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William Stanek is one of the world's leading authorities for Windows, Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server and Web technologies, and the award-winning author of many popular books. As a technology expert, he writes about Active Directory, Group Policy, Windows, Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server, IIS, PowerShell, and Web technologies. William's books and writings are frequently quoted and referred to by his peers in their own books and professional publications. William was also quoted by Donald Trump in his business books.

William has been involved in the commercial Internet community since 1991. His core business and technology experience comes from over 11 years of military service. He frequently serves as a subject matter expert and consultant. Currently, he writes for both Microsoft and O'Reilly (http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/2573).

William has an MS with distinction in information systems and a BS in computer science, magna cum laude, from Hawaii Pacific University. He is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

William recently rediscovered his love of the great outdoors. When he's not writing, teaching, or making presentations, he can be found hiking, biking, backpacking, traveling, or trekking in search of adventure.


William was born in Burlington Wisconsin where he attended Public Schools including Janes School Elementary in Racine Wisconsin. He is the second youngest of five children. After a career in the military, he settled in Washington State, having been captivated by the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

In 1985 he enlisted in the US Air Force and entered a 2-year training program in Intelligence and Linguistics at the Defense Language Institute. After graduation he served in various field operations duties in Asia and Europe. In 1990 he won an appointment to Air Combat School and shortly after graduation served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. During his two tours in the Persian Gulf War, William flew numerous combat and combat support missions, logging over two hundred combat flight hours. His distinguished accomplishments during the war earned him nine medals, including the United States of America’s highest flying honor, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He earned 29 decorations in his 11-year military career.

In 1994 William earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University. In 1995 he earned his master’s degree with distinction from Hawaii Pacific University. In 1996 he separated from the military, having spent 11 years in the United States Air Force. His last station while in the Air Force was at the 324th Intelligence Squadron, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

Born into a family of readers, William was always reading and creating stories. Even before he started school, he read classics like Treasure Island, The Swiss Family Robinson, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, and The Three Musketeers. Later in his childhood, he started reading Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Herman Melville, Jack London, and Charles Dickens.

William completed his first novel in 1986 when he was stationed in Japan but it wasn’t until nearly a decade later that his first book was published. Since then, he has written and had published over 150 books. In 1997, William was dubbed "A Face Behind the Future" in a feature article about his life in The Olympian. At the time, he was breaking new ground in shaping the future of business on the Internet. Today, William continues to help shape the future of Internet business and Technology in general, writing authoritative books covering these subjects for a variety of publishers.

William has won many awards from his colleagues and the publishing industry. While in the military, he was stationed in Texas, Japan, Germany, and Hawaii. He served in support of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Provide Comfort. In precedence order, military honors William received are as follows:

§ Distinguished Flying Cross
§ Air Medal
§ Air Force Commendation Medal
§ Air Force Achievement Medal
§ Joint Meritorious Unit Award
§ Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 4 devices
§ Combat Readiness Medal
§ Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 2 devices
§ National Defense Service Medal
§ Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 devices
§ Humanitarian Service Medal
§ Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon with 2 devices
§ Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 1 device
§ NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon
§ Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
§ Air Force Training Ribbon
§ Kuwait Liberation Medal
§ Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

*Each device represents an additional award of the same honor.

William shares the innovative writing and organizational techniques that have helped him put 20 million words on the printed page in Effective Writing for Business, College and Life, available in print, audio and digital media from Reagent Press. William's life-long commitment to the printed word has helped him become one of the leading technology authors in the world today.

It’s been a fairly open secret that William also writes as Robert Stanek. His fiction books have been featured in these printed books: Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide (Children's and Young Adult Literature Reference), Complete Idiots Guide to Elves and Fairies, and Ancient Art of Faery Magick; recommended by the Young Adult library staff at VOYA (Feb 2007), The Journal of Electronic Defense (June 2007), Parenting Magazine (Sept 2008), and others; and featured by Publishers Weekly (April 2009) and others. Reagent Press has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Children's Writer, The Children's Bookshelf, Foreword Magazine, Florida Today, Writer's Digest, The New York Times and other fine publications and periodicals.

William Stanek has been an artist as long as he has been a writer. In the art world, from 1992 to 2021, his original art, photography and paintings were released globally by World Galleries and also featured in independently owned galleries. In Spring 2021, William and his wife regained control over his studio brands, including 360 Studios, 1North Studios, Studio 24 and Robert Stanek Studios, moving to online galleries where he hopes to continue to bring his art to the world. His signed art and photography have the initials WS, RS, or WR, WilliamS, BillS or RobertS, and sometimes his full name as William Stanek or Robert Stanek. His work may also be stamped with the brand name including WG, World Gallery, World Galleries, 360 Studios, 1North, Studio 24, 360, 1N or S24.

Renowned for creating beautiful, vibrant scenes full of wonderful color, William has been called a living legend and national treasure, his words and illustrations have captivated the hearts and minds of millions over the past thirty years. As a combat veteran who is partially disabled and father of a daughter with Down Syndrome, he is a vocal champion of veterans and the disabled. He also is a champion of books and libraries, frequently donating his time and resources to support related causes.


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