Bill Lomicka has been a long-time supporter of the Eller Finance Department. He is the Chairman of Coulter Ridge Capital and graduated from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio with a major in English and a minor in Classical Greek. Bill earned his MBA from The Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania. Bill has nearly five decades of financial management experience with particular expertise in the area of rapidly expanding service companies. He worked with Humana as Senior Vice President-Finance, followed by a position with a healthcare venture capital firm in New York City. He acted as Secretary of Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and then later formed a Louisville-based private investment firm specializing in venture capital.
In 1999, he founded Coulter Ridge Capital, another private investment firm. He is a General Partner of The Yearling Fund, a venture fund that invests in early stage companies. Bill is presently a director of a number of privately-held, early stage companies in several states, serving as Chair of several. Bill has been involved in numerous civic and business organizations in Kentucky, including the Kentucky Opera and the Jefferson County Air Board. In Tucson, he has been involved at The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for 15 years, holding several positions on the Board including Chair on two separate occasions. He was formerly a member of the Board of The National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Bill’s Advice For Students: "Your first job is not too important. It’s not where you start, but where you end up. Many students want to be entrepreneurs. You can be entrepreneurial in any job. Learn to design processes and better ways to do things. And, it’s important to understand how companies work. These experiences will be very valuable when you start your own company."
Bill has been speaking with students in our entrepreneurial finance course for 15 years and serves on the Department’s Professional Advisory Council.
Bill’s View: "I support the Finance Department and the University of Arizona because of the students. I’ve been extremely impressed with UA and the finance program and especially the students—they are very interested in their education. The program is excellent and the faculty are outstanding."