The ALS Association

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William Soffel

Professional Position: President/CEO
Company: ERA Team VP Real Estate
Location: Chautauqua, NY
William Soffel

A familial connection compelled William Soffel, a successful real estate broker, to join in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  His paternal grandmother Anna Jane Soffel battled ALS for three years until she died from the disease in 1987.

“I have seen firsthand how devastating this disease is for the patient and the family,” Soffel said of his personal experiences.

In 2010, The ALS Association appointed Soffel to the board, and he founded a charity golf tournament named “Agents of Hope,” which raised $15,000 to increase awareness about Lou Gehrig’s Disease and funds for research and patient services.  He was formally elected to the board at The Association’s annual leadership summit in January 2011.

As a national trustee, Soffel looks forward to having the opportunity to participate in the efforts to help find a cure for ALS, and he is excited to follow in his father Andy Soffel’s footsteps, who served as a national trustee in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Soffel is president/CEO of ERA Team VP Real Estate, where he has worked for 20 years.  Located in Chautauqua, New York, this firm specializes in resort and residential real estate sales, management and development.  In 2010, Soffel’s business was a finalist for the Gene Francis Award as one of the Top Five ERA Companies in the nation.

A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Soffel received his B.S. in business and marketing.  He lives in Bemus Point, New York with his wife Kari and five children: Hanna, 24, Sarah, 21, Will, 16, and twins Ben and Graham, 14.  He says his greatest personal achievement is “raising five great children with my wife Kari.”

In addition to serving on the National Board of Trustees of The ALS Association, Soffel also serves on the boards of the Jamestown (NY) YMCA, Jamestown Business College, and the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.


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