About the Speaker

William Harrell is the Chairman and 1975 Founder of Coastal Construction Products Inc. He was born and raised in Jacksonville (as was his wife, Barbara). From Landon High School, he attended Georgia Tech on a Navy scholarship, graduating in 1965. Several months later he and Barbara were married. During the subsequent 5 years he served as a U.S. Navy Supply Officer. Like so many others, he made several deployments to the West Pacific. After leaving the Navy, he worked for a local concrete company for 5 years, following which he started Coastal.

During the past 35 plus years, he has served in many leadership roles in local and national construction industry organizations and their local church. Their 3 sons attended public schools in Duval County during which time he served as President of Local School Advisory Councils, Dad’s Clubs, and the Duval Public Education Foundation and for 20 years, as President of the Duval School Administration Building Inc. He joined the Board of HabiJax in 1995 and continues his involvement there as a Board Emeritus and member of the Finance Committee. He is a long time member of Rotary, and served 6 years on the Board of Synovus Bank of Jacksonville from its founding. He is involved with local Navy related organizations and is a regular attendee of air shows. He first served as a Board Member of the World Affairs Council in 2005 until term limited and returned for another term through 2019. His current primary hobby is golf. He and Barbara are the proud grandparents of 6 world class grandchildren.