Spotlight: Get to Know Our New President Judy Williams
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 9:00 AM
Since becoming BSM’s new president last month, Judy Williams has been busy learning the inner workings of the company and meeting the BSM team. While staff has gotten to know Judy better through our interactions with her, we think it's prudent for our clients and friends to also become more familiar with our new president.
We recently posed several questions to Judy ranging from professional to personal. Read her answers below to gain insight into her personality, her history before BSM, and how she became the leader she is today.
What is your management style?
I aim to empower as much as possible; I place a high trust in my team and find that as a result, I am very rarely disappointed! I have learned the power of timely and constructive feedback (both as a giver and recipient) and firmly believe it is the only way to grow professionally and personally.
What personality trait do you value the most and why?
Integrity. If you always aim to do the right thing by others and for the business, and you are transparent about it, there’s little chance of misunderstanding. This trait is one I’ve worked to strengthen over the years and have had many great role models who’ve helped reinforce it. It has served me well in personal relationships and the workplace.
What motivates you to succeed?
Finding different/innovative ways to get the job done efficiently and achieve business success.
What quote or saying captures your work/life philosophy?
There are a few. My favorite ones — those you’ll hear me saying most often — are:
- “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”
- “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
- “Do it now.” — I try to live by the “touch it once” philosophy to be as efficient as possible, get others what they need ASAP, and avoid procrastination!
What advice would you give your younger self?
You don’t have to do it all yourself — empowering others is the key to your (and their) success.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment and why?
Personally, it was raising my son, particularly during his early (and challenging) teenage years as a single mom with a full-time career. Seeing how he has grown into a wonderful and kind young man makes me very proud.
Professionally, it was setting up a new and innovative business team at Allergan, an opportunity that quickly applied many of my previous experiences and skills I had polished along the way. Without this opportunity, which was the catalyst for my introduction to Bruce and BSM, I would not be where I am today. Things happen for a reason — maybe another favorite quote of mine — and I believe I was destined to land at BSM and work with such an amazing team of professional, wonderful people.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I was very young, a flower store owner; as a teenager, a language (French/German) interpreter.
Tell us about your “family” (i.e., parents, spouse, children, siblings, pets, etc.)?
My 87-year-old mother was a French teacher, hence my passion for languages and travel. I inherited her independence and determination. My father passed away 25 years ago, and I like to think I inherited his spontaneity and sense of humor!
When I met my husband, Mark, he worked as an IT operations director. After recognizing he wasn’t fulfilled, he went back to school in his late 30s to become a plumber and now has his own successful one-man business. He integrates this with his other passion: triathlons, which involves a LOT of training time!
My son, Ashley, turned 34 this year. He lives in the UK with his partner Mike and their three mischievous cats. They usually visit us twice a year and are looking forward to exploring our new home state of Arizona after we move. Ashley shares my love of travel and sarcastic sense of humor!
What do you like to do in your spare time (i.e., hobbies)?
Pilates, hiking, golf, and skiing — I’m looking forward to being on the Tahoe slopes this winter! Of course, I can’t forget my “spectathlete” duties when Mark is participating in a race. Spectathlete isn’t simply spectating from the sidelines; it reflects all the running around I do to find him at the right place and time on the course … I figure it’s almost as exhausting as taking part in the race itself!
If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
Probably Margaret Thatcher, the first female UK prime minister who held her position during my early 20s. I believe she proved herself an innovative and formidable leader in an era when female political leaders were very uncommon.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
As much as I LOVE to travel — for business and pleasure — the ability to be “beamed” home at the end of a trip would be a relief because sometimes I just want to get back home and be in my own bed!
What’s something you can’t live without?
Sunshine. Having been brought up in the UK with unpredictable and often gloomy weather, I need to know the sun is never far away (even if it’s freezing cold). Sunshine makes me feel alive. Maybe that bodes well for my and Mark’s move to Arizona …
YOUR TURN: Do you have any questions for Judy, BSM’s new president? If so, write them in the comment section below!