District Governor William (Bill) Downes 2016-2017
Bill is a commercial real estate broker. He founded the Evergreen Commercial Group which is the largest full service commercial brokerage specializing in Colorado Foothills properties. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), a member of the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors, a graduate of Leadership Evergreen, a member of the Conifer and Evergreen Chambers among other things. He is also a past major donor to the Mountain Area Land Trust. Prior to commercial real estate, Bill was the founder, President and CEO of Industrial Computer Systems from 1974 to 1998, a company specializing in computer aided dispatch systems. During that time, he was also active with the Institute of Industrial Engineers.
Bill became a Rotarian in 2005 and is a member of Mountain Foothills Rotary Club of Evergreen. After fulfilling many positions with the club, Bill became President during 2010-11. He was Rotarian of the Year in 2009. He became Assistant Governor of Area 8 (Foothills clubs) following his presidency. Bill is active with District and is very involved with the District Membership Team. He is also part of the Area Assembly Team and Chair of the Million Dollar Dinner. Bill is a Paul Harris Society member. He has given numerous presentations and trainings to clubs and individuals. He is most known for his success with membership and fundraising.
Bill was raised early on in England and has relatives there still. He is the product of a career Navy family. Among many other duties including D-Day in WWII, his father commanded a Destroyer out of Newport. After moving from England, Bill has lived in Newport RI, Bethesda MD, Rockville Center NY, Jacksonville FL, Long Branch NJ, Redondo Beach CA before moving to Evergreen CO in 1983. He considers Newport as his home town and graduated from Middletown High School there in 1966. Bill received the Outstanding Young Engineer Award in Newport in 1966. He went on to graduate from Jacksonville University with a major in math, minor in Management in 1971. Bill has been married to Karin since 1993. They have four wonderful children: Julie (Scott), Jill (Chuck), Ned (Janelle) and Todd (Alexa) and seven grandchildren in Colorado and California.