J. William McFarland, Jr

Birmingham, Alabama’s J. William McFarland, Jr.
Birmingham, AL, US

A graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, J. William "Billy" McFarland, Jr., earned a bachelor of arts in criminal justice while maintaining a consistent presence on the dean’s list. J. William McFarland, Jr., has also secured a certificate in bookkeeping/accounting from Auburn University Montgomery, a certificate in grant proposal writing from Fort Hays State University, a certificate in professional lobbying from the Association of Government Relations Professionals, and a certificate in public policy making from the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics. Building upon a diverse career that spans the public and private spheres, Billy McFarland oversees a range of investment and economic development initiatives in Alabama. In addition to directing ongoing investment operations as managing member of both Buffex and SmithMack, J. William McFarland, Jr. performs a range of advisement and project management functions as a special advisor to The Austin Group. Outside of his professional pursuits, he is a senior advisor and executive committee member of the Mississippi Delta Caucus and member of the Gerson Lehrman Group Energy and Industrials Council.

Work Experience

SmithMack, LLC

Managing Member

Jan, 2018 - Current

Buffex, LLC

Special Advisor

Jan, 2014 - Current

The Austin Group LLC

Managing Member

Jan, 2004 - Current


The University of Alabama

BA Criminal Justice

Jan, 2003 - Jan, 2007


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