He is past Chairman of the Bankers Advisory Board of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, past President of Connecticut Community Bankers Association, an Honorary Trustee of the New England College of Finance, and a recipient of their McLaughlin Award. Bill has served as a member of the Board of the Bank Marketing Association, New England Chapter.
Bill was an active Member of the Manchester Community College Foundation Board for more than 15 years, 10 as Treasurer, and was elected Member Emeritus. He was a member of the Foundation's Investment Committee and was the Honorary Chair of An Evening of Fine Wines in 2002 and 2007. In 2005, Bill was nominated by Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell and confirmed by the Connecticut State Legislature as a member of the State of Connecticut Community College Board of Trustees, leaving as Vice Chairman when that Board was disbanded. He served as Audit Chairman for the state wide system.
He also served as an Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) Trustee from 1995 to 2011. Bill served as Vice-Chairman for two years and completed a two year term as Chairman of the Board in November 2007. He also served as Chairman of ElderCare Services and as a member of ECHN's Medical Executive Committee.
Bill is past President and an Ambassador of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce and has served as Auctioneer for the Biennial Tolland County Chamber of Commerce Auction. He has also served on the Board of the North Central Chamber of Commerce and Asnuntuck Community College Foundation. He has been an active member of Rotary International for many years and received his Level 7 Paul Harris Award. He is a member of the Diocese of Norwich's Finance Committee. He was appointed as a Commissioner of the Vernon Economic Development Commission in 2010 and was elected to the Board of the New England Air Museum in 2012. He serves on the Museum's Strategic Planning Committee.
He is a graduate of Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is a Member of the Presidents Council. Bill received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts and has completed a variety of Banking and Navy educational programs that include America's Community Bankers School of Finance and Management and Executive Development Programs, FHLB 's Strategies for Success, and Naval War College programs in Strategy and Decision-Making.
In 2004, the Rockville Downtown Association established an annual award, The William J. McGurk Award for Volunteer Excellence, and presented it to Bill as the first recipient. Also in 2004, the Rockville Rotary honored Bill by awarding him its Distinguished Service Award, and the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce named him their Businessperson of the Year, and currently serves as an Ambassador for the South Windsor Chamber. Bill was honored with the 2005 Excellence Award from the Somers Education Foundation recognizing outstanding efforts to preserve the community's commitment to educational excellence.
In 2008, the East Windsor Rotary named Bill their Businessperson of the Year and he was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Vernon Bicentennial Parade. Bill and his wife, Mary, were also named Citizens of the Year by the Rockville Rotary for outstanding community service. He was also the recipient of the District Governors Citation in recognition of "Service above Self' from Rotary International and the Somers Rotary Club 2009 Maurice Parker Random Acts of Kindness Award. Hartford Magazine named Bill one of the 50 Most Influential People of 2009. He was selected a Business Leader in the "100 or more Employee Company" category in the Connecticut Business Hall of Fame for the Class of 2009.
Bill is a retired Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He and his wife, Mary, have five children, two grandchildren, and reside in Somers, Connecticut.
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