Role Model

Bill Hammack

Board President, Kingsley House

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

New Orleans native Bill Hammack is the Board President of Kingsley House, one of the largest local non-profit family services agencies in the state.

Bill’s diverse career established him as an influential entrepreneur in media, internet, and hospitality businesses in New Orleans and beyond. He currently owns the Link Restaurant Group, in partnership with celebrity chef Donald Link. His other successful ventures include SunShine Pages, one of the country’s most successful independent telephone directory publishers, and YPsolutions, an internet software company providing services to Fortune 500 companies. He is also a partner and investor in other local businesses ranging from hospitality to construction.

Professionally-trained as a journalist, Bill spent the early part of his career working in newspaper and radio in Louisiana, Florida, and California. He quickly decided that his future was as an entrepreneur, and initially centered his business ideas on printing, graphic arts, and publishing.

Bill has worked to improve the quality of life for all New Orleanians through board service and leadership with various organizations. He is a Founding Member of the National World War II Museum and is currently Board President for Kingsley House. Under his leadership, Kingsley House finished a $12.5 million capital campaign which allowed for the construction of a new 24,000 square foot campus in New Orleans. Bill is also a founder and member of the board for the Link Stryjewski Foundation, which was created to address the persistent cycle of violence, poverty, lack of quality education, and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans.

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