FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Horizon Foundation has named Bill Johnson, Jr. as executive director.
As the face of the organization, Johnson will use his eight years of nonprofit leadership experience to bring in new investors, foster relationships with existing investors and continue to support Lee County’s economic growth through strategic partnerships and financial sources. The Horizon Foundation raises private-sector money to support economic development initiatives and invest in the long-term prosperity of Lee County’s economy. In this role he will also be responsible for management of the Horizon Foundation’s assets and ensuring that all regulatory and reporting requirements are met.
Johnson previously was the Executive Director of the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association (CCCIA) for the past eight years. In that role his responsibilities included the day-to-day management of over 375 business members of the association. He was responsible for managing staffing goals, preparing yearly budgets and strategic plans as well as the day-to-day finances. Through navigating the pandemic, Johnson’s leadership helped the CCCIA attain financial stability and surplus. He also had the additional responsibility as the industry liaison working with the city manager’s office, the mayor and city council providing industry perspective on all issues.
Johnson was the membership sales director for the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral from 2012 to 2014 and remains active with the chamber as a board member and vice chair of the governmental affairs committee.
His private-sector experience includes fourteen years of retail sales and management experience in flooring and design industries as an account executive at ProSource Wholesale Floorcovering and vice president at B&D Interiors by Design Inc.
Johnson earned an Associate of Arts degree from Edison Community College and completed a Certificate in Non-Profit Organizational Management IOM through Villanova University.
About the Horizon Foundation
The Horizon Foundation was established in 1995-96 to provide a funding vehicle for businesses to invest in Lee County’s long-term economic development and vitality. In 2000, the Horizon Foundation received its IRS ruling as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation raises private-sector money to support efforts of the Lee County Economic Development Office and the Horizon Council to improve the area’s business climate. For more information, please visit LeeCountyBusiness.com/Horizon-Foundation or HorizonCouncilFoundation.com, or call 239-533-6800.