William ClayChief Operating Officer

Joining the Premier team in 2010, COO William Clay, has played an integral part in Premier’s success and expansion. Beginning his Premier journey as a senior accountant, and quickly moving into the role of Chief Financial Officer, William spent three years in this department fine tuning and optimizing accounting and billing procedures. It was during this time that Premier began growing exponentially, and William was tasked with improving and introducing new financial protocols to keep up with the growing number of properties Premier was managing. William’s knowledge of back-end accounting procedures and his natural leadership abilities set him up for continued success.

After a few years in a leadership role at a different company in Texas, William rejoined the Premier team, but this time in an operations role. Not only did William change directions in his path at Premier, but he started off his time in operations opening Premier’s Dallas and Fort Worth market, not a small feat for someone just stepping into a new role and new department.

However, it was his dedication, hard-work and quick thinking that allowed senior leadership at the time to entrust William with the major undertaking that was setting up a new market. And William didn’t stop there, but rather was quickly promoted to Vice President only a few months after opening the Dallas/Ft. Worth office. In his role as Vice President, William was the head of all of Premier’s operations on the West Coast- a territory consisting of over 75 parking operations in 13 cities, including Austin, Texas which was, and still is, one of Premier’s largest portfolios. In 2017, during his time as Vice President, William received the National Parking Association’s coveted 40 Under 40 award that recognizes the industry’s most exceptional young leaders.

After over two years in his role as Vice President, William was again promoted and this time it was to the title of Chief Operating Officer, a position that oversees the entire Premier portfolio across the United States. As COO, William must always have a consistent finger on the pulse of both the parking industry and Premier’s operations. With a massive amount of territory and personnel under his leadership, William has the immense responsibility of ensuring operational excellence across all Premier locations, while also cultivating new relationships with clients and spreading growth initiatives.

A humble leader, William’s team, although spread across the country, know that they can turn to him for matters big and small. Always one to step up and help, William leads with integrity, grace and humility that has helped create a team ready to rise to any challenge.

William’s success both in his professional and personal life have not gone unnoticed as he was named as a finalist for CFO of the Year in Nashville in 2012 and was recognized by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30. Not only is William an excellent leader both at Premier and in the community, but he is also a devoted husband and father. He currently resides in Nashville with his wife and their three girls.

 

Choice words of wisdom:  There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he does not mind who gets the credit.

Describe yourself in one word.  With Integrity (OK, 2 words)

Name a guilty pleasure.  Easy.  Taylor Swift.

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