William Bereza’s diverse skills in the fields of software, photography, and law have been helpful to government agencies employing tens of thousands of workers, to software startups, and to small law firms.
He also has decades of experience in farming in West Michigan, having grown up on his parent's 120-acre farm in Ravenna, Michigan. Since he was big enough to hold a pitch fork William helped with making hay for his parent's beef and dairy cattle, planted, picked, and sold sweet corn and other produce at farmer's markets and door-to-door throughout West Michigan. As a teenager, he bought his first computer with money he made raising and selling cattle along with his brother. William and his siblings are the third generation of Berezas who have worked on the farm.
William received a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Computer Science from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, and a Juris Doctorate Magna Cum Laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, MI.
In 2001, William co-founded Atomic Object with Carl Erickson, after working together during the DotCom boom. They originally started their work together with research projects at GVSU where Carl was a professor and William was an undergraduate. Atomic Object has averaged greater than 25% revenue growth per year since its inception and currently ranks as the second largest software development company in West Michigan according to the Grand Rapids Business Journal.
At the National Security Agency, William designed and developed software for large data statistical analysis, wrote technical criteria for a multi-million dollar software contract, and studied Arabic.
William has co-authored two papers on agile embedded development, and presented at Rubyconf and the Open Software Convention (OSCON).
His photography has been used for such diverse purposes as illustrating an interactive tour of Dublin, Ireland, on commercial websites, and in corporate marketing.
He has also: hiked 800 kilometers across northern Spain on a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela; studied International Human Rights Law at National University of Ireland, Galway; and worked as a course marshal for the Sports Car Club of America.
William is currently raising two lovely children with his beautiful wife, and practicing law in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.