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.