Some might say Jim Williams, of Zephyrhills, Fla., has become masterful at reinvention, but he takes it in stride.
Williams, 38, has worn many hats during his productive life: A law enforcement officer, a helicopter pilot, a husband, student, and father. He currently serves as President of Bear Defense Services in Tampa, a company that helps the U.S. Military units in combat situations identify and disarm Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
In 2006, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Technology from FAPSC member school Everglades University in Sarasota, Fla.
While enrolled full-time at Everglades University, Williams also worked full-time as a Helicopter Patrol Officer at the Tampa Police Department. His dedication to on-going service included helping to train his fellow police officers in the latest in surveillance camera technology; this volunteer duty for Tampa PD brought Williams into contact with a company that works with the U.S. Armed Forces overseas to improve security for troops.
Williams became a contractor with Gyrocam Systems after retiring from Tampa PD.
For his many duties and contributions, Williams is among five graduates nationwide from Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) institutions to be given its highest honor in March 2011.
He received the graduate achievement honor during a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The Graduate Recognition for Excellence, Achievement and Talent (GREAT) Award recognizes former students who have demonstrated outstanding academic and personal achievement.