Gary Norcross, chairman, president and CEO of FIS, has been honored by Fifty for the Future, a civic organization of Pulaski County business leaders.
Norcross received the 2019 William F. Rector Memorial Award for Distinguished Civic Achievement.
The organization’s 2019 president, William Clark, announced the award recently, at a luncheon at the Capital Hotel. Norcross accepted it and delivered remarks.
He was introduced by Philip Tappan of Simmons Bank, who also showed a video featuring the Venture Center's FIS FinTech Accelerator, which has taken place annually for the last four years at the Little Rock Technology Park.
The fifth 12-week program will be held this summer.
"Gary's vision and leadership in establishing an internationally relevant FinTech accelerator through the Venture Center has raised the profile and economic growth potential of Little Rock," William Clark, 2019 president of Fifty for the Future, said in a news release. "His passion for our community and ongoing commitment to this important work made him a clear choice for this award."
The Rector Award was created in 1976 to recognize individuals who have exhibited outstanding community leadership and have made significant contributions to Little Rock’s growth and development.
The award comes with a $2,500 charitable gift, and Norcross selected the Arkansas Foodbank to receive it this year.