William Werkmeister is the Founding Partner of Wheaton Ventures, a private holding company focused on energy, healthcare, and social investments. He is also a Partner with Kariba Capital, which provides corporate advisory and investment banking services with a focus on the energy, healthcare, tech, and social sectors, and a Founding Stockholder of Bold.
Prior to Wheaton and Kariba, Bill was a Founding Partner of Aegis Capital Group (a venture capital and economic development firm), AVP of Newtek Capital/Wilshire Group (one of the first public venture funds, managing over $1bn), Treasurer of Newtek Capital (the nation's largest non-bank SBA lender), and an investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup. Aegis' most notable investments include the first mobile credit card and check processor and Sweat Leaf Tea company. While at CITI, Bill worked on Vivendi's sale of Houghton Mifflin Publishing to a consortium of private equity firms, ABB's sale of Offshore Systems, and 14 structured debt financings totaling over $7bn in capital raised.
Bill currently and/or formally has sat on numerous for profit and non for profit boards, including, those of the Children's Aid Society, Houston Acheivement Place, and Mory's Association, and serves as an alumni interviewer for Cornell.
Bill holds a B.S. from Cornell summa cum laude, a Masters with a focus on Economic Policy from Harvard, and a MBA from Yale. He also completed the Program in Structured Finance at NYU and research and additional graduate work at the London School of Economics.