Bill grew up and graduated high school in New Jersey.  He came to Florida State University to play golf, but the FSU Golf Team was so good he didn’t even get a chance to try out. He immediately loved the FSU campus and the city of Tallahassee, so he decided to stay at FSU.  He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing, and has used his degree in the Hospitality Industry for over 25 years.

During his career, he has become well-known for being a coach and mentor, always encouraging his staff to go the extra mile and to show how they care about their guests. His ability to thrive in the fast pace of the restaurant business and his skills in turning around failing restaurants with low morale with his high level work ethic and enthusiasm, has earned him respect among his peers, co-workers, and thousands of staff members.

During his career, after being promoted to one of the youngest General Managers in Company history, Bill was recognized as Team Player of the Year, and Marketing Manager of the Year.  His stores often earned Sales, Customer Satisfaction, and Operation Excellence awards.  Bill’s “success forward” management style encouraged the development of sales-building special events such as Karaoke and Pancake Breakfast Fundraisers.

Throughout his career, Bill has challenged the status quo to push beyond just “acceptable”. He’s not satisfied with acceptable. He always strives for the very best, and works hard to find solutions that benefit everyone.

Over the years, Bill rarely said no to the many organizations that called on his restaurants for a donation, food for an event, a place to hold a carwash, or fund raisers.  Before long, he was a coach for Special Olympics, serving on the Board of Directors for several organizations and volunteering for many charitable events.

In 2008 and 2009, Bill was recognized by the National Restaurant Association as the Humanitarian of the Year for Florida for his restaurant success and vast community involvement.  Currently, Bill still spends his time serving several non-profits, as a coach and Unified Partner with Special Olympics, serving on Boards, and as a Road to Recovery driver for the American Cancer Society.  His experience serving people who have been positively impacted by charitable work, and his full time job serving the homeless in Tallahassee has inspired him do more for all the residents of Tallahassee.

Bill has been married to his wife Holly for 13 years.  In 2008, they were very fortunate to be able to adopt their daughter, Courtney, who, along with their dogs Liberty and Brady complete their happy home.

Volunteer and Community Involvement

Bill has served as Leon County Special Olympics Coach for 16 years, coaching golf, tennis and bocce and as a Unified Partner in golf, tennis and bowling. He was selected to serve on the newly formed Marketing Committee for Special Olympics Florida to promote the great work of this organization throughout the state.

As a former board member and Executive Director for Widening Adult Vital Experiences, his team of committed volunteers worked to provide teens and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to learn life skills, sing in a performing chorus, and enjoy monthly social activities.

Bill is proud of his work at The Kearney Center, a 24/7 emergency services center for the homeless population in Tallahassee.  As Food Service Director, he provides 3 meals a day for approximately 400 people and oversees kitchen operations to prepare, serve, and coordinate community donations from over 50 civic groups, faith-based organizations, businesses and individuals who volunteer each month.

As a member of the American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Board, he works to organize and ensure successful fundraisers including Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  In 2016, Bill was a member of the first Real Men Wear Pink Campaign, individually raising almost $1,500 for cancer research. Bill values his work as a driver for the Road to Recovery Program, taking patients who do not have transportation to their vital cancer treatment.

Furthering his passion for service, Bill volunteers to cook and serve food for 700 for Pyramid, Inc. a non-profit Adult Day Training program for individuals with intellectual disabilities, during their annual fundraiser at The Moon.

In 2016, Bill was a finalist in Civil Services Category for Tallahassee Volunteer of the Year for his work as the Executive Director of a non-profit helping the intellectually disabled, his Special Olympics coaching, and his work with the American Cancer Society, while working at the Kearney Center preparing and serving 700-800 meals per day to the homeless and hungry.

In 2017, Bill was a finalist for the Glenn J. Winuk Humanitarian Award for his volunteer work.

Board of Directors and Memberships

Serving his community through local organizations is one of his life’s greatest passions. Experiencing how action makes a direct difference in people’s lives deeply inspires him to serve and improve his community every day.   As your City Commissioner, you can count on an energetic, positive leader, always striving for success.  Here are a few highlights of his service:

  • Theta Chi of Tallahassee, Inc (2017) 
  • Florida State University School Board (2016-present)
  • Killearn Homeowners Association (2014-present)
  • American Cancer Society
    Volunteer Leadership Board (2012-present)
    Road To Recovery Driver (2015-present)
  • Widening Adult Vital Experiences (WAVE, Inc.)
    Executive Director (2015-2017)
    Member (2007-2015)
  • Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful (2008-2010) 
  • Special Olympics Leon County
    Board of Directors (2006-2009)
    Member (2001-present)
    Coach/Unified Partner (2001-present)
  • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
    President, Tallahassee Chapter (2007-2009)
    Member (2003-2011)
    Member (2016-present)

Testimonials and Endorsements

“Bill Schack was by far the best boss I’ve ever had. I worked for Bill while at FSU, knowing when I graduated I was done with the hospitality industry. It was Bill who showed me that not only could serving people be fun, but it was much, much more than just food and beverage.  He led by example every day and treated our guests as family as well as each and every team member, whether it was donating food to another team member’s Sorority picnic or seeing to it that his blindest bartender had a pair of new glasses so she could work.   
Because of Bill’s passion he shared with his staff, I realized my calling was, in fact, the hospitality industry. He showed me to treat all people with respect and to have fun doing it.

I’m proud to say I was that blind bartender who is now a talent coordinator for one of the top 50 restaurant groups in the U.S. My job is to find the right people for the right position and I apply so much of what Bill Schack taught me on a daily basis. I’m grateful for Bill’s leadership, taking the time to teach me every role in a restaurant, and for his endless generosity for those around him.”

-Megan T
8 year employee