Bill Barnet is the CEO of Barnet Development, as well as the former mayor of Spartanburg, SC. Mr. Barnet received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1964 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in 1965. Prior to being elected President and CEO of William Barnet & Son, Inc. in 1976, Mr. Barnet served as 1st Lieutenant, US Army and Adjutant General’s Corps.
Mr. Barnet has served on civic boards such as the Education Oversight Committee (Chairman), Leadership Spartanburg (Chairman), South Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association (President) and The Spartanburg County Foundation (Trustee). His current civic board involvement includes the Palmetto Business Forum, ETV Communications Endowment, Palmetto Institute and The Duke Endowment. Mr. Barnet’s current board membership also includes Duke Energy, a public entity.
He has received numerous honors in business development, leadership, education and civic involvement. Mr. Barnet is married to Valerie Manatis Barnet and has three children: Mary Rebecca, Will and John.