Bill II, as he’s called around the office, is focused on working with clients approaching retirement to develop reliable income strategies and help determine what to do with their 401(k) and other retirement plan assets they’ve accumulated over the course of their careers.
He enjoys building relationships with our clients and prospective clients and putting his extensive financial experience to work implementing their financial and investment plans.
Bill II enjoyed a long, successful, multifaceted career as a business owner, real estate investor, and bank founder and chairman before joining his son, William Rice III, at a Morgan Stanley predecessor firm in 1993. Twenty-six years later, in 2019, they co-founded Eagle Capital Advisors and moved their financial practice to Raymond James.
If there ever was a pillar of the community, it is certainly Bill II. He is a former mayor of Longview who served on the city council for 11 years and was honored with the Carl L. Estes Citizen of the Year award*. After his second term, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Sabine River Authority of Texas by then-Governor William Clements. During his 14-year tenure, he served as president of the board for two terms.
In addition, Bill II is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, a past president of the Longview Rotary Club, a past president of Longview Downtown Kiwanis, the Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor of Texas/Oklahoma, and a former trustee of LeTourneau University. He was the founder of two national banks and a savings and loan association, and served on the boards of two long-established local banks.
He also held the positions of vice president and director of the Longview Chamber of Commerce and East Texas Chamber of Commerce. He served as an officer and director of numerous local civic associations, including The Longview Symphony Orchestra, Red Cross, United Way and Longview Centennial Celebration. He was named Outstanding Citizen of Longview in 1971.
As if all this wasn’t enough, he was also an investor in Broadway shows for 10 years, and spent two years as a consultant in the production of “Watch Your Mouth,” a television series that aired on WNET, New York’s PBS station.
Bill was born in Tyler, Texas, and moved to Longview with his family at the age of 5 and has lived here ever since except to attend Baylor University, where he earned a BBA in business management. He is married to Rachel and has three grown children, Bill Rice III, John and Drew. In his free time, Bill enjoys travel, reading, and following sports and politics.
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