided proactive incident management and global coordination. ♦ Created Crisis Management Communiqué for D&B Global Sales Team.
  • Preston Williams III GBC® Global Services Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Partner Gastonia, NC 2002-2004 Founded GBC® to provide cost-effective IT services to select clients. Used broad knowledge of IT Solutions and Professional Services to prospect for new customers. Performed due-diligence to assess solutions’ technical, operational and financial impact on clients’ enterprises. Created client focused company mission & roadmap. Established Lines of Service (LoS). Used SWOT analysis (culture, economy, competition, technical ability, funding sources & demographics) to develop Leadership Dashboard. Managed daily operations (P&L) & resource provisioning. Coached, energized, motivated & mentored staff to deliver innovative services to satisfied customers. Executed firm’s certification with state and federal agencies. Negotiated Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) & vendor contracts. Managed new business development to attract & retain clients. Managed Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), Non-Compete Agreements (NCAs) and Joint Ventures. Encouraged and fostered competitive environment for Business Process Improvement (BPI) through open dialogue and transparency.
  • Preston Williams III GBC® Global Services ■ Key Achievement(s): ♦ Established GBC Board of Directors. ♦ Staff Management & Teambuilding – used professional networks, past associations and new business relationships to identify, recruit, train, inspire, coach and counsel the right mix of people to successfully execute the company’s commitment to meet & exceed customers’ expectations. ♦ Strategic Alliances & Partnership Development – engaged Business Decision Makers (BDMs) and Technical Decision Makers (TDMs) at current & prospective customers to articulate GBC’s offerings. Promoted GBC through interviews, articles and conferences. ♦ Responsible for brand development - Executed Business Partnerships & Strategic Alliances: dgMarket, HSP Street, Global Trade & Technology Network (GTN), United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), GotVmail (Grasshopper) & iPowerweb (iPower.com). ♦ Conducted Business Impact Analyses (BIA) & exposed clients to new e- business markets. Reference: GBC® Enters Into New Partnerships. PR Web. - June 29, 2006. ♦ Managed company’s Internet presence (strategy, design, content, interoperability). ♦ Negotiated firm’s telecommunications contract & back office support services. ♦ Created mobile employee profile & established virtual enterprise strategy. ♦ Standardized technology platform to drive revenue growth (RFPs, RFIs, RFQs, BIDS). ♦ GBC® - US Department of Defense (DoD) certified vendor (CCR). ♦ GBC® - US Department of Commerce (DoC) approved exporter. ♦ GBC® - D&B Listed.
  • Preston Williams III IBM® Global Services Project Executive Charlotte , NC 1997-2001 Managed large scale, high-impact, IT, EDP, MIS and mission - critical projects. Executed end-to- end systems integration solutions from Value Statement Creation, Business Case Development, Statement of Work (SOW) Development through Full Execution. Managed professional resources in several countries: Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Scotland, Singapore, Taiwan, The Netherlands & The United States. ■ Key Achievement(s): ♦ Managed $50+M Applied Materials (AMAT) Leap Project. Led cross-functional team of 142 employees including 13 Direct Reports (12 PMs/ 1 PE) in 13 countries. Planned, tracked, executed and reported project status against plan. Ensured deliverables were properly executed to meet clients’ timelines, milestones and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Preston Williams III IBM® Global Services ■ Key Achievement(s): ♦ Negotiated & managed outsourced PSG contracts with 5 companies in Asia Pacific (APAC). ♦ Ensured end-users’ easy access to complex IT environments through efficient implementation & team-oriented collaboration during Duke Energy Paranapanema implementation in Brazil. ♦ Managed cross-business team (CBT) of 540 employees including 24 Project Managers and several vendors during execution of $180+M UNCF Technology Enhancement Capital Campaign (TECC) Project. Engagement created 21st century technology infrastructure at large, complex, and diverse public higher education system: 39 universities and colleges in 12 states in the USA. ♦ Deployed first commercial wireless network in hotel at Delray Beach Marriott in Florida, USA. Solution included IBM Netfinity 5000 Servers, Netgear Hubs/Routers, Symphony Wireless LAN, CISCO PIX Firewall and IBM WorkPads, integrated with the client’s proprietary Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. ♦ Used International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards, Total Quality Management (TQM) and Lean Manufacturing concepts: Ensured streamlined product development and viable comprehensive solutions delivery to satisfied customers. ♦ Manufacturing - Production Scheduling: Static, Intermediary & Rolling Forecasts ♦ Supply Chain Management – Logistics: Acquisition, Transshipment, Delivery & Support. ♦ Executed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU). ♦ Co-developed, executed & maintained IBM International Customer Agreements (IICAs). ♦ Executed global projects in 16 countries on time and within budget.
  • Preston Williams III Work History AC – Andersen Consulting Charlotte, North Carolina, 1997 – 1997 Consultant - Information Technology ♦ Successfully led team of 65 engineers & technicians on enterprise-wide system assessment project for 14 Hospitals and 5 Medical Practices. Project yielded $3M+ in savings (hardware/software/licenses) for the Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS). ♦ Deployed Healthcare Information System (HIS) applications (PeopleSoft & HBOC Star) to enable patient registration, electronic medical record - keeping (EMR) and exchange of medical information. M&P – McGladrey & Pullen Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1995 – 1997 Consultant - Information Technology Group ♦ Managed several Value Added Reseller (VAR) relationships including Great Plains Dynamics, Platinum and SOLOMON to penetrate and increase firm’s market share. ♦ Installed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) & Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions. ♦ CIS - Certified Implementation Specialist: Great Plains Software (Microsoft Dynamics). First Trust – First Bank System St. Paul, Minnesota, 1992 – 1994 Debt Management Analyst Performed Debt Service on Single Family Mortgage Loans, Escrowed Accounts and Guaranteed Investment Contracts (GICs). Handled derivatives & mixed investment portfolios. ■ Key Achievement(s): ♦ Settled “early call” on account valued over $300+M. HID – Health Information Designs, Inc. Rosslyn, Virginia, 1991 – 1992 Computer Operations Specialist ♦ Processed Drug Utilization Review (DUR) reports to enable efficient clinical, biomedical and pharmaceutical network information exchange for rational prescribing & formulary compliance. ♦ Managed companys disaster recovery program, including off-site backup tape library.
  • Preston Williams III Work History LP - Lynn-Phill Controller & Corporate Secretary Washington, DC, 1990 – 1991 Managed Accounting Department & turned company around using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). ♦ Streamlined SOLOMON Financial System and reduced operations cost by 80% year to year. ♦ Increased revenue by 312% year over year. PW – Price Waterhouse Senior Auditor Monrovia, Liberia/Washington, DC, 1985 – 1989 ♦ Managed audit engagements: automotive, banking, consumer products, computer operations, gas & oil, insurance (life & property), manufacturing, maritime, mining, non-profit, real estate, road construction and utilities in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte dIvoire & the United States. ♦ Prepared Variance Analyses & Internal Control Memoranda (ICM) to enhance transparency and improve financial system performance. ♦ Collaborated with PW London to develop new Actuarial Tables for premium calculations using updated econometric and demographic information (mortality ratios, decrement & loss tables). ♦ Conducted Financial Statement (GAAS) & Operational (Forensic) audits. ♦ CPA – Certified Public Accountant: LICPA.
  • Preston Williams III EDUCATION • CPA – Certified Public Accountant LIBERIAN INSTITUTE OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS – Monrovia, Liberia July, 1989 • Student – Public Accounting (Auditing) INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES London, England June, 1988 • M. Sc. - Master of Science – Regional Planning Specialization: Resource Allocation & System Dynamics UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA – Monrovia, Liberia December, 1985 • B. Sc. - Bachelor of Science – Economics CUTTINGTON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE – Suakoko, Liberia July, 1982
  • Preston Williams III EDUCATION • DUNSRight™ Certified – Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), Short Hills, New Jersey, USA November, 2004 • Certificate – Comprehensive General Management – Executive Education Program Harvard Business School, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Boston, MA, USA June, 2004 • SSM™ Certified – Signature Selling Methodology, IBM Professional Education & Training IBM GLOBAL SERVICES, Armonk, New York, USA January, 2000 • Certificate – Becoming One Voice – IBM GLOBAL SERVICES, Atlanta, GA USA August, 1997 • Certificate – New Hire Training – ANDERSEN CONSULTING – St. Charles, IL, USA January, 1997 • CIS – Certified Implementation Specialist, GREAT PLAINS SOFTWARE, Fargo, ND, USA February 1996
  • Preston Williams III UNCF TECC Project Managed cross-functional team of 540 employees including 24 Project Managers (PMs) and several vendors during implementation of the UNCF Technology Enhancement Capital Campaign (TECC) Project. Engagement included systems design and development, requirements analyses, feasibility studies, software design, programming, pilot testing, installation, evaluation and operational management. The project scope covered cabling, wired/wireless network installation, data migration, installation of various software applications, computers (laptops/desktops), network printers, routers, hubs and switches at 39 Colleges and Universities in 12 states. UNCF MEMBER INSTITUTIONS: Allen University, Barber Scotia College, Benedict College, Bennett College, Bethune-Cookman College, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Edward Waters College, Fisk University, Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson College, Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Jarvis Christian College, Johnson C. Smith University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Livingstone College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Morris College, Oakwood University, Paine College, Paul Quinn College, Philander Smith College, Rust College, Saint Pauls College, Shaw University, Spelman College, Stillman College, St. Augustines College, Talladega College, Texas College, Tougaloo College, Tuskegee University, Virginia Union University, Voorhees College, Wiley College, Wilberforce University and Xavier University of Louisiana.
  • Preston Williams III UNCF TECC Project HIGHLIGHTS & SYNOPSIS: In Texas, four member colleges—Paul Quinn College, Huston-Tillotson College, Jarvis Christian College and Wiley College—received $8.3 million from UNCF. With their share of the technology funds, Huston-Tillotson purchased and implemented a state of the art, voice-over IP (VoIP) solution. Furthermore, the college also implemented a wireless Local Area Network (LAN) which spans the entire campus; In Florida, where UNCF has three member colleges—Bethune-Cookman College, Edward Waters College, and Florida Memorial College—UNCF provided $6.6 million in technology funds. One example of the use of the funds is that Bethune-Cookman established a quality infrastructure for storage and distribution of applications and data; In North Carolina, six member colleges and universities—Johnson C. Smith University, Shaw University, St. Augustines College, Barber Scotia College, Bennett College and Livingstone College received $13.7 million in technology investment from the UNCF. With its portion of the funds, Johnson C. Smith University developed a print solution and a robust e-mail system; In Georgia, UNCF colleges and universities, including Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Morehouse College, Spelman College and Paine College received a total investment of $18.0 million. At Clark Atlanta University, computer lab capability and access were enhanced, with improved security;
  • Preston Williams III UNCF TECC Project HIGHLIGHTS & SYNOPSIS: In Virginia, two member institutions, St. Pauls College and Virginia Union University, received $2.7 million in technology funding. Consequently, Virginia Union University established a totally wireless campus and created mathematics computer labs for classroom teaching and accounting computer labs for teaching and student exercises; In Tennessee, three UNCF institutions—Fisk University, Lane College and LeMoyne-Owen College— received a total investment of $6.0 million. Fisk University installed computers in the dorms, improved its web site and enhanced networking capabilities; In Alabama, five UNCF member institutions, Miles College, Oakwood College, Stillman College, Talladega College, and Tuskegee University, received $12.5 million in funding for technology. Tuskegee University wired its entire campus, enabling it to provide access to students and faculty campus-wide;
  • Preston Williams III UNCF TECC Project HIGHLIGHTS & SYNOPSIS: In addition, all 39 UNCF campuses benefited from upgraded network infrastructures and increased access to technology for students, faculty, and staff; UNCF institutions have received hardware, including 5,500 desktop computers, 1,800 network printers, 2,000 network servers, and about 2,000 laptops, as well as hundreds of hubs, switches and network routers, courtesy of IBM, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Lexmark, Dell and Pfizer; The wiring of member institution campuses is completed—including over 3,800 network drops in learning centers and administrative and academic facilities and equipment installation and configuration; and UNCF member institutions received 145,000 current versions of Microsoft, including Windows, Encarta Reference Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Windows XP, and Encarta Africana courtesy of an in-kind gift from Microsoft.
  • Preston Williams III Computer Skills & Special Training Multiple Platforms / Operating Systems: MS Windows, Linux, WANG MVS 300, Virtual Machine (VM). Windows Mobile, UNIX (SCO), Android ▪ Middleware: WebSphere, WebLogic. ▪ Reporting Software: Crystal Reports, FOCUS ▪ SUN Solaris ▪ Telepresence ▪ Greenplum ▪ Ensure scalability, enhanced network traffic control & data compression through virtualization (VMWare) and proper policy execution. ▪ Online Course Development ▪ Oracle ▪ ERP/CRM Solutions: Solid understanding of the value propositions and technology behind hosted software service including: PeopleSoft Financials & HR, Microsoft Great Plains Dynamics LAN(Accounting, Enterprise Reporting, CRM), SAP Business Suite, Solomon Software, Microsoft Business Contacts Manager, Oracle Suite. ▪ Business Intelligence and Data Integration. ▪ Web 2.0/ 3.0 ▪ Manage projects on time & within budget. ▪ Third party firewall compatibility. ▪ Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) ▪ Customer Portals ▪ Meta Data Management (MDM) ▪ Performance Management ▪ Logistics: Customer & Supplier Analytics ▪ Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) - IBM Via Voice / Dragon Naturally Speaking ▪ Cloud computing (Public/Private/Hybrid) ▪ Software as a Service (SaaS). ▪ Google Analytics. ▪ Graphics: CAD 3-D Software: Microsoft Visio (Technical/Standard/Professional). ▪ Web Site Design & Development: Microsoft FrontPage, PaintShop Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Domain Name Service (DNS) ▪ .NET Framework, Search Engine Optimization (SEO). ▪ Bluetooth 1.1| 1.2 / Wi-Fi (802.11 a,b,g,n).
  • Preston Williams III Computer Skills & Special Training Java, J2EE, IEEE ▪ Redundancy ▪ Fault tolerance. ▪ ICANN/AfriNIC - Domain Name Registration / Assignment ▪ Testing/Benchmarking ▪ Web Browsers Interoperability: Netscape Communicator/ Navigator, Internet Explorer, AOL, Maxthon, Mozilla FireFox, Opera, Google Chrome, Safari. WiMax ▪ Office Tools: Microsoft Office System (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Publisher, One Note, Contact Manager), Lotus SmartSuite Millennium (Approach, WordPro, 123, Lotus Organizer), WordPerfect Office Suite, Open Office Suite, Yahoo Zimbra Desktop. ▪ Database anagement/Platforms: Lotus Notes, Microsoft Access, DB2, SAS, PeopleSoft, SQL. ▪ Project Management: PMI Standards, PMBOK, Microsoft Project 2010 (Professional/Server), Project Workbench. Genius Project for Web. Clarizen. ▪ Cellular: CDMA, GSM, EVDO, TDMA▪ Network Administration: Topology design & configuration - Virtual Private Network (VPN), LDAP, Internet/Intranet/Extranet, Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), ▪Novell Netware, Windows NT, 2000, MS Advanced Server. Greenplum ▪ Ensure scalability, enhanced network traffic control & data compression through virtualization (VMWare) and proper policy execution. ▪ Online Course Development ▪ Oracle ▪ ERP/CRM Solutions: Solid understanding of the value propositions and technology behind hosted software service including: PeopleSoft Financials & HR, Microsoft Great Plains Dynamics LAN(Accounting, Enterprise Reporting, CRM), SAP Business Suite, Solomon Software, Microsoft Business Contacts Manager, Oracle Suite. ▪ Business Intelligence and Data Integration. ▪ Web 2.0/ 3.0 ▪ Manage projects on time & within budget. ▪ Third party firewall compatibility. ▪ Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) ▪ Customer Portals ▪ Meta Data Management (MDM) ▪ Performance Management ▪ Logistics: Customer & Supplier Analytics ▪ Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) - IBM Via Voice / Dragon Naturally Speaking ▪ Cloud computing (Public/Private/Hybrid) ▪ Software as a Service (SaaS).
  • Preston Williams III Computer Skills & Special Training ▪ IBM Signature Selling Method (SSM™) Professional, (B2B), Statement of Work (SoW) Development, IBM International Customer Agreement (IICA) ▪ Sold enterprise solutions (CRM/ ERP/ASP) and professional services including change management, re-engineering strategy and data migration services. ▪ Evaluate, deploy & manage IT systems for clients in several vertical markets. ▪ Data Center Management. ▪ HelpBox™ - Data/Call Center Administration. ▪ Develop and deliver Service Level Agreement (SLAs), Key Performance Indices (KPIs) through streamlined Contract Negotiations. ▪ Develop & Execute Agreements: Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), Non-Compete Agreements (NCAs) & Joint Venture (JV) Agreements. ▪ Global Project Management Office (GPMO) Administration: Cross-functional staff management. ▪ Proof of Concept (POC), Research & Development (R&D) ▪ Technology Standards Management (TSM). ▪ Experienced in global product development and project management. ▪ Experienced in Credit & Risk Assessment: Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) / Paydex Scores ▪ Develop market share analyses and brand positioning/re-positioning statements. ▪ Conduct Emerging Technology Evaluations. ▪ Provide “C&O” level training: Leverage on-line, real-time tools: Microsoft LiveMeeting, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Telepresence ▪ Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM). ▪ Business Information Reports (BIRs) ▪ Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) transparency accounting ▪ Product Development: Paradigm Envisioning, Value Proposition Statement, Roadmap Development, Usability Review, Cannibalization Assessment, Sales & Market Research & Product Enhancement. ▪ Applications Development: portfolio planning, rationalization, management, roll-outs, upgrades and adverse event monitoring.
  • Preston Williams III Other Training ▪ Sold enterprise solutions (CRM/ ERP/ASP) and professional services including change management, re-engineering strategy and data migration services. ▪ Evaluate, deploy & manage IT systems for clients in several vertical markets. ▪ Data Center Management. ▪ HelpBox™ - Data/Call Center Administration. ▪ Develop and deliver Service Level Agreement (SLAs), Key Performance Indices (KPIs) through streamlined Contract Negotiations. ▪ Develop & Execute Agreements: Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), Non-Compete Agreements (NCAs) & Joint Venture (JV) Agreements. ▪ Global Project Management Office (GPMO) Administration: Cross-functional staff management. ▪ Proof of Concept (POC), Research & Development (R&D) ▪ Technology Standards Management (TSM). ▪ Experienced in global product development and project management. ▪ Experienced in Credit & Risk Assessment: Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) / Paydex Scores ▪ Develop market share analyses and brand positioning/re-positioning statements. ▪ IBM Signature Selling Method (SSM™) Professional, (B2B), Statement of Work (SoW) Development, IBM International Customer Agreement (IICA) ▪ Conduct Emerging Technology Evaluations.
  • Preston Williams III Other Training Provide “C&O” level training: Leverage on-line, real-time tools: Microsoft LiveMeeting, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Telepresence ▪ Technology Lifecycle Management (TLM). ▪ Business Information Reports (BIRs) ▪ Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) transparency accounting ▪ Product Development: Paradigm Envisioning, Value Proposition Statement, Roadmap Development, Usability Review, Cannibalization Assessment, Sales & Market Research & Product Enhancement. ▪ Applications Development: portfolio planning, rationalization, management, roll-outs, upgrades and adverse event monitoring ▪ Manage Install, Move, Add, Change (IMAC) Services & expedite field support. ▪ Develop escalation tracks in accordance with business continuity and streamlined disaster recovery schema. ▪ Storyboarding. ▪ Target Customer Metrics Analyses ▪ E-Commerce ▪ Customer Acquisition/Retention & Marketing. ▪ Higher Education: Enterprise Management, | LMS–WEBCT, BANNER, D2L, Partnerships.
  • Preston Williams III Industry Experience Accounting & Auditing Services, Aerospace, Air Delivery & Freight Services, Automotive, Banking (National & International), Biometrics, Biotechnology, Business Services, Computer Operations, Construction (Building & Road), Consulting, Consumer Products, Electronics, Federal & State Government, HealthCare, Higher Education, Investment Banking/Securities, Insurance (Life, Property & Casualty), Lumber/Wood Production, Manufacturing, Maritime, Marketing, Merchandising, Metals, Mid-Market, Mining (Iron Ore), Non-profit, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, Petroleum, Power & Utilities, Professional Services, Real Estate Development, Research & Development (R&D), Software Development & Telecommunications.
  • Preston Williams III State & Federal Government Experience ▪ USA Department of Defense (DoD): GBC Vendor Certification. ▪ USA Department of Commerce (DoC): GBC Export License. ▪ USA E-Government: eProcurement - North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and California. ▪ Government of China – Ministry of Commerce – Cross border Warranty/Support ▪ Government of Liberia (GOL) – National Bank of Liberia (NBL) – Audit ▪ Government of Liberia (GOL) – Ministry of Finance (Excise & Property Tax)
  • Preston Williams III Global Work Experience Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, The United States, Yemen & Zimbabwe.
  • Preston Williams III PUBLICATIONS TITLE PUBLISHER DATE • The CIO’s Role in Going Global - II Enterprise Efficiency June 2012 • The CIO’s Role in Going Global - I Enterprise Efficiency June 2012 • Is there Auditable Security in the Cloud? CLOUDBOOK March 2012 • Unemployment in America (Part III) SCRIBD February 2011 • Unemployment in America (Part II) SCRIBD January 2011 • A Brief Venture Capital Discussion BOOKSIE November 2010 • Entrepreneurs Unite! BOOKSIE November 2010 • Facial Recognition Software Made Public SCRIBD September 2010 • Leadership Matters SCRIBD August 2009 • A CEOs Nightmare SCRIBD July 2009 • What is an Entrepreneur? SCRIBD June 2009 • Turf Wars SCRIBD May 2009 • Unemployment in America (Part I) SCRIBD December 2008 • An Economy in Chaos BOOKSIE September 2008
  • Preston Williams III Board & Council Memberships Member – Advisory Council 2012 – Present Harvard Business Review. Publishing Industry The HBR Advisory Council is operated by Harvard Business Review (HBR). It is an online community of members who have an interest in a wide range of topics that impact businesses and organizations. Chairman - Board of Directors 2002 – Present GBC® Global Services. Information Technology and Services Industry The GBC® Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Bylaws. Technical decision-making authority regarding the content and direction of GBC® and the day-to-day operation of the company is the responsibility of the Management Team.
  • Preston Williams III Board & Council Memberships Chairman - Technology Committee 2006 – 2007 Oklahoma State Council on Information Technology (CoIT). Higher Education Industry There are nine (9) advisory councils and boards in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. The Council on Information Technology considers technology and related issues affecting Oklahoma higher education, proposes technology and related policy and procedures and serves as the principal statewide advisory council rendering advice and counsel to the chancellor, other advisory groups and the entire state system in the review of current and recommended technology and related policy and procedures. The council also serves as a forum for IT officers to discuss matters of common interest, conducts studies and issues reports designed to strengthen the mission of Oklahoma higher education institutions. Membership is comprised of principal IT officers from each institutional campus and higher education center (as appropriate) in the state system. In addition, a representative from the independent sector is selected from nominations provided by the Independent College Association and is invited to serve on the council. Member – Oklahoma Innovative Technology Council (InnoTech) 2006 – 2007 Information Technology and Services Industry InnoTech Oklahoma creates an environment where education, innovation, peer-to-peer networking and the latest technology and business solutions are all available specifically for IT professionals. InnoTech Oklahoma assembles the leading business and technology executives in the state for answers to your IT issues. If you are a CIO, VP of IT/IS/MIS, Line of Business VP, direct report to a VP, Manager/Director IT Department, Network Manager, Systems/Business Analyst, Web Developer/Designer, CSO, CISO, CTO, Business Executive, Manager, researcher, or Entrepreneur, you should join InnoTech.
  • Preston Williams III Trade References “The United Negro College Fund Announces Technology Enhancement Capital Campaign.” Microsoft Press Pass – March 2000. “New D&B Service Offers Deeper Corporate Linkage Data”. InfoCommerce Report: Volume 15, Number 3, Page 6 – March 2005 “New D&B Service Offers Deeper Corporate Linkage Data”. Data Publishers Association: United Kingdom – April 18, 2005 “GBC Enters into New Partnerships.” PR Web, June, 2006 “Is There Auditable Security in the Cloud?” Cloudbook Journal, Vol 3 Issue 1, 2012 “The CIO’s Role in Going Global.” Enterprise Efficiency, June 2012
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "I have known Preston for over thirty years during which time I have come to watch a young man aggressively pursue several academic programs, mastering each one as he continued to attain his ambitions to become a knowledgeable and capable professional. I watched his career as he became a valuable member of several major corporations including Price Waterhouse, Andersen Consulting, IBM and then establishing his own company, GBC. As a close friend and business associate, I had the opportunity to work with Preston on a number of business opportunities over the years including a Learning Management System Assessment & Selection project with a state Board of Regents and an ERP solution with a north-eastern university. The engagements gave me an opportunity to experience and appreciate his integrity, intellect and professionalism. I was quite impressed with his leadership, knowledge and professionalism. Preston has accomplished a number of milestones during his career and I am always impressed to see how he handles his interpersonal relationships. He has a deep understanding of people, empathy for their individual needs and respect for their individual goals and circumstances. Preston has a great sense of humor and I am very pleased to be his friend and colleague." — Lawrence Thomas President Thomas Business Enterprises, LLC
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "Mr. Williams is an excellent leader who understands the global market place. He has an insightful grasp of customers’ goals and objectives and is always thinking about the best way to utilize market research to give them a competitive edge in their industry. Preston’s leadership has allowed GBC to introduce value service propositions which enable our clients to successfully design, acquire and deploy financial and technology solutions to enhance their operations." — David Johnson Associate Partner Enterprise Solutions GBC® Global Services
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements " It is my pleasure to recommend Mr. Preston Williams III, Senior Partner at GBC Global Services, to any organization that will need his services. He worked closely with me to develop and implement a mission-critical solution at our institution. Mr. Williams’ unique understanding about our situation was clearly influenced by his education in multiple disciplines and his experience in several industries. He fully understood our concerns from a financial perspective and utilized his education as a CPA to quickly assess our potential financial exposure. He also understood the importance of developing appropriate procedures to handle current and future transactions. Mr. Williams’ solution allowed us to deploy appropriate technologies and implement feature rich modules that integrated into our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System which enabled us to perform a much needed system wide reconciliation of our financial system.
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements His experience as a Chief Information Officer (ClO) was instrumental in providing guidance for handling systems maintenance and service contracts with third party vendors. Mr. Williams distinguished himself by consistently exceeding our expectations. He was also willing to share knowledge acquired in his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the GBC Board of Directors to provide guidance in developing a viable working relationship with members of the Ohio State Board of Regents. It was a pleasure to work with Mr. Williams who proved to be a very knowledgeable, highly intelligent , energetic, flexible and very understanding executive. I highly recommend Mr. Williams to any organization that seeks enthusiasm, reliability, hard- work, trustworthiness and integrity. Mr. Williams is a team player and professional with excellent interpersonal relationship skills and exemplary worth ethics. If I can be of any further assistance or provide you with any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me." — Dr. Godfrey Ovwigho. PhD. Vice President for Information Technology / CIO The University of Toledo
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "I first met Preston Williams III in 1999 at a customer appreciation seminar. At the time he was a Project Executive with IBM Global Services and I was an enterprise Solutions Manager at an IBM client. In 2002 Preston called to offer me an opportunity with a startup company, GBC® – General Business Consultants, Inc. I found the business plan quite enticing and made a leap of faith to join the firm as Associate Partner for Small & Medium Business Solutions. Over the next couple of years, I watched as he established new service lines and negotiated recapitalization financing. He later established the Global Services Division and created satellite offices in the Republic of Liberia, Kenya and Uganda. I was even more excited when he offered me the opportunity to take on the helm of leadership as Managing Partner for the firm while he transitioned to the role of Senior Partner and Chief Information Officer. During these past several years I have come to appreciate his sense of teamwork which is a driving force for who we are and the mission of our firm. I respect his integrity, his understanding of the needs of our clients and his flexibility to directly engage with clients. Preston is a visionary. His perception of the world community is quite engaging and challenging. I appreciate his guidance as Chairman of the GBC Board of Directors and his willingness to provide advice and direction without being disruptive or intrusive. He has been a colleague, friend, and mentor and I continue to be impressed with his leadership as a veteran Senior Partner and CIO in the company he founded." — Albert V. Cicirro Managing Partner GBC® Global Services
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "I have known Preston G. Williams III for the past ten years. During those years I found him to be conscientious, ambitious, respectful, skillful, and always ready to take on new challenges. Preston’s ambition and desire for challenges have led him to accept many decision making and time sensitive positions with Price Waterhouse, Andersen Consulting, IBM and other well-known companies. He took on these responsibilities and executed his roles to the fullest. His education and experience uniquely qualifies him to function in a diverse environment with the objective of keeping his eye on the ball at all times. He has a reputation for completing tasks and assignments on time or before schedule. Customers speak very highly about his work. Preston’s competence extends far beyond his education and technical skills. He has worked as a CIO and a CEO of his own consulting firm, GBC and is amazingly passionate about his job. Moreover, his willingness and ability to take on complex challenges and formulating reasonable and clearly understood solutions, exemplifies him as an extraordinary candidate for any opportunity that he may be seeking. In addition, he has a high degree of integrity and a cheerful personality. I have no hesitation in recommending Preston G. Williams for any opportunity he may be seeking." — Thomas F. Holder Sr. Systems Engineer / Architect Office of Enterprise Technology State of Minnesota
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "Preston is a strong leader who has a professional commitment to excellence in all spheres of his work. His leadership skills resulted in the successful creation of GBC’s Global Services Division. Under his leadership the company executed a number of strategic alliances and partnerships with federal, state and corporate interests which have allowed the firm to provide pragmatic, comprehensive, dedicated and viable quality systems integration and financial management solutions to customers. He leverages his business acumen and impressive international professional experience to deliver insightful, dynamic and robust solutions to a wide-ranging variety of satisfied clients." — Robert S. Vannick Associate Partner, Legal Services GBC® Global Services
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "I have known Preston for over ten years; since we first worked together at Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Besides having a great sense of humor, Preston is very professional, competent, engaged and a true visionary. He constantly demonstrated the exceptional ability to synthesize complex issues and find a way to resolve them in the most proficient manner. He is an extremely industrious business information professional with a deep understanding of emerging technologies and global business. I look forward to working with him again in the future." — Cheryl Dyce Lead Project Manager American Express
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements " This letter is my personal recommendation for Preston Williams. I met Mr. Williams, August 2006 through our employment at Langston University. He was the Chief Information Officer at Langston University and I was an Assistant Professor with the university. He was the first Chief Information Officer a the the university and he quickly defined this role. He understood the limited resources of the university, but he did not allow those limitations to deter his efforts. I found him focused and result oriented. During Mr., Williams’ tenure he successfully managed the technology aspect of the university during an on site accreditation assessment. He successfully developed a new web site for Langston University. He provided technical support for three campuses, the main campus in Langston, Oklahoma and two satellite campuses, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He introduced online enrollment to the university community. This program was long overdue and very well received by the students and faculty. Mr. Williams is a strong leader with the ability to work well with others. He worked diligently to address the issues raised by all the stakeholders. Mr. Williams personally met with all the departments on campus to assess the needs and provide relevant solutions. He also talked with the students about the needs of the students. He seamlessly communicated with faculty, students and the administration. He was a valuable asset to the university community. He meticulously laid the foundation for future growth at Langston University and his presence is memorialize by his accomplishments. I highly recommend Mr. Williams. " — Dr. Nicole Williams Esq. Assistant Federal Defender Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc.
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "Preston continually delivers thought leadership and industry knowledge to the firm. He has the uncanny ability to create awareness for competing solutions. He is also able to concisely articulate the companys goals and objectives while driving appreciation for emerging concepts and approaches in an ever changing marketplace. Preston has a knack for simplifying complicated issues with well thought out solutions." — Hector F. Musoke General Manager - Uganda, GBC® Global Services
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "In his role as Product Manager for Global Data Collection, Preston launched two new products: Corporate Family Tree Plus and Customer Defection Alert. The products were very well received by the market and reported in InfoCommerce Report and the Data Publishers Association (DPA) Report. It was a pleasure working with him on several collaborative projects. He displayed a high level of leadership and professionalism while maintaining a good sense of humor and an appreciation for varying opinions. Preston is ambitious and a visionary. He is also a hard worker and a team player." — Doron Storfer VP - Syndicated Solutions, TNS Former Product Manager – Predictive Indicators, DNB
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "I whole-heartedly recommend Preston. He is a true asset to any organization. Hes eager to understand his business partners challenges so he can participate in solving them with his technology expertise. He possesses excellent communication skills, great people skills, and is extremely easy to work with. I highly recommend him for any position he chooses to pursue." — Jeffrey Dreke, CCP Enterprise Architect, CHS Inc. Former Senior Consultant, McGladrey & Pullen, LLP
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "Preston is a consummate professional; smart, personable, visionary and driven. He has a great sense of humor and is fun to work with. His respect for the people around him makes Preston a unique Leader in any organization. When it comes to the big picture, he "gets it. He is constantly looking for new, innovative ways to deliver quality services to clients. Preston is a very effective leader." — Amanda L. Perkins Associate Partner Career Development GBC® Global Services
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements " This is a Letter of Recommendation for Mr. Preston Williams III. I had the pleasure of working directly with Preston when he was the Chief Information Officer at Langston University. Preston is an outstanding and gifted individual and I was able to witness first hand, many of his skills and leadership qualities. I would like to provide some examples of these: Leadership. Preston was able to effectively “lead” the technology aspects of the CoIT Group – a collection of 38 Universities and Colleges in OK. Through his insight and aptitude to understand the evolving landscape he was given the leadership role to assemble the group, introduce novel technologies and suggest where these would fit into everyday use. He was able to then translate these key learnings and was able to transfer this knowledge to the highest levels at the Chancellor Office of Education in OK. Communication Skills: Preston’s communication skills are amongst some of the highest I have witnessed. On multiple occasions I was able to watch Preston effectively take complex subject matter and translate this into understandable bites resulting in clear, effective next steps and results with various groups. Technical Expertise: Very skilled in the art of technology and most importantly its practical application. In my opinion very few people with technical backgrounds can talk effectively to both the CEO, and CTO levels effectively – Preston is highly skilled in this area.
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements Results Oriented: Preston demonstrates this skill every day. He was able to explain the vision and then define all the next steps and timing to make things happen. This was evidenced in him setting up meetings, being asked to join on advisory boards, conducting pilot projects, etc. He shared his resume’ with me and it speaks volumes of his skill level as a results driven executive. Integrity: One of the areas I feel very strong about is a person’s integrity. The ability to deliver what you say you can in a timely fashion is a key ingredient for success. I have first-hand knowledge of this with Preston as he set up and delivered on all the agenda items we defined together. These included getting his team involved in a pilot study, getting approval for budgets, setting up key meetings with stakeholders. Being there on time and organized is a strength of Preston’s. I have had the good fortune to work closely with Preston in a professional work environment. I have no hesitation in recommending him in a position that requires a results driven executive who is an effective communicator and organizer. He is very good people of sound moral character and I look forward to finding the ways we can continue to work together. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you require any further information." — Jeff Maynard President & CEO Biometric Signature ID
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements "I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mr. Preston Williams III on a number of business opportunities over the years. The engagements gave me an opportunity to experience and appreciate his integrity, intellect and professionalism. Preston’s knowledge of financial management and the use of appropriate technology integration to drive customer satisfaction and retention is quite insightful. His leadership style of inclusion, business acumen and work ethics are exemplary. He is an innovator and a visionary." — Joanne R. Salinger Associate Partner Sales & Marketing Solutions GBC® Global Services
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements " I have known Mr. Preston Williams III since 2006. During this time, I have been impressed by his in depth understanding of the human condition on so many different levels. I believe that his exposure to different cultures encountered through living and working abroad has shaped his understanding of people and their outlook on life. He has a deep appreciation and respect for his fellow human beings and has shown his willingness to make sacrifices to uplift the desperate and downtrodden. As an educator, I have had numerous discussions with Mr. Williams regarding the plight of the less educated and less fortunate in our society. We discussed the impact of the UNCF Technology Enhancement Campaign Project on the lives of students attending the thirty-nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) which participated in the program, their families and their communities. Mr. Williams was happy to share his experiences as Project Executive with IBM Global Services during the 2 ½ years that it took to fully implement this project. So it was with great pride and joy when I learned that Mr. Williams was making the sacrifice to leave the social amenities of a cosmopolitan lifestyle in New Jersey and relocate to rural Oklahoma in order to take the position of CIO – Chief Information Officer at a struggling state-supported HBCU in Langston, Oklahoma.
  • Preston Williams III Recommendations / Endorsements As a friend and colleague, I watched him work tirelessly to ensure that his division would meet and exceed the requirements for accreditation by the North Central Higher Learning Commission. That feat accomplished, I listened to his excitement in changing the statewide and national perception of the rural university. His willingness to go to whatever degree was necessary and appropriate to ensure the creation of a technologically sound and student-centric environment was clear in the projects and initiatives which he undertook. I was pleased to hear about his work with the Oklahoma State Board of Regents and his role as a member of the Oklahoma State Council on Information Technology. He worked with the university’s leadership to introduce online registration, a wireless network environment, online transaction processing and a new web site to transform the institution and engage the community of scholars. These are important issues which need to be addressed in order to create a robust and engaged student population. These are incentives which attract and retain students in a contemporary learning environment. I am pleased to see that he has taken the knowledge acquired while working with such major companies as Price Waterhouse, Dun & Bradstreet and IBM to serve an underserved community of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises through his own company – GBC Global Services. I am very pleased to recommend Mr. Preston Williams III as a very resourceful, experienced and visionary executive. " - Diana K. Durham Campus Administrator Thomas Nelson Community College
  • Preston Williams III ASSOCIATIONS • Accenture Alumni Worldwide Group • AIESEC Global • American Business Network • American ITIL • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) • Band of Entrepreneurs • Big Four Firms Alumni & Professionals Global Network (Big4.com) • Business Intelligence Forum • Business Network International • Carolina Information Technology Professionals Group (CITPG) • CEO Club • Chairman: GBC Board of Directors • CIOs.com: Chief Information Officer Network • CIO Forum • eConsultants • EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group • eMarketing Association Network • Entrepreneurs Playground • Enterprise VMWare Group • Executive Suite • Former Member - Advisory Council: Oklahoma Innovative Technology (InnoTech)
  • Preston Williams III ASSOCIATIONS • Former Member: Executive Council: Oklahoma Council on Information Technology (CoIT) • Former Chairman: Technology Committee - (CoIT). • Founder & CEO Group • Global Business Group • Global CIO Think Tank • Global Exchange • Harvard Business School (HBS) • Harvard Business Review (HBR) • Harvard University: JFK School of Government • Huffington Post • IBM Association • Information Security Community • International Business Club • International Entrepreneurs Club • International Technology Channels Association (ITCA) • Internet Evolution • Leadership Think Tank • LION500.com (Open Networkers) • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Enterprise Forum of Cambridge • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare Project
  • Preston Williams III ASSOCIATIONS • Price Waterhouse Alumni • Private Equity Investment Group • Software as a Service (SaaS) Portal Group • Solution Sales and Presales Networking Group • Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) International Group • Startup Mastermind • The Freelance Writers Connection • The Greater IBM Connection • The Sloan Consortium • TopLinked.com (Open Networkers) • Web 3.0 • Writers’ Exchange • World Association for Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Preston Williams III Senior Partner & CIO GBC® Global Services Suite 201 9345 Indian Camp Road Columbia, MD 21045, USA e-Mail: pwilliams@gbc-inc.net Tel: +1.866.277.8974 Ext. 707 Skype: prestonwilliams