Billy Forney

Small Business Owner and entrepreneur in West University Place, Texas

Billy Forney

Small Business Owner and entrepreneur in West University Place, Texas

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In short...

A detail-oriented businessman and volunteer, 9/11 survivor, caring husband and father living in Houston, TX who is passionate about his community, the weather, and the Owls of Rice University.

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I am a native Houstonian living in the City of West University Place, Texas with my wife, our three children, and a playful dog.

I am a graduate of Rice University with a double B.A. in Economics and Statistics.

I have more than 20 years experience in the corporate setting across multiple industries and in both private and public-sector companies. I have experience in portfolio and risk management, improving systems and processes, and client relationship management.

I also have a passion for my community, having spent many years volunteering with various organizations.

I am a huge fan of the weather. In fact, I am the Harris County (TX) local area coordinator for CoCoRaHS (pronounced "koko-rozz"), an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education, and research applications.

Besides my passion for the weather, here are some more fun facts

. I love watching movies at the theater.

. I love cycling in warm weather.

. I have recently become extremely interested in ashtanga yoga after nearly thirteen years of 'encouragement' by my lovely wife. She now thinks that I am more obsessed with yoga than she, and she may be correct.

. I love watching and playing sports, although my body would very much like for me to not play anymore. So, I'll just stick to yoga.

. I am newly obsessed with family entertainment centers, and I am CEO of Palace Social, the rejuvenation of the old Palace Bowling Lanes on Bellaire Blvd. We opened our doors July 2021, so come check us out!

. I used to love drawing pictures on my children's snack bags. But, they don't take snacks to school anymore, so my drawing skills are gathering dust.

. Oh, and I am an avid hugger. Big bear hugs.

On a final note, I am a survivor of the attack on the World Trade Center Towers in New York City on 9/11/01. I regularly give talks about my experience, which you can read about here.

  • Work
    • Palace Social
  • Education
    • Rice University