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Bill White
Chairman & CEO

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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 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 $600 million. 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 the years. 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 serves as a Trustee of the Fisher House Foundation, which builds comfort homes for patient families at military and veterans hospitals. He has raised $42 million for the construction of Fisher Houses and its endowment and maintenance funding.

Bill serves 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 the Obama Administration by Defense Secretary Robert Gates as the Pentagon's 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, forward by Senator John McCain, and donated all proceeds to the Intrepid Museum.

Bill has raised more than $2 billion for private equity, real estate, and hedge funds including the CIF NYC Fund, Guggenheim Advisors, Grove International Investors, and Palladium Partners, and other major US corporations. White is shareholder and consultant for Aquahydrate (ph of 9) with Wahlberg, Sean Combs, and Ron Burkle, a premier purified alkaline sports water bottle company. White and business partner Joe Pecoraro help raise funds within the sale of Blackwater/Xe for current owners Academi. Bill is humbled to be a regular on the Opinion Editorial page of the New York Post for his work with veterans. Bill and Joe founded Constellations Group in 2010 and have formed highly successful strategic partnerships and strong business development victories for their treasured clients, truly a who's who of the most prominent successful businesspeople in the United States and abroad.

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.

Bill and his life partner, Bryan Eure, reside in New York City.

 

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