It was started by James B. Williams, “Jim” and his wife Lavonne. As most new ventures, things started very small. Jim made sales calls one day and install fences the next. Lavonne answered the phone and kept the books. Jim's company grew and flourished due to his commitment to quality work and outstanding customer service. Jim continued his efforts up until his sickness and death in July of 1997. Lavonne served the company until her retirement in 2002.
“Jim Jr.” worked in the family business from a young age. His first job was
to put bolts into hinges and put them in bins in the warehouse; it paid a penny a bolt. Throughout his junior high school years, Jim worked in the gate shop making $1 per gate assembled. His high school years found him in the field with installation crews.
Once in college, Jim worked with his father during the summer. Jim graduated from the University of Florida College of Business as a Finance major in May of 1988. The very next week, he started full time at Williams Fence Company.