We had the good fortune of connecting with Bill Quell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bill, what do you want people to remember about you?
I would like my legacy to be one of kindness, generosity and contribution…at the end of the day, I like to keep in mind that I am not just earning a living for myself and my family, but I am helping my clients – large and small – create the lives they want for themselves as well.
Business is people. The markers of that path include money – but only as it is a reflection of the value we are contributing to other people and the planet we live on.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
After 20+ years working in creative positions for a number of corporations, starting ClickAwayCreative & Marketing was a challenge that was thrust upon me by the reorganization of my employer nationwide which resulted in the shuttering of the department I ran and the release of me and my entire staff.
Living in Rhode Island, there was very little opportunity to replace the salary and comp package I enjoyed – so the only choice was to take the vast range of knowledge and skill I was blessed with acquiring over the decades and fly my own flag.
By flying back and forth across the country every 2 weeks for the past decade thanks to the flexibility and affordability of my good friends at Southwest Airlines, I have been able to work for countless companies large and small over the past decade. In every instance, working with the PEOPLE who are my clients has created opportunities to learn, grow, contribute, diversify and succeed.
At ClickAwayMarketing.com, when I partner with a company I treat that company as my own. That dedication requires me to be prudent about choosing my clients carefully so I can provide them the service they deserve – so at any given time, I maintain a small stable of active clients in order to provide real value on an ongoing basis.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I were showing a friend around the SF Bay Area for a few days, I’d take them to the vast, endless outdoor areas that form the extraordinary foundation for the Silicon Valley’s exceptional quality of life.
We’d start by heading to Santa Cruz and the Monterey peninsula. We’d walk the Pacific Grove shoreline, and stop at the Crow’s Nest overlooking the Santa Cruz harbor for food.
We’d drive the mind-blowing coast between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay along the world famous Highway 1, drinking in the miraculous views of beach, cliff, cove, and ocean – all thriving with sea life, shore birds and wildlife.
Next we’d play a round of golf at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links at the Ritz Carlton. 18 holes along the California coast – unbeatable.
To unwind, we’d roll through the Sonoma and Napa valleys enjoying the finest wines the world has to offer – and smoke a cigar or two in the evening.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to Greg White of Sway Ventures & Nex3 – Greg’s decades of friendship and inclusion have afforded me the opportunity to increases the breadth of my professional activities and contribute to a whole new slice of business: the energetic, enthusiastic, fresh and exciting world of startups and their inspiring, insatiable founders.
I would also like to dedicate my Shoutout to Roger Henson of ABC San Jose – as a business partner, Roger helped me get my start in business very quickly immediately after leaving the corporate world to start ClickAwayCreative & Marketing in 2011. Roger’s mentorship and networking are beyond measure or compare, and I am absolutely sure I would not be here today, thriving a decade later, had it not been for Roger’s tireless helping hand.
All photos and images are mine.