Billy Richard, Jr. President and CEO

Giant Steps Training Programs, Inc. and Giant Steps Community Programs, Inc. was founded by Billy Richard in 2001. His passion for service to the community began early in life. His philosophy is simple…“Everyone, no matter their disability, should have the opportunity to secure and maintain viable employment.” As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Richard established Giant Steps Training in pursuit of making that philosophy a reality for many disadvantaged adults in the Los Angeles County area.

Since its inception the company has touched the lives of hundreds of developmentally disabled adults and families.  Giant Steps initially began with a single focus area, but has since expanded its services and programs in order to adequately serve the needs of this special population.
Through the Giant Steps programs, adults with developmental disabilities are given the training and tools to become active and productive members of their community. This not only enhances the community, but ultimately builds the self-confidence and self-worth of the program participants.
This innovative program includes Independent Living Skills, Community Integration Day Program, Transportation Services, Supported Living Services, Vocational and Employment Support Services and Residential Facilities.
This expansion is evidence of both what passion can accomplish and the great needs that exist within this often overlooked population.
To round out his service to the community, Mr.Richard is often sought out to speak and volunteer with local youth in sports mentoring programs.
Over the years, Mr. Richard has been recognized for numerous awards for his passion and dedication to the Los Angeles and Inglewood communities.
  •  Awarded Program of the Year by Special Olympics of Southern California
  • Awarded for Contribution in Community Service by Special Olympics
  • Commendation Award from the County of Los Angeles for Dedicated Service to the Affairs of the Community