Williams “Bill” Pierce earned a B.S. Degree in Agriculture Extension from South Carolina State College. He did further study at the University of Arkansas and the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of the board of directors with the 4-H Club, Arkansas Development & Finance Authority, INVESCO—Capital City Junior College, and the Arkansas Black Caucus. Mr. Pierce was with the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Association for 17 years, where he implemented programs on membership, public education and lobbying at the local, state and federal levels. Mr. Pierce served as the senior vice president for Business Development at Union National Bank in Little Rock for eight years. During his tenure there, he developed new and expanded current business, worked with community relations and major depositor solicitation. Mr. Pierce worked to increase minority employment. During his first two years with the bank, he increased minority employment from 19 to 115 and created approximately 8 million dollars in new business deposits. Mr. Pierce helped establish the Rural Life Conference that met annually at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he served as an officer or in other leadership roles with at least 20 educational, professional business and religious groups.