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“Energy… Whose Crisis is it Anyway?” will be the topic of a discussion led by Ronald Williams, the first Ron Landstrom Executive in Residence at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and recipient of the UNK College of Business and Technology 2006 Outstanding Alumnus award.
Williams, who is president and chief executive officer of the Denver-based Gary-Williams Energy Corporation, will lead a question/answer session on the topic beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Ockinga Auditorium on the UNK campus. The discussion is free and open to the public.
In his position with Gary-Williams Energy Corp., Williams handles policy development, planning and overall management of all operations. The company is involved in refining, wholesale marketing, and oil and gas exploration activities.
Williams is also active as a civic leader. A member and past chairman of the board of directors of The Children’s Hospital, he currently serves on The Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Imagine the Miracles Campaign.
In addition, he is on the board and executive committee of the National Western Association; vice chairman of The Piton Foundation, which is funded by Gary-Williams Energy Corporation; and a board member for the Denver Public Schools Foundation.
The Ron Landstrom Executive in Residence Program was created this past year by gifts from Jerry and Jeanne Taylor. Jerry Taylor is a Kearney State College/UNK alum and former senior vice president of Applied Materials. The executive in residence program is named for retired business faculty member Ron Landstrom.
The alumni award has been given for a number of years. According to Jim Rundstrom, director of UNK Alumni Services, the UNK Alumni Association board selects four distinguished alumni award recipients each year from among nominations made by alumni, board members and others.
When narrowing the list of recipients for alumni awards, the selection committee bases its decisions on the accomplishments, stature and contributions of the nominees, Rundstrom said.