Bill Featheringill

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Bill Featheringill in 1971
Bill Featheringill

William W. Featheringill (born 1942 in Birmingham; died December 9, 2012 in Jefferson County) was an entrepreneur and venture capitalist who founded several businesses in Birmingham. He was CEO of Complete Health and also chairman and board member of several other businesses.

He was married to Carolyn Burgess Featheringill and they had one daughter named Elizabeth. He graduated from Ramsay High School and was a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in mechanical engineering. At both institutions, he served as student government president and was a member of the football team. Additionally, at Vanderbilt, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, Omicron Delta Kappa and elected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Featheringill and his wife were particularly interested in the growth and success of UAB’s cardiovascular program. They created the Featheringill Endowed Chair in Cardiac Arrhythmia Research and made significant gifts to the UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center.

Featheringill served two years with the U. S. Navy SEABEES in Okinawa, California and Vietnam. After his Navy duty, he continued his education at Columbia University, receiving his law degree in 1969 and his M.B.A in 1970. He then began his career in Birmingham in health care and health-care related industries and was instrumental in the development of the Medical Towers Building, Brookwood Hospital and Medical Center East. In 1973, he co-founded Private Capital Corporation in Birmingham. As president of the company, he established and grew a number of successful companies, primarily in the areas of healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and management systems. Included among those are Complete Health, then the largest HMO in Alabama, now part of United Healthcare, and Macess Corporation, now part of SunGard Data Systems. Most recently, he served as chairman of SuccessEHS, Inc. and Momentum Business Solutions, Inc. and was a director of Southern Research Institute.

Featheringill was a member of the Samford University Board of Overseers, the Executive Committee of the Campaign for UAB, the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Birmingham Rotary Club, and chairman of the board of The Featheringill Foundation. He was a member of Independent Presbyterian Church, having served on the board of the Church's ministry, Kirkwood-by-the-River. He was inducted into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame in 2017.