Bill Block has more than 20 years of leadership experience. After serving as an infantry officer in the US Army and Army Reserves for eight years after college, he distinguished himself in various sales, marketing and general management roles in several large companies including Baxter, McKesson and Cardinal, as well as several smaller medical products firms including Orasure, HemCon and InstruMed.
Raised in upstate New York and Connecticut, Bill was a scholar-athlete. Recruited to Wake Forest University, for Track and Cross Country, he received an Army ROTC scholarship. Bill graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned in 1983. Bill fulfilled his military commitment with a series of Active Duty and Active Duty Reserve positions for the next eight years. He was selected as Scout Platoon Leader and as a Ranger Instructor where he would lead teams as small as four and as large as 100.
Bill joined Baxter in 1991 as a Sales Representative. In his 6 years with Baxter, Bill was promoted three times and received particular recognition for his outstanding leadership and performance with the 1995 Regional Leadership Award.
From 1997 to 2005, Bill successfully led sales and marketing groups at several organizations delivering strong sales growth and successful product launches.
In 2005, Bill joined HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of technologies to control bleeding and infection resulting from trauma or surgery, as the Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Bill launched new products and grew revenues by more than 400% over his 5-year tenure. In 2008, HemCon promoted Bill to the President, US. In the course of his efforts with HemCon, Bill gained experience working with blood centers particularly after HemCon initiated and won an $18-million cooperative research grant with the U.S military for development of a lyophilized plasma product.
Having accepted a position as President of Instrumed in 2010, Bill led the firm in developing and implementing a successful business strategy for entering the $300 million orthopedic/spine instrumentation market, launching new products and leveraging relationships across the industry.
As President and CEO of BCA, which he accepted in 2012, Bill is continuing to build on the success record of the BCA cooperative by focusing his leadership and vision on optimizing efficiencies through strategic and creative partnerships with the supplier community, further expanding BCA’s products and services with a particular focus and business plan around BCA’s unique value offering to the cell therapy marketplace, and actively exploring other innovative business development opportunities for the benefit of both BCA membership and the partners and customers BCA serves.
Bill holds a B.A. in Economics, Cum Laude, from Wake Forest University. He was a U.S. Army ROTC Scholarship Recipient and Distinguished Military Graduate, and was formerly ranked as one of the top 100 Marathoners in the U.S. Bill and his wife, Kathy, are settled in Rhode Island with their two sons who are avid lacrosse players.