About Frank Williams

Brunswick County Board of Commissioners

  • Elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016
  • Chairman of the Board (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Board Member, Brunswick Business & Industry Development (2017-present)
  • Board Member, Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority (2017-present)
  • Chair, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Policy Committee (2018-19)
  • Chair, Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee (2014-present)
  • Rail Relocation Task Force (2015-17)
  • Greater Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (Board Member 2012-present; Vice Chair, 2016)
  • Cape Fear Council of Governments (Board Member 2012-2016; Vice Chair, 2015-16)
  • Southeast Economic Development Commission (2013-14)

N.C. Association of County Commissioners

  • 1st Vice President (August 2019-present)
  • 2nd Vice President (August 2018-August 2019)
  • Member, Legislative Goals Committee (2013-17)
  • Chair, General Government Steering Committee (2016-17)
  • Member, General Government Steering Committee (2013-present)
  • Delegate, N.C. Association of County Commissioners’ 2015 Legislative Goals Conference
  • Voting Delegate, N.C. Association of County Commissioners’ Annual Conference (2014, 2016)

Community Involvement

  • Charter Member, Leland Area Rotary Club (2010-present); Paul Harris Fellow; Programs Chair (2013-14); President (2011-12)
  • Cape Fear Council, Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board (2015-2017)
  • Rotary District 7730, Area 4 Membership Advocate (2014-15)
  • Member, N.C. Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service (2013-2017)
  • Brunswick Sheriff’s Citizens Academy, Class 14 (2013)
  • Economic Development Chair, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce (2010-2012)
  • Board of Directors, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce (2009-2012)
  • Board of Directors, Communities in Schools of Brunswick County (2010-2012)
  • Brunswick Community College Small Business Center Advisory Committee (2010-2012)
  • Chairman, Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Leland Leadership Breakfast (2010, 2011)
  • Raleigh Jaycees; Publicity Director (2001); Chair, Electoral College Seminar; Chair, Jaycee Business Network; Chair, Regional Business Forum; Chair, Business Communication Workshop


  • B.A. in Communication, N.C. State University (1993)
  • UNC School of Government Advanced Leadership Corps (ALC), 2020
  • UNC School of Government Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA), Mentor Level
  • Spring 1996 Fellow, N.C. Institute of Political Leadership
  • Grinnell Leadership Jumpstart Program (2006)
  • North Brunswick High School (1988)


  • Founder & President, Pioneer Strategies (2001-present)
  • Co-Founder & Managing Member, Pioneer Specialties (2019-present)
  • Member, Public Relations Society of America
  • Counselors Academy, Public Relations Society of America
  • Affiliate Member, Association Executives of North Carolina
  • President, Raleigh Public Relations Society (2006-08)
  • Vice President, Raleigh Public Relations Society (2004-06)

Awards & Honors

  • Southport Magazine Maggie Award, Local Official Who Worked the Hardest During Hurricane Florence (selected by the magazine's readers; 2018)
  • Cape Fear Council of Governments Lynwood Norris Regional Champion Award (2015)
  • N.C. State University Communication Alumni Circle – Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award (2006)
  • Triangle Business Journal “40 Under 40” Leadership Award (2006)


  • Born and raised in the Brunswick County community of Northwest
  • Lives in Leland with his wife, Lori
  • Member of Northside Baptist Church
  • Self-published author of two novels
  • First leadership role: Patrol Leader in Boy Scout Troop 265 in Leland (also served as Senior Patrol Leader)
  • First job: Busboy at the Sandpiper Seafood House in Leland; also spent two summers working in the summer student program at what was then Federal Paper Board (now International Paper) in Riegelwood
  • Hobbies: Reading, writing, fishing, relaxing on the beach