Earl Williams, a familiar face in California fiber circles, has received the National Cotton Ginners Association’s (NCGA) 2013-2014 Distinguished Service Award.

Williams, past president and chief executive officer of the California Cotton Ginners Association (CCGA), received the award May 29 during the CCGA annual meeting in Monterey, Calif. as he was unable to attend the NCGA’s annual meeting in February.

The annual award recognizes dedicated individuals whose careers have provided distinguished service to the U.S. ginning industry.

Williams joined the California Cotton Growers and Ginners Association in 1993 as executive vice president. He was tapped as president and CEO in 1997.

Williams retired in December 2013.

The cotton leader was one of 15 charter members of the CCGA where he served on the board from 1972-1980.

He also served as an advisor to the National Cotton Council, the American Cotton Producers, the NCGA’s Advisory Policy Council, and as a member of the Supima board. 

A native of Arkansas, the Williams family grew cotton. They moved to Buttonwillow, Calif. in 1958. Earl earned a Bachelor of Science degree in crop production from Cal Poly.

Williams is past president of the Buttonwillow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, and a past member and chairman of the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Crop Science Department’s  Advisory Council.

Williams is a past board member of the Agricultural Energy Consumers Association and the California Agricultural Education Foundation, which oversees the California Ag Leadership Program. 

He is a founding member and past chairman of the AgriBusiness President's Council.