Bill Booker Receives American Diabetes Association's Distinguished Service Award

Alexandria,
November 19, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


— G. William “Bill” Booker, II, CPA, Presented with Charles Kopke Medal for Distinguished Service —

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that G. William “Bill” Booker, II, CPA, of Little Rock, Arkansas, received the Association's prestigious Charles Kopke Medal for Distinguished Service at the organization’s Community Volunteer Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting on November 17, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Charles Kopke Medal for Distinguished Service recognizes meritorious service on behalf of the Association and Americans with diabetes, and is awarded to the Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of the American Diabetes Association upon leaving office. The award is named for Charles Kopke, a past member of the Board, longtime volunteer and donor, and recipient of the Association's Addison B. Scoville Jr. Award, Charles H. Best Medal, and Wendell Mayes, Jr. Medal.

"On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, we are delighted to present this prestigious award to Bill," commented John Buse, MD, PhD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association.  “His contributions to the diabetes community and dedication to diabetes awareness directly support ADA's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people living with diabetes."

For more than 15 years, Booker has contributed his business know-how, financial expertise, and leadership skills to help ensure and strengthen ADA's operational foundation.  As someone whose family has been affected by diabetes, he knows about the significance and urgency of ADA’s mission. Three years ago, his father passed away of diabetes-related complications.

His leadership within ADA has spanned roles on the regional, state, and national levels, including terms as Chair of the Arkansas Affiliate Board of Directors and Chair of the South Central Regional Board of Directors. He has also served two terms on the National Board of Directors. As a Certified Public Accountant, he has been instrumental in leading task forces and Audit and Finance committees focused on improving ADA’s ability to operate efficiently and devote maximum resources to the fight against diabetes. Furthermore, Booker has advanced ADA’s advocacy agenda through his personal relationships with a variety of federal and state policy makers.

In November of 2006, he assumed the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the ADA as well as its Research Foundation.
Throughout his tenure, his wit and his ability to turn numbers and business objectives into stories that deeply engage his audience have not only created a better understanding around Association finances, but also intensified ADA’s cause within numerous communities. Booker’s presentations surprise, entertain, inspire, and inform — leaving the audience wanting more.

Booker is also President of the family-owned Roller Funeral Homes of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is past President of both the Arkansas Cemetery Association and the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association, and has served on various committees of the National Funeral Directors Association, including Chair of the Government Affairs Committee. In 1990, he was honored as Funeral Director of the Year. Booker has also been an Officer and Board member of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and served on Committees of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He holds a degree in accounting from Arkansas State University. In addition, he is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, a licensed funeral director, and a Master Fellow of the Life Management Association, the highest education designation for management in the life insurance industry.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.  Nearly 21 million children and adults have diabetes.  At least 54 million have pre-diabetes.  Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the United States and it has no cure.


About the ADA
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities.  The Association’s commitment to research is reflected through its scientific meetings; education and provider recognition programs; and its Research Foundation and Nationwide Research Program, which fund breakthrough studies looking into the cure, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and its complications.  For more information, visit diabetes.org or call 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).


The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.