Honoree: Brian Horton
Honored by: Goodwill of Orange County
Cause Area: Workforce Development & Financial Literacy
Brian Horton, a leader in the financial services industry, is good at what he does. His expertise, drive and compassion has both led and supported Goodwill of Orange County (Goodwill) to remain steadfast as the largest nonprofit in Orange County. Brian has served, in a variety of capacities, on Goodwill’s Board of Directors for 17 years. Brian has seen the organization grow from an annual revenue of nearly $11 million dollars in 1999, to more than $125 million in 2015. He was raised in Santa Ana and his professional success has driven his personal commitment to give back to the community where he grew up. Brian’s depth of financial skills have helped Goodwill dramatically expand services to Orange County’s most needy. Brian’s knowledge and expertise helped Goodwill secure $17.5 million in tax-exempt bond financing for its state-of-the-art fitness and technology center, serving persons with the most severe disabilities and the remodel of its corporate offices. Brian has shown much dedication, thoughtful expertise and amazing loyalty to the organization. He has held leadership positions as Board Chair in 2009-2010 and Treasurer in 2007-2008. He has served as Chair of the Budget & Finance and Audit Committees and as member of the Investment, Board Development, Executive and Compensation Committees. Today, he continues to stay engaged on the Budget & Finance Committee. Brian has been a crucial component to Goodwill’s success for nearly two decades, we are eternally grateful for his dedication, loyalty, and talent.