b.diffenderfferBill has been an attorney who has lead billion dollar financial transactions, a Partner in IBM’s Business Consulting Services Group where he was a leader of its global travel and transportation practice and the CEO of two travel technology companies, one of which was then the world’s third largest provider of computer reservation systems for the travel industry. In 1998 he started up Xtra OnLine, a provider of web-based travel technology products. Xtra OnLine product and services are still provided today.

In 2005, as CEO, he started up the ultra low cost Skybus Airlines. Then in 2011 he started up Silvercar, the very cool car rental company now growing across the US. He also is the author of The Samurai Leader: Winning Business Battles with the Wisdom, Honor and Courage of the Samurai Code. He now teaches entrepreneurship at Ohio State University. His goal is to become the wise old man sitting under a palm tree at a beach offering advice on the meaning of life to anyone who’ll pay him a dollar.


•   L.L.M. Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
•   J. D. Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
•   B.B.A. (General Business) University of Miami, Miami, FL

Contact: diffenderffer.1@osu.edu