For Immediate Release
Contact: Aleisha Coleman
Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Receives Special Recognition by
The Mayor and City Commissioners of West Palm Beach
Stuart, FL (February 19, 2013)- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBS) President and CEO William P Bee was recognized by The Mayor and City Commissioners of West Palm Beach for his hard work and dedication to the children of West Palm Beach.
William Bee has been a dynamic force in providing quality community services to children since he joined BBBS in 2003, returning from retirement after a long and successful career on Wall Street. While he was originally invited to assist in a short term capacity, it soon became apparent Mr. Bee was here to stay. Mr. Bee brought his ‘nose’ for business and his charm to an ailing agency, which has since thrived under his supervision. Within two years of his direction Big Brothers Big Sisters Martin County significantly improved their financials as well as their overall impact on children in the community. Mr. Bee’s contribution has been so significant that he was honored as the Top Small Sized Agency CEO in 2007 by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In 2009 the agency was named in the top 100 small businesses in South Florida by Business Leader Magazine, due in no small part to Mr. Bee’s leadership.
Mr. Bee not only leads his agency, he also volunteers. He was matched with an autistic child in 2005 and has served as his mentor and friend for over 8 years. Mr. Bee and his “Little” meet regularly and participate in many activities together.
In late 2009 Mr. Bee’s impact and contributions yielded yet another achievement. The previous agency in the Palm Beach County territory succumbed to the recession, and Mr. Bee was charged with the responsibility of the location. The new territory is roughly ten times the size of Martin County alone, increasing the total population under his agency from 150,000 to over 1,600,000. Mr. Bee accepted this responsibility in stride and immediately began working toward serving as many children as possible.
Mr. Bee believes his success with BBBS is due to selecting the right team. “Recognize that your staff is your most valuable asset; thus, if an issue presents itself, focus on finding a solution rather than looking where to place blame,” he says. “Additionally, remain optimistic; people gravitate towards people with positive attitudes rather than those with negative perspectives. You learn from every experience, and every experience offers opportunity in some form.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. BBBSA recognized CEO William P. Bee Jr. as “CEO of the Year- Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.