William Deyesso is former executive vice president of Wynn Management and Development Co. in Boston, Massachusetts. In his spare time, William Deyesso enjoys the sport of fencing.
While many people are familiar with fencing, few are aware it is divided into three different disciplines, each with their own rules and sword. The first type of sword is the foil, which is where most fencers begin their training. The foil sword is lighter weight than either the epee or the saber, and the fencer can only score points by poking their opponent on either the front or back of the torso.
The epee has a similar shape to the foil, but is a little heavier, and the guard for the hand is slightly larger. While points still must be scored by poking with the tip of the sword, the fencer can score by touching any portion of the opponent’s body.
Lastly is the saber, which has a long history as a cavalry weapon. Unlike the other two swords, a fencer can score points with the blade of the saber rather than just the tip. Fencers are allowed to both slash and thrust the weapon at the opponent.
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 executive vice president with Boston's Winn Development, William Deyesso has served as CEO of the third-party insurance administrator Royal Administration Services since 2000. Outside of his professional pursuits, William Deyesso supports numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) of the United States' Junior Olympics.
The AAU celebrated its 50th annual Junior Olympic Games in 2016. Numerous prominent athletes received their first taste of national competition through the Junior Olympics. Some notable Junior Olympics alumni include:
1. Jordy Nelson. Before he played college football for Kansas State University and became a National Football League (NFL) draft pick, Nelson competed in track and field at the Junior Olympics. The 32 year old has played eight seasons in the NFL and recorded 63 touchdowns and 7,366 receiving yards.
2. Jackie Joyner-Kersee. A native of Illinois, Joyner-Kersee competed in track and field at the Junior Olympics and became the first American to win the gold medal in the long jump competition. Throughout her career, she won three Olympic gold medals, one silver, and two bronze.
3. Ezekiel Elliot. Another track and field participant in the Junior Olympics, Elliot was drafted fourth overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft. The running back was named to the Pro Bowl following an impressive rookie season in which he led the league with 1,631 rushing yards.
William Deyesso, formerly executive vice president of Wynn Management and Development Co., has significant experience in the financial world. A former stakeholder in the automobile sales industry, William Deyesso maintains active membership with the Massachusetts Independent Automobile Dealers Association (MIADA).
A voluntary professional organization for professionals in the automobile sales industry, MIADA works to disseminate relevant industry information and protect members of, and foster integrity within, the industry.
In recent months, MIADA has focused on collecting donations to support those impacted by the tragedy at the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts. On May 3, a Lynnway Auto Auction employee with a suspended driver’s license accidentally drove a Jeep Cherokee into a crowd of auction attendees. Reports indicate that eight people were injured at the scene. Unfortunately, five of those individuals did not survive the incident.
MIADA collected more than $40,000 to support the families of these individuals. To contribute or learn more about MIADA’s efforts to help, please visit www.miada.com/lynnway_tragedy.
William Deyesso - Successful Boston Real Estate Developer and Insurance Executive