King of Beaux Arts Ball announced
Beaux Arts Ball King G. Rainey Williams Jr. says he is honored to be associated with this year's Ball activities. He was introduced last weekend at the royal art-themed regal Ball at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, along with his court of debutantes, escorts and former kings. Williams' identity was kept secret until he was introduced.
He comes from a long line of family members who were involved through the years with the traditional formal event. His grandmother, Mrs. Charles Vose, was ball chairman in 1949 and his father, G. Rainey Williams, was king in 1979.
He himself was an escort in 1981 when he was in college, and his daughter, Grace, was a debutante. Sons Rainey and Sam previously were both escorts.
“I know so many of the former kings,” Williams said, “so it is an incredible honor to keep celebrating through the years such a rich tradition as the Beaux Arts Ball. Tradition means a lot to our community. The ball bridges the old to the new, particularly with the wonderful influx of talented young people in technology, health and many other things coming into our community.”
The new king is president of Marco Holding Corp., a private investment firm with interest in operating companies and commercial real estate throughout the southwest. He attended Southern Methodist University, has a BBA degree in finance, and attended the University of Oklahoma Law School for his law degree. He began his career at McAfee & Taft Law Firm.
Williams has been married to his wife Casey for 28 years, and they have three children. The children are Rainey III, who is in his second year at OU Medical School; Sam, a private equity analyst with Rhone Group in New York; and Grace, a senior at Texas Christian University who is majoring in nutrition.
Williams is currently involved with BancFirst Corp. on their board of directors as the lead independent director and member of the Senior Trust Committee. He is a former member of the board for the American Trailer Works Inc. and board of managers of Benham Investment Holdings LLC.
He is active on many community nonprofit boards, including the Dean McGee Eye Institute Foundation (chairman since 2010), the Dean McGee Eye Institute, Presbyterian Health Foundation (chairman of the investment committee), Stephenson Cancer Center (leadership council), Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma Medical Center, and State Fair of Oklahoma (treasurer, executive committee since 2013). He works with the local and regional YMCA and was a board chairman for YMCA Retirement Fund, New York (he has been chairman of the investment committee and recipient of the 2012 Harold Smith award for distinguished service to the YMCA). He is a life member of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City board, and is a past chairman and Volunteer of the Year.
He is on the board of the Regional Food Bank Foundation (and is a past board chairman) and also on the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce board (and is a past chairman of the pension committee and vice- chairman of community improvement).
Since Williams has been on so many local and regional boards and has worked for years in the community, he has been actively involved with the growth of Oklahoma City.
“We have been leading in transformation for the last 20 years,” he noted. “Embracing past history is important for any city, especially Oklahoma City, in light of our 1980's downturn and the Oklahoma City bombing. We have witnessed our own growth and resurgence. Just look at the Thunder, Energy and Health Center.”
Other activities he has embraced include the Casady School board (past treasurer and secretary), All Souls Episcopal Church Senior Warden, United Way (past secretary-treasurer and finance committee chairman), and Oklahoma Health Center Foundation (past president and chairman of the executive committee).
He likes to fly fish in Colorado and Argentina, ride bikes, golf and attend OU football games. “We have had the same football tickets since 1961," he said. "I have a soft spot in my heart for OU, as I taught a course in entrepreneurial finance in the adjunct program at Price College of Business for 10 years.”
The entire Williams family loves art and are members of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, where they donated an 18th Century Chest-on-Chest Chippendale Mahogany piece to the Museum's permanent collection.
The new Beaux Arts Ball King also noted that “we must keep celebrating the rich traditions of Oklahoma City such as the Beaux Arts Ball.
“We want to know where we've been and where we are going. Oklahoma City definitely has that can do attitude,” he added.