Hello! My name is William Stanton aka Bill Busker. I’d like to begin my Member Moment by stating that I am the grandson, great-grandson and great-great grandson of immigrants from various parts of Europe, all of whom came to America to escape religious and ethnic discrimination and persecution and for freedom and economic opportunity. These reasons are remarkably similar to those of today’s immigrants and so many of our Rotary colleagues and I believe fervently in the American Dream for all!
I am a Jersey boy. I was born in Elizabeth, NJ and grew up in two neighboring towns. I graduated from the Pingry School, University of Pennsylvania and Penn Law School and spent a year at the London School of Economics and a summer at the Hague Academy of International Law on a Fellowship.
Before a career summary, let me introduce you to my family—I have been married to my wife, Debra, for just shy of 40 years (May 17th)! We have two sons, Madison, who lives with his partner in Atlanta and is a Senior Data Analyst with AT&T and Andrew, who is an Executive Recruiter for Robinhood (on the front pages recently!). The other family member of note is my aunt who will be 99 in June and who lives alone in Manhattan!
I have had a rich and varied career —my law career included roles as a trial lawyer for the FTC, in house counsel for law and government affairs for Reader’s Digest in New York, and General Counsel and Senior VP for Law, Finance and Administration at American Trucking Associations.
Later, I ran an association of business products distributors as President and helped lead Portland Glass, a family-owned multi-state glass company in New England as Vice Chairman. I ended my career as Vice President for Corporate Relations, a development role, at the United States Chamber of Commerce.
My interests are too numerous to mention completely but in addition to my active Rotary involvement, I volunteer at Hillwood Museum, Estate and Gardens weekly and work out with a personal trainer twice a week. I enjoy photography, travel, Washington culture, jazz, cooking, reading, collecting early 20th century lamps, hiking, needlepointing, working on the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, and much more!