Entrepreneurship Founders

William H. Child

Membership Information:

Member Status: Platinum
Member Since: 1999

Contact Information:

Website: http://rcwilley.com

Employment:

Job Title: COB
Company: Koloa Landing Resort, a Marriott Autograph Collection Island of Kauai, Hawaii
Location: Utah, United States

Expertise:

  • Business management, Home furnishing

Biography:

In 1954, William H. "Bill" Child took over the small 600 sq foot appliance store, from his father in law, RC Willey. The store, with cement floor and cinderblock walls had no bathroom facility and the electric power as well as a nine-party telephone line was run from the Willey home next door, with one employee, and $250,000 in sales. Forty years later, Bill sold RC Willey Home Furnishing to Warren Buffett, the second richest man in the world. RC Willey now has stores in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and California with over 2,500 employees. Bill currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He spent over 50 years in retail, specifically the home furnishing industry. Bill has also been involved in a number of successful real estate projects. He is currently the CEO and chairman of the board at Koloa Landing Resort in Kauai, Hawaii.

Networking Interests:
Learn from other successful merchants within and outside our industry.

Management Philosophy:
Grow the company with integrity, constantly improving. Never be satisfied with status quo.

Personal Philosophy:
I feel it is very important to magnify our abilities, accomplish and achieve not only in our business life, but also in our home and family. I also have a philosophy of helping others that are in need, making available many of the resources we have in

Family Profile:
I have a lovely wife and eight terrific children and many beautiful grandchildren.

Hobbies and Interests:
I love to be out of doors-- I enjoy playing golf, used to play a lot of racquetball, and all kinds o

Favorite Quote:
'Man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.'

Favorite Scripture:
1Nephi 1:1

Favorite Food:
Chocolate