Johnny Williamson of Denmark was honored at the S.C. Governor’s Mansion on Monday, September 15, during S.C. Industry Appreciation Week as one of 46 S.C. Economic Ambassadors. Governor Mark Sanford and officials from the S.C. Department of Commerce honored Mr. Williamson at a luncheon and awards ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of those who had played a key role in economic development in South Carolina over the last year.
Williamson was nominated for his service in Bamberg County and the SouthernCarolina Alliance region.
Johnny Williamson, a lifelong resident of Denmark, is a successful entrepreneur and businessman whose dedication to improving the quality of life for others in Bamberg County through economic development has helped to shape the future of his county and region. Not only is Mr. Williamson the President of Williamson Ginnery in Denmark, he also serves as Managing Partner of Lynchburg Grain, Managing Partner of Carolina Soya, Board Member of Ecogy Biofuels, Board Chairman of the Jackson Companies, and President of Carolina Eastern-Williamson. While his contribution to job creation through his companies in itself is significant, Mr. Williamson has also spent the last decade in a voluntary leadership role in economic development and industrial recruitment for his community. He has been instrumental in building SouthernCarolina Alliance, the regional development alliance serving Bamberg County. During that time, he has volunteered his time to meet with industrial prospects both domestically and abroad in recruitment efforts, and he has played a critical role in creating the historic multi-county revenue sharing agreement among Bamberg, Barnwell, Allendale and Hampton Counties. His efforts were vital in the recruitment of more than a dozen projects, including Kronotex and Grant Forest Products.
In addition to his service as a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of SouthernCarolina Alliance, Mr. Williamson is a Past Chairman of the Palmetto AgriBusiness Council, a former member of the Executive Committee of the S.C. Transportation and Policy Council, and current member of the Board of Directors of S.C. Bank & Trust, the S.C. Landowners Association, the S.C. Sportsman’s Caucus Foundation, and Vice Chairman of the S.C. Bio-mass Council.
Through his work with Carolina Soya and Ecogy Biofuels, Johnny Williamson has helped to create a market for local soybean producers while establishing the first operational fully integrated biodiesel facility in the Southeastern United States. In addition to his involvement with Ecogy, Mr. Williamson remains actively engaged in the exploration of cutting edge technologies in other agricultural and alternative energy industry fields. A true proponent of capitalism and economic development, Johnny Williamson is also an avid outdoorsman who has pursued wild game around the world. His ability to trap alligators for wildlife management has earned him widespread media attention and the nickname, “Alligator Johnny.”
Mr. Williamson and his wife, Kaki, have two children and reside on the banks on the Edisto River just outside of Denmark, SC.