Bill is the Founder of Innovation Finance USA LLC and First American Commercial Bancorp, Inc. d/b/a First American Equipment Finance. Innovation Finance® is the creator of QuickFi® a patent-pending self-service equipment financing platform incorporating A.I., blockchain, facial recognition, drivers’ license authentication and the latest mobile and cloud technologies.
QuickFi facilitates business equipment financing transactions that previously took days or weeks in three-minutes, 24/7/365, from anywhere. Several of the world’s leading global business equipment manufacturers (including Atlas Copco, SANY, Juniper Networks and Johnson Controls) selected QuickFi to enable faster financing and more profitable equipment sales. Bill served as founder and CEO of First American Equipment Finance (from its launch in 1996 until 2015).
While a student at Cornell Law School in 1996, Bill founded First American with his long-time friend and business partner, Guy Klingler. They sold the business to City National Bank (now Royal Bank of Canada) in 2012. Today, First American serves as Royal Bank of Canada’s U.S. equipment finance business, with several Billion Dollars in assets.
Bill has J.D. from Cornell Law School (’98), an MBA from the Anderson Business School at UCLA (’92) and a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (’88). Bill is a member of the New York bar and is also admitted to the New York Court of Appeals and to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2009 Bill served as the Chairman of the ELFA in Washington DC.
Bill and Cyndee Verhelle reside with their four children in Naples, FL.