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Executive search firm with local ties honored for third straight year for marketing success

Friday, October 12, 2012

Carolyn Williams
For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) has selected Parke Williams Ltd. for the 2012 Best of Bloomington Award in the Executive Search Consultants category.

The company is operated and was founded by Lyons native Carolyn Williams.

"This is our third consecutive year to win the award. The dedication of our executive recruiters across the nation, plus great client companies and candidates contributes toward Parke Williams Ltd.'s success." Williams said.

The company, now in its 30th year, has a nationwide reputation for landing executives in innovative positions.

"We have placed people with clients that designed, built and launched the Space Station, plus the vehicles sending people into space that are assigned to the Space Station. Our clients develop the formula fed to your babies, the fine cabinets in your home; the greeting cards you have sent; the vehicles you drive, and the ones used in war efforts. Our client's cosmetic products strut the fashion runways of the world; they irrigate the fields for farmers, and were used to clean the Gulf after BP oil disaster, and Katrina's devastation; their pumps helped eliminate Oklahoma's flood waters; your home mortgage may have come from one of our clients; many of the plastic items used daily may have been made by Parke Williams, Ltd's clients," she explained.

"The shaft of a golf club, the shaft of an arrow, your mobile phone, the casket used to bury a loved one, the coloring for soft drinks, dynamite, and the establishment of the Nobel Peace Prize Foundation was created by one of our client's founders. In 30 years, we have recruited the people responsible for many product, too many to mention them all."

Williams, who is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC), added, "It has been a great 'ride', not overshadowed by any amusement park thrill. We are proud to receive this award, not once, but three times."

Williams, the daughter of the late Ellis and Norma Williams, is a 1966 graduate of L&M High School. She attended Purdue University in West Lafayette majoring in textile technology and finished her college at Indiana State University in Terre Haute majoring in marketing.

She moved to California in 1976 and moved back to Indiana in 1993.

William had an office in Lyons in 1994

Williams' brother operates Mike Williams CPA in Bloomfield.

On a national level, Williams served as a District VII, (Indiana and Illinois) and District XI, (California, Alaska, Hawaii) Director to the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) Board of Directors. She was the 1993 and 1994 NAPS Educational Chair and Retained Search Committee Chair for three years.

She is a past State President of the Indiana Association of Personnel Services (IAPS) and past First Vice President, Vice President, Conference Chair, Newsletter Editor (three years), Membership Chair, Governmental Affairs, Finance and Public Relations (committee member).

Carolyn also served as 1989 and 1990 State First Vice President of the California Association of Personnel Consultants (CAPS) and was California State President (two terms) of CAPS Executive Search Division, and newsletter Editor for four years.

She was the First Vice President of the American Search and Placement Association (APSA).

In 1987 her firm was awarded the Golden Nike Award for community service and contribution to the advancement of women in business by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Organization.

In 1983, she was presented the "Outstanding Citizen Award" by the city of Yuba City, Calif., and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The National Business and Professional Women named her "Woman of Achievement" for Southern California. She received a "Young Career Woman of the Year Award" in Indiana.

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country.

Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nationwide, only one in 120 -- less than 1 percent -- 2012 Award recipients qualified as three-time award winners. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

The U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

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