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 a leader in media, internet, and hospitality businesses in New Orleans and beyond. Professionally-trained as journalist, he 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 started and built several successful ventures, among them the SunShine Pages, one of the country’s most successful independent telephone directory publishers; YPsolutions, an internet software company providing services to Fortune 500 companies; and the Link Restaurant Group, which he owns in partnership with celebrity chef Donald Link. He is also a partner and investor in other local businesses ranging from hospitality to construction.

Bill has worked to improve the quality of life for all New Orleanians through board service and leadership with various nonprofit and community organizations in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. 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 of the Link Stryjewski Foundation, created to address the persistent cycle of violence and poverty as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans.

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