Williams Electric Supply Nashville

About Us

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Williams Wholesale Supply of Nashville, Inc. was founded in 2005 by John Hannah, Richard Tanner, Roy Williams and Bobby Williams. They opened the Nashville Tennessee location on Cowan Street in 2005 as an independent full-line electrical wholesale distributor. A second location was added in Columbia Tennessee in 2014 serving Columbia and surrounding markets. The Nashville and Columbia locations were purchased by Richard Tanner and John Hannah in 2015 serving the commercial, residential, utility and industrial electrical markets.

Williams Wholesale name was changed to Williams Electric Supply Co. in May of 2019 for better clarification in the markets we serve. As a locally owned and true independent distributor, we take pride in our family traditions. Local decision making, dedicated customer service and customer satisfaction are our priorities. 

The Williams Team welcomes the opportunity to meet and serve the Nashville, Columbia and surrounding Middle Tennessee market areas.


Richard Tanner

CEO / Owner

Richard gained his work ethics as a young boy working on a farm in Robertson County, Tenn. At 13 years of age, he started his first public job with a small general store in his hometown of Springfield. Richard eventually became a manager and helped grow the business to five locations in middle Tennessee. In 1978, he began working with ABC Supply, (a supplier of plumbing, electric and HVAC) in Springfield. In 1990, he began working with Harris Electric Supply in Nashville TN. 

Richard has worked in all warehouse positions, delivery driver, Counter sales, inside sales, outside sales (contractor and industrial), and branch management. In 2005, he became a founding partner of Williams Wholesale Supply of Nashville, Inc., and currently is co-owner and CEO of Williams Electric Supply Co. He has worked tirelessly with his partner, John Hannah, to grow Williams from a small four-person operation to one of the largest independently owned electrical supply companies in the middle TN area. 

Richard is committed to serving his community of customers and friends with loyalty and integrity. His current focus is to assist our team of professionals as we strive to grow our company into new markets and products in Nashville and the surrounding area.

Richard is a family man with three sons and a daughter. Two of his sons have served with the United States Air Force. Richard has been married to his wife, Darla for more than 30 amazing years.

John Hannah

President / Owner

John Hannah began working in the electrical supply business at his father’s company while in middle school. He is a graduate of Hendersonville High School and received his BBA from Middle Tennessee State University with an emphasis in finance in 1986.

John has held every position at an electrical distributor business from warehouse cleanup, truck routing, stock puller, wire cutter, counter customer service, to outside sales, sales management, Vice President, and President. He was one of the founding owners of Williams Wholesale Nashville, Inc. and currently, as one of the owners and president of Williams Electric Supply Co. He is actively working on expanding their customer base and concentrating on new business development.

Bruce Johnson


Bruce Johnson began working in the electrical trade in 1976 as an electrician serving the commercial and industrial markets while attending high school and college.  His high school years were spent in Jackson County Tennessee and afterwards received a BS Engineering degree from Tennessee Tech University in 1981.   Bruce has held many positions thru out his career in the electrical industry:  Field Sales Engineer for Square D Company in Knoxville,  District Sales Manager for Schneider / Telemecanique in Nashville, Vice President of Sales & Engineering for Harris Electric Supply Company in Nashville, Regional Vice President for Border States Electric in Nashville and currently Partner/Executive Vice President for William Electric Supply Co. located in Nashville Tennessee.

Bruce enjoys his Church, his family, boating, fishing, motorcycles, golfing, traveling and being a shade tree mechanic in his spare time.  His professional goal is to serve and give back to the industry that has been so good to him over the last four decades.  His current focus is helping mentor, lead and grow Williams Electric Supply’s business and its team of professional employees to “Best in Class” status in the Nashville market area.