Born in Hartford, Connecticut Billy attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Art History and Political Science. It had always been his intention to work in hotels and restaurants and, after college, he went to work for the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia. After 2.5 years with the company, he moved to New York City to further his career in the food and beverage industry. There, he attended the French Culinary Institute, while also working as a cook, to deepen his understanding of restaurant operations. Upon graduation, Billy knew he wanted to get back to the dining room and, in 2008, he took a job as a kitchen server at Eleven Madison Park, where he ultimately rose to Captain. In 2012, Billy became one of the opening managers at the NoMad, Eleven Madison Park's sister restaurant. In the years since, he has been a manager at both restaurants, holding several positions, including Dining Room Manager and Service Director. In the fall of 2015, he returned exclusively to Eleven Madison Park as the General Manager.