Bill Williams

Bill Williams

Invest in Others Board Member
Joined May 2021

EVP, President
Ameriprise Independent Advisors

Bill Williams is an EVP, President of the Ameriprise Independent Advisors, which represents over 7,800 independent advisors and generates over $4 billion in annual revenue.  He is responsible for leading all aspects of the operation including sales, recruiting, compensation, compliance, practice management, leadership and in-field training.  Ultimately Bill is accountable for growing advisor productivity and increasing overall headcount.

Bill is a frequent speaker and contributor at media, consumer and industry events sharing insights on consumer and industry topics related to financial planning matters as well as business topics such as leadership and strategic planning.

Bill joined Ameriprise in 1989 as an advisor in the Boston area and was named to the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) comprised on the top 1% of all advisors at the firm (over 6000) in his first year at the firm.  He built a successful team based independent practice while simultaneously moving into a formal management role.  Bill went on to hold a number of field leadership positions with increasing responsibility including District Manager, Field Vice President, Group Vice President, Senior Vice President before assuming his current position in 2009.

In addition to Bill’s work responsibilities, he serves as a board member for Invest in Others, an organization that recognizes and honors financial professionals and firms who give back in their community. He also sits on the board for Summit Academy OIC, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals in developing their ability to earn and become contributing citizens in their communities.

Bill grew up in New England and graduated from Bentley University with a BA in Finance. He currently lives in Edina, Minnesota with his wife and family.

Currently Bill holds industry licenses 7, 63, 24 and MN Life and Health.