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William M. Wittress III

Puget Sound ’93

Vice Chairman

Bill Wittress is currently the executive vice president of business development with the FinTech startup Transcard in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In his nearly thirty years of experience, he has worked for several Fortune 50 companies and many early startups. He worked for the streaming media pioneer Real Networks laying the foundations for the streaming media services we use today. Later, Bill spent twelve years at Microsoft, where he founded several products. Most famously, he was an initial member of the Zune team. Bill worked for DTS in Los Angeles, where he leveraged his business development skills in the movie and recording industry. He then began his FinTech career at SAP. He spent four years building out a payments infrastructure and ecosystem for SAP Concur’s three main products and worked closely with major banks, including JP Morgan, Citi Bank, US Bank, Bank of America, and others.

Bill has always been active in his community. He served as the mayor pro temp of his hometown of North Bend, Washington (the real-life location of the fictional Twin Peaks television show). Bill also served as a commissioner of East Side Fire and Rescue and as head of the public safety committee, which managed the local police force. An outdoor enthusiast, he was active in the Friends of Tollgate Farm Committee that was part of the conservation effort to save the picturesque open space that frames the iconic Mount Si Conservation Area.

In college, Bill was actively involved in fraternity life. He was the Phikeia educator for Washington Delta, the IFC vice president and later president, and a part of the Order of Omega. After college, Bill was a chapter consultant for GHQ and served the Northeast and deep South. He has been an adviser and CAB member for Washington Delta for several years and has been lucky enough to participate in several fraternity events, including the Kleberg Leadership Institute. You might even recognize Bill from the Campaign 2030 videos. In his spare time, Bill has been a formal mentor to many undergraduates from his alma mater (Puget Sound) over the past fifteen years, many of whom are Phis. He and his wife Kristi just celebrated twenty-four years of marriage. His son, Matt, is a Phi from Butler (Indiana Gamma).