Bill is a native Atlantan who grew up in the jewelry business. From the age of 7, he spent his summers in his father's jewelry and hand engraving shop. Working every day after classes in his high school years, he did bench work for retail stores in the metro Atlanta area. At the age of 22, he traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland to do a one-year apprenticeship in fine jewelry. Upon his return, he taught courses in jewelry making at Georgia State University in the Continuing Education Department for Richard Mafong. Afterwards, Bill taught classes for groups and individuals. After his father retired in 2000, Bill opened Wanna Go Bead, a bead and findings supply business, which serviced two locations. He currently makes and casts his own designs. Bill is married with 2 grown children and lives in Loganville, Georgia.