Bill’s first job in the housing business was 30 years ago when he began working for the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA). In 1994 he became the first Housing Program Director for the new Nevada State Office of FmHA, which subsequently became the state office of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. During his tenure as Program Director at USDA, Bill was responsible for the investment of more than $1 billion in rural Nevada, assisting hundreds of families with their dream of homeownership and providing decent, safe, and affordable rental housing to seniors and families throughout rural Nevada.
With extensive experience developing and implementing single- and multi-family housing programs, fostering public-private partnerships and overseeing all aspects of loan making and loan servicing, Bill’s experience segues perfectly to his role at NRHA. As leader of the senior management team, Bill helps the organization implement the vision of its governing Board and Executive Director. Just as important to Bill, his work will continue to fulfill his commitment to public service.
Bill’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. He was awarded the County Supervisor of the Year for Nevada and the State Director’s “Going the Extra Mile” Award in 2011. He was also appointed to the Nevada Housing Division Advisory Committee and the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee.
Bill’s work ethic and dedication extend to his private life as well. He is a long-time member of the Nevada Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has served on its Board of Directors for 10 years. In 2004, he was awarded the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service. In 2009, Bill received the President’s Volunteer Service Award—“President” in this case referring to the “President of the United States.”
A proud Okie, Bill grew up in Shawnee, attended Oklahoma State University, and taught vocational agriculture there for several years. He is so passionate about the rural way of life that, if he did not work in housing and development, Bill says he would gladly be a farmer. The many Nevada farmers and rural residents who have benefited from Bill’s lifelong commitment to rural quality of life are grateful that he chose his current line of work.
Bill has been “happily married to the prettiest, kindest, most patient woman I have ever met” for 38 years. He and his wife raised four children and are now enjoying seven grandchildren. His free time is spent with family, actively serving in his church and volunteering with the Boy Scouts. Last year, Bill picked up a Honda Shadow 750 motorcycle, revisiting a fond pastime from his youth.