Like many people, Hunter Williams desires to serve his community in one way or another. But unlike some people, Hunter Williams is determined to serve in the most excellent way possible, and to be as qualified as possible for the task put before him. For Hunter, to simply deliver a service is not enough; satisfaction only comes from delivering the highest quality service as a result of thorough knowledge and genuine care. And as one who has delivered services to families all over Baldwin County—whether as firefighter or EMT—Hunter has had ample opportunity to see firsthand what a difference it makes in peoples’ lives to complete a task with excellence and integrity, vs. simply to complete a task. Hunter’s noble values and goals speak to the deliberate and diligent training of his parents throughout their son’s childhood and teenaged years. The convictions instilled into the boy have profoundly shaped who the man is today.
Born the day after Christmas at Fairhope’s Thomas Hospital, Hunter spent the majority of his boyhood among the familiar sights and sounds of small-town Fairhope. Forever precious in his memory are the many Saturday morning breakfasts with his father: after a meal at Julwin’s to start the weekend off right, there was always the promised and much-anticipated walk down to Mobile Bay, where father and son would watch and comment on what the fishermen were reeling in. With a knack for fishing himself, Hunter frequently found himself in the Mobile Delta…the perfect experience to precede what would become a love for off-shore fishing in the Gulf as he grew older.
It was times like these with his father that truly taught Hunter about the qualities of honesty, respect, service, and excellence. A home builder, Hunter’s father had the chance to understand firsthand the stress and worry that can accompany a family’s momentous decision such as deciding to build a home for the first time—or at all! Hunter recalls that what brought peace and comfort to those families was confidence in his father’s expertise and honesty. Hunter gleaned from that simple yet profound truth, carrying it with him through his many endeavors.
At the age of 16 Hunter began pursuing an education in professional firefighting and by age 18, had begun to attend recruit school in Gulf Shores to become career certified in the field. Always with excellence in mind, Hunter soon devoted himself full time to firefighting. By the time he had served for 10 years, Hunter had risen to rank of Lieutenant. But ever craving the ocean atmosphere, and interested in the water rescue opportunities unique to a more coastal setting, Hunter decided in 2017 it was time to transfer to the Orange Beach Fire Dept., where he currently serves.
When not serving as a firefighter or studying to succeed at his new-found interest in real estate, Hunter is most likely relaxing on Robinson Island with his wife, Summer, or cheering for his stepson from the bleachers of Spanish Fort High School football stadium. Or, if you listen carefully, you’ll hear his duck calls all the way from Arkansas—one of the top states in the country for duck hunting! The Williams family attends Fairhope’s 3 Circle Church, and loves to spend time together doing all things water recreation. Hunter has hopes one day of incorporating his enjoyment of water rec into a ministry: providing hunting or fishing getaways to allow families to experience peace found from the beautiful outdoors coupled with peace found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
As new to real estate now as he was to firefighting at age 16, Hunter is once again drawing from his childhood convictions for direction: whatever you choose to do, determine to learn all you can about it so that you can become the best at it. Now so more than ever, Hunter desires to serve the members of his community—and that by providing comfort and peace of mind amidst the potential hassle and chaos that sometimes is real estate. Through the hard work and honesty learned from his father, combined with a persistent pursuit of thorough knowledge of real estate, Hunter hopes to simply help people. After all, Hunter says, “It’s not about the sale, it’s about helping people. That’s what God calls us to do, is to help people. That’s why I became a firefighter. To help people.”