September Forum Recap - Leigh Ann Horton on Generosity

What is a great disciple? And how do you become one? Great disciples share some key characteristics, each of which can be learned and applied in all areas of your life. As J4 Leaders live and lead for Christ in the marketplace, it’s critical that they continually focus on their own discipleship. This year we are exploring some of the key characteristics of discipleship and how it applies to our work life.  

Each month encouragers will share their personal stories of how they have developed themselves, and what J4 Leaders should aspire to as disciples in the marketplace. This month’s encourager, Leigh Ann Horton, CEO for AIT Life Safety and Trinity Advisory Services, explored how J4 Leaders Aspire To… Be Generous With Their Time, Talent, & Treasure.

Is generosity learned or born?

At first you might be inclined to say generosity is learned. But just think about the people in your life for whom generosity is just their nature.

Perhaps it's both.

For Leigh Ann Horton, generosity was just part of her life.But after years of being satisfied with success and giving (what seemed good enough), God showed Leigh Ann what it meant to be truly generous. Through a trip to Africa and new challenges that came with buying a business, God taught Leigh Ann how to be a steward of what we think is our own.

Do you think your money is your own? Leigh Ann gave us a litmus test. She said, "If  you feel guilty about the money you have - you think it's yours. It isn't. You're a steward."

For Leigh Ann, it was giving that taught her how to rely on God in ways she never had. It was in giving that she came to know the truth: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. - Luke 6:38

About Leigh Ann Horton:

Leigh Ann is the CEO for AIT Life Safety and Trinity Advisory Services.  She is also currently serving on the board and acting as treasurer for Summit Church and Grace Medical Home.  She is also active on the board of the Orlando Country Club, the Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Florida Fellowship Foundation and the Orlando National Christian Foundation.  She has served as Admissions Chair at the Country Club of Orlando for the past three years.  Leigh Ann has formally served on the Board of Directors of Second Harvest Food Bank, the Foundation for Foster Children and J4 Leaders.  She was also in Leadership Orlando Class 68 and Lifework Leadership 2003.  She was named an Up and Comer by the Orlando Business Journal in 2002 and named 40 under 40 in 2006.  She also received an Outstanding Young Alumnus award from University of Florida in 2006.  In 2015, AIT was named part of the inaugural class of Gator 100, the fastest growing Gator alumni companies. 

She began her career in New York with IBM as an accounting intern; later joining KPMG Peat Marwick in the Mutual Fund Tax Practice in New York and transferring to Orlando in 1996.  In 1998 Leigh Ann joined Hard Rock Cafe International as the international tax manager. In 2000 Leigh Ann became a partner at CFO Strategic Partners, offering a wealth of experience for small to mid-size companies. In September of 2009 Leigh Ann left CFO to buy AIT Life Safety with her husband. In 2015, Leigh Ann opened Trinity Advisory Services with her partner Sean Tobin.

Leigh Ann is a longtime resident of Winter Park and College Park and is an alumnus of the University of Florida where she got her Masters in Tax.  She is married to Vince and enjoys spending time with her children Anna Kate and Chase.