Chief Executive Officer
Bill is a multi-time Chief Executive Officer who has spent the entirety of his career leading people and companies in high growth technology environments for both private and publicly trade organization. Over his tenure he has completed $2.2 billion in capital raises and counting. Bill is known for his ability to transform companies into high performing, operational disciplined, revenue generation organization.
Bill joined Firefly Aerospace last year, supporting the team through its successful Alpha launch to orbit, and multiple mission milestones and contract awards for their launch vehicles, lunar lander and on-orbit satellite portfolio. Some of these notable programs included responsive launch for the U.S. Space Force, and Firefly’s recent $112 million award from NASA to land the Blue Ghost Lunar Lander on the far side of the moon.
Prior to joining Firefly, Bill founded First Light Acquisition Group, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company that completed at $230M public raise in September of 2021 (NYSE: FLAG). Before First Light, Bill served as president, CEO and board member of KeyW Corporation, a 2000+ person, $500+M publicly traded company (NASDAQ: KEYW). Were he successfully led the company through a 3-year transformation, focusing on consistent growth and operational discipline – culminating in the merger of KeyW with Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE: J) in 2019.
He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and began his career serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army, is an Airborne Ranger and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions during Operation Desert Storm. He continues to give back to his fellow veterans’ by serving on the Board of Directors of Americas Warrior Partnership, a non-profit organization focused on using artificial intelligence and machine learning to end US military veteran suicide as a measurable statistic.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate of The Executive Program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.