About William S. Lerner
William S. Lerner is an American businessman, member of The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, an inventor and entrepreneur who has been awarded with 14 U.S. patents in the consumer and industrial sectors. In the late 1990s he served as Chief Restructuring Officer and VP for his family's coal and oil wholesale and retail business, positioning the company for its eventual sale within two years. In 2001, he completed the design for an automatically rocking stroller, eventually selling the patent to a manufacturer. Most recently, Lerner’s excessive temperature warning patents for glass-fronted gas fireplaces and gas ranges/cooktops has earned the attention of major appliance manufacturers, plus praise from many burn centers, hospitals, and The Harvard School of Public Health for a simple but effective approach to burn prevention and mitigation. Schott AG is an ongoing supporter of Lerner's pioneering work with fiber optics, and the implementation of their glass ceramic materials in the customer, industrial, and military sectors. Lerner has worked directly with new product development and engineering teams at the following companies: United Technologies, General Electric, Siemens, Corning, Eurakera, Electrolux, Subzero/Wolf, Whirlpool, and Viking Range. Lerner is a globally published author through the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
Lerner was also the CEO and Co-founder of Baz Persaud, Inc., a line of luxury, bespoke and handcrafted jewelry based in New York. Lerner led the company’s philanthropic endeavors, including an array of charities. Their primary affiliation was with Cabrini Ministries, which oversees an orphanage in Swaziland. His passion for and extensive knowledge of luxury jewelry and watches make him a go-to expert who regularly contributes to horological publications.
Through January 2017, Lerner was the sole North American Brand Ambassador for Roberto Coin, Roberto Coin Cento diamonds, and Roberto Coin Privee Collection. Roberto Coin is Italy's largest jeweler, and the third-largest jeweler worldwide by volume. Among his many public engagements on behalf of the company, he regularly coordinated events like those noted on the below invitation.