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SunTrust exec Williams dies in diving accident

Brian Williams, senior vice president/group manager of sports and entertainment banking at SunTrust, died July 8 after an accident while diving at a lake near Nashville.

Williams was with SunTrust for 23 years and was behind its NASCAR “Sound and Speed” program, which combined motorsports and musical artists such as drivers Kyle and Richard Petty, Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin and artists Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins, Kenny Rogers and others who joined to raise funds for the Victory Junction Gang Camp and The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum charities.

A funeral service was held last week in Nashville. Donations can be made in Williams’ memory to the “Sound and Speed” charities he was passionate about. The donations can be sent to the Music Row office of SunTrust at 1026 17th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212.

Karen Clark, SunTrust group vice president/sports and entertainment banking, will serve as the interim head of the company’s sports and entertainment unit.

Staff report

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