Archie Williamson is the founder and CEO of Diversified Systems, Inc., a management and consulting firm focused on information systems and technology. Williamson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo with a focus in computer systems, and he is also a graduate of Northwestern’s Kellogg Advanced Management Executive program. Founded by Williamson in 1990, Diversified Systems to fill a niche for small companies requiring technological support to improve and streamline business operations. DSI serves Fortune 1000 businesses as well as federal and state government agencies throughout Ohio as well as Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.
Under Williamson’s leadership, DSI has grown from a start-up consulting firm operating with a team of three employees to a multi-million dollar business with approximately 90 consultants in multiple offices across the country. Over the past 28 years, Williamson’s team has continued working with strategic partners in the technology field including Accenture, Deloitte Consulting, HP Enterprise Services, IBM, CGI Technologies and Solutions. Also within the last year, Williamson has begun working with some of these strategic partners to expand and grow DSI’s tried and true Collaborative Model to support these partners in their public sector contracting. Williamson’s growth model also seeks to promote diversity and inclusion through supporting small diverse business enterprises.
Williamson and DSI have received numerous awards for their innovative work. Williamson was named the 2017 Columbus Business First Outstanding Diverse Business Leader. DSI was recently named a 2016 Columbus Business First Outstanding Diverse Organization and Williamson was recently named BizTech Columbus’ 2015 Executive of the Year and is a recipient of the 2016 Columbus Business First C-Suite Award. As a minority business leader, Williamson has focused heavily on recruiting, training, and retaining historically under-represented groups into the technology industry, thus promoting an increasingly diverse workforce. Williamson is a founding member of The Black Data Processing Association, Columbus Chapter; Former Board Chair for the Ohio Means Jobs – Franklin County Workforce Development Board; Chairman of the Board at Mansion Day School; he also serves on the Columbus State Foundation Board, Toledo Public Schools Foundation Board, and the IC (Inner City) Stars Board of Directors.
Williamson is married to LaVerne Fudge Williamson and they have 5 children.