Houston Independent School District Chief Operating Officer Brian Busby has been named as one of the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2018.
The list honors young professionals in Houston who have become key leaders in their respective industries and in the community. Judges selected the honorees based on leadership, community involvement, and the ability to overcome challenges.
“I am truly honored to be selected by the Houston Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40,” Busby said. “The work I do each day in my career and my community is my passion. To be honored for it is indescribable.”
Busby joined HISD as a custodian just two years after graduating from Jesse H. Jones High School. He advanced through the district after stints in the Accounting and Customer Service departments, as well as Construction and Facilities Services.
As chief operating officer, Busby provides leadership to a workforce of more than 7,000 employees and administers an annual operating budget of over $260 million. The Business Operations division includes facilities maintenance, construction and capital programs, transportation, nutrition services, the police department, business assistance, risk management, insurance, warehousing, and other related business areas.
Outside of HISD, Busby serves as a mentor to countless youths, volunteers with HISD’s Real Men Read, supports Communities in Schools, and serves as co-founder and member of Boys Rites of Passage at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church.
Busby is the second member of Team HISD to receive the honor in as many years. Chief Governmental Relations and Strategy Officer Ashlea Turner was named as one of Houston’s 40 Under 40 in 2017.
This year’s winners will be honored at a ceremony at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on June 7. He will also be featured in a special section of the Houston Business Journal on June 8.