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william p. watkins

Bill was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2012 and has served as a member of the Finance Committee. Through the experiences of his family at the Center, he has witnessed the educational commitment and feeling of community that the organization provides to all of its constituents.

Bill is Managing Director at Harris Williams & Company, subsidiary of PNC. Bill has over 20 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience. He has completed a range of financial advisory assignments including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and capital raising on behalf of private equity firms and public and private company clients in several industries. Prior to joining his current firm, Bill was a Managing Director with National City Capital Markets Investment Banking Group, and worked at other large financial services firms in Chicago prior to moving to the Cleveland area over ten years ago.

Bill earned an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Operations Management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. in Business from Indiana University, Bloomington. He lives in Bay Village, Ohio with his wife and two sons.


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