Craig Williams named finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

September 9, 2013 (St. John’s, NL)

Posted September 19, 2013

St. John’s businessman Craig Williams, president and CEO of Future Group Company, has been selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards.

Ernst & Young have been selecting recipients for these awards for two decades by looking at a variety of criteria from financial performance to personal integrity and community engagement.

Williams began his career in real estate by selling new home construction. After developing strong relationships with local builders and developers he set to work creating a network of his own businesses to include: land development, excavation and engineering, renovation, and both residential and commercial construction. Today, Future Group boasts 15 companies and approximately 100 employees.

Some familiar company names within Future Group include: Skymark Homes (the largest residential builder in the province), The Home Team real estate team, Baraco Atlantic (a commercial general contracting company), and Contour Atlantic and Greenmark Construction (both specializing in heavy civil construction).

Williams is also a very active member of his community. He has served as president for the province’s Canadian Home Builder’s Association in 2012, in addition to six years as a member of the board. The CHBA-­‐NL awarded him ‘Builder Member of the Year’ in 2011.

Part of Williams’ mission has been to create an environment in which all employees feel part of and included within the group of companies - a rare goal in today’s work industry filled with short-term contracts.

“I was told one time by an employee that I did not hire people, I adopted them,” said Williams, “and that is something I will always carry with me and feel proud of. We run a ‘WE’ show, not an ‘I’ show.”

Williams is the only finalist in Newfoundland and Labrador for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic awards in the category of “Real Estate/Construction,” along with two other finalists in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The Atlantic winner will be announced at a gala on October 3, 2013.

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