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McCarthy Names Antonya Williams Business Unit Leader of its Education Group in the Southwest Region

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announces that Antonya Williams has been promoted to business unit leader of the firm’s Education group in the Southwest region. She will continue to serve as a member of the national firm’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT), which guides national business strategy, company culture, and business practices for the employee-owned company.

In her new role leading the Education group, Williams will oversee operations, planning, workforce development and community partnerships for K-12 and higher education construction teams in Arizona. Her background in operations and business expansion, combined with her empowering leadership style, position the Education group for continued growth and delivery of industry-leading collaborative construction strategies in education sectors across the region.

Williams recently led the design and development of the firm’s Innovation and Craft Workforce Training Center, which expands McCarthy’s highly regarded craft training initiative by providing hands-on technical training and skill development for current employees, trade partners, schools and workforce training programs throughout the region.

“Antonya has an unparalleled business acumen combined with a compassionate leadership style that has continued to fuel her progression at McCarthy,” said Justin Kelton, president of McCarthy’s Southwest region. “She has a direct impact developing our strategy and building deep relationships with our teams, trade partners, designers and clients in the Southwest, and we look forward to her leading our education group with a thoughtful and innovative approach.”

Since joining McCarthy’s Southwest region in 2016, Williams has worked closely with the regional business units, including the Education group, to focus on business development, providing an exceptional team experience, achieving operational excellence, and supporting team innovations and accomplishments through the lifecycle of projects.

Education is a natural fit for Williams as she invests her time and energy into helping others achieve their goals by mentoring members of the team, others in the industry, and young people in the community. She currently serves as a chair for ACE Mentorship in Arizona where she was instrumental in expanding the program statewide, through partnerships with school districts, to serve youth interested in careers in architecture, construction and engineering. Williams has also impacted the lives of young people by volunteering as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters and New Pathways for Youth as well as acting as a strategic partner on New Pathways for Youth’s Advisory Council. Her leadership and mentoring have earned her recognition, including being named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2022 class of 40 Under 40, Construction Dive’s 2021 Top Female Leaders in Construction, AZ Business and AZRE magazines’ 2018 Most Influential Women in Arizona, and Engineering News Record’s National Top 20 under 40 in 2017.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from California State University, Chico. In 2021, she completed the Executive Leadership Development Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She currently lives in Phoenix with her husband, Chris Nickle, and their three daughters.


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