FORTIS Nominated for Family Business Hall of Fame Awards 2024 in Southern California

by Kira Bruno on February 26, 2024


IRVINE, Calif. (February 26, 2024): FORTIS Resource Partners, a leading Southern California staffing firm, is thrilled to announce its nomination for the Family Business Hall of Fame Awards in the category of Outstanding Family Business Catalyst. The nomination reflects the Irvine, California-based recruiter’s dedication to fostering growth and sharing knowledge among the region’s family businesses.

The Family Business Hall of Fame Awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the achievements of family-owned businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and community involvement. Nominees are selected by the Center for Family Business, which functions under California State, Fullerton’s College of Business and Economics, one of the most prestigious business schools in the country.

FORTIS’s nomination as an Outstanding Family Business Catalyst underscores its role in strengthening the entire family business ecosystem across California, including Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

“We are immensely honored to be recognized by the Family Business Hall of Fame in this way,” said Kira Bruno, president and CEO of FORTIS. “When you’re a small, family-run operation like we are, sometimes it feels like your company is taking on the world, all by itself. We understand that feeling, and we recognize it in others, which is why we work so hard to create an environment in which family businesses can thrive.”

Family-owned firms represent the backbone of the U.S. economy. According to research from Family Enterprise USA, an advocacy group with which Kira Bruno is affiliated, they generate 54% of GDP, which translates to $7.7 trillion. They also account for 88 million jobs across the country, amounting to 59% of domestic employment. Those numbers won’t be dipping any time soon, as 78% of new job creation can be attributed to family-owned firms, which boast higher employee retention rates than non-family counterparts.

When you consider that 35% of Fortune 500 companies are either family-owned or controlled, you start to appreciate the true potential of a well-run family business. Industry giants like Walmart, Samsung, and Porsche, for example, are all kept within their respective families.

As a family operation itself, the FORTIS team has an innate understanding of these unique opportunities and the challenges that come with them. In fact, Kira Bruno holds regular workshops for family business owners on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, her alma mater, covering topics that range from compensation to succession plans. It is these efforts—combined with her company’s track record of excellence in accounting, finance, and HR recruitment—that have cemented FORTIS’s reputation as a trusted advisor in the space.

The 2024 Family Business Hall of Fame Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove, California. The FORTIS team and their fellow attendees will have the opportunity to network and celebrate the remarkable achievements of family businesses across Southern California.

“Whether we win or not, we look forward to celebrating the resilience and importance of companies like ours,” Bruno said. “We’re proud to be a family business. I can’t imagine not working with my daughter, Allie; or my sister, Sabrina; or any of our colleagues, who feel like family. This nomination is a great reminder that the work we put in each day to move other family businesses forward is making a difference.”

Ready to work with an award-worthy Orange County staffing firm? Reach out to FORTIS today.


About FORTIS Resource Partners

FORTIS Resource Partners is a Southern California recruiting firm known for taking a consultative approach with clients and consultants to fully understand their needs and motivations. Based in Irvine, California, we specialize in staffing solutions for accounting, finance, and human resources on a contract, direct-hire, and project basis. FORTIS delivers unparalleled professional recruitment solutions to our clients in Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Our comprehensive relational and information-gathering processes ensure that the individual needs of our clients’ specific cultures are always met.


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