Join the C. T. Bauer College of Business on Jan. 22 as we host Make-A-Wish America President and CEO David Williams (MBA '92) for a special discussion.

David Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish America, earned his MBA at the University of Houston's C. T. Bauer College of Business in 1992. From the Make-A-Wish Foundation's headquarters in Phoenix, he leads its national staff and its 62 chapters in the organization’s mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The Pennsylvania native moved to Houston in the 1980s to work for Shell Oil Company. But the bulk of his career has been in the non-profit arena. Williams joined the Houston Food Bank in 1983. At the time, the organization was on the verge of closing its doors, but Williams turned it around quickly and restored its credibility. After 11 years with the Food Bank, he spent another 11 years at Georgia-based Habitat for Humanity International, where he held the titles of chief operating officer and executive vice president.

A long-time advocate of volunteerism and mission-focused work, Williams joined Make-A-Wish in 2005. Under his leadership, the national office's annual revenue has more than doubled — to $84 million. Distributions to chapters have increased five-fold — to $50 million. Overall revenue, including contributions from chapters, has increased from more than $100 million to $300 million.

Williams earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. He lives in Cave Creek, Ariz., with his wife, Martha, and is the father of two children: Kate and Carson.

Event Details
Date: Jan. 22, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Cemo Hall, Stubblefield Auditorium
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