Ferrum News

Roanoker John Williamson III to be Ferrum's Next Executive in Residence



Ferrum, Va. (November 5, 2010) –John Williamson III, the man who heads RGC Resources Inc., parent company of Roanoke Gas, will be the next business leader to spend a day at Ferrum College as part of the Executive in Residence program. Williamson will visit Ferrum on November 10 to attend and participate in business classes, meet with students and give a keynote address to students, faculty and staff. The public is also invited to attend Williamson’s talk, to be held at 11:15 a.m. in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room of Franklin Hall on the Ferrum College campus.
 “John brings a wealth of business knowledge to campus,” said Tom Cosgrove, Ferrum’s Director of Corporate Relations. “Our goal is to augment the outstanding educational experience our students receive by bringing them together with engaged leaders who truly understand what it takes to succeed.” Cosgrove, who created the program, points to Williamson’s high profile in the Roanoke Valley as one of the reasons why Ferrum invited him to participate in the program.
Williamson became president of Roanoke Gas in February of 1998. The company re-organized in 1999 with the establishment of RGC Resources Inc. as the holding company with Williamson as President and CEO. RGC Resources is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol of RGCO. Often mentioned as being among the top leaders in the Roanoke Valley, Williamson is a board member for numerous businesses and organizations, including The Taubman Museum of Art, Foundation for Roanoke Valley and Optical Cable Corporation.
Realtor Dennis Cronk visited in October, while Alexander Maksimow, Global Chairman McAirlaid’s Vliesstoffe (Franklin County’s Manufacturer of the Year) and Neal Naff, M.D., F.A.C.S., one of the top Neurosurgeons on the country (Neal was born and raised in Franklin County) are scheduled to visit later in the year.