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WilliamsJ. Don Williams is the Chief Strategic Officer at Employment Screening Services (ESS) in Birmingham.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the Collat School of Business in 1973.

ESS has more than 100 team members with clients in the US and international clients and is a top 10, national risk management solutions provider, specializing in background screening, drug testing as well as security and investigative services. For over 20 years, ESS has partnered with companies to minimize risk and maximize results. ESS serves clients in all 50 states as well as internationally.  

ESS stays at the forefront of industry solutions, developing new, specialized security and investigative services, offering TSA pre-check, electronic fingerprinting, credentialing, enhanced drug testing and systems integrations. As an industry leader and innovator, ESS is a founding and fully-accredited member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). ESS provides high-touch client care directly from their headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. As a result of this hard work, innovation and dedication to customized service, ESS has reached a new level of national competitiveness that boasts inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list for 9 consecutive years. ESS has been consistently recognized for customer care and has maintained a 98% client retention rate over the 10 past years. ESS remains focused on future innovation and continues to develop advanced solutions for a growing global marketplace.

Prior to joining Employment Screening Services as CSO in 2013, Don spent 25 years at Altec Industries, serving as senior vice president and CFO.