Williamson will speak at Lincoln Day Dinner Ron Williamson, former CEO of Citibank, South Dakota, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Clay County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 25.
Williamson has served in a leadership capacity in the public and private sectors. The dinner will be held at the Eagles in Vermillion, with a social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meal will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Williamson was born in DeSmet. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, attended Augustana College and holds a master's degree from The University of South Dakota. Following graduation from West Point, he served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and was decorated twice for valor.
He served as Gov. Janklow's first chief of staff and later as State Adjutant General from 1983 to 1987. He was executive director of the South Dakota Municipal League from 1971-1978.
Williamson retired from Citibank in 1997. He presently serves on the board of directors of the S.D. Community Foundation, the Children's Home Society, and the Greater S.D. Group. He is now president of his own business management and public relations business, the Williamson Management Group and is a business advisor to the Crazy Horse Foundation. Recently he was appointed by Janklow to the State Fair Board.
Williamson and his wife Paula have five grown children and two grandchildren.