Entrepreneurship Founders

William H. Child

William H. Child

Membership Information:

Member Status: Platinum
Member Since: 1999

Contact Information:

Website: http://rcwilley.com


Job Title: COB
Company: Koloa Landing Resort, a Marriott Autograph Collection Island of Kauai, Hawaii
Location: Utah, United States


  • Business management, Home furnishing


In 1954, William H. "Bill" Child took over the small 600 sq foot appliance store, from his father in law, RC Willey. The store, with cement floor and cinderblock walls had no bathroom facility and the electric power as well as a nine-party telephone line was run from the Willey home next door, with one employee, and $250,000 in sales. Forty years later, Bill sold RC Willey Home Furnishing to Warren Buffett, the second richest man in the world. RC Willey now has stores in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and California with over 2,500 employees. Bill currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He spent over 50 years in retail, specifically the home furnishing industry. Bill has also been involved in a number of successful real estate projects. He is currently the CEO and chairman of the board at Koloa Landing Resort in Kauai, Hawaii.