Vice President, Regulatory and Member Services
Joe Williams is the Vice President Regulatory and Member Services of the Texas Retailers Association following the merger of Gulf Coast Retailers and Texas Retailers Association. He is also the main contact for the Texas Food Council. A graduate of Texas Tech University (BBA, 1971), Joe has worked in the association community for many years, serving as President of the Gulf Coast Retailers Association starting in 1994 and serving until the merger, January 2006.
Joe is currently an active member in several industry related organizations, including the American Leadership Forum (ALF); the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Government Relations Committee; FIAE (Food Industry Association Executives) Board of Directors; the Texas Interagency Task Force for EBT; and the Texas Attorney General's Employer Task Force.
In addition, he serves on the advisory board for The University of Houston's Retailing and Consumer Science Department. In 2004 he was appointed to the Maternal, Infant, and Fetal Nutrition National Advisory Council and was made chair of the Council for 2006. He also serves as the President of his community's Municipal Water District and served many years on the Board of a local non-profit (SEARCH) that works with the homeless, served on the Executive Committee for ALF, and in addition served on the Board of The Greater Houston Chapter of the Red Cross.