William C. Hulsey is a University of Alabama alumnus and holds an honorary doctorate of law from Birmingham Southern. He is the former CEO and current chairman of Arlington Properties, Inc., a development, construction and management company specializing in multifamily housing for 46 years with projects currently under construction in Virginia, Tennessee and Florida.
Hulsey attended Kentucky Military Institute where he graduated in 1956. He later went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Alabama, graduating in 1961.
Hulsey went to work for his father and uncle in the mortgage banking business when he graduated from college. In December 1976, he joined Arlington Properties. The company, which was founded in 1969, began as a small construction firm specializing in multifamily and commercial properties and has since transformed into a vibrant and diverse company while under Hulsey’s leadership. He currently serves as the chairman of Arlington Properties, Inc. and Arlington Construction Services, LLC. The latter construction company currently has upscale apartment projects under construction in Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida. Arlington Properties has future projects planned in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi and Louisville, Kentucky.
The management division of Arlington currently operates 53 communities in eight states from Virginia to Florida and from the East Coast to Texas.
Other business affiliations for Hulsey include being a former director of SouthTrust Corporation, Allied Products Company and All Seasons Travel, Inc.
Hulsey holds and has held several civic offices. He is currently a member of The University of Alabama’s National Advisory Board and President’s Cabinet. At Birmingham Southern College, he was a past member of the board of trustees and is its former vice chairman. He has served as chairman of the Birmingham Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and Eye Foundation Hospital, Inc. He also served as president of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Civic Foundation Club, Inc. He is a past member of the board of trustees for the Birmingham Symphony Association; past board of trustee member for the Birmingham Children’s Theatre and served as past member of the Birmingham Area Board of Governors of the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
For Hulsey and his wife, art is a passion, especially late 19th and early 20th century American Art. In 2008, they endowed the William Cary Hulsey Curatorship of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. They have acquired and donated several pieces of art to the museum, including Rembrandt Peale’s Portrait of Miss Pratt.