Within the South Florida community, Bill Feinberg has a proven track record as a leader and innovator. He has served on numerous committees and boards within the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and was most recently named one of the national “Top 50 KBDN Innovators” in the Kitchen and Bath Design Industry. Additionally, Bill has been an annual presenter for the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the boards of the U.S. Army Advisory Council of Broward County and The Economic Advisory Council of Broward County (which works closely with The Federal Reserve Board), and he is a past board president of The South Florida Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Oakland Park Wilton Manors Chamber, and Habitat for Humanity Broward. For 2020, Bill is serving as chairman of our own Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
Bill first joined the Chamber about 10 years ago, while he was chair of the smaller Oakland Park/Wilton Manors Chamber of Commerce. When first introduced to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber, he instantly saw the potential: by joining forces, the collective group would be much stronger and the benefits to members that much greater. This same idea is at the heart of his vision for the upcoming year.
“We may be the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce but, in reality, we are comprised of the counties of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach—what we all know as the Southeast Region,” Bill said. “There’s a lot of synergy between us, and I’d like to see us all work together more, especially on issues that affect us all.”
As president and co-owner of Allied Kitchen and Bath, established in 1984, Bill knows firsthand that small business is the backbone of our economy and he points to how his own company is built on a strong work ethic, where honesty and integrity come ﬁrst. At its roots, Allied is about family. Originally from Philadelphia, Bill came to the Fort Lauderdale community with a vision for the design and remodeling business and founded the company with his brother Joe. Together, they built a state-of-the-art 15,000-square-foot showroom — taking the remodeling and renovation process to a whole new level by offering the ﬁnest products in hardware and plumbing as well as their contracting and project management services.
Over the years, they’ve extended their idea of the Allied family to include their clients, recognizing how important building long-lasting relationships within the community is for a business and its growth.
But Allied has been reshaping the South Florida community beyond its kitchens and baths for the past 35 years. Business acumen goes hand in hand with philanthropy when it comes to how Bill leads his team by example, sharing his philosophy of service and creating a sizable impact within the community. He’s hosted over 200 events that have been 100% underwritten in full, allowing various charities to raise unprecedented donations by saving them the cost of event production. Over the past 10 years, Allied’s nonproﬁt events have raised over $1 million.
In recognition of his contributions, Bill won the 2013 Sun Sentinel’s Excalibur Award, South Florida’s most prestigious honor recognizing excellence in business and philanthropy. More recently, he was a 2019 Spirit of Humanity Honoree, and Habitat for Humanity of Broward awarded him in 2019 with its Heart of Humanity Award for the work he’s done for the organization over 20 years (including as a former chairman of the board). Bill also served on the team that helped Habitat obtain the 9.3-acre parcel of land that now makes up a Rick Case Habitat community where 77 homes are being built.
“I call it paying it forward and building a better Broward,” Bill said.
Moreover, it was Bill’s idea to forge a unique relationship between Allied and Habitat. “On every remodel project, with a homeowner’s permission, we try to salvage everything still in good condition and we donate those gently used items to the Habitat Restore on Broward Boulevard,” Bill said. “They then resell the products we donate, and that money is used to help build new homes in Broward County for those less fortunate and in need.”
Many of the kitchens are still in great condition and can be resold for thousands of dollars. We’ve probably donated enough materials and supplies to build more than five homes, Bill said.
Bill considers such instances of giving back not just a privilege, but also a responsibility; and the Chamber offers many opportunities to do so, in addition to the other benefits of membership.
“I’m a firm believer in the saying that the more you give, the more you get,” Bill said. “With 30 councils within the Chamber, there’s a place for everyone to get involved, meet new people and grow your business. Do good, give back, live well. It’s that simple.”
“There is a place for everyone to get involved, meet new people and grow your business.” — Bill Feinberg