Bill Hoogterp

Bill gave his first commencement speech while still in his 20s. As he built his career in the nonprofit and online worlds, he developed a niche: tips and tricks for teaching other people to become great speakers. This system evolved into Own the Room.

Before Own The Room, Bill co-founded CMI, the parent company of CafeMedia and CafeMom, and worked with Mountain Lakes International. He’s done nonprofit work with Into the Streets, Do Something, and The LEAGUE, as well as America’s largest volunteer network, Points of Light/HandsOn Network.

He has delivered Own The Room methodology, leadership training, and executive coaching to business executives, celebrities, and athletes on five continents and across numerous sectors.

Bill resides in New Jersey with his wife, Maria. His greatest achievements include getting to coach his son’s little league team and teaching his daughter to be the youngest kid to dive off the Verona community pool big diving board.