David Williamson

Keeping the Rock Rollin

Gavin Powell

David Williamson is a great many things, but he is far from boring. Williamson is not only being inducted into the 2018 Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, he’s also passionate about leading Iowa’s youth to greater success in the future through creativity training. Creativity training is a group task and helps to show that everyone is capable of individual creative thinking. The training is very unique and inspiring to the students of Business Horizons.

Right off the bat, Williamson gave a lesson in formal introductions – a handshake to be exact. Williamson said, “There’s two types of important webs. There is the one online, and there is the one between your thumb and first finger.”  He explained after his presentation, “A handshake was all we ever did business on back then. It was more of a code of honor.” Williamson said that back in the day, he never would get burnt on a deal, even if the only thing solidifying it was a simple handshake.

Williamson discussed his Bushmen band days how local media impacted his career. “I realized early on that the media really didn’t mean anything to me. Sure they helped with publicity, yeah, but I was mostly just a content provider to them, and that was most of our relationship.”

In school, Williamson’s choice to pursue music wasn’t always received in a positive light. “Back in the day, when you turn in your jock strap for a guitar strap you were usually headed for trouble.” He talked about his early band days and recruiting his band after quitting sports to be in a musical career. “Sophomore year, I went to a live rock show for the first time, and it was awesome, and I later found out that my local milkman was the lead guitarist, and I figured out that anyone can rock, including me.”

Williamson asked for an electric guitar that very Christmas, kicking off a successful and enjoyable lifelong career making music and changing lives for the better. Williamson shared with the crowd how his experience in his band was relevant. He has been speaking to Business Horizon for well over 20 years, to which he said, “The reason I do this is because people cared more about what was on top of my head, then between my ears.”

Kay Neumann-Thomas, The Vice President of the Iowa Association Of Business And Industry Foundation, and the long-time leader of Business Horizons, felt that David Williamson was a man of unique history, creativeness, and had an original outlook on life. She feels his lessons can apply to all forms of life, both professional and normal. “David Williamson has been one of the most unique, creative, and informative speakers we have had at Business Horizons.”

Emily Schettler, a communication strategist working for the Harkin Institute, took away several important things from Williamson’s creativity training, such as how replicable and applicable everything he talked about was, regardless of career path. When asked about Williamson’s outlook on life, she said, “His enthusiasm about life and it’s unpredictable nature was just infectious, and I now feel motivated to try new things that I never thought about before.” She reacted just as many others at Business Horizons did – with total respect and enthusiasm. “My biggest take-away of his time with us would be that presentation is just as important as the product, which I agree with.”

(Photo Credit: Sydney Peterson)

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