He speaks nationally on leadership strategies, creating and advocating for culture in the workforce, rural community relations and regionalization. When Bill started working at EJ Water, they were serving about 3,300 meters, 4,500 members, and managed a team of 9 employees. Today, Bill’s leadership has drastically grown EJ Water to 11,200+ meters, 10,400+ members, and manages a team of 38 employees. In addition to increasing EJ Water’s members, Bill’s visionary leadership has expanded EJ Water’s service area by adding Management Services to more than 22 communities, as well as providing water to 14 wholesalers.
Based on EJ Water’s mission of growing rural communities and providing economic development, Bill directed EJ Water into a joint venture with Wabash Communications, Illinois Fiber Connect. Illinois Fiber Connect provides fiber internet with speeds up to 1Gbps to rural communities in Illinois, which Bill envisions will be crucial in the growth for rural communities in Illinois. In addition to being the CEO at EJ Water Coop, Bill has served two years as the President of Association of Regional Water Organization. Furthermore, he’s been invited to speak at the White House on the importance of regionalization and the positive impact it has on the rural communities EJ Water serves.