Trustee

William N. (Bill) Sick is chairman and chief executive officer of Business Resources International, a firm specializing in early-stage high-technology companies.

Since 1989, he has been a co-founder, chairman, active director or advisor of thirteen early-stage companies in the semiconductor, software and biotechnology fields. After exiting most of these companies through IPO’s and sales, he remains active in several companies, including VIRxSYS (genetically engineered treatment for HIV/AIDS) and Acoustic Technologies (audio processing solutions for communications products) and Zounds (hearing aids).

In the 1980s, Mr. Sick was CEO and a director of American National Can Company, created in an LBO that merged American Can and National Can to form the world’s largest packaging company. He managed the merging of the two companies and later its sale and transition to Pechiney, a French aluminum company.

Prior to that time, Mr. Sick served in a variety of positions at Texas Instruments including executive vice president and a director of the company, president of the Semiconductor Business, president of TI Asia, president of TI Europe Division, and head of corporate development, including the corporate research labs.

In Chicago, Mr. Sick is a trustee and former chairman of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and is a director of Millennium Park, Inc. He was a trustee of Rice University from 1996-2006, where he received B.A. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and the 2003 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award and the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He was born in Houston, Texas and currently lives in Winnetka, Illinois, with his wife, Stephanie.