William J. Sheehan
Director & Secretary
Bill is the retired Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. Much of Bill’s career was in the hospitality industry where he held Chief Executive Officer positions with Sonesta Hotels and Omni Hotels and Chief Financial Officer positions with Omni Hotels and Ian Schrager Hotels. Early in his career, Bill was a partner with Arthur Andersen & Co., an international firm of independent public accountants.
Bill served as an independent trustee of Hospitality Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust with $7 billion of assets invested in 300 hotels and 200 travel centers, from its founding in 1995 until 2003. He served on the Trust’s governance, compensation and audit committees and held the chair position of each of those committees at varying times during his tenure.
Bill’s volunteer experience includes being Chairman and Member of the Nahant MA Advisory and Finance Committee and Board President and Director of Tower School in Marblehead MA. Currently, Bill is a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. In that role he volunteered with New England Center for Arts & Technology, a nonprofit culinary training program serving unemployed adults. Bill worked two days per week with students, as a group and one on one, providing them with soft skills training, resume development, job search skills and direct connection to culinary jobs offering living wages and opportunities for career growth. Bill now volunteers with A Faith That Does Justice, Inc., an interfaith program that seeks to raise consciousness about social issues that affect the most vulnerable among us, while offering other opportunities to walk in solidarity with those less fortunate than themselves. His focus is currently on assisting with organizational development and strategies for growth and service offerings.