William is an Ernst&Young Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, a frequent best practices judge, has authored hundreds of articles and white papers and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His teams' implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. William is a former IT VP of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, a Fortune 50 company, a former engineer of DB2 at IBM and holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a B.Sc. from Southern College.
William has overcome numerous complex data acquisition and integration (real-time, sourcing, transforming, syndicated data, cleansing, POS/CDR/RFID source) issues and has hands-on experience with numerous leading MDM/OLAP/BI/ETL tools and database platforms. His breadth of experience with information management product set includes internal product development (source code), IT development, management, analyst and consulting roles. He has produced dozens of analytic models in production worldwide.
William has been involved in information management his entire career. He knows what good work is, having built numerous end client successes, including many for companies in the Fortune 50. His unparallelled exposure to the market infuses ideas into client programs.
William founded and grew McKnight Associates, Inc. during 1998-2005 to placement in the Inc. 500, the Dallas 100 (twice) and the Collin (county) 60. He sold the company to Conversion Services (CVNS) in 2005. He is author of the book 90 Days to Success in Consulting.
William is the president of the Data Warehousing Institute Dallas Chapter, the longest tenured columnist at Information Management Magazine, a 70+ time speaker at the Data Warehousing Institute, a trainer at SetFocus in the Microsoft BI certification program, an expert blogger for Erwin Data Modeling Expert Blogs, Jaspersoft Technology Blogs and MIKE 2.0 – the Method for an Integrated Knowledge Environment, author of the Master Data Management Architecture and Implementation course at ELearningCurve, author of the Data Warehouse Certification Exam at ReviewNet, a member of the Boulder BI Brain Trust, and a 8-time expert at the Pacific Northwest BI Summit. William is a member of the National Speakers Association.