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Hon. William Hetzler

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German American Hall of Fame
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New York, New York 10022
United States

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Background

Employment History

  • Director and Treasurer of the Committee
    German American Hall of Fame
  • Member and Vice President of the Executive Board
    Plattduetsche Home Society of Franklin Square , NY
  • Business Consultant
    Chairman Steuben Day Parade
  • Special Assistant
    Chairman Steuben Day Parade
  • Chairman
    Steuben Parade Committee
  • President
    Steuben Parade Committee
  • President of the United German-American Committee
    USA , Inc.
  • Consulting Producer
    PBS Documentation

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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William Hetzler - American Dream (TM) Show - Magazine
www.americandreamshow.com, 29 Aug 2014 [cached]
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William Hetzler Business Leader
Active in public service, William Hetzler has been a community leader in the Greater New York area for several decades. As a prominent figure in the German-American community, he is Chairman of the German-American Steuben Parade Committee, President of the United German-American Committee of the USA, Inc., Director and Treasurer of the German-American Committee of Greater New York, Inc., holds board member positions in municipal organizations, and serves on many boards of cultural institutions.
Born in Munich, Germany in 1938 to a family long established in that city, Mr. Hetzler attended a private prep school, graduated from business college in 1956 and immigrated to the United States the following year. Only seven months later, he was drafted into the United States Army, received his basic training in Texas and served as an interpreter in Germany, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He became an American citizen in 1965.
From 1961 to 1984 Mr. Hetzler owned, and successfully operated, bakeries in Queens and Long Island, New York. In 1974 he purchased a food store that he expanded into a chain of food stores. The sale of these stores made it possible for him to retire and devote his time to the arts, the Masonic Fraternity and to the German-American community. Currently he owns an art gallery in Soho, New York City and operates the Bill Hetzler Holding Corp. In addition, he manages his real estate investments and is President of the William Hetzler Consulting Company.
Mr. Hetzler is very involved in numerous fraternal and community organizations. His goal is to further and improve the interests of Americans of German heritage. Since 1977 he has been a member of the International Order of Freemasonry and has held several offices. He served as Master of Schiller Lodge, Masonic Fraternity; served as President of the Past Masters Association of the Ninth Masonic District; is an honorary member of the Masonic lodge "Zur Kette" in Munich, Germany; is a member of the Board of Governors, Tenement Museum of the City of New York; is active in the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Germany and USA; was appointed to the President’s Council in Washington, DC during the Bush administration; is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council in the State of New York; serves as President of the United German-American Committee USA; is Vice President of the German-American Cultural Council; is a member of the Board of Directors, Plattduetsche Home Society, Franklin Square, NY; is a member of the German-American Council of 1000, USA; serves as advisor to the German Consulate in New York City; is Chairman of the German-American Advisory Council in Nassau County; is a member of the Nassau County Council for Criminal Justice; a board member of the German Night Committee, Council of Seven. Mr. Hetzler has been hailed in numerous American and German publications as a "builder of bridges between the United States and Germany."
Since 1970, Mr. Hetzler has been actively involved with the organization of the German-American Steuben Parade, providing strong leadership while holding various positions, including Chairman of the very important fundraising committees, and served as Vice Chairman for four years. Presently, he is in his seventh year as General Chairman. During his chairmanship, he implemented several initiatives, among them: changing the name to the German-American Steuben Parade and introducing the Future Fund in 1990 to insure receipts of contributions that are needed to support the Parade into the next century.
Long a collector and a patron of the arts, Mr. Hetzler opened a gallery in New York City in 1984 to provide an opportunity for many German artists to exhibit their art and establish a name for themselves in the United States. Mr. William Hetzler and his wife Jacqueline reside for more than 20 years in Atlantic Beach Estates, a suburb of New York City.
GAMHOF - German-American Hall of Fame
www.gamhof.org, 6 July 2014 [cached]
Hon. William Hetzler
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Hon. William Hetzler Chairman Hetzler Holding
The Honorable William Hetzler has been a community leader in the greater New York area for several decades. A prominent and visible figure in the German-American community, Mr. Hetzler recently stepped down from the General Chairmanship of the German-American Steuben Parade after fifteen dramatically successful years at the helm. For eight years he was also Assistant to Governor George Pataki, New York State, for German Affairs, and finds time to serve on the Boards of other organizations with cultural, social and municipal missions. In 2004, Bill Hetzler founded and was elected as the first Chairman of the German-American Hall of Fame (www.gamhof.org), with a kick-off announcement at the residence of the German Ambassador to the U.S. in Washington, DC and at the Mercedes Showroom in NYC.
Born in Munich, Germany to a long-established Bavarian family, Mr. Hetzler attended private prep school and graduated from business school in 1956. He immigrated to the United States the following year, and was drafted into the U.S. Army only seven months later. He received his Basic Training in Fort Hood, Texas with the famous "Hell on Wheels" Second Armored Division, and served as an interpreter in Germany, where he was assigned to the Third Armored Infantry "Spearhead" Division in Friedberg together with Elvis Presley. Mr. Hetzler was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, was honorably discharged in 1960, and became a United States Citizen in 1965.
In 1974, he purchased a delicatessen that he expanded into a chain of food stores. He owned and operated an art gallery in New York City's Soho neighborhood. Mr. Hetzler continues to be a patron of the arts, partly through ongoing acquisitions for his personal collections; he also, as a Consulting Producer of the PBS Documentation "The German-Americans" received great accolades nationwide.
Mr. Hetzler currently operates the Hetzler Holding Company, which manages his real estate investments. He also serves on the Board of the Renewable Energy Development Company (R.E.D.), an International Energy Operation based in New York City. In 2003 Mr. Hetzler joined CONCILIUS, Europe's largest political consulting company, with offices in Munich, Berlin, Brussels, Rome, Tel-Aviv, and other urban centers throughout Europe. His copy-righted slogan is: "We are well connected to connect you well! He was appointed as a Trustee of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, which awards the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award to hotels, restaurants, chefs, airlines, cruise lines and products worldwide.
Mr. Hetzler is a member of the American Council on Germany, a Board member of the Ellis Island Award Committee, a member of the German-American Council of 1000, member of the Munich Press Club and the Leo Baeck Institute, as well as co-founder of the German-American Cultural Council, USA. He has served as President of the United German-American Committee USA, and donates his time as a member and Vice President of the Executive Board of the Plattduetsche Home Society of Franklin Square, NY, a large pioneering retirement and life-care community. Also Honorary Member of the Garment Center Knesset Israel Synagogue. Mr. Hetzler has been honored and recognized by a spectrum of organizations and leaders. He has received honors for improving U.S.-German relations and German-Jewish relations, and has also been awarded the prestigious Cross of the Order of Merit, First Class, from the Federal Republic of Germany in 2001. Other notable honors include: the coveted Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1998), Golden Medal of the Bundesrat of the Federal Republic of Germany (1994), Honorary Member of the Garment Synagogue in NYC, Honorary Member of the New York City Detectives Association and the New York City Fire Department, Honorary Member of the Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen von New York, the Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen of NY & NJ, United Bavarians of Greater NY & NJ, and the "Bronxer Bayern. In May 2004, Mr. Hetzler was the Commencement Speaker at the Schiller International University's Heidelberg campus.
A book about Mr. Hetzler Thank You America, was published in Munich in December 2007.
Bill Hetzler and his wife Jackie reside in Atlantic Beach Estates, east of New York City.
People - Good News Planet
goodnewsplanet.com, 1 June 2014 [cached]
William Hetzler - Business Consultant, Chairman Steuben Day Parade and Special Assistant to Governor Pataki
GOOD NEWS
goodnews.lot212.com, 26 Aug 2003 [cached]
9/25/2003 The 46th Annual Parade down 5thAve./NYC, with Grand Marshall Mayor Bloomberg, Guest of Honor WolfgangSchrempp/CEO Daimler Chrysler, Steuben President Bill Hetzler, GovernmentOfficials, Amb.
GAMHOF - German-American Hall of Fame
www.gamhof.org, 6 July 2014 [cached]
Hon. William Hetzler
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Hon. William Hetzler
Chairman and Founder
williamhetzler@gamhof.org
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