Chief Innovation Officer The Pampered Chef
Bill lives with his Wife of 20 years
Heidi and their two children
Madeleine (15) and Evan (13) in
Bill is the Chief Innovation Officer
for The Pampered Chef, a Berkshire
Hathaway Company, where he leads
the development of their consumer
In 2005 Bill experienced an increasing tightness in the right side of his body, which,
after 7 years of exhaustive medical reviews ultimately led to the diagnoses in 2012
of Parkinson’s disease, Bill was 43 years old. Bill’s father Bob was subsequently
diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014 and the family believes his paternal grandfather
may have also had the disease, however this was never officially confirmed.
In 2017 Bill formed the Not for Profit UnCorked Adventures who’s mission is “to help
people with Parkinson’s Disease make the most out of life, while we work together to find a cure.”
UnCorked’s first event, which had Bill walking coast to coast across America finding
one person each day with a connection to Parkinson’s, almost didn’t happen, as some
of the worlds foremost experts strongly advised Bill he couldn't physically do it,
eventually withdrawing their support altogether. Despite this, Bill pushed ahead on
his own, and successfully completed the trek on January 31st, 2018, in 67 days,
averaging 40 miles per day, without a break, raising significant $ for Parkinson’s
research & driving incredible awareness, reaching over 20 million people through 50+
Bill has had the great honor of sharing his story and philosophy of being OK to Fail,
as a way to determine one’s real potential, with audiences around the world. He
continues to share these lessons through competing in athletic challenges, speaking
engagements, and he even gave a Tedx talk on the topic.
Through his journey of living with Parkinson’s disease, Bill discovered the positive effects that
regular exercise has had on his symptoms and overall quality of life.
Since his diagnosis, Bill has attempted to inspire & help others through his own endeavors,
completing a 5 year bio-marker initiative called PPMI, completing 14 marathons, the Dopey
challenge in Disney, 8 triathlons, including a full Ironman, a Nordic Ski Marathon, climbing Mt
Kilimanjaro, several ultra-marathons and much more. Bill will be competing in the Boston,
Chicago and New York Marathons in 2019.
Bill is also pushing the vanguard of applied medical science, leading a joint development team of
scientists, industry professionals and participants with Parkinson’s to develop a unique wellness
program to educate, engage and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease.
UnCorked & Bill are currently planning several fundraising and awareness initiatives intended
to bring existing organizations together, pursuant to their mission.