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Residential | WILLIAMS CO. - SAGE PARK
WILLIAMS CO. EMPLOYS AN INNOVATIVE PROCESS FOR FABRICATING FRAMES. BY TIM O'CONNOR
of Williams Co.'s current projects
is Sage Park, a skilled nursing facility,
which is a new market for the company.
.J. Williams founded his namesake
home building company in 1920 with
an aim to provide quality product and
great service to his clients. "He didn't
focus on being the biggest homebuilder in
Florida or the cheapest," Vice President Richard Shannon says. Instead, Williams wanted
to provide the best value and experience.
That attitude established a strong reputation
that persists through to today.
The company remained in the Williams
family for three generations until 2007
when it started the process of becoming
employee owned, a lengthy transition that
was finally completed in 2016. "Everyone
in the company has an ownership stake,"
Shannon explains. "We do see that translate into everybody taking ownership in
what we do."
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Employee ownership has been a positive
motivator for team members who understand their share prices will increase with
the success of the company. But it has
also been a strong recruiting tool that has
attracted talented individuals who want to
be rewarded for hard work.
The ownership structure encourages
employees to put greater emphasis on
customer service, which Shannon considers
part of Williams Co.'s DNA. Service is built
on relationships and trust, and Williams Co.
wants to work with clients that value those
traits. "We look for clients who understand
and appreciate that construction is a service
business, not so much a commodity,"
Shannon says. "Every project that we chase
we see that potential of being a long-term
Williams Co. - Sage Park
* Location: Kissimmee, Fla.
* Employees on ite at peak: 100
* Scope of work: Assisted-living and
memory care community
"We look for clients who understand and appreciate at
construction is a ervice business,
not o much a commodity."
- Rich Shannon, vice president
Entering Senior Living
One such client is Providence One Partners, a forward-thinking developer that is
developing a 128-unit assisted-living and
memory care community called Sage Park