McDonald’s owner receives prestigious national Ronald Award

Jimmy Williams, owner/operator of 20 McDonald’s restaurants in the Metro East and St. Louis areas, was recognized for his outstanding service to the McDonald’s brand with the Ronald Award.

The esteemed Ronald Award is awarded to the top 1 percent of owner/operators across the country who have made outstanding contributions to strengthening McDonald’s brand image and serving their customers and local communities. The award recognizes Williams’ dedication to McDonald’s, to his team members, and to the communities in which he operates.

“Jimmy Williams is a pillar within the McDonald’s family and an outstanding community leader in the St. Louis metropolitan region,” said Harish Ramalingam, field vice president, McDonald’s Nashville Field Office. “We are proud of his commitment to supporting the communities he serves, his leadership of his employees and his contributions to strengthening the McDonald’s brand. He has rightfully earned the Ronald Award.”

Williams history with McDonald’s began many years ago when he got his first job at the McDonald’s in East St. Louis, which he now owns.

“Thanks to all of the St. Louis McDonald’s franchisees,” he said. “While this award may have my name on it, this is for all of us. And thank you to my team and the McDonald’s company for their continued support, especially over the last year. This is a tremendous honor.”

Williams operates restaurants in East St. Louis, Belleville, Pontoon Beach, Swansea, and Granite City in Illinois and in the city of St. Louis and North St. Louis County in Missouri.

PHOTO: Jimmy Williams and wife Janet receiving the Ronald Award.


  1. Patricia Parker on October 24, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Congratulations, Jimmy. I’m proud of you and grateful for your dedication. Keep it up!!

  2. Ricky L. Hopkins, Sr on October 25, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Jimmy is a good man and a fantastic businessman. I have the privilege of serving on the St Louis Zoo’s board of directors with him. He’s one of the hardest working men I know and very humble.

  3. Danny Slay on October 29, 2020 at 9:53 am

    As good as he is as a businessman and as a community campaigner (and he is), he’s much better at being himself – an honest, humble and sincere person with an electrifying personality . Congratulations Jimmy and to Janet, an appreciative “thank you” for letting Jimmy be Jimmy.

  4. Lillian Williams on November 3, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Jimmy, Daddy and Mother would be proud!

    Your sister, Pooccii

  5. John West on November 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Congratulations !

  6. Stephanie Anthony Miles on November 3, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Glory to God! Congratulations on this well deserved recognition. May God continue to bless you.

  7. Willene Randolph on November 3, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Jim. My husband, Scott, and I send our sincere Congratulations on receiving this prestigious award. Your business acumen is second to none. As a native of East St Louis, IL., you have proven that there are no limits to what one can achieve with determination and preparedness. As residents of East St Louis, we were so proud and happy when you acquired ownership of our local McDonald’s. You are such an inspiration for our young people. God bless you and your beautiful wife.

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