Advisory Board Biography

William A. Holland
Former Senior Vice President
Drake Beam Morin (DBM)

Bill Holland has been in the forefront of grooming business leaders for more than 30 years. An accomplished senior executive, Holland led the worldwide senior executive consulting practice for Drake Beam Morin (DBM), served in senior human resources roles with Sears Roebuck and Co., and was Vice President of Urban Investment and Development Company, one of the largest mixed-use real estate development companies in America.

Holland practices what he preaches when it comes to organizational transformation, leadership development, and customer service. He opened six regional offices for DBM; reorganized corporate HR operations for Sears — including the relocation of 14,000 to the Sears Tower, and built employee and customer centric business environments for high-profile hotel, recreation, entertainment, retail and professional service organizations with Urban Investment and Development Company. He is an executive coach and counselor to Fortune 500 executives and entrepreneurs, and has provided real-world guidance to drive progressive changes in the business culture, leadership philosophies and strategies to gain optimal value out of a business’s most valuable asset – its people.

He has served as Chairman and President of numerous school and community boards of directors, including the University of Wisconsin Business School Advisory Board. He is a former member of the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the American Management Association, the Human Resource Management Association, and an active member of Economic Club of Chicago, The University Club of Chicago, and The Tower Club.

Holland holds a BA from the University of California in Los Angeles, and also attended Northwestern University in Evanston.