William Heard is Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Founder of Heard Capital LLC. Mr. Heard is a graduate of the Marquette University College of Business Administration with degrees in both Finance and Real Estate. Prior to starting Heard Capital LLC, Mr. Heard was a Special Situations Analyst for Stark Investments, a global alternative investment firm. Mr. Heard’s investment experience varies across the capital structure to include leveraged loans, high yield bonds and equity securities. While at Stark Investments, Mr. Heard covered the telecommunications, media, technology, financials, industrials, and energy sectors.
Mr. Heard founded and established the Applied Investment Management (AIM) Program at Marquette University. AIM was the first undergraduate business program in the nation to be selected as a Program Partner by the CFA Institute. A strong proponent of higher education, Mr. Heard gives motivational speeches to high school and college students about leadership, globalism, and the nature of competition. In his spare time, Mr. Heard enjoys mentoring youth and reading autobiographies.
Mr. Heard currently serves on the Leadership Council for A Better Chicago, the Advisory Board for Beyond Sports, the Board of Directors of City Year Chicago as well as actively participates in OneGoal; local organizations creating opportunities for today’s youth and low-income population.