Posted on Jan 18, 2009
John M Grau
- Bill Kuhr, Executive Director, Western Region, NECA
There’s a lot more to Bill Kuhr than initially meets the eye. When dressed in his trademark wrap-around sunglasses, dark suit and thin black tie, he has the look of an international spy. Actually, when reviewing his resume, I haven’t totally dismissed the notion that Bill might be involved in clandestine operations during his spare time.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Bill has lived most of his life in California. He earned his undergraduate (Government) and graduate (Business) degrees from the University of San Francisco. The product of a military family, he himself served in the U.S. Army Reserves, attaining the rank of Major.
Bill’s career with NECA began as an assistant manager with the San Francisco Chapter. In 1988, he became manager of the Redwood Empire Chapter and joined the NECA field staff in 1992 as a field representative in the Western Region. In August 2000 when Emerson Hamilton retired, I tapped Bill to be the next Executive Director of the Western Region. It was a good decision.
Besides his wealth of experience, Bill brings his great sense of humor and personable nature to the job. He’s bright, thoughtful and highly motivated. You don’t have to ask Bill twice to get the job done. In fact, you don’t have to ask him the first time. He’s already on it.
A bit secretive about his hobbies (see paragraph one above), I know Bill enjoys shooting and riding motorcycles. I believe he’s also a bit of an oenophile. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that). Bill and his wife, Bonnie, live in Marin County, California.