Horton earns MBJ finance award

The Mississippi Business Journal (MBJ) has announced honorees in the publication’s Ninth Annual Leaders in Finance awards, including Northwest Mississippi Community College Vice President for Administration and Finance Jeff Horton.

MBJ announced Horton as one of 20 honorees receiving the award, which is given to recognize leaders who have shaped the finance, banking and CPA sectors in the state of Mississippi. The publication hosted an awards breakfast at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson on Nov. 18 to honor those selected.

Leaders in Finance was first conceived in 2012, and the first program was launched in 2013. Nominations are received from highly qualified professionals from large and small companies and firms around the state. The nominations come from numerous sources, including peers, professional acquaintances and leaders in the finance community. 

“We’re pleased to be able to recognize so many great top finance professionals with this program,” said Tami Jones, publisher of MBJ. “These individuals are at the top of their field in the financial sector, and certainly deserving of the honor.”

In October, Horton was also the recipient of the Bob Hasmiller Humanitarian Service Award at the Community College Business Officers (CCBO) conference, held in Nashville. According to CCBO, the award is given to an individual who best exemplifies an exemplary service mindset. The recipient must display the core principles of humanitarianism, including: a desire to bring assistance without discrimination; ensures respect for their fellow human beings; and promotes mutual understanding, cooperation and friendship.

“It’s such a nice honor to be recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal and CCBO,” Horton said. “The success of Northwest’s Administration and Finance division is due to the leaders and team we have in the division. I am also very appreciative of the support we receive from our president, Dr. Michael Heindl.”

Horton has served the college in his current role for three years. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accountancy from Mississippi State University. He has held a CPA license for 22 years.