Bill was born and raised in west Michigan and has resided there nearly his entire adult life. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University providing the foundation for a career in manufacturing automation that included direct sales and sales management, owning and managing both a contract sales firm and a consulting engineering firm, and serving in leadership roles in related professional organizations. He and his wife, Sue, their adult son and daughter, and five grandchildren are all residents of northeast Kent County.

Bill chairs the membership committee for the Kent County Democratic Party, and is a Precinct Delegate in Cannon Township. Bill believes that it is vital for each of us to be an informed and regular voter, and even better to be an active member of a political party, because government “of, by and for the people” directly reflects the political will of those that choose to participate.