William P. McCormick
June 14, 2012
William (Bill) McCormick is the founder of the restaurant company McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants and served as the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and American Samoa from 2005 to 2009. Mr. McCormick attended Roger Williams Jr. College and Boston University while serving in the Army Reserve Military, and later attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business, Executive Management Program.
Throughout his business career Mr. McCormick’s civic and charitable involvement has been far reaching and encompassed virtually all aspects of society and its institutions. He has provided thousands of pounds of food for the Pasadena, California food bank, secured 10,000 books for disadvantaged children in Los Angeles County and began the Shamrock Run twenty seven years ago for the benefit of many service organizations in Portland, Oregon. As co-chair of the Portland Opera Foundation he was also successful in helping the organization raise $24 million.
Mr. McCormick was awarded the Secretary’s Award by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs for his contributions to the nation’s veterans. Mr. McCormick’s community involvement has included serving on the boards of such organizations as the Oregon Historical Society, the Portland Opera, North West Mental Health Services, the Oregon Restaurant Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. He has also served as President of the Portland Police Chief’s Forum and Vice-Chair of the Citizen’s Crime Commission. Mr. McCormick joined NCVLI’s Board of Directors in 2012.