CEO | CIO
William Heard is the founder of Heard Capital LLC, and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer.
Prior to founding and leading Heard Capital LLC, Heard was a Special Situations Analyst for Stark Investments, a global alternative investment firm. While at Stark Investments, he covered sectors spanning telecommunications, media, technology, financials, industrials, and energy.
Heard’s investment experience varies across the capital structure to include leveraged loans, high yield bonds and equity securities.
Heard currently serves on the Leadership Council for A Better Chicago, City Year Chicago Board of Directors, and actively participates in OneGoal; a diverse collective of local organizations creating opportunities for today’s youth and low-income population.
Heard is a member of the President’s Circle and Young Professional Network for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Forbes Finance Council, and is a participating Advisory Board member for the Blackstone Foundation Inclusive Entrepreneurship Council for World Business Chicago and ChicagoNEXT. As an Advisor, Heard is part of a small group that will award grants to innovative organizations that effectively support diverse entrepreneurs and scale start-ups in the Chicago area.
Heard is a graduate of the Marquette University’s College of Business Administration with a bachelors in both Finance and Real Estate. During his time at Marquette, he 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, Heard gives motivational speeches to students about leadership, globalism, and the nature of competition. In his spare time, he enjoys mentoring and reading.