William F. Evans
Bill Evans serves as a business consultant and corporate director, following a successful and varied business career. Evans started his professional career in 1971 with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., (now KPMG) in Atlanta, GA. He was elected a partner in 1980 and led the firm's regional technology practice and was one of the founders of the Advanced Technology Development Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1985, Evans joined Electromagnetic Sciences, Inc. as a Senior Vice President and Director, and helped expand the company’s business from being a $30 million government contractor to a $100 million diversified business three years later. Evans was recruited to Management Sciences of America, Inc. (MSA) in late 1988 to assist with the turnaround of this $250 million independent software vendor. Under his direction, the company returned to profitability and was sold to Dun and Bradstreet (D&B). In 1992, Evans was recruited by H&R Block, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, as Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations. He was actively involved in the extension of Block's business interests into financial services and the addition of premium tax services and personal tax software to its tax business. Evans joined ProSource, Inc., a privately funded food service distributor based in Miami, Florida, as Chief Financial Officer in 1995. Evans assisted Onex, the Canadian based private equity investor, in completing a roll-up strategy creating a $4 billion company that went public in 1996 and was sold to another foodservice distributor in 1998. During 1998 and 1999, Evans was Chief Financial Officer of Productivity Point International, a roll-up of technology training firms funded by Knowledge Universe, a firm founded by Mike Milken and Larry Ellison. During this formation period, Evans integrated twenty different acquisitions and created a $100 million business. Evans was asked to be President of the troubled electrical wire business unit of Superior Essex, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1999. He led the restructuring of this $700 million business by selling and consolidating manufacturing and distribution locations, streamlining the product line and sales process, and significantly reducing working capital requirements. Evans joined Witness Systems, a small public software company based in Roswell, GA, in 2002 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Witness Systems grew steadily and profitably over the next 5 years and was sold in 2007 for approximately $1.1 billion.
Evans has served on the boards of the following corporations: Electromagnetic Sciences, LXE, Saia, Spherion, Secureworks, Tatum, ValueVision and WolverineTube. Since 2007, he has also served as an advisor to Technology Operators Fund and a consultant to a variety of businesses, assisting with business restructuring, strategic planning, financing, and other activities. Evans served as President of Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Highlands, NC during 2019-2020. A native of Chicago, Evans received his BS and MS in Accounting (with Honors) from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He currently lives in Johns Creek, GA with his wife, Lacy, and has two daughters and five grandchildren. Evans is a board member of the Imlay Foundation and is active in many local organizations such as Rainbow Village, Special Olympics of Georgia, and Duluth First United Methodist Church.