As a current member of the board of directors and a past president of Junior Achievement of the Greater Tyler Area (JA), James Sheridan knows the value of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through volunteer-delivered K-12 programs, JA empowers young people to own their economic success by fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills.
On June 28, at 6:30 p.m., JA will hold a reception at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler to honor Jenise and Phil Hurley, this year’s inductees into the 2012 Business Hall of Fame. This reception is the primary fundraising effort for JA, and the money raised allows the organization to continue offering real-world business experience to children in area classrooms. In the past six years, more than 18,500 students in local schools have been taught JA classes by more than 840 local business volunteers.
Mr. Sheridan said of the Hurleys, “They have been active in the local business community for many years, founding two businesses. They embody the true spirit of Junior Achievement by inspiring young individuals to become outstanding business and community leaders.”
Outside of his service to JA, Mr. Sheridan also serves on the 2012 UT Tyler Suddenlink Patriot Million Dollar Hole-in-One Contest committee and is a past chairman of this event. He is a member of the Tyler Masonic Lodge #1233 and has served as a member of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mr. Sheridan has also served as president of both the Tyler Junior College Alumni Association and the Tyler Rotary Club.
“I believe we are all called to serve, and it’s our service that makes our lives better, as well as the lives of those we help. Our service also enriches our community, making it stronger,” Mr. Sheridan said.
Born in Ft. Worth, Texas, Mr. Sheridan has resided in Tyler for 42 years. He is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and attended Tyler Junior College. He earned his bachelor of business degree in finance from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mr. Sheridan is an honor graduate from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and currently serves as a Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Officer for Texas Bank and Trust. He and his wife, Gillian, have been married for 12 years and are the parents of Gwyneth, 31 months, and Elizabeth, 27 months. The Sheridans are members of Green Acres Baptist Church where Mr. Sheridan is a member of the Hope for 100 Adoption Minsitry Committee.
“I enjoy living in Tyler because of the friendly people who share the notion of volunteerism and teamwork. The spirit of giving is alive and well in our community,” Mr. Sheridan said.
For more information about JA programs or the Business Hall of Fame event, please contact the JA office at 903.581.7482.