Keep Bowie Beautiful, Safe and Family-Friendly
Name: Tim Adams
Organization: Systems Applications & Technology, Inc. (SA-Tech)
Who Are You? Tim Adams is not only the president and CEO of SA-Tech, but he is also an active member of the community, a member of several community organizations as well as former chairman of the Bowie State Foundation and an advocate for those with disabilities.
Tim Adams is a businessman, a family man, a neighbor and a well-known advocate for the community. He resides in Bowie and has lived here for more than 25 years, with his wife, the Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, daughter Tiara and twins Timothy Jr. and Kayla. Tim and Sheila recently welcomed a new addition to their family, grandson Nehemiyah. Tim is also running for mayor of Bowie.
“My wife was the first African American to be appointed to the bench in Prince George’s County 25 years ago. We decided to settle here in Bowie and move the headquarters of my business here as well,” Tim says.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Tim went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University. He attended the Minority Business Executive Program at Tuck College of Business at Dartmouth College and the Business Innovation Management Program at the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Tim has always deeply cared about his community, and that can be seen in his contributions to the students at Bowie State University as chairman and member of Bowie State University Foundation (BSUF). The Foundation provides scholarships to students, and under Tim’s leadership, there was an increase in funds to more than $5 million. These scholarships have helped Bowie State University maintain the highest retention rate among Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Tim received an Honorary Doctorate from Bowie State University in May 2017. He hopes to encourage students and young people with disabilities to accomplish all of their goals.
“I want those around me to see that whatever challenges we may face can be overcome,” he says. “I would hope to be an inspiration to those with disabilities and other challenges.”
In 2005, Tim was severely injured and now uses a wheelchair. In spite of the challenges that have come along with such a severe injury, he has made a positive effort to turn his story into a victorious one. He hopes that young people especially will be encouraged by learning about his accomplishments even after his injury.
“I want our young people with disabilities and entrepreneurial spirit to know that there is support to reach your goals and that anything is possible,” he says.
Tim also has a deep commitment to meeting the needs of seniors and differently abled people in the community to ensure that accessibility and other issues are addressed.
“Right here in Bowie, we have an aging population and many others that have the right to accessibility,” he says.
Another community outreach program that is dear to Tim is The Maryland Room, which assists military families at Joint Base Andrews, Malcolm Grow Medical Center for wounded servicemen and women returning from deployment. He also supported the addition of the Family Room at Joint Base Andrews’ passenger terminal and provides scholarships to the top graduates of the Airmen Leadership School. He believes that citizens need to show special care to our veterans.
“If we really want to support our military, we have to support them when they take off the uniform as well. We have to support our veterans. That is the true symbol and indication of how we love, care and respect those that serve,” Tim says.
It is a passion of his to always give back to the community, a lesson he learned when he was a young child.
“A significant commitment to me is to give back. My parents were two people who taught me how important it is to give back and support the community, and sometimes it can be thankless in a way,” Tim says. “I often quote my mom, who said, ‘If you did something for somebody expecting a thank you, you have done it for the wrong reason.’ I do these things for my community, my city and my family. I am someone who has been truly blessed in my career. I am not a stranger to this community. I am so very proud of the integrity of myself, my wife, my family and my organization.”
Above all, Tim wants to continue to give back to the community he loves.