meet the man driven by three of life’s greatest passions
In addition to being a passionate and adventurous winemaker, Bill Foley is President, CEO and Governor of the National Hockey League’s 31st franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. He helped bring not only hockey but major professional sports to the Las Vegas Valley in 2016.
It is rare in today’s business world when a sports team, and the team’s owner, can be considered innovators and true pioneers, venturing into the unknown and uncertainty of previously uncharted territory in the industry. these opportunities and circumstances simply do not exist as much now as they did in the past. However, thanks to Foley’s vision, the Vegas Golden Knights accomplished an ambitious undertaking in 2017 that had never been done or attempted before: building and launching a major professional sports team from the ground up in the city of Las Vegas.
The hockey operations staff scouted players for nearly a year before Foley and General Manager George McPhee announced their selections on June 21, 2017 in front of more than 10,000 fans during the NHL Expansion Draft in t-mobile arena. The team took the ice for the first time in Dallas on October 6, 2017, and by midseason was already the most successful expansion team in NHL history, breaking numerous records.
From a business perspective, the team was just as successful off the ice, amassing over 14,000 season ticket members. staff conducted numerous initiatives throughout the valley to introduce fans to hockey and give locals the opportunity to meet the players, who have been active in the community visiting hospitals, firefighters, police stations, military personnel and lifeguards.
foley is also executive chairman of the board of directors of fidelity national financial inc. (NYSE: FNF) and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (nyse:fis). FNF is the largest title insurance company in the country through its title insurance underwriters (Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Alamo Title) collectively writing more title insurance policies than any other title insurance company. titles in the united states.
In addition, FNF owns majority interests in Ceridian Corporation, a leading provider of payroll services, Remy International, Inc., the largest manufacturer of automotive alternators and starters in the United States, and American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC. , an owner and operator of Village Inn, Bakers Square, 99 Steakhouse, Stoney River and O’Charley’s.
Foley also serves as Vice President of Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE: FIS), number 301 on the Fortune 500 and a global provider of central processing for financial institutions; card issuing and transaction processing services; mortgage loan processing, as well as mortgage-related information products and outsourcing services.
Under Foley’s leadership, FNF was selected in 2004 by Forbes as one of the 26 best-run companies in the United States. The company has been repeatedly named to Forbes’ list of America’s Most Admired Companies, Forbes’ list of America’s Best Large Companies, and selected for Barron’s List of Best Companies for Investors.
foley spends time with many educational and community organizations. She serves as an advisory board member for the University of Washington School of Law, Florida Forum Advisory Board for Wolfson Children’s Hospital Women’s Board. She also serves on the Chapman University School of Law as a member of the Dean’s Council and as the William Foley Chair in Corporate Law & taxes. In 1997, Foley was chosen as Orange County, California’s Entrepreneur of the Year, honored with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Semper Fidelis Award, and inducted into the first Coastal Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame of the Council for Economic Education. Florida in 2006.
foley received his b.s. engineering degree from the united states military academy at west point. he received an m.b.a. degree from the University of Seattle and earned his J.D. degree in 1974 from the university of washington law school. he served in the us air force, where he reached the rank of captain.
In addition to his many professional and philanthropic commitments, Foley is an accomplished golfer, ranked in 2004 by Golf Digest as one of the Top Five Executive Golfers in the World and in 2006 as one of Golf Digest’s Top 20 Executive Golfers in the World. world. world.