Bill grew up near Detroit, MI, receiving a BA Degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Detroit. He later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He had a successful 35-year career in industrial manufacturing, achieving the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Western Hemisphere for Cameron International from where he elected early retirement in 1999.
Bill has had a long association with GMPCC and the former GMCC. Berger Geosciences, has been the Title Sponsor of the B-geO Magnolia Miles annual bike ride, co-hosted by the Chamber, since the inception of the ride in 2008, just a few months after B-geO was founded. Over the course of 11 years B-geO Magnolia Miles has contributed $56,176 to the Chamber.
Bill has also long been active with other community organizations, including his Parish of St. Matthias Catholic Church, where he was Parish Manager from 2005 – 2009, the Knights of Columbus of St. Matthias, TOMAGWA where he was Chair of the Funding Committee for the Magnolia Clinic and where he is currently a member of the Development Committee, a past member and Vice-Chair of the Board Directors, of Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center, and several other community non-profit organizations.
Bill and his late wife, Jan, have lived in the City of Stagecoach, near Magnolia, for the past 21 years, where he was a Councilman for 2 years and thereafter Mayor for 6½ years. They have seven grown children and ten “rapidly growing” grandchildren.