Pursue Excellence, Seize Opportunity, Live Honorably, Create Value, Thrive Together… At ORIX USA, our company values are proudly displayed throughout our offices. Our team members try to live these values in earnest each day, recognizing that success in the business place begins with each of us being accountable to ourselves, to one another, and to our community.
Mike Wurst exemplified these values daily. To honor this extraordinary individual and the legacy he left, ORIX Foundation has established an annual grant in memory of our friend and colleague, Mike Wurst, Assistant General Counsel at ORIX USA.
Mike passed away on January 11, 2017, leaving a tremendous void in our workplace, but mostly, in our hearts. He could easily have been ORIX’s “poster child” for our values, as he lived both his professional and personal life in a manner that was clearly demonstrative of each of these statements. At Mike’s funeral, his son read aloud one of his father’s favorite sayings, “The only person to whom you should try to be superior, is the person you were yesterday.”
In Mike’s honor, a grant of $25,000 will be awarded during our regular annual grant cycle each year. The “Mike Wurst Grant” will recognize one nonprofit that is consistently looking for better ways to serve their clients, by working collaboratively and creating lasting impact with their services. The employees of ORIX USA benefited from knowing and working with Mike. We look forward to carrying on his legacy by recognizing a charity that demonstrates his values and shares his passion for serving our community.