Newport Beach resident Bob Cryer, the founder of Executive Coaches of Orange County, will be honored Wednesday with the 2010 Excellence in Philanthropy Award by the Orange County Community Foundation.
"It's a big deal," Cryer said. "I'm flabbergasted as to why would they pick this little operation when they have so many big hitters over at the foundation."
The former analytic consultant and investment advisor for Procter & Gamble left the company in 1994 at the age of 55. No stranger to the nonprofit community, while at P&G, he raised funds, served on boards and helped with special projects.
However, it wasn't until 1998 that he combined his business expertise with philanthropy.
Twelve years ago Cryer moved back to Newport Beach and started working with SCORE, a company that provides mentors for small-business owners.
At the time, SCORE wasn't working with nonprofits and didn't have any interest. Cryer and his colleague John Benner saw the lack of services available to nonprofits and decided to fill the gap.