Bill has a degree in Agriculture Engineering from Virginia Tech. He retired from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development after 37.5 years. During his three decades years at the US Department of Agriculture, he progressed from Assistant County Supervisor administrating loans, loan guarantees, and grant programs to serving as Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development and spent his final three years as the Special Assistant for Renewable Energy to Former United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack advising on policy matters relating to alternative/renewable energy development. Bill has an in-depth knowledge of federal programs and provides consulting services to clients to access these programs that provide financial assistance for research, development and demonstration, feasibility /marketing studies, and interim and permanent financing of commercial scale renewable energy projects. He has administered a nationwide combined business loan and grant portfolio of over $6.5 billion, and has extensive experience in working with local communities, rural businesses, cooperatives, non-profit organizations, institutions of higher learning, towns and cities, municipalities, Native American Tribes, and agriculture producers to support sustainable renewable energy development, energy efficiency, and economic development opportunities. Bill has been recognized in the past as one of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy by the Biofuels Digest. Contact Bill.