Current Job: Founder and Chairman of SterlingBackcheck
William is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of the background screening industry. As the founder and chairman of SterlingBackcheck, one of the world’s largest screening companies, he has fundamentally transformed the way companies, both large and small, hire and retain the best talent for their organizations.
SterlingBackcheck began as a mystery shopping service before evolving into a polygraph examinations company in 1975. By the mid-1980s, regulatory changes forced SterlingBackcheck to reinvent itself as an employment screening company. In the years that followed, Bill has led the company with a clear vision for disruptive transformation and a strong commitment to technology.
SterlingBackcheck has completed nine acquisitions in the past seven years and now has more than 3,000 employees in ten cities around the world. Most recently, Goldman Sachs and CDPQ made significant investments in the company, fueling its strategy of global expansion and industry leadership.
For the fifth time since 2007, SterlingBackcheck was named one of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America. It was recently named by Deloitte & Touche LLP as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America and one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the New York area.
Bill has been honored as Entrepreneur of the Year twice: in 2006 by Ernst & Young and in 2010 by the University of Maryland (from which he received his bachelor’s degree in 1979).
Bill has been an active Cardozo alumnus for many years. He has been on the Board of Overseers since 2011. He is a long-time supporter of the Public Service Auction, helping to provide stipends for students volunteering in the public sector. He has endowed a scholarship to assist students in achieving their dream of legal education. Bill has spearheaded new initiatives to assist students with gaining employment after graduation and helps to advise the law school on business strategy.