Bill Franz, principal

Bill Franz is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of nonprofit experience. His areas of expertise include finance, accounting, operations, information technology and strategic planning. Bill is a motivated leader who has the ability to see the long-term potential of an organization, develop creative approaches to challenges and find tactical solutions to move an organization forward both strategically and operationally.

After earning a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. from Siena College, Bill went to work for Albany Memorial Hospital, which subsequently merged with Northeast Health Systems. Bill was a Finance Liaison to a number of clinical and non-clinical departments and was a key member of the team that consolidated the operations of two hospitals. In addition, he was responsible for Albany Memorial’s real estate subsidiary and he managed the accounts payable department, which processed annual expenditures of over $120 million.

In 1998, Bill went to work for the Research Foundation of the State University of New York. He managed the Financial Accounting department, which provided the financial reporting of research and training activities across all of the SUNY campuses. He was also responsible for the annual audit, Circular A-133 reporting, IRS Form 990 and system-wide budgeting.

From 2001 to 2012, Bill worked for the Community Foundation of Collier County, an organization in Naples, Florida that brings nonprofit organizations, corporate entities and philanthropic individuals together to serve the community. Bill was hired as CFO and promoted to the EVP/COO position in 2004. While at the Community Foundation, Bill provided executive leadership, vision and strategic oversight for the operating, financial and administrative functions of the organization. During his tenure, he effectively managed the organization through the worst economic downturn in seventy years, maintaining an operational surplus and building adequate reserves. He also worked extensively with Board members to improve the Foundation's donor development, investment strategies, and information systems management.

In May of 2012, Bill was offered the opportunity to work with the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida as their Director of Systems and Patient Centered Transformation. In this position, he initiated substantial organizational change in order to facilitate the development of a Patient Centered Medical Home model of care. As part of the Senior Management Team, he worked closely with the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Director of Operations and Director of Human Resources to improve quality of care and services, reduce operational risk and implement technology solutions. One accomplishment that Bill is particularly proud of is the implementation of a Patient Navigation Center that centralized appointment scheduling, increased patient satisfaction and standardized scheduling procedures across the Healthcare Network.

In addition to his work in health care, Bill is also actively involved in improving his local community. He previously served on the boards of Baby Basics of Collier County and Collier Senior Resources, and is a member of Greater Naples Leadership (Class XV). 

Bill lives in Naples, Florida with his wife Christine and their four children. He enjoys the outdoors and spends much of his spare time attending his children's sporting events. 

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