Ironically, Bill's inspiration for attending Kellogg was his father, a University of Chicago grad. "He always told me the best all-round business leaders he met in his career were from Kellogg," Bill recalls. Though he had no legacy ties to the school at the time, he is creating some of his own. Several family members attended Kellogg and his daughter graduates from Northwestern this year, and is entering Kellogg's Russell Fellows Program. Reflecting on Kellogg lessons that have resonated most in his career, Bill asserts "Bob Neuschel's capstone leadership class stands out. The idea of 'servant leadership' captivated me." In fact, he compiled a list of "Neuschel's Nuggets" that he refers to frequently and has shared with his senior leadership teams and fellow board members for 25 years. Prior to joining Safway in 2012, Bill was president of Honeywell Safety Products, formerly known as Norcross Safety Products, an Odyssey portfolio company. He served as corporate vice president and board member of Nitto Denko Corp. ($7B/Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed technology company), where he led the firm's Americas businesses. Bill began his career at Johnson & Johnson and Brady Corp. He served on Kellogg's Alumni Advisory Board for over 10 years, is a member of the NU Leadership Circle and Kellogg's Pete Henderson Society, and is a proud and consistent contributor to the Kellogg Annual Fund.

Bill Hayes '91

"Kellogg shaped our lives in so many ways, and now we need to help Kellogg continue its mission. It’s time to give back."