|Advisory Board Biography
E. David Coolidge III
Chairman, Advisory Board
William Blair & Company
David Coolidge is Vice Chairman of William Blair & Company, a private
investment banking and money management firm. In addition to serving as
the firm's CEO from 1995 to 2004, he has dedicated his 35+year career to
financing and building prosperous companies throughout the Chicago area.
Through a unique combination of financial, operational, and investment
insight, Coolidge has established long-term relationships with small to
medium-sized companies, and guided executive teams through evolutionary
business cycles to sustained financial and market success.
As the senior financial executive of William Blair & Company for more
than 15 years, Coolidge traversed strong and weak industry, investment
and economic climates by focusing on core business philosophies instead
of fleeting market trends. He provided financial guidance to support start-up
ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and financial restructuring,
and public/private debt and equity financing. He has also leveraged the
firm's employee-owned private structure to recruit & retain key professionals.
Coolidge has served on numerous boards of directors including, Kmart Holding
Co., Coverall of North America, Duluth Trading Co., the Securities Industry
Association, and the National Association of Securities Dealers. Currently
active in numerous academic, healthcare and civic organizations, he is
a trustee for Williams College, the University of Chicago and Rush University
Medical Center, an advisory board member for Northwestern University’s
Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a director of Better Government
Association and Youth Guidance and a member of the Civic Committee of the
Commercial Club of Chicago.
Coolidge holds a BA from Williams College and MBA from the Harvard Graduate
Business School of Administration.
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