I am a third generation Arizona native born and raised in Tempe. I joined the U.S. Navy after high school and proudly served my country for nearly 24 years. I retired as a Lieutenant Commander Nuclear Engineering Officer and served on seven submarines and two aircraft carriers. I have two amazing children both of whom attended Gilbert Public Schools. My daughter moved to North Carolina upon completing her Master's degree in Industrial Engineering at ASU, and my son is a Senior at Mesquite High School. I am an avid hiker with a list of adventures that includes summiting Mt. Fuji, hiking the rain forests in Australia, and multiple backpacking trips into the Grand Canyon.
I had an amazing military career. I worked with incredible people and was able to travel the world. In addition to being certified to operate a nuclear reactor, I was one of a small group of Navy nuclear engineers that was qualified to drive both submarines and aircraft carriers. However, I found myself longing for a more stable life and it was important for me to retire in a town that could provide opportunity for my family and promoted strong values and a sense of community. Gilbert officially became my home when I retired in 2010. Ever since then I have been involved in numerous programs for Veterans, served on the Islands Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization, and on the board of my homeowners association. Inspired by the parents' group at my church, I started a small consulting business that provides consumer advocacy and construction advice to people. Basically, I help people do more while spending less.
At the end of the day I am just a Bill - a kid that grew up in Tempe, served my country, and came home to retire in Gilbert. I work hard to be a good neighbor and friend, and to be a great Dad for my children. I live a life of honesty, integrity and intention. Really, I'm just like you. We all work hard to live a good life and provide for our families. I am most likely to be found in the morning wearing a pair of flip-flops and enjoying a vanilla latte (at 140F with a straw) at my favorite coffee shop. If you see me, please join me and share with me your thoughts. I love meeting new friends! After all, we are all in this life together!
I was hesitant to talk about the details about my service in the Navy on this website, however, this is one of the most common discussions that people want to have with me and recognizing military service is a passion for me. Arizona has over 600,000 Veterans with over 20,000 that call Gilbert home. I believe that we need to harness the pro-military enthusiasm that is abundant coast-to-coast, and create an environment in Arizona that will attract highly skilled Veterans to our state and our town. It took me several years to accept the statement, "Thank you for your service!" I now understand how to graciously accept the comment and realize that it is just as meaningful for the person saying it as it was for me. We are proud Americans and we love our Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen. Please, if you are out and about and you see a Veteran - Thank them! We may blush a bit... but we love the recognition for our service!!
I retired in 2010 to come back home to Arizona. In 2012, the Town of Gilbert recognized my service as part of Operation Welcome Home and again in 2013 when I was the Grand Marshal for the Gilbert Days Parade. I have always felt indebted to the Town of Gilbert for the things that they did in recognition of my service. It is my plan to continue on with events like this and more as part of the Veterans Advisory Board.