Mr. Payne is a business executive, entrepreneur and “angel investor” (investor/mentor in startup companies). He received degrees in materials engineering in the mid ’60s from the University of Illinois and has since lived in Southern California and Southern Nevada. He co-founding Solid State Dielectrics, Inc. in 1971 and sold the company to DuPont in 1982. Since 1980 he has invested in over 50 startup ventures. Bill was named 2009 US angel investor of the year (Hans Severiens Award) and received a similiar designation as 2010 Arch Angel of New Zealand.