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Bill Groome
HOPE BOARD CHAIR
Retired Businessman

New Orleans Board Chair
New Orleans Board Member Since: April 2012

J. William (Billy) Groome was most recently Adjunct Professor, for Dillard University. He taught Marketing and Advertising courses until Hurricane Katrina. Previous to that he was President and Owner, First Page Beeper Service in which he started, owned and managed a communications company, primarily radio pagers.  He sold the company to a national concern seeking to own a dominant Louisiana company.

Groome also was Vice-President and General Manager, Cox Cable of New Orleans.
Managed the New Orleans cable franchise from startup to maturity, President and Owner, VR Business Brokers which was a startup company with two offices, brokered the sales of businesses in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Groome was in the 75th Advanced Management Program for Harvard Business School, received his MBA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and his BA, Tulane University.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

2009-2010 and 1997-2001 Chairman and Board member, Garden District Association

2006-2010 Treasurer and Board Member, Trinity Counseling and Training Center

2005-2010 Chairman, President and Board Member, Odyssey House Louisiana.

2003-2009 and 1990-1996 Member of the Vestry of Trinity Church

2002-2010 Chairman and Board Member, Via Link

1986-1992 Chairman and Board Member, Trinity Episcopal School

2006-2010 Counselor, Operation Hope

2000-2005 Counselor, SCORE