Entrepreneur Remembers How Ross Perot Helped Him More than 25 Years Ago

Susy Solis
July 09, 2019 - 5:27 pm
H. Ross Perot

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DALLAS (KRLD) - Tales of Ross Perot's generosity continue to pour in. More than 25 years ago, during one of Ross Perot's presidential runs self-made millionaire Charles Horton sent a letter to Perot via FedEx, asking him to be on the board of directors of his check verifying business. 

"I didn't really even expect an answer, but you don't get what you don't ask for," Horton said from his Flower Mound home. 

Horton was boot-strapping at the time and was looking to expand his growing business. He respected Perot's business acumen and decided to reach out. He was stunned when he got a call directly from Perot, who explained that due to his presidential run and other conflicts of interest he would be unable to join Horton's board of directors. 

"Even just getting a phone call from him I was completely stunned," Horton said. "Not only did he personally call, not only did he personally 'let me down easy,' he spent more than an hour talking to me, asking me questions and giving me advice on my business." 

Horton said the conversation has stayed with him all these years and the generosity of Perot with his time and advice is something Horton says he now offers to those seeking his time. 

"Honestly, I don't remember the things that he asked or I asked," Horton said. "What stood out to me is that the cared and he took the time to listen to me and ask questions. That's the biggest thing I got out of it. And that's the thing I keep with me today. I've enjoyed success - certainly not the level of success that Ross Perot has had - but have enjoyed some success in business and I remember that every time someone comes to me and asks for my time."