Bill Vasconcellos and his wife, Jena Vasconcellos, have been devoted listeners of Boise State Public Radio since the station's early days, and Bill has been one of the station's underwriters for more than a decade, since moving to UBS Financial Services in 2009. Bill especially enjoys listening to Marketplace.
Bill and Jena came to Boise in 1971 when the Idaho Supreme Court's Justice Charles Donaldson offered Bill a position as a law clerk. Before that, Bill was awarded a law degree at the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) after having earned a BA in Economics with Departmental Honors from Stanford University.
After 14 years as an attorney with Eberle & Berlin in Boise, Bill told his law partners that he wanted to make his avocation (investing) his vocation. So, since retiring from the practice of law in 1988, Bill has been one of those fortunate individuals who actually enjoys what he is doing professionally—and he is able to pursue one of his "passions" when others think he is "working".
One of Bill's other passions is skiing in the winter. When the Vasconcellos kids Brett and Marisa were growing up, the family was at Bogus Basin every weekend in the winter. And Bill very much enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors for Bogus Basin for 9 years, at which time the Board adopted Mike Shirley's then novel idea of a low-priced season pass. These days, you will find Bill and Jena enjoying Sun Valley's Baldy on most weekends. And, of course, listening to Boise State Public Radio from there.