Bill Williams grew up in the suburbs of New York City and was educated at The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT), Malvern College (UK), Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and The Amos Tuck School (Hanover, NH).
Following his graduation from Tuck in 1977, Bill spent 16 years in a succession of corporate finance and development positions with W.R.Grace & Co., Blyth Eastman Dillon (later absorbed by Paine Webber), Xerox Corporation and Paribas Corporation, all in New York City. He worked on a wide variety of transactions for corporate clients including securities issuance, mergers, leveraged lease financings and cross-border tax-motivated financings. He led a team of New York and London-based professionals creating financing structures that took advantage of the differences between tax codes in jurisdictions all over the world.
Bill relocated his family to Nashville in 1993 and has been a self-employed corporate finance consultant since. In this capacity he has changed his focus from large clients with access to the global capital market to smaller, generally younger, enterprises whose managements need advice and assistance on a broader range of issues. His assignments have ranged from start-ups to liquidations in sectors that include healthcare, restaurants, apparel, financial services and precious metals.
He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Cumberland where his primary responsibilities are to bring a business perspective to the university’s decision-making and to ask difficult questions of its senior leadership.