The 917 Society Board, Founders Club President Dr. Ming Wang and Vice President Lee Beaman welcome back to the Founders Club for the fourth consecutive year, Ted and Sharon Williams. The Williams’ reside on the family farm in Dickson County. They met and graduated from Freed-Hardeman University and Ted later completed a MBA from Tennessee State University. Ted and Sharon are both education majors and were both teachers coming out of college. They understand the impact of education on a child’s life. Ted soon moved to banking and has invested the last 33 years in a banking career. In 1999, he and six other founders chartered a new bank in Dickson County. It was the first time in 45 years that a new bank had been chartered in the county. The bank officially opened one second after midnight on January 1, 2000, being the first bank to open its doors in the new millennium. Ted initially served as President and CEO and now serves as the bank’s Vice-Chairman and CEO. TriStar Bank is now a $350 million community bank, with five branches in three counties in middle Tennessee. Ted has served on several non-profit boards and they have been very involved in the Lord’s church that meets at the corner of Walnut Street and Center Avenue in Dickson. Ted and Sharon have been married for 35 years and they have three grown sons who live in Nashville or central Arkansas.