William C. EACHO III
Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Austria, Vienna
William C. Eacho, III is the U.S. Ambassador to Austria. Before that, he was a successful business manager and entrepreneur with a history of active civic engagement.Most recently, Mr. Eacho managed a diverse portfolio of public equity, private equity, and real estate investments as CEO of Carlton Capital Group, LLC in Bethesda, MD. In 1998, Mr. Eacho was Executive Vice President of Alliant Foodservice Inc., then a $6 billion national foodservice distributor headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. He joined Alliant upon selling Alliant his business, Atlantic Food Services, a leading regional foodservice distribution company based in Manassas, Virginia, with annual revenues over $200 million. In 1989, Atlantic was recognized as the industry's Innovator of the Year by ID Magazine, and in 1994 received ID's Great Distributor Organization Award. Mr. Eacho was the founding co-Chairman of UniPro Foodservice, Inc., the foodservice distribution industry's leading international procurement and marketing cooperative. From 1996-1997 he served as Chairman of ComSource, an industry cooperative.Mr. Eacho received a Master's degree in Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1979. Prior to attending Harvard, he was a Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance department of Hornblower & Weeks, Hemphill-Noyes, Inc., in New York, and was an Associate with Loeb-Rhoades, Hornblower & Company in Los Angeles. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he majored in Law and the Economy. He wrote his thesis on the use of banking regulatory oversight as a tool to influence economic activity.
Mr. Eacho serves as a member of the Webster University Vienna Advisory Board. Following a long-standing tradition established by previous US ambassadors, he is also an ex officio member on the Board of Directors of the Salzburg Global Seminar.