As the CEO of Buyer's Choice, Inc., William Deyesso leverages over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry to manage billions of dollars in assets. Beyond his professional pursuits, William Deyesso supports a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
Established following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the WWP serves to help soldiers assimilate back into society following service. Over 48,000 service men and women were physically injured in recent military conflicts such as Operation Iraqi Freedom, while another 400,000 are estimated to be living with invisible illnesses like posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. WWP provides a variety of programs and resources to help those individuals overcome their physical and mental wounds. One WWP initiative is Soldier Ride.
The four-day Soldier Ride was created as an opportunity for veterans and wounded service members to share a sense of camaraderie in the joint effort of overcoming emotional and physical wounds. All bicycles, including top-notch adaptive hand cycles and trikes to accommodate warriors will all types of injuries, are provided free of charge. The first day of the four-day event involves bike-fitting and a meet and greet, while the next two days include up to 35 miles of riding. The fourth and final day is reserved for an end-of-event breakfast.
An experienced business executive, William Deyesso balances his professional pursuits with various philanthropic endeavors. Over the years, William Deyesso has dedicated his time and resources to a number of nonprofit groups, including the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society has joined 16 other health organizations and physicians’ groups in a coalition that aims to put an end to depictions of tobacco use in PG-13 movies. The coalition, which includes organizations representing over 630,000 doctors, was formed in response to a July 2017 report that highlights how smoking in movies plays a role in encouraging young people to pick up the habit.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the use of tobacco in top-grossing movies has increased in recent years. Citing a connection between tobacco exposure and the initiation of smoking among young people, the report asserts that assigning an R rating to all movies with tobacco use could reduce teen smoking by up to 18 percent.
The American Cancer Society and other organizations comprising the coalition recently signed a letter demanding that the film industry put an end to tobacco depictions in youth-related movies by a June 1, 2018, deadline. The letter was sent to the Motion Picture Association of America as well as studio heads and other leaders in the film industry.
A former real estate executive, William Deyesso served as executive vice president of Wynn Management and Development Co. in Boston before taking on the position of CEO of Royal Administration Services, Inc., a third-party insurance administrator. Outside of his work, William Deyesso has contributed to numerous civic organizations, including the Order Sons of Italy in America, which will hold its National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala on May 25, 2017.
The 29th Annual NELA Gala will take place at the Omni Shore Hotel in Washington, DC. Every year, the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) honors Italian American scholars, humanitarians, and scholars at the gala. The SIF awards scholarships worth $4,000 to $25,000 to 10 to 12 talented scholars chosen from a competitive pool of candidates from around the country. The annual NELA event also serves as a venue for recognizing prominent Italian Americans for their contributions to their communities and professions.
Often attended by government leaders, including the U.S. president, the annual gala honors several business and government leaders. During the 2016 edition, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice received the SIF Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service, and Nicholas E. Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, received the Award for Excellence in Business.
William “Bill” A. Deyesso is the current CEO of Buyer’s Choice Inc., and has held a prolific and long-lasting career in the insurance industry. A family man, William Deyesso, father of three and grandfather of more, spends his time outside of work in support of multiple charities, including Toys for Tots.
Toys for Tots is a national nonprofit organization that collects toys and donations to buy toys for children in need, or for those whose families do not have the financial capability of providing their children with toys for Christmas, birthdays, etc. The organization was founded in 1995 as a subset of the Marine Corps, and originally was intended for families with service members in the Marine Corps. Toys for Tots has since expanded into a national organization with many local community branches, therefore serving a much wider reach.
In addition to collecting and distributing toys to children in need, Toys for Tots also has several more specific programs, such as its literacy program. The Literary Program follows the same lines as the general Toys for Tots efforts, but instead of donating toys, donors are encouraged to gift easily-read books to children instead. Sponsored by USPS, the program aims to decrease illiteracy of children in poverty through gifting them with learning materials in books. To donate, visit toysfortots.org.
Throughout his professional career in insurance and real estate, William Deyesso has held such esteemed roles as CEO and executive vice president. Also involved in multiple charities to varying degrees, William Deyesso supports the American Cancer Society. The ACS recently updated their recommendations regarding the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine to include males.
When the American Cancer Society began recommending the HPV vaccine in 2007, it was not yet approved for males, and there was not much evidence it was necessary. In light of more recent findings and new vaccines for the virus, the ACS decided to update their recommendations.
The American Cancer Society now recommends both boys and girls begin the HPV vaccination cycle around age 11, as the vaccine works best before a person becomes sexually active and is potentially exposed to the virus. If you miss those early vaccinations, the ACS says vaccinating between the ages of 13-26 is acceptable, but the vaccination will not be as effective in lowering your risk for cancer.
Transmitted through sexual contact, most unvaccinated adults will get HPV at some point in their life. In most cases, the virus goes away without raising any health concerns. In some cases, however, HPV can lead to various types of cancer, including cervical, throat, and vulva cancer.
The United States Centers for Disease Control warns that between 2008 and 2012, 29,000 cases of cancer could have potentially been avoided with the HPV vaccine. To learn more about the HPV vaccine and the American Cancer Society’s recommendations, visit cancer.org.
William Deyesso - Successful Boston Real Estate Developer and Insurance Executive