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Bill White
Chairman & CEO - Constellations Group ATL-NY-DC

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Bill has dedicated his career to honoring, advocating and supporting our nation's military personnel, veterans and their families. He served as president & CEO of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Intrepid Relief Fund. Under White's leadership, the museum emerged as a world-class education attraction welcoming almost 1,000,000 visitors. As President of the Intrepid family of foundations and lead director at their sister organizations, Bill led its fundraising totaling more than $1,500,000,000. He managed all operations, management, strategic planning and branding for the Intrepid Foundations, leading a team of over 250 professionals and thousands of volunteer personnel over his almost twenty-year efforts there. Bill spearheaded the $115 million capital Campaign for the 2006-08 restoration of the museum, building the Intrepid brand to an internationally respected one.

He served as a Founding Trustee of the Fisher House Foundation, which builds comfort homes for patient families at military and veteransí hospitals. He has raised $75 million for the construction of Fisher Houses and its endowment and maintenance funding.

Bill served as a founding member on the boards of the News Corporation Global Diversity Council Advisory Board, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, the Fisher Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation at Rockefeller University, and Intrepid Relief Fund.

He has visited the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and helped lead the first major entertainers visit to troops fighting in Iraq, featuring Robert DeNiro, Kid Rock & Wayne Newton. Just recently, Bill organized a Christmas 2010 visit to Afghanistan with Mark Wahlberg for the troops to preview his new critically acclaimed movie "The Fighter". In May 2009, White was offered the opportunity to serve in Administration by Defense Secretary Robert Gates as the Pentagon's first Deputy Chief Management Officer.

In 1991, Bill established Operation Support, a volunteer charitable organization that raised over $400,000 for the families of military personnel killed in the Persian Gulf War.

He co-authored the book, Intrepid: The Epic Story of America's Most Legendary Warship, with Bob Gandt and donated all proceeds to charities supporting our Veterans.

Bill has raised more than $3 billion for private equity, real estate, and hedge funds including the City Investment Fund, Guggenheim Advisors, Grove International Investors, and Palladium Partners, and other US corporations. White is lead consultant for Aquahydrate, a premier purified alkaline sports water bottle company owned and led by Mark Wahlberg, Sean Combs, and Ron Burkle. Bill raised funds within the sale of Blackwater/XE for Academi/Constellis Group which was subsequently sold to Apollo. Bill is humbled to be a regular on the Opinion Editorial page of the New York Post, the Daily Caller, and Newsmax for his work with veterans. CG ownership is proud of its partner and advisor relationship with the Ghost (Lifestyle) Supplement Brand based in Chicago.

Bill founded Constellations Group in 2010. Constellations Group (CG), now headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a well-positioned and respected strategic advisory and consulting firm. Clients include top fortune 100, 500 CEOs and entities, renown high net worth individuals, large family offices and international private equity groups. CG provides strategic fundraising counsel, and advisory services here. CG is also focused on the payment processing sector with its exclusive business development affiliation with FiServ (formerly with First Data Corporation (FDC) and now with Card Connect as well). Constellations Groupís subsidiary Hydra is a key ISO exclusive with Fiserv/FDC/Card Connect. CG prides itself on its business development victories for its treasured clients, truly a who's who of the most prominent successful businesspeople in the United States and abroad. CG is proud of its efforts in significantly lowering the credit card processing and bottom-line costs of its NFPís and corporate clients such as Wounded Warrior Project and Vineyard Vines.

He is twice the recipient of the Meritorious Public Service Award for extraordinary service from the US Coast Guard and for outstanding support from the US Navy. Bill was honored by the Lifesaving Benevolent Association for placing himself at risk to rescue an individual drowning in the Hudson River. The President of Italy awarded Bill the title of "Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana del Merito", an Honorary Knight of the Republic of Italy.

Bill attended Chaminade High School. He holds a B.A. from Fordham University and a Culinary Arts Degree from the French Culinary Institute. Billís professional licenses include but are not limited to Series 7, Series 66, USCG Pilots license, NYC EMS EMT, Firefighter, Security Services Bonded NYS, Professional Fundraiser FINRA and NYS NFP as well.

Bill and his life partner, Bryan Eure, who is a Senior Vice President at global insurance brokerage Willis Towers Watson, reside in the great State of Georgia.

 

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