Head of Private Banking, Wealth Advisory and Wine
Silicon Valley Bank
Region: United States
Specializing in: Lending To Wineries And Vineyards, Banking Services For The Wine Industry, Strategic Advice In Business Planning, Wine
In this role, Stevens provides executive management for SVB Private Bank; which offers both banking and Wealth Advisory. He also provides general management of the 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 30 years helping families and businesses (family owned, mid-size and corporate) achieve their goals. In part strategic thought "prodder" and in part finance expert, Stevens’ background represents broad-based experience in corporate finance, commercial & consumer banking. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank 12 years ago, Stevens held positions at Chase Manhattan and Bank of America, where he was a top producer of new relationships for his regions. He also managed the successful turnaround of a multi-billion regional bank. His career is 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, and The Land Trust of Napa Valley. 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.