Bill Kizer – Sage Channel Champion, All Around Great Guy – 1952-2014

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Monday June 23, 2014 Bill Kizer died after a 1.5 year fight with liver cancer. Bill was a friend not only to me to but to almost everyone he came into contact with.

As most of you know Bill worked for years in sales within the Sage channel (Blytheco, Barsa). He was the founder of the Sage LinkedIn group which he grew from nothing in 2008 to well over 8,500 members. He was tireless in managing the group and worked behind the scenes at making sure everything ran smoothly. The Sage LinkedIn group was his baby and it’s because of him that it’s grown to where it is today. He loved it and he had lots of great conversations with people he met online.

Many of you met Bill at Sage Summit where he often presented on various social media topics and would talk with pride about his boys – Trent and Trevor. He loved roaming the trade show floor and talking to his many friends. Bill knew everyone and everyone new Bill.

Outside of the Sage community Bill spent his free time at home in California fishing at the beach with his sons, loved a good cigar (really loved) and embraced his Hawaiian culture. He was often my ride from the San Diego airport when I was visiting – and my roommate at Summit where we’d spend hours walking, talking and discussing the events of the day.

Bill you’re going to be missed – as a friend, colleague and father.

About Wayne Schulz

Wayne Schulz is a consultant who writes about the ERP industry and technology related news.

Comments

  1. tom fox says:

    I’ve been monitoring Bill’s fight against cancer from afar and cheered him on since first learning of his diagnosis. It is very saddening to learn that this was one of the rare challenges that Bill was unable to overcome. He was a great asset to those that knew him personally as well as professionally, no matter how passing the acquaintance. I will keep him and his family in my prayers.

  2. Thank you for posting this. Bill Kizer was a wonderful friend, father and colleague and will be dearly missed.

  3. I’m incredibly saddened to learn about Bill’s passing. His love for life, his laugh and smile were infectious and he will be greatly missed. I will miss you. Rest in peace my great friend.