Our History and Inspiration
Featheringill Capital was created to honor the legacy of Bill Featheringill
We understand that business founders care deeply about building a legacy around the business, people, and communities that they are devoted to. We are the same at Featheringill Capital. We exist to honor and build upon the legacy of Bill Featheringill. Mr. Featheringill was a visionary entrepreneur, who founded several companies that would go on to have great success. He had an eye for trends, particularly around technology, and the ability to execute on strategies. Most importantly, Mr. Featheringill was focused on developing the people around him and letting them take ownership for team successes. He did not bring an ego to interactions with anyone, and he always listened deeply before speaking.
A native of Birmingham, AL, Mr. Featheringill graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in 1964 and served with the U.S. Navy SEABEES in Okinawa, California and Vietnam. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he earned a law degree and an MBA from Columbia University before returning to Birmingham to work in health care management. In 1973, Mr. Featheringill co-founded Private Capital Corporation, which specialized in private investment in small companies. As its president, he established and led a variety of companies, primarily in health care, biotechnology, information technology and management systems.
Mr. Featheringill passed away unexpectedly in 2012. At the time of his death, he was chairman of Electronic Healthcare Systems Inc. and Momentum Business Solutions Inc., and served as a director of Southern Research Institute. As an entrepreneur, he received CIO Magazine’s Enterprise Integration Award and the Birmingham Venture Club Investor of the Year Award; three of his companies were named most outstanding venture-backed companies by the Venture Club.
Mr. Featheringill was a vital and enthusiastic Vanderbilt supporter, serving on the Vanderbilt Engineering Alumni Council, National Committee of the Campaign for Vanderbilt, Shape the Future Campaign Steering Committee, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Phase I Building Campaign Committee, Alumni Board of Directors, School of Engineering’s Committee of Visitors and Vanderbilt University Medical Center Board. He served on the Board of Trust since 1998 and was a member of its executive committee from 2001 to 2007. In the late 1990s, Mr. Featheringill served as chair of building efforts for the School of Engineering and was instrumental in the construction of Featheringill Hall. In 2000, he was inducted into the School of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni.