Bill worked as a potter for over 25 years in California and in Maine. While in Maine he also began to sell tribal rugs handled by Chris Walter, the owner of Yayla and co-founder of Barakat. Bill assisted Chris by helping him market carpets woven for the nonprofit organization, Cultural Survival Turkmen Weaving Project, to rug dealers in the US. Bill wants to share his profit with the weavers and their communities. Barakat gives back to those communities by offering primary education, literacy programs, and courses in human rights. Bill assisted in constructing the foundation of Barakat and served as the first board president. Bill holds a BA in American History from Lehigh University, and an MA in International Relations from the London School of Economics.