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William Boone Finnerty was the top finance graduate of Georgetown University's Class of 1994 and has been an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business since 2000. In 2009, he was awarded the Peter W. Gonzalez Jr. Award for Excellence in Adjunct Faculty Teaching from Georgetown.
As a life-long student of entrepreneurship, Professor Finnerty is passionate about the ideas, commitment, work and even the setbacks that go into starting a business. That is why, in his classes, he focuses on the individual learning and development that goes hand in hand with growing as an entrepreneur. In fact, several of Professor Finnerty's students have gone on to lead successful careers as entrepreneurs.
In addition to his professorship, Professor Finnerty spends his days as a Managing Director of Private Wealth Management at a leading investment firm in Washington D.C. His team, The Finnerty Team, is composed of six full time specialists working under him on different aspects of the business: asset management, financial planning, client services and concierge. Together, they run a boutique operation only working with a few dozen ultra-high net worth families with $10million+ in investable assets. More specifically, his team's sole focus is helping entrepreneurs organize, plan, and manage all aspects of their wealth.
Outside of the office and classroom, Professor Finnerty resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Anna, two sons, Jameson and Jackman, and dogs, Rugby and Tahoe.
So, please consider this site yours. It is designed as a resource for students and entrepreneurs to share their dreams, experiences, lessons learned, and what works and doesn't work.
And, please feel free to get in contact with Professor Finnerty through this site. He loves keeping in contact with his students and he is always looking for entrepreneurs who are willing to share their stories with his class each semester.
"Ever since I took your class I started thinking about things differently and realized the benefits of entrepreneurship. While I am not doing either of these endeavors full time I have learned a tremendous amount about starting a business and the risks/ stress that come with it, met amazing people and had experiences that I would never have dreamed of (among many other things). "
-Louis Aronne (Class of 2010)
"My son Jared is a senior in the Business School and has been a student in your Entrepreneurship class this semester. Jared has shared much of the class with me, including the curriculum. I want to tell you how impressed I am with your approach to teaching and the life lessons you are imparting to these students. These skills are priceless, and I only hope that other professors at Georgetown are adopting a similar approach to giving their students these skills they need to succeed after college. As Jared may have told you, I am a licensed facilitator for Franklin Covey and have been teaching “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” class to Georgetown University staff for about 12 years. It is now an official part of the Management Certificate Program offered by Training and Development. So much of what I teach in that course is mirrored in the “Five Pillars” you emphasize."
-Larry Center, father of Jared Center (Class of 2012)
"Of all the classes that I took at Georgetown during my four year career, your entrepreneurship course continues to be the only one that I think about on a daily basis... Your class truly brings students closer together than any class at Georgetown. At a school with as much talent as Georgetown, this may be
the most valuable asset your class provides"
-Neal Dennison (Class of 2013)
"Best class ever. Will Finnerty was my best teacher."
-Irina Varela (Class of 2013)
"First of all, I wanted to thank you for providing me with an absolutely memorable experience in that class. I've never experienced anything like it before or since at Georgetown.During the course of the class, I not only learned something about business plans and entrepreneurship, but I also learned even more about myself."
-William Dwyer (Class of 2014)
-"I just want to thank you for such a wonderful semester! It was such an honor taking your course. I learned so much and it was so enjoyable... I really admire your work ethic and perspective on life. I have learned so much from you this semester and will be employing many of the 12 Pillars and other pieces of knowledge learned in class into my life."
-Ava Arroya (Class of 2014)
"I truly believe that the material I was able to glean from the class I took with you nearly 3 years ago has had and will continue to have an inconceivably positive impact on my life. I find that I am a happier and more optimistic person than many of my peers and colleagues, and feel that I have been given invaluable tools for which I have used and will continue to use in the future to expand my knowledge, and build not only a successful career, but a successful life."
-Ken Ryan (Class of 2014)
Bill Doucas – Founder and Chairman, ELUTIONS, Inc.
Tim Keenan – Founder, High Performance Technologies Inc.
Lani Hay – Founder, President, and CEO of Lanmark Technology, Inc.
Eric Adolphe – President and Founder, GOVPROP.com
Bryan Ashby – President and CEO, Nine Yards Media
Evan Burfield – Co-Founder, 1776
Michael O'Neil – Founder, GetWell Networks, Inc.
Michael Chasen – Founding Member, Blackboard Inc. and Current Founder, Social Radar
Joel Holland – Founder and President, VideoBlocks.
Ryan Begelman – Co-Founder, Summit and CEO, Bisnow Media.
David McCourt – Founder and Chairman, Granahan McCourt Capital LLC.
Robert Kiyosaki – Renowned Author of "Rich Dad Poor Dad" and American Investor, Motivational Speaker, Financial Literacy Activist, Financial Commentator and Radio Personality.
Benjamin Miller – Co-Founder, FundRise.
Matt Curry – Founder and CEO, The Hybrid Shop.
Erik Koester – Founder, Zarly Inc. and Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Main Street Genome.
Larry Robertson – Founder and Principal, Lighthouse Consulting and Author of "A Deliberate Pause"
Charlie Thomans – CEO, Razorsight
Win Sheridan – Founder and Co-CEO, Apex Systems, Inc.
Brad Nierenberg – President and CEO, RedPeg Marketing
Tien Wong – Chairman and CEO, Lore Systems, Inc.
Gene Samburg – President, Kastle Systems
John Kane – President, Kane Inc.
Gordon Bijelonic – Film-Producer
Richard Toren – Chairman and President, CodeRyte
The value of a relationship is directly related to the amount of time you spend on it. Relationships are a core part of your identity. They have a direct impact on who you are, what you do, and everything you will become. Without strong, loving relationships, none of the other "stuff," like money, a house, or a car matters very much. I believe the most important relationship you’ll ever have is the relationship you have with yourself. That’s what The House of Equilibrium is all about—having a balanced, joyful and abundant relationship with yourself, and bringing that to all your other relationships—your marriage, your kids, your community, your career and the world.
A contributing factor to your success is your physical AND mental health. You cannot succeed in life if you don't take care of yourself. This includes: getting plenty of rest, a good diet, regular cardiovascular and weight training exercise, and meditation/deep breathing combined with regular doses of good, old-fashioned play. This is the best way to safeguard your overall health.
The key, as it is in most things, is to get started and commit to making healthy habits a regular part of your life.
I believe everyone has their own unique skills, talents and power, and that committing to a life of personal development—of looking inside yourself, of asking questions, and seeking answers—is the only path to bringing your unique gifts to the world.
Almost everything you hear about money is negative, and that's a shame. I believe money makes you more of who and what you already are. If you're a good person, money gives you the opportunity to help others. If you're dysfunctional, money only amplifies that behavior.
I believe money serves a purpose: your purpose. Whether that's philanthropy, travel, starting a new business, or pursuing a passion, money can enrich your life, but only if you make money serve you. That means NOT making money the focus. It means keeping the focus on your passions and being paid as a result of that.
In addition, look at money as a relationship whose overall dynamic includes managing, growing, saving and spending. Again, as in most areas of life, balance seems to be the key.
Over the course of your life, you'll spend about half of your waking hours at work. Yet, for many, if not most Americans, work is more like prison. When 5:00pm comes (or 6:00pm or 7:00pm) they're like a six-year old waiting for the recess bell, and who can blame them?
Is your work fulfilling? Do you look forward to going to work onMonday morning? The answer really depends on whether your passion is aligned with your career. For me, the answer is "YES!" Alongside teaching, I'm an advisor to wealthy families and institutions, but that's NOTwhat I do. I help people manage their lives so they feel in control of their futures. I teach, I write, I learn and I share.
If you want your work to be more creative, more fulfilling, and more fun, align it with what you love to do.
Following is a list of authors and books that have shaped my life. Many of these books are classics in the fields of management, negotiating and selling, personal development and how to lead a full and balanced life. I hope you enjoy them.
|Soundview Editorial Staff||Skills for Success|
|Ailes, Roger||You Are the Message|
|Albon, Mitch||Tuesdays With Morrie|
|Alder, Mortimer J. and Charles van Doren||How to Read a Book|
|Alexander, Caroline||The Endurance|
|Allen, James||As A Man Thinketh|
|Allen, Robert G||Multiple Streams of Income|
|Anderson, Mac||Motivating Yourself|
|Armstrong, Alexandra||On Your Own|
|Baber, Ann||Great Connections|
|Bachrach, Bill||Values Based Financial Planning|
|Badowski, Rosanne||Managing Up|
|Balridge’s Letitia||Complete Guide to Executive Manners|
|Belskey, Gary and Thomas Gilovich||Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes|
|Berglas, Dr. Steven||Reclaiming the Fire|
|Bernstein, Peter L.||Against the Gods|
|Blanchard, Ken||Empowerment Takes More than a Minute|
|Blanchard, Ken||Putting the One Minute Manager to Work|
|Blanchard, Ken||The One Minute Manager|
|Bobo, J.B.||The New Modern Coin Magic|
|Boe, Ann||Networking Success|
|Bortz II, Walter M.||Dare to be 100|
|Bridges, John and Bryan Curtis||A Gentlemen Entertains|
|Bridges, John and Bryan Curtis||As a Gentleman Would Say|
|Buckingham, Richard||Customer Once, Client Forever|
|Buford, Bob||Game Plan|
|Butler-Bowon, Tom||50 Success Classics|
|Carter-Scott, Cherie, Phd||If Life is a Game, These are the Rules|
|Clason, George S.||The Richest Man in Babylon|
|Coelho, Paulo||The Alchemist|
|Cohen, Herb||You Can Negotiate Anything|
|Collins, James C. and Jerry I. Porras||Built to Last|
|Collins, Jim||Good to Great|
|Cook, Wade||Real Wealth|
|Cooper, Robert K||The Other 90%|
|Corcoran, Barbara||Use What You’ve Got|
|Cottrell, David||12 Choices That Lead to Your Success|
|Cottrell, David||Monday Morning Leadership|
|Covey, Stephen R.||First Things First|
|Covey, Stephen R.||The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People|
|Cowley, Robert||What If? The Worlds Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been|
|Crainer, Stuart||The 75 Greatest Management Decisions Ever Made|
|Crews Michael w/ Ed Sweet||Hard Work- Success Made Easy|
|Darst, David M.||The Art of Asset Allocation|
|De Vries Kets||The New Global Leaders|
|Deporter Bobbi w/ Mike Hernacki||Quantum Learning: Unleashing the Genius in You|
|Doman, Glenn||How To Teach Your Baby to Read|
|Dominguez, Joe||Your Money or Your Life|
|Donald, David Herbert||Lincoln|
|Durant, Will||The Story of Philosophy|
|Edelman, Ric||The New Rules of Money|
|Emerson, Ralph Waldo||Essays and Lectures|
|Enrice, Roger||The Other Guy Blinked|
|Exupery, Antoine De Saint||The Little Prince|
|Farrell, Chris||Right on the Money|
|Ferrazzi, Keith||Never Eat Alone|
|Frankel, Lois P.||Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office|
|Frankel, Victor||A Man’s Search for Meaning|
|Friedman, Thomas L.||The Lexus and the Olive Tree|
|Fulgram, Robert||All I Learned in Kindergarten|
|Galloway, Jeff||Galloway’s Book on Running|
|Gardner, Howard||Leading Minds|
|Gerber, Michael||The E-Myth Revisited|
|Gerber, Robin||Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way|
|Gilweath, Jim||Recruit the Best|
|Gladstone, David||Venture Capital Handbook|
|Gladwell, Malcolm||The Tipping Point|
|Goleman, Boyatzis, McKee||Primal Leadership|
|Gray, John PhD||Mars and Venus on a Date|
|Gray, John PhD||Men are from Mars Women are from Venus|
|Gross, William||Everything You’ve Heard About Investing is Wrong|
|Hansen, Mark Victor and Robert G. Allen||The One Minute Millionaire|
|Hargrove, Robert||Masterful Coaching Field Book|
|Helmstetter, Dr. Shad||What To Say When You Talk to Yourself|
|Hill, Napolean||Think and Grow Rich|
|Hill, Napolean||Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude|
|Hopkins, Tom||How To Master The Art of Selling|
|Johnson, Spencer MD||Who Moved My Cheese|
|Jung, C. G.||Memories, Dreams, Reflections|
|Kawasaki, Guy||The Art of the Start|
|Kennedy, Danielle||Hot To List Real Estate in the 80′s|
|Kirkendoll, Roy||All Works|
|Klein, Maury||The Change Makers|
|Kouzes, James||Encouraging the Heart|
|Krass, Peter||The Book of Entrepreuneur’s Wisdom|
|Krzyzewski, Mike with Donald T. Phillips||Five-Point Play|
|Kushner, Harold||Living A Life That Matters|
|Lebow, Rob and Randy Spitzer||Accountability|
|Lencioni, Patrick||The Five Temptations of a CEO|
|Levine, Stuart R.||The Six Fundamentals of Success|
|Levinson, William||Henry Ford’s Lean Vision|
|Lewis, Michael||Liar’s Poker|
|Loehr, Jim and Tony Schwartz||The Power of Full Engagement|
|Lusk, John||The Mouse Driver Chronicles|
|Lynch, Peter||Beating the Street|
|Mackay||Extraordinary Popular Delusions & The Madness of Crowds|
|Mackay, Harvey||Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive|
|Maxwell, John C||Attitude 101|
|May, Matthew||Absolute Impact|
|McCourt, Frank||Angela’s Ashes|
|McGraw, Phillip C. Phd||The Relationship Rescue Workbook|
|Mobius, Mark||The Investor’s Guide to Emerging Markets|
|Montoya, Peter and Tim Vandehey||The Brand Called You|
|Naisbitt, John & Kikyan Wilder||Megatrends|
|O’Reilly, Bill||Who’s Looking Out For You|
|Peale, Norman Vincent||The Power of Positive Thinking|
|Peters, Tom & Waterman||In Search of Excellence, A Passion for Excellence|
|Phillips, Wayne R.||The Concise Guide to Executive Etiquette|
|Piven, Joshua||The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook|
|Piven, Joshua||The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating and Sex|
|Powell, Colin||My American Journey|
|Pusateri, Leo J.||Mirror Mirror on the Wall am I the Most Valued of Them All?|
|Ralston, Aron||Between a Rock and a Hard Place|
|Robbins, Lynn G.||Uncommon Cents|
|Roberts, Wess, PhD||Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun|
|Rohn, Jim||The Treasury of Quotes|
|Rohrback, Jim M.Ed.||Business Success Skills|
|Ruiz, Don Miguel||The Mastery of Love|
|Salinger, J.D.||The Catcher in the Rye|
|Salmon, Michael||Super Networking|
|Samalin, Nancy||Loving Without Spoiling|
|Sark||The Bodacious Book of Succulence|
|Scarborough, Norman M.||Effective Small Business Management|
|Schneider, Jerome||The Complete Guide to Offshore Money Havens|
|Schwartz, David J. PhD||The Magic of Thinking Big|
|Scott, Steven K.||Mentored by a Millionaire|
|Sculler, Robert||Tough Times Don’t Last- Tough People Do|
|Seligman, Martin E. P. PhD||Learned Optimism|
|Serure, Pamela||The 3 Day Energy Fast|
|Sever, Sal PhD||How to Behave, So your Children Will Too|
|Shealy, C.Norman||The Creation of Health|
|Shemin, Robert Esq||Secrets of a Millionaire Real Estate Investor|
|Shook, Robert||The Real People|
|Shriver, Maria||Ten Things I Wish I’d Known|
|Siegel, Jeremy J.||Stocks For the Long Run|
|Slater, Robert||Jack Welch and the GE Way|
|Sommer, Robert||The Winning Spirit|
|Stack, Jack||The Great Game of Business|
|Stanley, Thomas J. PhD||Selling to the Affluent|
|Stanley, Thomas J. PhD||The Millionaire Mind|
|Stevens, Mark||Your Marketing Sucks|
|Stewart, Steve||All Works|
|Stone, Douglas, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen||Difficult Conversations|
|Stumpf, Roy||All Works|
|Svensson, Tony||The Total Triathlon Almanac|
|Tanous, Peter J.||Investment Gurus|
|Tanous, Peter J.||Investment Visionaries|
|Thomas, Marlo||The Right Words at the Right Time|
|Thoreau, Henry David||Walden; Or, Life in the Woods|
|Tice, Lou||Personal Coaching for Results|
|Tracy, Brian||Focal Point|
|Tracy, Brian||Million Dollar Habits|
|Trump, Donald J.||Trump: How to Get Rich|
|Trump, Donald J.||The Art of the Deal|
|Useem, Michael||The Leadership Moment|
|Watson, Lucinda||How They Achieved|
|Wayman, Lynne||How to Work a Room|
|Weiss, Brian L. MD||Many Lives, Many Masters|
|Welch, Jack||Jack Straight from the Gut|
|Werth, Jacques and Nicholas E. Ruben||High Probability Selling|
|Wickman, Floyd||All Works|
|Wilder, Lilyan||7 Steps to Fearless Speaking|
|Wiley, Allan||All Works|
|Wilson, Larry||The One Minute Salesperson|
|Winston, Stephanie||The Organized Executive|
|Wooden, John||A Lifetime of Reflections|
|Zigler, Zig||Secrets of Closing the Sale|
|Zigler, Zig||All Works|