Bill is the division manager of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division. In this role, Stevens leads Wine Division’s two offices in Napa and Sonoma County and the 30+ financial services professionals focused exclusively on the wine industry.
Bill has spent more than 25 years helping family owned, mid-size and corporate businesses achieve their goals. In part strategic thought "prodder" and in part finance expert, Stevens’ background represents 30 years of broad-based experience in corporate finance and commercial banking, which includes meeting the needs of wine, food and distribution companies. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank 9 years ago, Stevens held positions at Chase Manhattan and Bank of America, where he was a top producer of new relationships for his region. His career is also highlighted by executive management positions with OffRoad Capital, where he focused on private equity placements for growth companies and founded the corporate finance department. Prior to his work with the private sector, Stevens worked for the U.S. Treasury, gaining nationwide experience in banking and corporate governance issues.
Stevens is a guest lecturer in corporate finance and banking topics at the University of California, Golden Gate University, California State University at Hayward and the Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco.
Stevens received a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of California at Davis. He is active in the Wine Institute, the Napa Valley Opera House and The Napa Valley Land Trust. He is also a member of numerous wine industry trade organizations in Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and the Pacific Northwest.
Bill is a native Californian and lives in Napa County with his wife, Teri and their three children. Weekends find him fathering, racing sailboats, cycling and maybe a motorbike ride or two. Oh yea...glass of wine and fresh grown tomatoes anyone?