Gary Williams is the president of Williams Asset Management, a distinguished, fee-based, and independent wealth management team based in Columbia, Maryland. Williams Asset Management provides comprehensive wealth management, financial planning, and fiduciary investment guidance to individuals, families, nonprofits, and businesses throughout Howard County Maryland and beyond.
Through our partnership with Commonwealth Financial Network®, a Registered Investment Adviser-broker/dealer we gain access to resources that we translate into indispensable service for our clients. The Commonwealth team consists of more than 45 professionals with the CFA®, CFP®, ChFC ®, or JD certification/designation. These experts act as an extension of our own team; supporting us in delivering tailored guidance. As a truly collaborative team, we're adept at helping you tackle a broad range of needs-from retirement income, education, estate, tax, and insurance planning to the efficient management of tax-smart investment portfolios. Working together, we'll help ensure that even the smallest details of your financial life are properly addressed.
Gary began his esteemed career in 1994 and has earned well-respected credentials including CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification, Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM Designation, and Accredited Investment Fiduciary® Designation. Further, Gary has been honored with numerous awards, including the Forbes 2019 Best-In-State Wealth Advisor.
Gary is exceedingly active in the community and serves on numerous nonprofit boards including the Association Board of Directors of the Y in Central Maryland, the Investment Committee for Mount Saint Joseph High School Endowment, and the Brigance Brigade Foundation Board.
To help raise money for charities dear to his heart, Gary wrote the acclaimed Amazon *best seller The Art of Retirement. The book uses the story of Michelangelo's incredibly long (and challenging) life and famed art as a metaphor to compare the reader's life to a masterpiece while emphasizing the importance of creating a resilient, well-crafted portfolio. All profits from The Art of Retirement are donated to the Y in Central Maryland, Augie's Quest, the Maryland SPCA, and the Brigance Brigade Foundation.
Gary lives in Howard County, Maryland, with his wife, three children, and their goldendoodle, Cali. In his spare time, Gary enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and surfing.
*-Retirement Planning books for 2013