(Edited Keeneland press release)
Keeneland’s long time director of communications, Jim Williams, announced Aug. 18 that he plans to retire after more than 38 years with the company. He will step down in December.
Williams succeeded J.B. Faulconer as Keeneland’s director of publicity in November 1971 and, ultimately, assumed the title of director of communications for the company. He has worked under three company presidents—Ted Bassett, Bill Greely and current CEO Nick Nicholson.
"To put Jim’s tenure in perspective, when he joined Keeneland in 1971, Richard Nixon was president, ‘All in the Family’ premiered on television, and gas was 30 cents a gallon," said Nicholson. "Since that time, Jim has been the public face of Keeneland, and he has conducted himself in a manner that has enhanced Keeneland’s stature in the eyes of everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting him. Jim is a man of character, integrity and humility. We at Keeneland thank him for his many years of service and wish him the best in his retirement."
In the position, Williams has overseen the advertising and communication for Keeneland’s racing, auction sales and simulcasting, serving as the company’s spokesman.
"What a phenomenal privilege it’s been to spend almost my entire working career at a company that’s a world leader," said Williams. "After 38 years on the job, it’s time to pass the baton, enjoy the flexibility of retirement and look forward to attending Keeneland as a spectator."
Keeneland has not yet named a successor to Williams.