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IDEALS Founder and CEO, Jack W. Williams

Get to Know the Founder


JW Bio_CPassionate about leadership and developing people, Jack Williams formed the IDEALS Foundation, Inc. in 1991. An educational, non-profit foundation, IDEALS works with high school student athletes to help them develop their leadership and personal skills and become positive role models for their schools.

A 1971 graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Behavioral Management, Jack’s focus on leadership began as a college student when he earned three letters as a quarterback and was named team captain for the Georgia Tech football team. He continued his dedication to the sport by serving as a Division I college football coach for seven years. Jack also later served as a volunteer with both the Peach Bowl and Chick-fil-A Bowl and served as president of the Georgia Tech National Letterwinners Club for three years.

Off the field, Jack’s career continued in a leadership capacity holding the positions of Vice President and COO of a regional service firm followed by becoming a SVP in a Fortune 500 company. In 1998 Jack founded Competitive Resources Group, Inc. (CRG). CRG, a niche recruiting firm was the first of its kind specializing in placing individuals with collegiate athletic backgrounds with companies seeking that competitive, disciplined and results driven profile. CRG eventually merged with The SURVIS Group, a professional services and IT recruiting firm where Jack served as president for seven years.

While at The SURVIS Group, Jack created the unique Apollo 13 Leadership Program which has been used by companies across the nation. He continues to lead Apollo 13 programs today and is requested by youth organizations and businesses to speak.

In 2008 Jack made a decision to resign as president of The SURVIS Group and pursue his vision of taking his IDEALS curriculum and creating a program that could impact young people across the country for years to come.