THE WILLS GROUP, INC.
J. Blacklock Wills, Jr.
Blacklock (“Lock”) Wills, Jr. serves as Chairman, CEO, and President of The Wills Group. In this role, Lock oversees the strategy, management, and successful operation of the company’s nearly 300 retail locations across the Mid-Atlantic region, including Dash In, Splash In ECO Car Wash, and SMO Motor Fuels.
Elected to The Wills Group Board of Directors in 1985, Lock became the President of The Wills Group in 1988, was appointed CEO in 1993, and has served as Board Chairman for the past 21 years.
As Chairman, Lock has continued his family’s long-standing tradition of giving back to the communities in which they live and operate their businesses. In 2016, Lock led the design and launch of a new Corporate Community Engagement program to increase the company’s commitment and deepen its community impact. Over the past three years, thanks to the passion and commitment of its employees, The Wills Group has provided hundreds of employee volunteer hours and over $3 million grants and gifts to charitable organizations through the Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund.
Lock has also served in many civic leadership roles including: the Charles County 350th Anniversary Committee; Town of La Plata Vision Committee; Past Director of the Mattawoman Creek Arts Center Board; Charles County Planning Commission; La Plata Centennial; Past Chairman of the Center of Business and Industry Fund Drive; Past Chairman of the Rotary Club of Charles County; Chairman of the American Heart Association, Business Campaign; Charles County Citizen’s Advisory, Committee for Comprehensive Plan and the James C. Mitchell Health Center Fund Drive Committee.
A 1977 graduate of the University of Richmond, Lock received his Master’s Degree in Finance and Investments from George Washington University in 1978. Lock and his wife, Michele, live in Port Tobacco, Maryland, not far from where he grew up, and have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren.