William R. Bartmann (1948-2016), Founder
Bill Bartmann was the founder of Financial Samaritan and remains the inspiration behind Financial Samaritan. To the sadness of all who knew him, Bill passed away on November 29, 2016. However, his vision for Financial Samaritan is very much alive and its work will continue for many years.
Bill Bartmann was a consumer advocate/entrepreneur who has worked to help consumers achieve financial inclusion long before the term was in widespread use. The common thread in all Bill’s corporate projects over the past 40 years was the idea that once you remove the financial stress in a family by helping them obtain or regain access to inexpensive financial products and services, you also reduce the social and economic impact of divorce, substance abuse, bankruptcy, high-school drop-outs, and teen pregnancy.
Bill was recognized as a constant campaigner for reform of debt collection and alternative financial services industries. He was the Best Selling author of four books, numerous white papers, and articles appearing in major magazines and newspapers. Bill regularly contributed his expertise select Federal Agencies in Washington, D.C., including Education, Treasure and the CFPB, and advocacy organizations.
Bill was named National Entrepreneur of the Year twice by USA Today, NASDAQ, Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young, and the Kauffman Foundation. He was a recipient of the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement and named one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs of the Last 100 Years by Apple Computer and the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Bill served on The Board of Trustees for the California Institute for Advanced Management.
In 2013, Bill was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his initiatives to foster stronger families, healthier children with better educational outcomes and, to reduce the level of spousal, child, and substance abuse by eliminating the stress placed on families that was caused by abusive and unethical debt collection and alternative financial services industries.