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William Orgel

Chairman of the Council
Sports Wagering Advisory Council

William E. Orgel (Billy) is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. After graduation, he moved to Memphis to work at his family business, Majestic Communications, which he helped build into the areas’ largest retailer of Motorola two-way radios. When the two-way business was sold in 1995 Billy began to build on his existing portfolio of radio communications towers by building cell phone towers for the rapidly expanding wireless industry. Tower Ventures, currently own over 400 towers and they have built and sold an additional 700 towers since the company began its operations. In 2018, he was re-elected to a second term to the Shelby County School Board and served as its Chairman of this body for two years in the past. On the Shelby County Board he chairs the Facilities committee. He is Past President of Temple Israel Synagogue, Board of Trustees. During his 25 years of service to the Board, he oversaw a 25 million dollar capital campaign and a 16 million dollar endowment campaign. Billy is also a past Board Member of the New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority that oversaw the construction of the FedEx Forum, the home of the University of Memphis Tigers and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. He also became one of the members of the Grizzlies ownership group in 2013. Billy is the Chairman of the Sports Gaming Council for the State of Tennessee. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and a member of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Board. He is a member of the Memphis University School Board of Trustees and the Board of St Mary’s Episcopal School. In 1999; Billy was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” of local community leaders and was inducted in 2010 as a member of the Memphis chapter of the Society of Entrepreneurs. In addition, Billy is an Organizer and Director of the First Capital Bank, a community bank in Germantown with 330 million in assets. Billy was a recipient the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award by the Chickasaw Council of the Boys Scouts of America. Over the years, Billy became interested in preserving historic buildings in Downtown Memphis, and some of those projects include Radio Center Flats, The Cornerstone Flats, Main Street Flats and Van Vleet Flats. In addition, he has been involved with the development and is a partner in Barbaro Flats, South Junction and South Line. He led preservation efforts at the historic Tennessee Brewery, which is a $43 million-dollar project that will have 273 apartments, 17,000 feet of commercial space and a 339-space garage when complete. Currently, he and his partners are working on a 60-acre mixed-use project in Uptown Memphis, called the Snuff District. There will be a 65,000 square foot corporate headquarters, 430 apartments and a 27,000 square foot event facility in the first 2 phases. Outside of Memphis, Billy has worked as a developer and partner on a 307-unit apartment project outside of Austin, Texas called Hays Junction, a 264-unit apartment complex in Austin called the Crossings at Wells Branch, a 250-unit development called Leander Junction in Leander, Texas and two more developments under construction in Austin and Colorado Springs. Billy has been married to Robin Salky Orgel for the 30 years and they have three children; Benjamin who is 29, Megan who is 26 and Hannah age 22.