Bill has a career’s worth of experience in food economics and public policy. He most recently served as senior vice president and officer of The Kroger Co. Prior to that, he was a senior economist for food and agriculture for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and senior economist and research manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also has been assistant professor of agricultural economics at Virginia Tech. Bill works with FLM+ clients on strategic planning and economic forecasting as well as linking all elements of the food chain. Bill has authored and published a number of professional papers and co-authored several textbooks in the general area of food economics and public policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Bill and his wife, Debbie, have two adult sons and four grandkids. Bill and Debbie are avid sailors and “live aboard” in the summer months exploring one of the Great Lakes, traveling over 5,000 nautical miles in the process. Bill had held numerous leadership positions with Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and currently serves on the AGR Foundation board of directors in addition to serving on the boards of American Farmland Trust, a food manufacturing company, and a firm dedicated to food safety and animal health. He and Debbie live on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan on the Wisconsin coastline.