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Northwestern University
Billy Banks

Billy Banks

Associate Director

Phone: (847) 467-7155

Billy began his career in his family business - a diversified forest products and steel manufacturer - managing a turnaround before leaving to pursue his MBA. In 2003, he returned to his family business as COO while simultaneously launching his first startup - M-Tec Corporation. In 2007, he launched his second startup - Reach360 - after leading the successful sale of his family business in late 2006. Currently, Billy works with Design For America, advises numerous startups, and was an adjunct professor at Northwestern prior to starting at The Garage. Billy received his BA in history and political science from Northwestern in 1998 and his MBA in finance and strategy from Indiana University in 2003.

Favorite Thing About The Garage - The energy and enthusiasm that pervades the space and the opportunity to teach, learn, and grow alongside all of the incredibly talented teams.

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