Advisory Board Biography

E. David Coolidge III
Chairman, Advisory Board
Vice Chairman
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.