Mr. Etheridge has several years of experience in the fields of commercial lending, luxury retail, and real estate. He began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank, subsequently working as an analyst in the Chase Middle Market Banking Group. He is a former Associate Investment Officer for the Business Investments Group at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone “UMEZ”, where he managed the Restaurant Initiative; a $3 million investment fund created to provide low interest financing as well as marketing and technical support to restaurants located in Upper Manhattan.
Before joining Douglas Elliman Mr. Etheridge was the Director of Leased Operations at Saks Fifth Avenue. There he secured license agreements and managed operations for “shop-in-shops” within Saks locations throughout the country. “Industries represented by this portfolio included Spas and Beauty Salons, Restaurants, Fine Jewelry, as well as Fur, Handbags and Accessories vendors.” In these capacities, Mr. Etheridge has proven to be an adept facilitator at building strategic business relationships.
Mr. Etheridge holds a B.S. in Business Management from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and has attended the Columbia University Master of Science in Real Estate Development Program at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.
William is a graduate of the 2013 NY Real Estate Associate Program “REAP”, which is an industry-backed, market-driven program that serves as a bridge between talented minority professionals and commercial real estate companies looking for talent.
A native of Queens, NY and longtime Harlem resident, Mr. Etheridge currently resides in the Fleetwood section of the Bronx with his family, including recently born daughter, Jordan Anne. Bill’s focus with the Nickolai Team encompasses retail leasing, multi-family investments and sales as well as high end residential opportunities throughout New York State. Mr. Etheridge's finely tuned analytical, financial, marketing and negotiating skills make him an invaluable part of the Nickolai Team.