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Bill O'Toole
Catholic Financial Life


Bill O’Toole is a Midwest native who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After attending high school at St. Louis University High, he moved to Milwaukee where he received his Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and his Master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University. 

Bill has many years of experience in the insurance industry. Throughout his career, he has focused on serving the customer, meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations. 

He became President and CEO of Catholic Knights in 2007 after serving for nine years on the Catholic Knights Board of Directors. His strategic vision for growth became a reality with the successful merger of Catholic Knights and Catholic Family Life in 2010, creating Catholic Financial Life. He currently serves as CEO of this organization.

Bill strives to live Catholic Financial Life’s mission of serving others. For more than 25 years, he has helped organize and attend community events and conventions. In 2013, Bill received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from Marquette University Intercollegiate Athletics for his professional achievements and service to the community. Bill and Catholic Financial Life were also recognized with the 2017 Friend of the Hispanic Community Award by the UCC. 

Bill and his wife, Karolyn, have been married for 37 years and have two adult children, Bridget and Kris. Both children followed in their father’s footsteps and attended Marquette University. They are thrilled that their dad is participating in this event and look forward to watching his “dance moves.”

In his free time, Bill enjoys golfing, spending time with his family and cheering for Wisconsin sports teams, along with the St. Louis Cardinals. You can find Bill at most Marquette men’s basketball home games.

For the past five years, Bill has helped spearhead the Cristo Rey Work Study Program at Catholic Financial Life. He is truly inspired by the resources and valuable experience the students gain from this program. Bill is excited to support and participate in Cristo Rey’s own “Dancing with the Stars”.

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