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Marquis Who's Who Honors William D. Rawls Jr. for Expertise in Local Government and Business Ownership

William D. Rawls Jr. is honored for his dedication to public service and funeral services

He envisions preparing his community for significant economic growth spurred by Ford Motor Company's upcoming automotive manufacturing plant near Brownsville.

    BROWNSVILLE, TN, April 23, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- William D. Rawls Jr. has been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Mr. Rawls has distinguished himself as a dedicated public servant as the mayor of the City of Brownsville, Tennessee, a role he was elected to by his constituents in 2014. In this capacity, he has managed a $19 million budget and provided essential services to the community. Mr. Rawls' leadership extends across the police, fire, solid waste street departments, and the local animal shelter. Additionally, he supports numerous nonprofit organizations within Brownsville and throughout the region.

Mr. Rawls's commitment to fiscal responsibility has been particularly noteworthy. He is recognized for maintaining steady growth in Brownsville while keeping the city debt-free. This prudent financial management has ensured a fund balance is always available for future needs, thereby alleviating potential burdens on taxpayers. Mr. Rawls's strategic approach to budgeting and role as the city's chief executive officer has earned him widespread acclaim.

Before beginning mayoral tenure, Mr. Rawls became a successful business professional as a licensed funeral director and partner at Rawls Funeral Homes, a third-generation, family-owned and operated business serving the Brownsville community since 1933. He also garnered success as a licensed insurance agent with Golden Circle Life Insurance Company, where he spent over a decade assisting clients and managing the agency's municipal bonds portfolio.

Apart from his expertise in public service, Mr. Rawls is well-regarded as an active member of several local and national organizations, including Leadership Tennessee and the NAACP. He was also elected to serve on the Tennessee Veterans Home board of directors by Governor Bill Lee in 2023, serves on the board of directors for the United Way, and multiple advisory boards related to education. Moreover, Mr. Rawls is recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian. Most honorably, he served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years, where he trained as an X-ray technician.

Mr. Rawls holds a bachelor's degree with a concentration in banking and finance from Morehouse College and a master's degree from Lipscomb University. His educational journey includes leadership programs at the Delta Regional Leadership Institute Executive Academy and The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership Institute for Public Service. Furthermore, Mr. Rawls completed the authentic leadership program at Harvard Kennedy School and holds credentials as a licensed funeral director and certified economic developer.

In light of his success, Mr. Rawls was honored to receive the Be More Visionary Award from UT Extension for implementing "Healthy Moves." His faith plays a significant role in his life and is a cornerstone of his achievements.

As Mr. Rawls prepares for the future, he envisions preparing his community for significant economic growth spurred by Ford Motor Company's upcoming automotive manufacturing plant near Brownsville. This development promises to bring thousands of jobs to the area and represents an opportunity for substantial economic growth under his guidance.

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