Ed Williamson is an Investor/Partner and Senior Advisor in the Company. He is the President and CEO of Williamson Cadillac Buick-GMC in Miami, Florida (williamsoncadillac.com) which has evolved from four generations of Williamsons in the Auto Dealership business beginning in 1929. Ed Williamson is one of the most disguised and respected community leaders in Miami.
Williamson Cadillac has won the Prestigious Master Dealer Award thirty times in the last thirty-four years, one of only 4 Cadillac Dealers to have achieved the thirtieth year milestone. It has also won the General Motors Dealer of the Year Award four times and for 2006, The Williamsons won Dealer of the Year for Cadillac, Saturn and both HUMMER Dealerships.
In 2007, Carol and Ed Williamson were awarded the People for the American Way of Miami’s Guardian of Equality Award for their efforts to guard against discrimination. The Company is a multiple year recipient of the United Way of Miami-Dade’s “Good Works” award and is a supporter of many local charities including The University of Miami, YMCA of Greater Miami, Saint Thomas University, The Children’s’ Trust, Yes Institute, The Nat Moore Foundation, The Dade Community Foundation and many others. The Williamsons are also members of The Orange Bowl Committee, The Yes Institute Board, The University of Miami Board of Trustees, and The Baptist Hospital Women’s Board.
Ed graduated Auburn University with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and the General Motors Institute in Dealership Management.
He is a member of several Professional & Civic Organizations: General Motors National Dealer Council – Member; General Motors Southeast Region Dealer Council - Co-Chairman; Hummer Dealer Advisory Board – Member; Cadillac National Dealer Council – Co- Chairman; So. Florida Auto-Truck Dealers Association - Past President; Florida Auto Dealers Association - Past Director; Young Presidents' Organization - Past Chapter Chairman and International V.P.; Northern Trust Bank of Florida, N.A. - Board of Directors; American Bankers Insurance Group – Past Board of Directors; Av-Med Health Plan - Board of Directors; University of Miami - Trustee & Member of the Exec. Committee; Orange Bowl Committee - President 1994-95; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce - Trustee & Governor; Beacon Council - Executive Committee; South Miami Hospital - Past Member, Board of Governors; Rotary Club of South Miami - Past President; Business Inc. of Miami - Past President; Dade Foundation - Past Trustee; United Way of Dade County - Past Campaign Cabinet Member; The Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami - Past President; West Perrine Advisory Board – Member; We Will Rebuild - Member & Chairman of the Volunteer Builders; The Non-Group – Co-Chairman 1998-2000; Miami Business Forum – Member
Ed had also received significant community recognition and many awards, among them: GM Dealer of the Year Award 2002, 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 (Jack Smith Leadership Award); Cadillac Master Dealer Mark of Excellence-2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; Cadillac Motor Car Division, 25 Year Master Dealer – 8/22/00; Tau Beta Pi - Honorary Eminent Engineer; Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award – 1987; Iron Arrow - University of Miami Honor Society - 1/19/91; Cadillac Master Dealer Hall of Fame - 5/31/91; University of Miami Vice President's Award for Service - 4/2/92; Florida Education Foundation Business Award - 3/14/95; Ronald McDonald House - Twelve Good Men Award – 1999