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Meet Hunter William Bailey; you can call him Hunter or Bill. Hunter William (Bill) Bailey, CFS, MSFS, is a graduate of American River College and California State University–Sacramento, a former All-American gymnast, and an author, radio talk show host, and independent financial advisor.
Bill was born to older parents on August 8, 1953, in Sacramento, California. At the age of five he awoke being carried out of his burning family home in the arms of a firefighter. He and his family members survived, but he never forgot how a person's life can change in one instant.
When he was in the third grade, it was discovered that he was hearing impaired. Although a simple but new operation restored his hearing, that early setback had a lasting and profound impact on his life. Bill graduated from high school reading at only the seventh grade level. This difficulty led to several disappointments when he was applying for jobs with the local county sheriff's and city police departments, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service, and other agencies. But rather than be discouraged, Bill was determined to retrain himself and go on with life on his own terms.
He received an athletic scholarship, and his coaches helped him improve his reading skills. He was awarded All-American Gymnast status and earned a pre-law degree from California State University, Sacramento, in 1976. While working as a gymnastics coach, Bill met a successful financial advisor who was the father of one of his students. Bill embraced the idea of helping others achieve financial security, and even after he became a reserve deputy sheriff, he used that position to support his new dream of becoming a financial advisor.
These days, Bill splits his time between advising people about financial and retirement planning, raising his son Nashoba, hosting radio talk shows, and managing his real estate properties.
More street-smart than book-smart, Bill made his money one dollar at a time. As a matter of fact, the first book he ever read cover-to-cover was The Aspiring Millionaire, which he wrote and published in 1988.