Bob Williamson: From Homeless Drug Addict to Multi-millionaire

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Renowned businessman and serial entrepreneur Bob

Williamson has achieved national acclaim for his

business acumen and philanthropic efforts. All told

Williamson has founded 11

successful businesses. His largest

business accomplishment to

date was the establishment of

one of the most successful food

service technology companies in

the United States, Horizon

Software International; a

company that he sold in 2008

for $75 million cash that

revolutionized the

institutionalized food service

market with its innovative software.

What makes Williamson’s accomplishments all the

more inspiring is to understand the tremendous

personal challenges that he overcame in his early life

which he details in his recent book, Miracle on Luckie

Street. His childhood was dark and by the time he was

fifteen he was an alcoholic; he attended 19 different

schools; he graduated to intravenous meth and heroin

use and became a hard core addict; he was extremely

violent, carried a .357 Magnum, and became a

dangerous criminal committing armed robberies; he

was kicked out of the military as a diagnosed

sociopath; he spent time in Parrish Prison in New

Orleans, he went through a nasty divorce; his family

had given up on him; he was homeless, penniless, was

a loner that didn’t have a single friend; and didn’t

believe in God.

At the age of 22 he’d reached the point where he felt

that suicide was his only viable option and he was

ready and willing to pull the trigger, but then a horrific

car accident and a chance encounter with a merciful

nurse helped change his life. During his long recovery

he read the Bible and found faith in God and along

with it personal redemption and hope. He stopped

taking drugs and alcohol. He started at rock bottom,

worked hard and smart, started a business, and

virtually overnight accumulated a small fortune and

achieved what he believed to be the absolute pinnacle

of success; but the sudden mountain of cash triggered

an avalanche of new problems and soon he was

overwhelmed with temptation, arrogance, and sheer

lust for more of everything. He was addicted to a new

drug – money – but again miraculously overcame his


Today Bob Williamson is completely drug and alcohol

free, he is no longer a slave to the “flash and the cash”,

the pride of life, and the lust for unadulterated power.

He has been happily married to the woman of his

dreams for 40 years and has been blessed with three

successful, happily married sons and seven


He has achieved national acclaim for his business

acumen and was selected from among hundreds of

contestants as the 2006 Gwinnett Business Person of the

Year by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, (the

third largest chamber in the country). He was also a

finalist for the Ernst and Young 2007 Entrepreneur of

the Year Award, which was previously won by

distinguished entrepreneur Michael Dell of Dell

Computers. He has been featured in AOL, Florida

Trend, Inc. Magazine, Business Week, MSN, Yahoo

Business, Investor’s Business Daily, The Christian Post,

Reader’s Digest, various newspaper articles and many

other publications, plus he’s done numerous radio and

television interviews.

He is currently the CEO of the Williamson Group

USA, a holding company with several subsidiaries

including his latest venture, $35 million Honey Lake

Resort and Spa that is being built on his 4700 acre

sprawling Plantation near Tallahassee Florida. He

spends much of his time sharing his inspirational true

life story in an effort to provide hope to anyone who

might happen to need it. He writes a daily devotional

Words for the Day and has been doing so for 12 years.

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