American Quarter Horse Foundation Names Chief Foundation Officer
The American Quarter Horse Association appoints Brent E. Davison as chief foundation officer.
October 26, 2015
The American Quarter Horse Association
“AQHA President Dr. Blodgett and I are excited to have an employee of Brent’s caliber and knowledge leading the Foundation team,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president. “He has a proven track record of building highly successful fundraising programs and is well versed in estate and gift planning, major gift development, capital campaigns and, of course, research on donor capacity and interest.”
Davison grew up working for a multi-state family owned retail enterprise based in Missouri with as many as 80 retail stores throughout Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois and Nebraska. As a first generation college graduate, Davison graduated Magna Cum Laude as the outstanding business graduate of Southwest Baptist University.
After returning to the family business for three years, Davison joined Business Men’s Assurance Co. and BMA Financial Services Inc. in 1987 as an insurance agent and registered investment representative, where he rapidly advanced into management at the end of his first year. Davison received numerous recognitions and awards for outstanding achievement in personal sales and agency production during his more than seven years with the company.
A specialist in estate and financial planning, Davison’s career in advancement began in 1996 when he joined the Kansas State University Foundation as director of planned giving. Demonstrating pronounced talent and capacity by leading the office in donor development activity and gift production in less than nine months, Davison was recruited by the president of the KSU Foundation to join him in a career move to the University of North Texas as the director of estate and gift planning. Davison spent 11 successful years at UNT leading the Advancement Division as a director, assistant vice president and vice president for advancement. During his tenure, he led the university in launching and completing a successful $203 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, exceeding the $150 million goal by 35 percent.
Departing from higher education in 2007, Davison joined the World Golf Foundation as vice president for development where he successfully implemented an integrated strategic development plan that moved the foundation to new heights in fundraising by expanding the prospect donor base and creating a focused major and principal donor development program.
In 2009, Davison was recruited by the president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, a former colleague at UNT, to join him there as vice president for advancement. He was recruited a year later back to Texas to lead the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as vice president for development. During the past five years, Davison successfully developed and executed a comprehensive fundraising campaign launched in May 2012 that exceeded the $60 million goal three years ahead of schedule.
Davison has been active in many industry organizations including the Council for the Advancement of Support of Education, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Planned Giving Council of Central Texas. Davison and his teams have received many CASE awards and recognitions for campaign, fundraising and advancement program achievements during his time at UNT and UMHB, including the Circle of Excellence Award. However, Davison sights as his greatest achievement his investment in mentoring many bright talents who have grown in their careers to become advancement leaders at major private and state universities, community colleges, and other not-for-profits.
Davison and his wife of 28 years, Reina, will be relocating to Amarillo. The couple has three grown daughters, Victoria and Gabrielle, and Michaela who is married to Christian Nuckels. They also enjoy their three grandchildren, Emorie, Ryland and Archer.
For more information on the Foundation, visit www.aqha.com/foundation.