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Partner, General Wholesale Company

William D. (Bill) Young Jr. (BBA '78) is a partner with the Atlanta-based General Wholesale Company, a family-owned distributor of beverage alcohol. Founded in 1942, GWC is one of the largest private businesses in Atlanta.

Bill graduated from the Marist School in 1975 and is now a trustee at the private college preparatory school, which holds the distinction of being the oldest Catholic secondary school in Atlanta. He earned a BBA in management from UGA's Terry College of Business in 1978, and he is a past chairman of the Building Terry campaign and a former member of the Terry Dean's Advisory Council.

He is also a past chairman of the University of Georgia Foundation, where he currently serves as chairman of the nominating and governance committee. He is a past member of the University of Georgia Athletic Development Council, a past member of the Leadership Advisory Board within student affairs at UGA, and a current member of the UGA Athletic Board.

Bill is a member of the Gridiron Secret Society and a recipient of the Blue Key Service Award from the Georgia Chapter of the National Honor Society.

In 2009, in recognition of their loyalty and service to the University of Georgia, the Young family — including the late William D. Young Sr. (BBA '54), Bill Jr., and his younger brother Howard (BBA '82) — was named Family of the Year by the UGA Alumni Association.

Bill's professional affiliations include Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of Georgia (past chairman and president); Council of Executive Development for the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America (past chairman); Invest Georgia Board (chairman); Governor's Advisory Board for the 1996 Olympics (board member); and State of Georgia Personnel Oversight Committee (committee member).

He is also a past member of the Young Presidents Organization.

An avid golfer and sportsman, Bill is a past president and board member of the Peachtree Golf Club. He also holds memberships at the Capital City Club and the Cherokee Town and Country Club. He is a member of the Nine O'Clocks and the Round Table.

Bill and his wife Margaret, who is also a UGA graduate, are the proud parents of two sons. Recent Terry graduate William D. Young III (BBA '15) now works at the General Wholesale Company, and his younger brother Brandon is a third-year management major at Terry. Brandon is also a member of the Georgia men's basketball team, having been voted the Most Inspirational Player in 2015 and achieving SEC Academic Honor Roll distinction for the past three years.

The family attends Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.