Nick Williams has been chosen to succeed Phil Gonet as president of the Illinois Coal Association.  He will start with the ICA on Dec. 1 and assume the position of president on Jan. 1, 2020.

Williams, an Illinois native, is currently the associate director of the Illinois Petroleum Council. He has previously held several legislative roles at the State of Illinois and has a degree in political science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

“Very few people have the combination of knowledge of and experience in state government operations and the Illinois General Assembly as Nick Williams,” said Steve Hicks of White Stallion Energy, chairman of the ICA board of directors.  “All of the association’s members agree that Nick is well-suited to lead our industry through the challenges ahead.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the industry and the thousands of workers who have dedicated their lives to supplying people with reliable and affordable energy,” said Williams.  “I look forward to working with the executive and legislative branches of government to help the industry continue to operate safely and efficiently while also supporting other manufacturing jobs in the state.”

Williams will replace Phil Gonet, who has served as president since 2004.  Gonet will remain at the association through 2020 to help with the transition.