Bill Volkman


After graduating from the University of San Francisco, I joined R.H Macy in their executive training program.  After several assignments in the stores, including General Manager of the Monterey store, I was promoted to divisional buyer for all housewares.  In that capacity I traveled the world for Macy's buying unique items for the home store. During that tenure we developed the Macy's cellar which is still today, some thirty years later, a viable and successful venture.


I left Macy's in 1974, to start my own import company, Coffee Imports International. We imported coffee and all things related to coffee including espresso machines and all related serve wear.  I was fortunate enough to catch the early wave of specialty coffee, selling to all major department and coffee specialty stores.  At that time Starbucks had six stores in and around Seattle and were a good customer.  If you had an espresso machine in your home during that time most likely it came from my company.  I retired in 1987, and haven't worn a tie or gone to an office since.


My Wife, Bonnie (Asplund, Cap'61,) and I have been married forty three years.  We have three terrific grown children who have blessed us with three of the most beautiful and intelligent grandchildren you can imagine.  We spend our time traveling between homes that we own in Scottsdale, Arizona, Ohau, Hawaii, and the San Francisco peninsula.  We also enjoy traveling and cruising the world.


Bonnie and I look forward to visiting old friends and classmates at the 50th reunion.